Edenderry's Acorn Project in the running for prestigious award

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Justin Kelly


Justin Kelly



Edenderry's Acorn Project in the running for prestigious award

Edenderry's Acorn Project in the running for prestigious award

Acorn Midlands Education and Training Service based in Edenderry, Co. Offaly, has been shortlisted for an AONTAS STAR Award.

The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS, to recognise and celebrate the work undertaken by adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

Acorn Midlands Education and Training Service has been shortlisted for its Beauty Therapy Group training programme for learners in beauty therapy. Its focus is on making education available to everyone regardless of age, ability or background situation. Acorn Midlands Education and Training has been nominated in the 'Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote the Learner Voice' category.

Commenting on the shortlist, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “The STAR awards are an opportunity to celebrate the positive contribution that adult education initiatives make to individual adult learners, local communities and wider society. The quality of nominations was exceptional, resulting in a highly competitive process, and the impact the Acorn Midlands Education and Training Service has on the social, cultural and economic development of its local area was evident to see and we’re delighted to have such a wonderful initiative shortlisted for a STAR award.”

Judging of the STAR Awards will comprise two stages: In the first stage, nominated projects are shortlisted by an independent judging panel, whose membership is drawn from the education, business and technology sectors. The second stage gives staff and learners from the shortlisted projects the opportunity to meet with the judging panel before they make their final decision.

Learners and staff from shortlisted programmes will also be invited to the 12th AONTAS STAR Award ceremony on Monday, March 5 in Number 6 Kildare Street Dublin, where the STAR Award winners will be announced. 

The STAR Awards are now in their 12th year, and form part of the programme of events of AONTAS’ annual Adult Learners’ Festival. The theme of this year’s festival is #LoveLifelongLearning.

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