One of the key recommendations of the OECD report which is informing the creation of the next Skills Strategy for NI, was the need to build a culture of lifelong learning.
The Forum wants to start (and maintain) a conversation on this exciting proposal which we believe should be central to our next Programme for Government, as well as contributing to the Skills Strategy.
Join us on 19th March to begin our exploration of the contribution of adult learning in this development with keynotes from:
Ellen Boeren (University of Glasgow) – Professor of Adult Education. Ellen co-edited the Fourth Global Report on Adult Learning and Education with UNESCO Institute of Lifelong Learning and worked as a consultant for the European Commission. She also led the Scottish team within the EUR 2.5 million Horizon 2020 project ENLIVEN ‘Encouraging Lifelong Learning for an Inclusive and Vibrant Europe’.
Fiona Aldridge (Learning & Work Institute) – Director for Policy & Research. Fiona has more than 20 years’ experience in the adult learning and skills sector, and currently works across a range of policy areas including apprenticeships and T Levels, with a particular focus on building the capacity of local areas, providers and employers to lead and respond to changes in post-16 education and skills.
As always the event will be interactive and we want to encourage all participants to share views and ideas and commit to working with us to ensure that adult learning stakeholders from across the full range of sectors have a chance to shape and drive such an initiative.
Our plan is to follow up on this initial conversation with a conference on the autumn.