Launch Signals a Strengthening of Adult Learning in Wales27-April-2017
Minister for Lifelong Learning and Welsh Language Alun Davies AM, Speaking at the event
27 April 2017 marked the network launch of Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales, an independent voluntary adult education movement and the largest all-Wales provider of adult learning - coming as the result of mergers between the WEA (Workers’ Educational Association) in north and south Wales, Coleg Harlech, and YMCA Wales Community College.
Speaking at the organisations Senedd event, Acting Chief Executive Kathryn Robson highlighted, “We are determined to be the natural foundation on which the future of Adult Learning in Wales is built.”
“With a globalised labour market and new technologies transforming how we live and work, our approach - enabling every adult to take ownership of their own learning and development - is more important than ever. Our challenge is to remain high performing, innovative and financially sustainable.”
Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales is committed to providing educational opportunities for all adults - especially those outside traditional education provision - interested in their own learning and the learning needs of their communities. It ensures access to education for adults from all backgrounds but with a focus particularly on those who have missed out on learning.
Kathryn Robson reflected, “The history of the WEA delivering adult community and workplace learning to those from all backgrounds in Wales since 1907, of Coleg Harlech with its proud traditions since 1927, and of YMCA rooted in supporting those who do not wish to follow traditional education routes – all this places our learners at the heart of everything we do. By bringing these organisations together we now have a wider curriculum, reaching more communities, enhancing the knowledge and skills of individuals and equipping them to play an active and democratic part in local, national and international communities. This committed approach is set to continue, helping to ensure the provision of educational opportunities for all adults now and into the future.”
She continued, “Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales provides courses for over 18,000 people on a part-time basis in the community or through the workplace, in partnership with voluntary organisations, trades unions and employers. Classes are provided in local settings and in venues most appropriate to our learners, where we actively support communities across Wales. Learning takes place within comfortable, familiar learning environments which appeals to those looking to learn new skills, from school leavers to retired people.”