Joyce Black, Head of skills for life
NIACE (England and Wales) is the largest organisation working to promote the interests of adult learners and potential adult learners in the UK. We are a charity, a company limited by guarantee and a member-led, non-governmental organisation. Our aim is to increase the numbers of adults participating in adult learning – especially those who have benefited least from previous education and training- and ensure that the quality of the learning experience is the highest possible. NIACE seeks to influence decision makers responsible for public policy that affects adults as learners.
We operate across all post-compulsory education and training sectors and work with other agencies as much as we can to secure the interests of adult learners. NIACE is particularly concerned that good quality literacy, numeracy and ESOL learning is available to adults regardless of their status, disability or learning difficulty, age, race or ethnicity, including adults with skills at Entry level 2 and below.
Our research and development work on literacy, numeracy and ESOL is usually part of wider work on literacy, numeracy, ESOL or workplace learning projects, because those skills are integral to so many other aspects of learning.
NIACE runs a number of high profile campaigns, to raise the demand for learning and skills and to celebrate outstanding learning achievements. Adult Learners’ Week is the UK’s largest and longest-running festival of learning with the aim of promoting adult learning in all its diversity. The Quick Reads initiative is a major collaboration between leading authors, publishers, government bodies, educationalists, the BBC and many more.
NIACE is an active member of The European Association for the Education of Adults, and maintains strong working relationships with The Euro-WEA and The Council of Europe. We are also part of the Consortium of European Research and Development Institutes for Adult Education (ERDI). NIACE is an active member of The International Council of Adult Education and also works with many other relevant bodies.
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