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A journey out of “limbo land” | Scott Jenkinson
3rd December 2020 by Nisha Patel

A journey out of “limbo land” | Scott Jenkinson

Leaving rehab after a lifetime of heroin addiction, homelessness and prison, I had no idea what my future would hold. I had never heard of Erasmus, NIACE or the Learning and Work Institute Wales. I had...Read more »

Erasmus+ Mobility visit to Slovenia
3rd December 2020 by Nisha Patel

Erasmus+ Mobility visit to Slovenia

Day 1 Our first day in Slovenia saw us welcomed at the Slovenian Institute for Adult Education (SIAE) by our amazing host Darijan Novak who made us all feel welcomed. Darijan explained the role of the...Read more »

Erasmus+ Mobility visit to the Netherlands
3rd December 2020 by Nisha Patel

Erasmus+ Mobility visit to the Netherlands

Day 1 Planes, Trains & Automobiles Our first day in The Netherlands was mainly made up of traveling and settling into our hotel – and of course experiencing some of the wonderful culture in the country....Read more »

Erasmus+ Mobility visit to Ireland
30th November 2020 by Nisha Patel

Erasmus+ Mobility visit to Ireland

Day 1 – Star Awards No sooner had we landed in Dublin when we were whisked off in a taxi to the Aontas Star Awards at the Rotunda Hospital in the City. The awards are the...Read more »

Rameh O’ Sullivan | winning an Inspire! Tutor Award
30th November 2020 by Nisha Patel

Rameh O’ Sullivan | winning an Inspire! Tutor Award

The first time I started teaching Lifelong Learning, I was impressed by a poster on the wall in the hallway which said: “Some people learn to live, some live to learn”. I am very much one...Read more »

Sam Gardner – The three mental health lessons I’ve learnt from a global pandemic.
9th October 2020 by Nisha Patel

Sam Gardner – The three mental health lessons I’ve learnt from a global pandemic.

It is 4.24am and the glare of my phone screen probably isn’t helping me sleep. The fan whirrs as the morning light peeps through the curtains. I am wide awake.  For the past 2 months I’ve...Read more »

Adult Community Learning | Learning in Lockdown
24th September 2020 by Nisha Patel

Adult Community Learning | Learning in Lockdown

Vale Courses have been busy with their paintbrushes. Art Tutor Christine Lloyd entered the categories “Our Wonderful NHS” and “Life after Lockdown” for ‘Art Challenge Wales’. These painting are going to be actioned through jumblebee.co.uk to...Read more »

Learning Welsh during lockdown
19th August 2020 by Nisha Patel

Learning Welsh during lockdown

Learning Welsh during lockdown Learning Welsh proved popular during lockdown, with thousands more adults following courses with the National Centre for Learning Welsh and its course providers. Developing digital learning resources had been a priority for...Read more »

Emerging lessons from the crisis for the post-16 sector
9th July 2020 by Wendy Ellaway-Lock

Emerging lessons from the crisis for the post-16 sector

As for all parts of the education system, the Covid-19 crisis has been an unprecedented challenge for the adult learning sector. Each part of the sector has faced unique challenges: whether the prospect of a significant...Read more »

Thomas Ferriday- what it’s like to be an Inspire! Award winner
20th January 2020 by Nisha Patel

Thomas Ferriday- what it’s like to be an Inspire! Award winner

Thomas Ferriday: Last year I won an Inspire! Award in 2019 for my learning achievements and the steps that I took to get to where I am today. I had a challenging past which led me...Read more »