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Adult Education: too important to be left to chance

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The All Party Parliamentary Group on Adult Education’s first report, based on independent research from Warwick University’s Institute for Employment Research (IER), warns that a national policy for adult education could disappear by 2020 due to adult and community learning being ignored by areas reviews and skills devolution.

The five key recommendations of the report are:

  • Establish a national and regional strategy for adult education, health, employability and wellbeing
  • The new commissioning system needs to have an adult education framework that seeks to rebuild and rebalance resources fairly for adults across the different life stages
  • Provide careers information, advice and guidance in local communities and building capacity in the adult education workforce to make greater use of labour market intelligence and mid-life reviews
  • Ensure a systematic approach to identifying and gathering evidence on the full impact of adult education
  • More employers need to step up and offer opportunities to adults, particularly older adults keen to remain active in employment 

Read the report here

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