The impact of adult learning across the UK identifies a range of economic and social policy challenges confronting the four nations today and argues that adult learning can make an important contribution to addressing these and promoting a fairer and more inclusive society.
In 2018, Learning and Work Institute and FETL started discussing these ideas with a range of practitioners across the UK’s very different adult learning systems. We were conscious that the latest research from the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning and the European Commission showed that adult learning has a positive impact on all areas of our lives.
Furthermore, L&W’s report Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: the impact of adult learning across the UK recommended a number of ways adult learning strategies could be improved to maximise this impact. This was a timely report: as the devolution of education and skills funding across
the UK, has prompted administrations to look at how adult learning contributes to a range of policy agendas.
A number of key thinkers from across UK further and adult education were commissioned to write short think pieces on the implications for leadership and workforce development.