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Posted: 15/05/13

Shining the spotlight on adult learning

The benefits of being an adult student will be highlighted by West Nottinghamshire College next week.

As part of national Adult Learners’ Week (18-24 May) the college’s higher education team will be at Mansfield’s Four Season’s Shopping Centre throughout the week to advise the public about its range of university-level courses.

On Wednesday (22 May) the college’s adult and community education team will be commending adult students at a presentation at Titchfield and Oakham Children’s Centre in Mansfield. 

Students will receive certificates and awards in recognition of their progress and achievements on a range of courses which are funded by the Adult and Community Learning Service through Nottinghamshire County Council.  Courses include return to work and confidence building programmes as well as nail art, food hygiene and cake decorating courses.

Also on Wednesday at Mansfield Library on West Gate, more adult learners will be presented awards for their progress on courses run through the college’s adult and community education team. Team members will be on hand to offer advice to the public on the range of courses from 10am to 12pm and people can ‘have a go’ on a nail art taster session. 

Head of business, professional and continuing education Dawn Stewart said: “Coming back into education after a number of years can be quite a big step for many adults. 

“At West Nottinghamshire College we have many courses aimed at varying abilities from entry level through to university-level.  Choosing to study later in life can change an person’s career, improve their confidence or fulfil a lifelong learning ambition.”

Adult Learners’ Week is a national celebration of the opportunities available for adults to explore different kinds of learning; whether they want to get a better job, try something new for fun, improve their physical and mental health or learn skills to support family and community.

Co-ordinated by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE), the week-long festival of learning is backed by thousands of supporters including councils, colleges and other education-providers.