Be part of the biggest festival of learning in 2015

3rd July 2014

NIACE would like to thank the thousands of organisations and individuals who helped make Adult Learners’ Week 2014 in England and Wales so successful and ask them, and others, to get involved in Adult Learners’ Week 2015 from Saturday 13 June – Friday 19 June.


Adult Learners’ Week 2015 will, again, be preceded by a six-week Festival of Learning. This year’s Festival had over 4,000 events and was supported by colleges, universities, workplaces, museums and other organisations across England and Wales. High profile support came from BCS, CIPR, Inspired by, Learning at Work Week, Museums at Night, the National Portrait Gallery, the Skills Show, Universities Week and VQ Day.


Nominations for the 2015 Adult Learners’ Week awards for individual learners, tutors, projects and employers will open this October and NIACE is determined that there will be even more than the staggering 2,000 nominations received for 2014.


David Hughes, Chief Executive of NIACE, said:


“Adult Learners’ Week has once again been a huge success. But it’s only the success it is because so many thousands of people and organisations get involved. The appetite for learning and its positive contribution to individuals, families, communities and businesses is clear from the 4,000 events held during the Festival of Learning by a range of organisations of all sizes and purposes, and attended by tens of thousands of people.


“The Week is not only a celebration, but also evidence of how learning helps people to improve their lives and the lives of others. Once again this year we heard many truly exceptional stories about our award winners, who have shown great courage to get on in life through learning. We also saw and heard about employers and learning providers being creative and determined to support learners to achieve. Adult Learners’ Week helps to capture this positive spirit and ambition, showing what’s possible and encouraging others to follow in their footsteps. We want to hear many more of these stories, not only to give recognition for remarkable achievements and provision in learning, but also to illustrate to policy makers how fundamental the right level of investment is for economic and social growth.


“Thank-you to everyone who got involved this year and we hope many more will join us in 2015. Only by working, showcasing and celebrating together can we hope to create the lifelong learning society that this country so urgently needs for its future well-being.”


To be part of Adult Learners’ Week 2015 – to nominate for the awards or hold or attend an event – register your interest online.