Friday, 12 June 2015

Adult Learners’ Week: A celebration of lifelong learning

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Saturday 13th June marks the start of the 24th annual Adult Learners’ Week. It’s an opportunity to praise lifelong learning and the achievements of thousands of adult learners across the UK. To celebrate, NEC is offering a 15% discount on all courses* from 5pm today (Friday 12th June) until 5pm Friday 19th June 2015.

There are events taking place all week to raise the profile of adult learning opportunities. Taking part in an Adult Learner's Week event could be a great way to find a new hobby, make new friends and learn a new skill.

You’ll find free taster sessions in lots of different subjects from how to decorate a cookie and sewing techniques to digital imaging and learning a language, you can find taster sessions in your area on the Adult Learners’ Week website.

Other events that take place during the week are the regional and national awards ceremonies. These inspirational evenings celebrate the achievements of individual learners and organisations in categories such as Learning for Work and Digital Learning. Thousands of nominations for these awards are submitted each year by organisations who are proud of their learners and achievements.

NEC is no exception and although it is always difficult for us to choose just one student – we are proud of them all – this year we nominated Catherine Speechly. Catherine hasn’t won an award this time, but she did receive a certificate of achievement in recognition of her commitment to learning.

Catherine was frustrated when she was at school that she had to drop some subjects because there was a limit to the number of GCSEs pupils could do. Now in her 40s, she is catching up with the subjects she left behind. When Catherine wanted to study biology, she knew that distance learning was the right way to go as she would not have been able to work around a college timetable. She had already had a taste of open and distance learning when she did a course in web design a few years ago.
The decision to opt for NEC was a simple one: ‘When I enquired about the course, I got a proper reply from a human being rather than being sent in the direction of information on a website.’ The NEC also offered value for money in comparison with the other options she had researched and allowed her to study at her own pace. She began studying in May 2012 and passed her IGCSE with an A* two years later. She continues to study, and is now working on IGCSE French.
‘Distance learning with NEC has been just what I hoped it would be,’ says Catherine. ‘In fact, it has exceeded my expectations as everything has worked – the tutors and the course materials have all been great. The tutors are so encouraging with their comments and don’t inundate you with loads of heavy corrections. They manage to point you in the right direction with just a few words, even if you have lost the plot! I particularly liked the way NEC was able to arrange for me to sit my exams at a local centre. All I had to do was fill in a form, pay and turn up for the exams!’

The national awards ceremony takes place on Monday 15th June in London, and our CEO Ros Morpeth is pleased to be invited.

Are you planning on taking part in any events next week? Keep up-to-date with the latest Adult Learners’ Week news and talk about your learning experiences on Facebook and on Twitter using the hashtag #LoveToLearn!

To find lifelong learning opportunities with NEC, visit our website to browse our wide range of flexible distance learning courses.

*Not to be used in conjunction with any other offer. Only available when paying in full, and applied at the point of enrolment, not retrospectively.

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