National Older Learners Group 

The National Older Learners Group (NOLG) brings together the main national agencies, including Government departments, with an interest in older people’s learning.

It is concerned with learning for personal development, civic engagement and employment, including learning in formal, informal and non-formal settings. A particular focus is on learning which enhances later life, including; learning for working in later life, pre-retirement learning, well-being and learning at all levels.

Its main aims are to:

  • Share information on policy and practice on learning in 3rd and 4th ages
  • Raise the profile of older learners with policymakers
  • Foster partnerships for development and research
  • Make recommendations on development and policy priorities

The group continues to be be influential in shaping key policies related to learning and work in later life, in particular Mid-Life Career Review and Fuller Working Lives.  It has produced a range of policy and research reports and discussion papers with the aim of strengthening the voice for older people’s learning.

The group invites members to join, but if your organisation is interested in contributing to its work, we would be delighted to hear from you.

Key contacts

The group is chaired by Dr Jane Watts.

For further information or to get in touch, please contact Susan Charlish.

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