Why not Have a Go during Festival of Learning this June!

Every year the Festival of Learning encourages organisations to hold free taster sessions and learning activities for adults to inspire them to discover the benefits of learning and developing new skills.

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The Festival of Learning encourages organisations and colleges to host free taster and 'have a go' events throughout June. Across the country, Festival of Learning taster sessions will be held in colleges, libraries, community centres – and increasingly workplaces.

Organisers are confident there will be something for everyone and feel that encouraging individuals to love to learn is a key part of getting the best out of people. 

An event organised by Union Learning Reps could well be someone’s first positive learning experience, or a reminder of just how fun it can be, leaving them keen to enrol on further courses.

Over recent years unions have held a large number of different activities and tasters during the Festival of Learning or Adult Learners Week. These have included:

  • UNISON Reps in Dorset working with the local council to put on a health and wellbeing day 
  • Usdaw Reps working with retail stores across the country to hold 'Check Out Learning', providing information on a range of subjects from English and maths, computer courses and digital photography
  • RCM members setting up a community choir at work
  • POA Learning opening a new learning centre
  • PCS Learning Reps running a week of activities from mindfulness to ICT
  • CWU Reps encouraging lunchtime learning and book clubs at sorting offices

This is just a few of the many activities that happened – and the possibilities are endless.

Unionlearn has a lot of resources to help you make your learning event a success. You can visit the unionlearn website for case studies to help give ideas or inspiration, you can order Quick Reads to start a workplace book club or get packs of Value My Skills cards to run a Mid Life Career session.

For those running Learning Centres, this is a great opportunity to highlight some of the free and accredited online courses available to learners at the moment.

There are hundreds of events going on across the country, and they cover a wide and diverse series of subjects. You can go to a lunchtime talk at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology about Archaeology and the Middle East in World War I or try an Introduction to British Sign Language at South Thames College. You could try your hand at Painting Skies Using Watercolour at Lancashire Adult Learning or have a go at getting to grips with a Taste of PowerPoint at Norfolk Community Learning Services.

Go to the Festival of Learning website to see what’s on near you, and if you are holding an event don’t forget to register it on their website. https://www.festivaloflearning.org.uk/

Let unionlearn know how your event went by contacting me at [email protected]

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Keith Hatch

Keith Hatch is a unionlearn Projects Support Officer covering communications and the unionlearn website and social media platforms.

Keith is always on the lookout for a good story to show the work that unions do supporting workplace learning and skills.