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Behind every success, there is aspiration

Our Aspiration Awards are about honouring the success of learners, apprentices, educators, support staff and educational organisations across the UK.  

We believe that there isn’t just one definition of success. Throughout our 175 years in this sector, we've seen it in many forms – from going above and beyond to exceed expectations, to overcoming obstacles to achieve the unexpected, to finding new and innovative ways of working to help others achieve.

This year, our awards are extra-special, as we continue to celebrate NCFE’s 175th anniversary throughout the academic year 2023-24. Whatever success looks like to you, we want your help to recognise those doing exceptional things in education.

Get your nominations in by 22 March – click on a category below to enter!

The categories

If you know of a learner, apprentice, educator or centre who deserves recognition this year, then take a look at the categories below and begin preparing your entries today!

Introducing our Aspiration Awards!

Watch our video below to find out more about our awards and to discover our categories for 2024.

Our 2024 judging panel

We’ll soon be announcing this year’s judges, who play key roles across the education sector. Keep your eyes peeled!

Terms and conditions

Please take a look at the eligibility criteria before submitting your nominations:

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Against All Odds
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Apprentice of the Year
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Centre of the Year
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Educator of the Year
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Learner of the Year
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Support Staff of the Year
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Celebrating our 2023 winners

Last year, we received a record-breaking number of nominations in our Aspiration Awards. You can learn more about our Learner of the Year, Apprentice of the Year and our Against All Odds winner by clicking on their images, or discover our full list of 2023 winners by clicking here or watching the video below.

Learner of the Year: Harry Disney

Learn more about our Learner of the Year 2023, pictured here

Apprentice of the Year: Christopher Ademola

Learn more about our Apprentice of the Year 2023, pictured here with his mum and award

Against All Odds winner: Gabriella Fox

Learn more about our Against All Odds 2023 winner, pictured here with her mum and award

Meet our 2023 Aspiration Award winners!

Our Aspiration Awards are about honouring the success of learners, apprentices, educators, support staff and educational organisations across the UK.  Take a look back at all our winners from 2023 in this video.

 

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