'New thinking' needed to boost adult learning, warns Learning and Work Institute

Stephen Evans, CEO of Learning and Work Institute, says lifelong learning is key for the future

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Improving access to learning and skills is "the closest we have to a silver bullet” to combat post-Brexit uncertainty, according to chief executive of the Learning and Work Institute.

Stephen Evans, who recently took over from David Hughes at the helm of the organisation, has stressed that “learning throughout life” must be at the heart of the UK's plans for the future. He was speaking today at the Festival of Learning, formerly known as Adult Learners' Week.

Mr Evans said: “This year’s Festival of Learning takes place in the context of the Brexit vote and uncertainty over the future. We have a new government, led by a new prime minister who has set out an ambition to lead the country so that it ‘works for everyone’.

“Improving access to learning and skills is the closest we have to a silver bullet for achieving this. At Learning and Work Institute, we believe that learning throughout life must be at the heart of the Prime Minister's plan to achieve her ambition. As well as that, we need new thinking to inspire adults to get back into learning.”

Today sees the Festival of Learning Awards 2016, which recognises indviduals and institutions who have contributed to improving learning opportunities across the UK, take place in Birmingham.

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