Adult Learners’ Week 2020 to go virtual

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Andrea Garvey

Adult Learners’ Week is the largest adult learning campaign in Wales, coordinated by Learning and Work Institute Wales (L&W) in partnership with the Welsh Government and the European Social Fund and other partners.

The campaign aims to inspire and encourage thousands of adults each year to continue education and skills development in a wide variety of forms and helping to raise awareness of the value of adult learning by celebrating the achievements of learners and providers and inspiring more people to discover how learning can positively change their lives.

This is achieved by working with a host of private and public organisations on the promotion of free taster events, bite-size sessions, promotional activities, short courses and guidance and support on careers and skills to prompt adults across the country to return to learning.

In response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) this year’s campaign will be going virtual through established online platforms.

The Welsh Government and the Learning and Work Institute want to create Wales’ largest-ever bank of digital adult learning resources – they believe that it is important now more than ever to pool their resources and work together to support the wellbeing of Wales and future skills through the virtual Adult Learners’ Week campaign.

The Learning and Work Institute is calling on organisations who are interested in facilitating online sessions during June to get in touch.

You may want to deliver formal or informal types of learning, examples include digital learning, arts and crafts, languages, basic maths, exercise or advanced social media marketing. Online taster sessions can be a mixture of live and pre-recorded tutorials, webinars and courses. Find out more about Adult Learners’ Week.

The campaign attracts widespread media coverage across Wales, highlighting the celebration of the achievements of people, projects and organisations through the Inspire! Adult Learning Awards, signposting the hundreds of events and activities organised by a whole host of providers and awareness-raising around the importance of building a national culture of lifelong learning.

Andrea Garvey, a student at Hillary Rodham Clinton School of Law at Swansea University was named winner of the ‘Life Changing & Progression Award’ at the Learning and Work Institute 2019 Inspire! Awards. Andrea took the Life Change and Progression award, as one of 12 winners who were recognised in last year’s awards.

The single mum-of-three from Port Talbot, suffered severe anxiety attacks, depression and a devastating bereavement as she studied full-time to follow her childhood ambition of becoming a lawyer. Against the odds, she obtained a qualifying law degree at the age of fifty one, graduating with an LLB in Law in 2018, thirty five years after leaving school with no qualifications.

Andrea said “I chose to rise one step at a time and accepting the good with the bad. Don’t think too much about hurdles and don’t look too far ahead. You will be surprised at how much you can achieve – I know because I achieved my dream.”
Read Andrea’s full story here.

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