A message from our Chief Executive

Festival of Learning is all about celebrating the best in adult learning and inspiring more adults to learn.

I'm delighted we're able to showcase such an amazing group of award winners. What strikes me is the diversity of stories: individuals learning for so many reasons; employers investing in their people and benefiting their business; tutors going the extra mile; and projects taking committed and innovative approaches to engaging adults in learning.

There are so many reasons people take part in learning, and so many benefits it can bring. These benefits can include improved confidence, making new friends and feeling part of a community, better job and career prospects, and being better able to help children with their schoolwork. But a common theme I hear time and time again is about learners feeling like a light has been turned on and new doors of opportunity being opened.

Yet for too many adults, learning is something they don't feel is for them. They may not see the benefits it can bring, or know where to go for advice, or perhaps have been put off by their experience at school. That's why I'm pleased that so many of our winners have used their learning to inspire others. There can be no greater ambassadors for learning than learners themselves.

I congratulate every winner and everyone who was nominated. I wish you luck in inspiring other adults to learn and in continuing your learning journeys.

Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of Learning and Work Institute