• Adult Learners’ Week 20 – 26 September

    Adult Learners’ Week is the largest celebration of lifelong learning in Wales. 

    The campaign inspires and encourage thousands of adults each year to continue education and skills development in a wide variety of forms while helping to build a national culture of lifelong learning.

    Join our campaign.

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  • Adult Learners’ Week Innovation Grant 2021

    This fund offers support for providers of adult learning to develop and deliver content for the campaign. Activity can be delivered throughout the month of September 2021.

    Grants of up to £750 are available to organisations working in Wales who deliver lifelong learning. This grant fund is intended to support the creation of free bitesize tasters, learning events, outreach activity, masterclasses or podcasts and to develop content.

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  • ERASMUS+ Mobility Project

    In October 2018 Learning and Work Institute embarked on an Erasmus + Key Action 1 Mobility Project, with the ambition of connecting with European partners to learn from each other in delivering learning festivals and building meaningful learner engagement in our advocacy work and promotional activities.

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  • New report – ‘Understanding the potential impact of Coronavirus in Wales’

    Our new report & analysis shows that Wales faces a post-pandemic jobs crisis with unemployment set to exceed the level seen during the last recession with a severe impact on young people.

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  • Learning and Work Institute Events

    As the COVID-19 pandemic develops we will be following government advice closely and making changes to our events programme, including re-scheduling our events where necessary. If you have registered for one of our events that needs to be rescheduled, we will contact you direct in the coming weeks.  If you have questions in the meantime, please read our FAQ for more information.

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  • Join our support network

    Stay informed, be involved, keep engaged.  Sign up now.


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  • Welsh Youth Opportunity Index

    New analysis brings together the key outcomes both in terms of education and employment for young people in Wales.

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  • Impact Report 2018-19

    We are pleased to share with you our Impact Report for 2018-19

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  • Welsh Government Consultation – Delivery and funding of community-based adult learning

    The Welsh Government are looking for your views on proposals for restructuring the way the Welsh Government delivers and funds community-based adult learning in Wales. Have your say – the closing date for your responses is 11th September 2018.

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  • Helping care leavers make the right choice in education and work

    Our new website will help young people leaving care overcome barriers in education and work.

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What we do

Research and development

Our skilled policy leads can support you with research projects, policy advice, evaluation and feasibility studies, product development, trends and analysis, and with piloting new approaches.


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Conferences, events and training

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Our Work

1 in 6 UK adults struggle with literacy, 1 in 4 with numeracy, while many struggle with other life skills. Our work aims to build more integrated support, better local planning and delivery, taking forward the recommendations of our Family Learning Inquiry.

Despite high UK employment rates too many people are stuck on low pay or no pay, negatively impacting our economy. Our work explores how integrated support, a National Advancement Service and world class Apprenticeships can help.

The UK has skills deficits that are holding us back, but public investment has fallen by a third in five years. Our work looks at how the learning, skills and employment systems can achieve more with less - for individuals, employers and the tax payer.

We want a society where everyone has a chance to learn and achieve. Using our research and evidence, we challenge thinking, stimulate debate, advocate on behalf of learners and practitioners, so that everyone can benefit from lifelong learning.