Funders and Partners
The ongoing success of Adult Learners’ Week owes so much to the contribution of our funders and partners.
If you would like to find out more about supporting Adult Learners' Week, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The European Social Fund (ESF) aims to improve employment opportunities in the European Union by supporting Member States' employment and skills policies. In England, in 2007-2013, the ESF is investing £2.5 billion in jobs and skills. It is giving people who need support the most, including those in the most disadvantaged communities, the tools and help they need to fulfil their potential. Find out more about the European Social Fund
The Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) is the department for economic growth. The department invests in skills and education to promote trade, boost innovation and help people to start and grow a business. Find out more about the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills
NOCN is a leading awarding organisation that has been creating amazing opportunities for over 30 years. It is passionate about life long learning and works closely with its customers to ensure all NOCN qualifications are designed to meet the needs of a dynamic economy. NOCN is proud to be a sponsor of Adult Learners' Week. Find out more about NOCN
The National Careers Service provides information, advice and guidance to help people make decisions on learning, training and work opportunities. The service offers confidential and impartial advice. This is supported by qualified careers advisers. Find out more about the National Careers Service
David Harbourne, Acting Chief Executive of the Edge Foundation, commented:
“We cannot underestimate the importance of providing people, whatever their age, with the opportunity to learn new skills. Our economy is evolving all the time, and people of all ages need to be able to keep their skills and knowledge up to date, secure new qualifications, and have the option of retraining for entirely new careers.
“The Edge Foundation recognises the enormous value of the Festival of Learning as a platform for highlighting the learning opportunities available across the country. Hopefully, the next government will hear the message loud and clear and protect the adult skills budget from further devastating cuts.
“We wish the Festival every success.”
The Association of Employment and Learning Providers (AELP) is the leading trade association for vocational learning and employment providers in Britain. The majority of its 600+ members are independent private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training and employment services organisations. Membership is open to any provider committed to quality provision and it includes over 50 FE colleges involved in work based learning. 70% plus of apprenticeships in England are delivered by AELP members.
HEART is a partnership of twelve West Yorkshire Higher Education providers who work collaboratively to raise aspirations, improve attainment and support progression. HEART is delighted to support the awards for the third year running and to be able to celebrate the learning and achievements of all learners not just those nominated for and receiving awards. For more information please visit: http://www.heart.ac.uk/
Open College Network West Midlands is a leading national awarding organisation, regulated by Ofqual, the Welsh Government and the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA), to develop and award nationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit: http://www.opencollnet.org.uk/
Aquarius is a charity that strives to help people overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling. They work closely with individuals, families and friends to lessen the impact caused by the behaviour of a loved one. Their vision is that individuals, families and communities should have the opportunity to lead full and empowered lives that are free from the negative influences of alcohol, drugs and gambling. They support people to overcome the harms caused by alcohol, drugs and gambling by providing responsive and effective services. For more information please visit: www.aquarius.org.uk
If you’re a mum looking for flexible work, or thinking of starting up your own business, Successful Mums London has everything you need to make a go of it. As a leading career and enterprise organisation we support mums by offering career advice and training programmes, as well as access to employer networks. To find out more, please visit: http://www.successfulmums.co.uk/.
Surrey Lifelong Learning Partnership (SLLP) is a charity which works to ensure that those in Surrey and beyond who have missed out on learning in the past, have opportunities to learn and to reach their full potential. We see the inspiration, motivation and life changing benefits that people taking part in adult learning receive and enthusiastically support Adult Learners’ Week to celebrate their achievements. For more information, please visit: http://www.surreyllp.org.uk/
Kingston University is a large and diverse institution, with an undergraduate body of 21,000 students that come from all over the world. Around 40% of our new students each year are over 21 years old and so adult learners form a huge part of Kingston University. For more ingormation, please visit: http://www.kingston.ac.uk/.
AptEd for their sponsorship of the Lifelong Learning Award and the welcome drinks. AptEd is a national Awarding Organisation. Their mission is to provide access to learning, enable progression and transform lives through education.
One Awards mission is to support learning and widen opportunity by recognising achievement through credit-based courses and qualifications. We’ve been doing this for over 20 years and have an outstanding track record of providing innovative solutions to our network of providers. We are passionate about providing a high quality accreditation service which supports the fantastic work of our recognised centres and learners and are proud to be a sponsor of Adult Learners Week. Find out more about the One Awards