Nominations are being taken for this year's STAR Awards – the event that aims to recognise the unsung heroes of the learning and skills sector.
To be eligible for a STAR Award, nominees must work in the learning and skills sector, in an organisation in England which is not a school or university, and which receives funding from the LSC.
There are 16 prize categories in 2005, including newly introduced awards for volunteers, teams and subject learning coaches working within the sector.
Entries are strictly by nomination only, but anyone can nominate a STAR.
Launching this year's awards, Minister for Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education Dr Kim Howells said: "These individuals are often too modest to draw attention to their own commitment and achievements. Yet they help students reach their potential through life-changing experiences in learning."
One of last year’s nominees Caroline Tams, commented: "I was very surprised to hear that I had been nominated for a STAR Award. It is refreshing to know that those of us who quietly get on with our jobs and do our best for all of the students in our care, can get recognised."
Winners will be chosen by an independent judging panel, and will receive £2,000 cash, a trophy and certificate. The winning team will receive a £5,000 cash prize, trophy and certificate.
Nominations can be made online until 15 April at www.dfes.gov.uk/starawards, or by calling the STAR Awards Helpline on 0800 652 0528 and requesting a nomination form.