• Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture

    This year the Learning and Work Institute’s Annual Raymond Williams Memorial Lecture will be presented by the Actor and Campaigner, Michael Sheen. The event is in partnership with The Open University in Wales which will take place on the 16th November, 2017.

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  • Inspire! Tutor Awards 2017

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

    The Inspire! Tutor Awards will celebrate the achievements of exceptional Tutors in Wales who have shown outstanding passion and commitment to encourage, support and teach other adult learners to pursue their goals, whether it’s in their community, workplace or educational setting.


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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 2017

    On the 15th June at City Hall in Cardiff we celebrated the achievements of exceptional learners, families, employers and community projects at our Inspire! Adult Learning Awards. There were a total of 14 awards including the all-important overall Inspire! Learner of the Year. We were joined by Julie James (Minister for Skills and Science), Leanne Wood (Leader of Plaid Cymru) and Rhianon Passmore AM.

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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.