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Learning & Work Institute Turns 100!
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2nd of June, 20212nd of June, 2021

Learning & Work Institute Turns 100!

FALNI has been working closely with Learning & Work since 2014 when we became involved in the UK’s EAAL programme (European Agenda on Adult Learning), but many people in Northern Ireland involved in adult learning will also remember its previous incarnation as NIACE (National Institute for Adult Continuing Education). Alan Tuckett, for many years the...

Skills Strategy Consultation
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31st of May, 202131st of May, 2021

Skills Strategy Consultation

The much-awaited Skills Strategy Consultation is now open and will remain open until 19th August. The report can be downloaded from our Reports/Resources page, but you will also want to go to https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/dfe-skills-and-business-development-group/skills-strategy-for-northern-ireland/ to access the link for responses. The commitment to building a culture of lifelong learning is still there, and it is one...

Recommendations for the new Skills Strategy from Learning & Work Institute
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10th of May, 202110th of May, 2021

Recommendations for the new Skills Strategy from Learning & Work Institute

Recent blog from our colleagues at L&W highlighting points made in their report A Higher Skills Ambition for Northern Ireland (commissioned by the OCNNI) – which can be downloaded from our Reports/Resources page – https://learningandwork.org.uk/news-and-policy/northern-irelands-forthcoming-skills-strategy-must-be-ambitious-in-its-plans-to-improve-learning-and-skills-outcomes/ To hear more about the Skills Strategy why not book a place at our webinar on 8th June – see...

Latest Impact Forum Webinar
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5th of May, 20215th of May, 2021

Latest Impact Forum Webinar

The next webinar will be on June 8th – see our Events page for details and link to Eventbrite to book your place. We continue to focus on the future and seek to provide you with information, ideas and stimulus to help your thinking of where adult/lifelong learning in Northern Ireland goes in the future....

Family Learning – a neglected area in Northern Ireland
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16th of April, 202117th of April, 2021

Family Learning – a neglected area in Northern Ireland

An Interim report has now come out from the Expert Panel on Educational Underachievement in NI. In its conclusion it states that ‘Educational inequalities of disadvantaged pupils should be tackled not only at school level but also beyond the school gates.’ In coming months the Panel will develop its thinking across a number of themes,...

Supporting women’s professional and personal development through education and training.
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29th of March, 202129th of March, 2021

Supporting women’s professional and personal development through education and training.

First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) has provided a unique service to women in Mid-Ulster for almost 22 years. Based in Dungannon, the Centre provides education and training, support and guidance, along with exceptional opportunities and friendship to women across Mid-Ulster. Up to 300 women per year access training across a wide range of vocational areas which is...

Decision Making of Adult Learners Below Level 2
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26th of March, 202126th of March, 2021

Decision Making of Adult Learners Below Level 2

A report just out from our colleagues at the Learning & Work Institute into how adults with qualifications below level 2 make decisions about whether or not to take up learning. Many of the findings confirm barriers and motivations found generally in research around the uptake of learning by adults, but given recent shifts to...

NI College of the Future Report
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25th of March, 202125th of March, 2021

NI College of the Future Report

The Independent Commission on the College of the Future today launched its final report which focuses on Northern Ireland. The report argues that colleges are the vehicles to regionally balance the economy, support businesses to adapt to a green and digital economy and provide better skills opportunities for those out of work. It adds that...

We Are ALE – Global Campaign
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24th of March, 202124th of March, 2021

We Are ALE – Global Campaign

There is a new campaign launched just this week and coordinated by the International Council for Adult Education ( http://icae.global/en/), It is a global alliance of networks, associations and organisations for adult learning and education (ALE). It recognises the fundamental importance of ALE (Adult Learning & Education) for justice, well-being and change. While the UN’s...

OCN NI Learner Awards 2021 – Deadline Extended
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19th of March, 202119th of March, 2021

OCN NI Learner Awards 2021 – Deadline Extended

Due to high demand, the nomination deadline has been extended until 12 noon on Friday the 2nd April It’s not too late to submit a nomination for the OCN NI Recognising Learning Endeavour Awards 2021. Read more at https://www.ocnni.org.uk/learner-awards-2021/ including a video of the Awards Launch.