• Innovation Funding 2018

    The Innovation Fund for 2018 is available to organisations, group, or partnerships working in Wales who wish to deliver outreach activities or events during Adult Learners’ Week and throughout the month of June.

    Deadline closes: 23rd March 2018

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  • Ambitious and Learning for All

    ‘Our aim is to instil in everyone a passion to learn throughout their lives, inspiring them with the ambition to be the best they possibly can be.  A prosperous Wales needs creative, highly skilled and adaptable people, so our education from the earliest age will be the foundation for a lifetime of learning and achievement.’

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  • Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture

    This year the Learning and Work Institute’s Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture was delivered by Actor and Campaigner, Michael Sheen. The event was organised in partnership with The Open University in Wales and took place on 16th November 2017.

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  • Inspire! Tutor Awards 2017

    Learning and Work Institute were proud to be hosting the Inspire! Tutor Awards this year.

    The ceremony took place on 7th November at University of South Wales, Cardiff Campus. The event celebrated the achievements of exceptional Tutors in Wales for their outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals.


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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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  • Inspire! Adult Learning Awards 2018

    We’re pleased to announce that the 2018 Inspire! Adult Learning Awards in Wales is now open for nominations!

    The Inspire! Awards celebrate the achievements of exceptional individuals, projects and organisations who have shown outstanding passion, commitment and drive to improve themselves, their community or workplace through learning, often in the face of difficult circumstances. The awards are co-ordinated by Learning and Work Institute in partnership with Welsh Government and other supporters.


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  • Adult Learners’ Week 2017

    This year we marked 26 years of Adult Learners’ Week, our annual campaign which celebrates and promotes adult learning opportunities as part of the two month festival and to kick-start the campaign we held our annual Inspire! awards ceremony on the 15th June at City Hall in Cardiff, where we announced our 14 inspirational award winners.

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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.