Festival of Learning 2016 (previously Adult Learners' Week)

The Festival of Learning 2016 (previously Adult Learners' Week) is the biggest national celebration of lifelong learning in England.

The Festival of Learning 2016 (previously Adult Learners' Week)

Following an incredible 24 year history of Adult Learners’ Week in England we’re very excited to launch the new Festival of Learning for 2016.

Just like Adult Learners’ Week, Festival of Learning aims to be the biggest national celebration of lifelong learning in England, reaching and engaging more adult learners than ever before.

Hundreds of organisations across the country hold have a go events, activities, taster sessions and more that aim to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to discover how learning can change their lives.

How you can get involved in the Festival of Learning...

  • The Events Calendar - upload your events, have-a-go activities, taster sessions activities for people to take part in throughout May and June,
  • Or – take part yourself - Festival of Learning events and have-a-go activities take place across the country throughout May and June 2016,
  • A Partner Hub – here you can get access to a range of resources to help you plan and promote your learning activities,
  • The New Nominations Platform - which will make submitting your nominations even easier this year. Nominations for Festival of Learning Awards open on 22 March and close on 20 May 2016,
  • The Festival of Learning Awards Ceremony for invited winners and nominators takes place in Birmingham in September 2016

In 2015 the campaign included - 1,500 nominations and 60 awards, 3,000 events held by providers, celebrity supporters, and unprecedented web and social media interactions. 

Find out more on the - Festival of Learning 2016 web site

Below are a couple of films showcasing last years' successes...

The Festival of Learning is part-funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) to help publicise ESF activities and outputs. The ESF is a European Union initiative that supports activities to improve employment opportunities, promote social inclusion and invest in skills. The ESF is investing over £2.5 billion in England in the 2014-2020 programme. Funding will be used to

help young people, jobseekers and inactive people access employment;
tackle barriers to work faced by disadvantaged people; and
invest in education, skills and lifelong learning.

You can find out more at gov.uk/european-growth-funding 

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