We need to keep our minds open to possibilities at every age!

With Have a Go Month right around the corner, have you ever thought about having a go at something new? Safeera Sarjoo from Hotcourses, blogs on the learning opportunities that come with the new technical age.  Switch on The Power of Adult Learning From smart phones that recognise our faces, to small oblong-shaped house robots that…

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Learning really can transform your life!

We believe that everybody should have easy access to high-quality education, no matter their circumstances or reason for learning. For tens of thousands of people across the UK, community and adult learning provides them an opportunity to a better future. The impact is not only on employability but their health and wellbeing, family life and…

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“It’s never too late to improve yourself or your life”

Neil Baggley, Outreach Project Coordinator at London College of Music, University of West London explains why going back to education was the right path for him. Neil is managing an exciting ‘Have a go’ event in June for people interested in finding out more about career paths for  musicians, singers, rappers and aspiring industry professionals….

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How to set the ball rolling on study?

Throughout the month of June, Festival of learning, in partnership with Hotcourses UK, runs ‘Have a Go Month’. We are calling on all learning providers to hold free events and activities in June to inspire people of all ages to ‘have a go’ at learning something new. Christine Drabwell, Deputy Head of Media Relations at…

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Teaching in FE: there’s something for everyone!

With Have a Go Month right around the corner, have you ever thought about having a go at something new, like teaching in Further Education? Howard Pilott, from the Education and Training Foundation’s FE Advice service explains how easy it is to pass on your skills and knowledge, to help inspire and guide adults on…

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Follow your dreams because we can all achieve something special

I was born with a rare body condition called Hemihypertrophy, which means the left-hand side of my body is bigger than the right. I have joint problems so if I walk for a significant amount of time I have pain in my joints. I also have learning difficulties; struggling to pronounce words that are difficult,…

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My history of apprenticeships – National Apprenticeships Week 2018

My early years were far from ideal – my father died after a long illness whilst I was just entering my teenage years. I never finished school and I entered the big wide world with no academic qualifications at all. Things seemed to go from bad to worse and after seven years in an abusive…

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My BEM is a reminder that I have benefited from the power of learning

Frank Harris began his adult learning journey having spent 35 years in and out of prison, battling addiction and intermittent homelessness. In only four years he quit drugs, gained GCSEs, and started training in counselling to support vulnerable people. After leaving prison, Frank joined the European Social Fund (ESF) Move Project at City Lit, which…

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CJ is proof that anyone can make a change

Our Festival of Learning partner, Hotcourses have featured an interview with 2017 Social Impact Award Winner, CJ Burge to learn more about her experience with adult education. CJ Burge has come on leaps and bounds following a stint in prison abroad at a young age. Education essentially became her lifeline and now she’s on course…

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Amanda’s passion is for the difference learning can make

On 21 November, I went to Brighton Town Hall to see Amanda Scales, (Learning and Work Institute learning ambassador and 2012 Outstanding Individual Award winner for the South-East region), receive her BEM from the Lord Lieutenant of Sussex. The British Empire Medal was given for ‘services to adult learning’ and the citation highlighted how Amanda…

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