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Let’s get digital for Adult Learners’ Week

Adult Learners’ Week (25 June – 1 July 2016) is an annual campaign which celebrates and promotes adult learning opportunities. Now in over 55 countries worldwide, its intention in Wales is to signpost the huge variety of courses available to the adult learner, and to prompt adults across the country into returning to learning

Each year, thousands of adults in Wales participate in Adult Learners’ Week activities. This is achieved by working with a host of private and public organisations on the promotion of free taster events, local outreach activities and short courses.

Adult Learners’ Week is run by the Learning and Work Institute and, last year, recorded the following achievements:
• There were a total of 400 have-a-go events with 10,000 participants
• 46% of people surveyed said that ‘they were more willing to take up learning’
• 57% of people strongly felt that they were ‘more confident about learning new skills’
• 63% of people attended an event to enhance their job prospects or learn a skill

There will be lots of ‘have a go’ and taster sessions, open days and other learning activities taking place across Wales, including some with a digital theme. There is an online database of Adult Learners’ Week activities that you can search on to find an event that’s taking place near you.

So, for example, you might want to go to…’Computer skills drop-in’ at Plas Madoc Opportunity Centre, in Wrexham on 1st July, ‘Computer, laptop and iPad help’ at Pontardawe Library on 30th June, or ‘An Introduction to Social Media’ at the Neighbourhood Learning Centre, Penydre, Merthyr Tydfil on 28th June…to name but a few. In fact, the session in Penydre is one of several involving Digital Communities Wales during the week.

You can search for digital-themed events by going on to the online database and using search terms such as ‘computer’, ‘laptop’, ‘social media’, ‘tablet’, ‘digital’ and others.

If you’re already active on Twitter you’ll find the Learning and Work Institute at @LearnWorkCymru, with the Adult Learners’ Week hashtag #gwyldysgu. Happy learning!