Danny Price, Researcher, Learning and Work Institute
As part of the VocTech Challenge: Skills for an economy in transition, Ufi VocTech Trust (Ufi) and Learning and Work Institute (L&W) are working with local stakeholders across the UK with expertise in education, employment and skills, to identify the key local barriers to adult participation in learning and consider what actions we can take to address those barriers together. We are pleased to share some of the themes arising from our discussions to date.
In October 2023, L&W and Ufi led an online workshop with stakeholders from Hull’s education and voluntary sectors. We identified the current challenges and opportunities for adult learning in the city:
L&W and Ufi believe that for many people in Hull the value placed on learning is often outweighed by the range of social, economic, or dispositional barriers to learning. To boost engagement in learning, we want to tip the balance by promoting the long-term benefits of learning, while supporting people to overcome the barriers they face.
Early conversations suggest that to support this ambition, the Hull partnership could focus on:
Over the next few months, Ufi and L&W will continue to work closely with stakeholders in Hull to develop the next steps in the programme.
We welcome involvement from local organisations working in education, employment and skills and any feedback on our discussions to date.