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Best Further Education Provider

Best Further Education Provider

This award will go to the further education provider that has demonstrated the most outstanding overall performance during the past 12 months. It is open to all further education providers in Ireland, both within universities and the private sector.


Judges will look for evidence of innovative, bold and creative strategies/initiatives that have helped the school to improve its offering and excel in its field.


Entry is by a five page (A4) submission. The judges will be looking for clear information backed up by facts, which places particular emphasis on the criteria listed below:


  • Organisation background: Please provide a brief description of the school, such as when it was established, the number of staff and students, academic and professional qualification of staff members, the courses and services provided, and the relevant industry experience, achievements and accreditations on offer.

  • Performance: Provide evidence of exceptional performance against specific indicators such as innovation, learning outcomes, infrastructure, teaching and research standards, student experience, employment statistics, alumni relations and development. Please also outline how you stand out from the crowd in this competitive area.

  • Partnerships and collaborations: Discuss how the school has built partnerships/collaborations with other organisations to assist its students and further their training needs (e.g. internships), and outline the benefits this has brought to both sides.

  • Overcoming the COVID-19 crisis: outline the challenges your organisation has faced since the COVID-19 pandemic began and how your team demonstrated initiative, creativity, and leadership to overcome them.

  • Please include any other statements or facts that you believe will support your entry.

  1. Visit our 'How to Enter' page for our Items Checklist & Step-by-Step Guide. CLICK HERE.

  2. Once you have created your PDF submission and you have all items in the Items Checklist, submit your entry via the Online Entry Form. CLICK HERE.

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