During Adult Learners' Week 2013, over 2,000 events took place across England, inspiring and encouraging adults to take up learning.
Here are some of the highlights of activities that took place during the Week in May 2013.
Longhurst Group – Many ways to learn
Staff across Longhurst Group took up the challenge during Adult Learners’ Week to try something new. The annual campaign is designed to not only highlight learning and training for the workplace but also provide the opportunity for people to learn new skills and expand their knowledge. Based on staff requests across Longhurst Group, sessions were held, covering topics including; Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP), Cake Decorating, Photography and Lithuanian and Polish cultural awareness and basic language skills.
TyneMet College Learning Marathon
TyneMet College, in association with the Institute for Learning (IfL) and the Association of Part-time Tutors, celebrated ‘Adult Learners Week’ by holding a day-long Learning Marathon. The Marathon consisted of a continuous series of 15-minute ‘micro-teaching’ sessions and ran from 09.00 until 16.00 at TyneMet’s Coast Road Campus. Each ‘micro-teaching’ session was delivered by a different tutor and everyone who took part in the fun, unusual and informative sessions said that they were able to take something useful away with them.
Litherland Learning Centre Open Day
The Bridge in Litherland celebrated National Adult Learners Week hosted an open day for the community. There were free workshops in jewellery making, mosaic making, digital photography, sewing and job searching. In addition, exhibitors were present on the day to offer support, advice and other information. Tutors from The Bridge were on hand to discuss the variety of courses offered at the centre, along with other community venues.
Birkbeck Celebrates Adult Learners’ Week
A series of advice sessions, lectures and workshops were held at Stratford Town Hall, East London, by Birkbeck during this year’s Adult Learners’ Week. The sessions were aimed at anyone who may be thinking about getting into higher education, regardless of whether they wanted to improve their current job prospects, get new qualifications, or just wanted to learn for fun.
Burton Albion Community Trust
Burton Albion Community Trust celebrated Adult Learners Week by hosting a small event on Wednesday 22nd May, in the Vera Goode Suite, Pirelli Stadium, Burton Albion FC. The event promoted the short courses on offer, delivered by the Community Trust’s Education Department in partnership with Burton and South Derbyshire College, and will be part of a national campaign to encourage adults of all ages and abilities into learning. The courses offered included: Silver Surfers (Over 50’s IT beginners classes), Dance/Zumba and Yoga.
Weston College Taster Sessions
A chance to find out all that’s on offer in adult education was available at Weston College from 18-24 May as part of the national Adult Learners' Week. As well as an Open Evening and free taster sessions, there was information on the new 24+ Career Development Loans and a free prize draw to win a Kindle Fire. Taster sessions included Counselling, Psychology, Bass Guitar, Carpentry, English, Hair, Beauty, Fitness, Mathsd and Motor Vehicle Maintenance, among many others.
East Riding College Taster Course
A range of free activities took place at East Riding College in May for adults who are thinking of learning for their career or as a hobby. There were activities in brickwork, joinery, plastering, music, access to higher education, literacy and numeracy, art and design, beauty therapy and hairdressing across the campuses.
Leicester College Market Stalls
Adult learners from Leicester College battled it out on Leicester’s market stalls to celebrate the launch of Adult Learners’ Week. Four teams of adult learners, from four different curriculum areas at Leicester College, helped raise awareness about the benefits of adult learning, whilst also raising £300 for charity. Learners from ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) and Hair and Beauty went head-to-head against the Business and Hospitality departments.
National Theatre Adult Learners' Week Events
The National Theatre held a series of taster events, exploring aspects of theatre-making as part of Adult Learners' Week. The events included Costume, Wigs, Hair and Make-Up at the NT, An Introduction to Commedia dell'Arte, An Introduction to Scenic Art at the NT and An Introduction to Playwriting.
