About Us

Addysg Oedolion Cymru | Adult Learning Wales is an independent voluntary adult education movement, committed to widening participation, promoting active citizenship and skills development and providing the best quality learning, through a collaborative approach, working across the whole of Wales. We provide access to education from pre-entry level learning to level four qualifications. The learning opportunities offered by us are for adults from all backgrounds, with a particular focus on those who have missed out on learning. We specialise in providing opportunities in the community and in the workplace and work in partnership with local, regional and national bodies in the statutory, private and the third sectors.

What we do

We promote a broad education offer with a commitment to inclusiveness, cultural enrichment, health and wellbeing, and equality which improves social justice and community engagement; alongside which we offer highly focused education and training for employability, enterprise and skills development.

. . .and how we’re different

We are a membership organisation and our learners can actively engage with the planning and organisation of their learning. Our governance is founded on elected representatives which includes learners where we aim to be a voice for all adults learning in Wales.

Principles

We involve our learners, volunteers, branches, members, regional forums and other partners in:

  • Removing barriers to learning
  • Being responsive to learners, individuals, employers and communities
  • Making the most effective use of resources
  • Promoting learning for life
  • Enriching the civic and cultural life of Wales
  • Promoting of Welsh language and culture
  • Developing adult education thinking and practice

What our learners say

According to one of our learners, Joshua Dance, “I feel like I’ve learnt more here in the last few years than I did throughout my whole school life.”And a fellow learner, Clare James, notes the dramatic difference in her life following her learning with us: “I got to a point where I couldn’t see a way forward, I thought my life was over. I would isolate myself and I withdrew from the world. Walking through that classroom door was the hardest thing I’ve ever done – but now I’ll never look back. My zest for life has returned - I’m back to me again. The world is my oyster now.”And learner Scott Jenkinson reflects, “The experience I had of learning gave me a renewed sense of selfbelief and what I could achieve.”“Through my own experience of education, I was able to find freedom, not just from addiction but also freedom from the labels that I had carried for all those years; this in turn has helped to restore my identity and my confidence.”

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