ColegauCymru celebrates Adult Learners’ Week and the value of adult learning

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ColegauCymru is delighted to support Adult Learners’ Week which will take place between 21-27 September 2020. The week aims to raise awareness of the value of adult learning, celebrate the achievements of learners and providers, and inspire more people to discover how learning can positively change their lives. 

Making lifelong learning for all a reality 

We believe that everyone in Wales should have access and opportunity to learn throughout their lives. The sector already does so much, delivering across a wide range of subjects and levels, supporting learners - some of whom are the most vulnerable adults in our society, to achieve their potential. We welcome Welsh Government’s commitment to exploring how a new Welsh right to lifelong learning can be delivered. Learning should not be something that finishes when we leave formal education. 

The importance of adult learning in a post-Covid world 

The value of the sector has never been more important than it is now, as we look to rebuild the Wales economy following the Covid19 pandemic. A skilled workforce is essential to ensure a thriving Welsh economy. Adult learning and upskilling will continue to be a key part of the rebuilding of our economy post-Covid. The benefits of lifelong learning are varied and many – from providing a sense of wellbeing, purpose and achievement to addressing social issues such as loneliness and isolation. These benefits in turn provide communities with the tools to thrive. Skills help people into work and to improve at work which allows us all to keep up with a changing world and our rapidly transforming workplaces.  

Director of Learning and Work Institute Cymru, David Hagendyk said: 

“We know that adult learning has the potential to change lives and now more than ever it is important people have the chance to retrain for work and learn something new to help their health and well-being.” 

ColegauCymru Chief Executive Iestyn Davies added, 

“The further education sector has long championed adult learning and its value not only to the economy but on a social and individual level too. We welcome Adult Learners’ Week as an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of learners across Wales and to inspire more people to discover the benefits of learning.” 

Get Involved 

There are a range of ways in which to get involved in Adult Learners’ Week, whether that’s through trying out a taster session on digital skills, arts and crafts, or mindfulness, for example, or committing to a short course. The range of areas is vast. It’s great to see so many further education colleges taking part and showcasing what they have to offer to adults across Wales. 

Useful links:

Learning & Work Institute (L&WI) 
Welsh Government: #WorkingWales - Adult Learners’ Week 

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