September 7 2007.

The Motor Cycle Industry Association (MCI) is announcing the launch of its search for outstanding achievers in the field of Road User Education and Automotive based education.

Two categories have been created, one for juniors and the other over eighteens. The young person's award aims to recognise an individual under the age of 18 who has made a particular achievement in Road Safety Education.

The achievement does not have to be a practical one such as driving or riding, but should focus on the individual and an achievement particularly important to them. MCIA will be looking for evidence of how the achievement has helped change the young person including;

· Attitude

· Personal Development

· Self Confidence

· Career Opportunities

· Educational Opportunities/Achievement

The second award aims to recognise an individual over the age of 18 who has made a significant difference in Road Safety Education. There are of course various ways that this could be achieved but it may include:

• Teaching road safety education

• Delivery of rider/driver training for young people

• Development of road safety education resources

• Organising road safety events

The award was originally established to reward young people who have demonstrated success and growth in the field of road user education, motorcycling and or automotive based education. The award is now up for grabs again and the MCI are looking for nominees.

Previous winners include, Josh Waterman, an eleven year old Motocross racer who is profoundly deaf and Kathryn Wardle, a successful trials rider also profoundly deaf. In the adult category, first launched in 2004, the winner was Gabriel Uttley who was nominated for his dedication to road user education, working as a teacher in Essex.

How Do I Nominate Someone?
It is easy to nominate someone by completing a form supplied by the MCI or going online to the website where you can download the forms. The MCI will be looking for evidence of how the individual has developed and how their achievement has helped them to develop in attitude, self-confidence and career opportunities for example.

Karen Cooke, MCI's Safety Manager said, " The award is an opportunity for teachers, youth workers and anyone who works with young people to recognise the achievements of a young person. Anyone can be nominated if they have shown progression and development. Young people who aren't highly academic can flourish in many different ways and this is the type of honour that can motivate them.

"We also wanted to recognise the adults who dedicate their time and effort to a valuable activity, that couldn't happen without them."

An application form can be downloaded from the MCI's website www.mcia.co.uk  in the public section/ education or from Jenny Luckman on 02476 250 806 or email j.luckman@mcia.co.uk  

The deadline for all entries is Friday 19th October 2007.