Citizens’ Curriculum

During 2023 and 2024, Learning and Work Institute is working with Welsh Government and a range of partners on an exciting project to pilot a Citizens’ Curriculum for Wales. This follows a public commitment to a Second Chance Nation made by the Minister for Education Jeremy Miles MS at the 2022 Adult Learning Conference.

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2022

This year’s survey shows that around two in five (42%) adults have taken part in learning in the last three years. This is a slight drop (-3 percentage points) compared to last year’s survey, but in line with rates seen in the early 2000s after recent years of much lower participation. Recent rises have been driven by more people learning informally including online, after Government cuts had led to falls in participation in courses.

Evaluation of the In Work Support Service

In June 2022, the Welsh Government appointed Learning and Work Institute to evaluate the latest phase of their In-Work Support Service (IWS), a service which aimed to help people manage their health and stay in work. The objectives were to tackle poverty and social exclusion through sustainable employment in parts of North and South Wales. Our report sheds light on the recommendations and key findings which tells us how participants and employers valued the service and identifies valuable insight and learnings for similar services.

Life changing opportunities for learners and staff within the adult education sector

Taith is a new programme enabling people in Wales to study, train, volunteer and work all over the world, while allowing organisations in Wales to invite international partners and learners to do the same here in Wales. It will create opportunities to broaden horizons, experience new ways of life, and bring back lessons to share with people at home. It means that Wales and its international partners can continue to benefit from exchanges in a similar way to the opportunities that flowed from Erasmus+, both in Europe and further afield. We want to maximise the opportunities for the adult learning sector and work with you to provide support to make the most of opportunities within Taith.
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