Kate Parker

FE awards shine light on benefits of lifelong learning

While the decision to enter adult education isn’t always easy, it can have a transformational effect on people’s lives, as the winners of this year’s Festival of Learning Awards can attest. Kate Parker reports

FE awards shine light on benefits of lifelong learning

Lifelong learning is having a moment. The impact of the pandemic, combined with the effects of Brexit, means that hundreds of thousands of adults have recently found themselves out of work or needing to upskill or retrain. And, of course, as many people were forced to stay at home for long stretches over the past 16 months, they were taking up new hobbies in droves – hands up if you baked banana bread for the first time or downloaded Duolingo – and educated themselves from their own sofas, just for the joy of it.

The Department for Education is placing increased value on lifelong learning ...

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