Stockport Council Event
Stockport Council’s Continuing Education Service, which provides lifelong learning courses for thousands of people across the borough, organised events, activities and workshops throughout Adult Learners’ Week. The main event took place at Offerton Community Centre on Monday 20 May, where there were a wide range of informal activities for all ages focusing on ‘Families Learning Together’. It included drop-in sessions for people wishing to learn new skills in, for example, computing, making a slide show, cake decorating, and card making.
Aspire Centre Tasters
The Aspire Centre hosted a number of events and activities during Adult Learners’ Week, building on the success of previous years. 121 learners took part in activities during Adult Learners' Week in May. 12 taster sessions were held in Cycle repair, Sewing - making your own cushion cover, IT, Fitness, Archery, Zumba, Aqua-aerobics, Cardiotone, Legs, Bums and Tums and Rock Climbing. 42% of Learners stated their intention to progress onto other courses at Aspire or in Wandsworth.
Hackney Learning Trust
Events were held at various locations in Hackney – so there was sure to be something near everyone! Workshops included Introduction to Money Management, Introduction to ICT (including iPads and smartphones), Cyber Safety Awareness for Parents, First Aid, CV Writing, Cake Baking and Decorating, Russian for Beginners, Still Life Drawing, Bicycle Maintenance, a range of health and well-being taster sessions ...to name a few!
Huntingdonshire Regional College Taster Events
From 18-24 May Huntingdonshire Regional College celebrated the benefits of lifelong learning with free taster sessions in a range of subjects. Whether you were looking to improve your job prospects or wanted to learn a new skill, Huntingdonshire Regional College had lots of exciting events to book on to, for example: Sign Language, Italian, Family History, Creative Writing, Interview Preparation Techniques, German, French, Antiques & Collectables, and Computing Made Easy.
Kirklees College Taster Sessions
Kirklees College held taster sessions throughout the week at its Dewsbury Centre. Courses included baking and decorating cupcakes, and jewellery making using recycled materials. For people interested in working with children there was an introduction to becoming a teaching assistant and an introduction to working in childcare. There were also courses on family history, creative writing, maths for parents, and arts and crafts.
North Bransholme Community Centre
Hull Training and Adult Education held a range of free taster sessions in a variety of subjects at locations across the City. There were various free taster sessions available at North Bransholme Community Centre, which included: Guitar playing, Family History, Jewellery Making, Creative Crafts, Family Gardening, Pottery & Sculpture and Re-styling your clothes. This was an opportunity for individuals and organisations to celebrate the benefits of lifelong learning.
South Essex College Family Fun Day
Ukulele playing, film, art and face painting all formed part of a fun-filled event on Saturday 18 May at South Essex College, to celebrate Adult Learners’ Week. The family-friendly event hosted by adult learners was open to anyone looking to upskill, improve their job prospects or simply learn for fun.
Walsall Adult and Community College
WACC (Walsall Adult and Community College) held a massive range of taster sessions to whet the appetite of new learners at various venues throughout Adult Learners’ Week. From Saturday 18 May to Friday 24 May, the Ofsted Outstanding-rated College ran a programme for people of all ages to introduce them to the benefits of lifelong learning. The sessions were free to attend and were arranged to inspire residents with ideas for a new career, improve their job prospects, progressing to higher education or learn for fun.
Isle of White Taster Sessions
There were loads of taster workshops going on around the Isle of Wight as part of Adult Learners Week. For example: Fantasy Art with Wax, Qigong (a type of Chinese martial arts) or even learning Chinese calligraphy. Barnados in Ryde ran taster workshops for adults between 16 to 20 May.
Morley College Exhibition
To encourage adult learning, Morley College in SE1 hosted a month-long free exhibition of drawings by its students in the run-up to and during Adult Learners Week. Following on from the success of the first exhibition in 2011, this year’s showcase and competition was even bigger and better, attracting a total of 463 entries, of which 70 exceptional works were chosen for display by a distinguished panel of judges. The final winner was presented with a £1000 prize by the artist and Morley Gallery patron, Maggi Hambling.