Adult learning creates new opportunities

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Adult learning creates new opportunities

Thursday 8th June, 2017

Adult Learners in Stirling receiving their ASDAN Employability certificates on completion of their programme

Becoming a volunteer, applying for college courses and communicating better are just some of the ways that learning has created new opportunities for adult learners in Stirling who gave their views in a recent survey.

Learners said that classes were more relaxed than previous learning experiences, more specific to their needs and interests and the groups were small and friendly with support from tutors and volunteers.

Taking part in learning has improved health and wellbeing and developing new skills has helped with home and family lives.  Around a third of learners said that they are now more able to help family members with homework. 

Learners have more job opportunities and improved skills for the workplace, with a third of learners saying that learning has helped them to gain employment. 
Community life has also improved, learners are more aware of what is on offer locally and for one learner, has led to volunteering opportunities in a sewing class.

Lesley Gallagher, Service Manager for Regeneration said: “The feedback from this survey evidences the real difference that the work of the Learning and Employability Team is making to the lives of adult learners across the Council area.”

Adult learners completed the survey during 2016 in classes.  60% of learners are aged 26-55 years old, around two thirds are female, 45% are unemployed and 1 in 10 respondents do not speak English as their first language.  Conditions affecting learning include; learning disability, mental health, sensory impairment, dyslexia and mobility.  45% of respondents do not have any qualifications and 18% have no access to technology at home.

Photo Caption: Adult Learners in Stirling receiving their ASDAN Employability certificates on completion of their programme.

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