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The art of passing on new skills.

Byline: CHRISTOPHER KNOX

THE North East's leading qualification provider, NCFE, is celebrating the 20th International Adult Learners' Week this week by inviting staff to share their unique knowledge and skills with colleagues in a series of workshops.

Volunteers from the Newcastle.-based company have been showcasing their hidden talents throughout the week, as they deliver sessions on subjects as diverse as Indian head massage, face painting, creative writing, jewellery making, and the world of whisky. Adult Learners' Week celebrates learning in May each year, inspiring thousands of people to try something new.

The initiative is celebrated in 55 countries across the world and is the largest drive for learning of its kind.

During the week-long festival of learning, events take place in workplaces, libraries, cafes, museums and colleges across the country, motivating adults of all ages and backgrounds to take up new activities.

NCFE, which was last month crowned overall winner in the Culture for Success Awards 2011, places a strong emphasis on employee development and takes part in Adult Learners' Week year on year.

David Grailey, chief executive of NCFE, said: "At NCFE, we're passionate about creating opportunities for learning and achievement for people of all ages. Everyone has different skills and talents and I believe that Adult Learners' Week is an excellent way to celebrate learners and their unique talents.

"The key to NCFE's success is undoubtedly the people who work for our company and that's why we're committed to making this a great place to work and encouraging employee learning and development."

NCFE provides each employee with an annual personal development allowance which is used for all sorts of professional and non-work related learning, from horse riding to rock climbing.

To find out what's going on in your area visit www.alw.org.uk

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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:May 19, 2011
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