Digital winners announced

Becta has announced the winners of the annual Next Generation Learning Awards.

Now in their second year, the awards identify and reward organisations throughout the UK that use technology in outstanding or innovative ways for the benefit of learners, communities and local employers. The winners of this year's Next Generation Learning Awards beat off fierce competition from across the UK to be recognised for their inspiring use of technology to excite and encourage learning in this important sector.

The winners are:

Work-based learning award: Charnwood Training Group
General further education (England) award: North Hertfordshire College
Adult and community learning award: Middlesbrough Council Community Learning
Furthering my learning award: Croydon Adult Learning and Training
Independent specialist college award: National Star College
Offender learning award: Every Step Ltd
Sixth form college award: Xaverian Sixth Form College
Voluntary sector award: Riverside Centre
General further education (devolved administrations) award: Coleg Menai South Eastern Regional College

Highly Commended:

Furthering my learning award: Birmingham Citizens Advice Bureau Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College
Adult and community learning award: Aston Pride NDC
Special recognition award: Birmingham Metropolitan College, Gloucestershire College

Stephen Crowne, Chief Executive of Becta, said:
"The Next Generation Learning Awards highlight the impressive use of technology in the FE and Skills sector. The accolades are an important opportunity to recognise and reward organisations that are using ICT in creative and innovative ways to benefit and inspire learners.

"This has never been more important. Our world is becoming increasingly technological, making it imperative that today's learners are equipped with the necessary skills to compete in tomorrow's digital environment. The award winners will provide inspiration for other FE and Skills providers to use technology and help prepare everyone for the future."