Adult learning is so important – and yet, it’s never really celebrated.
However, at Hotcourses this is about to change as we’ve been announced as a partner for the upcoming Festival of Learning.
Previously known as Adult Learner’s Week, the Festival of Learning takes the time to celebrate individuals, tutors, employers and projects that have made an impact thanks to adult learning. Run by the Learning and Work Institute, an independent policy and research organisation, the awards not only acknowledge people making a significant difference, but seeks to encourage people to discover the power of learning.
A really emotive example of this was Geraldine Crimmins who was the National Winner last year after turning her entire life around. Enrolling on an art course at Westminster Adult Education Service was the catalyst in helping her overcome some serious struggles.
‘I’d lost two businesses, I lost my house and I’d lost my reputation, then I started to paint. It gave me meaning and purpose in life again. Crisis helped me as well because they helped me rebuild my life. I went to their classes, and then eventually I felt confident enough to do a course here,’ she explained.
The impact of adult learning goes far beyond professional progression. It can sometimes be therapeutic when it comes to emotional healing and allowing people, like Crimmins, to find a purpose again.
Whilst it’s important to encourage young learners to make the most of the educational opportunities available to them, we shouldn’t forget about adults. This is why the Festival of Learning is a breath of fresh air. Through these awards and calls for nominations, adults will hopefully feel that their efforts and achievements haven’t been simply brushed under the carpet.
All achievements are worth celebrating.
Nominations are currently open until 5pm on March 31st. There are four main nomination categories:
When completing the online nomination form, you will need to specify:
There are a complete set of guidance notes that are available on the official website.
Nominations are taken via the Festival of Learning website: https://www.festivaloflearning.org.uk/2017-award-nominations/
Once you have registered, you are free to submit as many nominations as you want.
If you’re at the start of your learning journey however, there are thousands of courses waiting to be found on Hotcourses. Browse our Career Guides if you’re interested in revamping your entire professional life, or simply browse our courses and classes to find what you’re looking for.
Safeera is Editor of Hotcourses and a journalist from Kingston University. Always the inquisitive, her writing spans across a number of areas such as sustainability, fashion, lifestyle and now education. Her belief that you never stop learning and passionate nature has taken her to New York City as part of her degree and across the airwaves on national radio talking about the issues that matter to her.