FOR those of us employed in or participating in education and training, the concept of lifelong learning is part of our everyday lives. Sometimes, we forget that others may feel they are too old, or think it is too late for them, or that they are past learning or updating their skills.
Grwp Llandrillo Menai embraces the vision for society in which lifelong learning from childhood to old age is the norm.
Adult and community learning is central to that vision.
The group utilises its adult and community learning resources and partnerships to provide a comprehensive programme of courses, tasters and activities to support the regeneration of communities in North Wales.
Employers and managers may be interested in this area of the group's provision, because it helps develop many skills for personal development, for use in the workplace, or to enable progression to further and higher education or to work, such as confidence, self-management, team working, problem solving, communication, literacy, numeracy and information technology.
Adult and community learning is also an important thread in the welfare to work agenda, providing vital opportunities for those not engaged in education, employment or training to participate in learning.
The strategy supports the Welsh Government's ambition for a self-confident, prosperous, healthy nation and society.
Grwp Llandrillo Menai is a member of the Conwy and Denbighshire Adult & Community Learning Partnership - Cyswllt Dysgu.
Its partners work closely together to ensure that provision is planned carefully, avoiding competition and duplication, and using any resources available for the benefit of learners and communities. Numerous flexible learning opportunities for adults, including short, part-time, on-line and full-time courses, are available.
The first step over the threshold is daunting for many learners, who lack confidence and have low self-esteem.
Small community colleges and community venues play an important role in providing a safe environment for returners to build their confidence as they develop their skills and knowledge.
Learners regularly praise the ability of the college staff to inspire and engage learners, their approachability and support, the excellent facilities available and the wide range of flexible opportunities.
In Conwy and Denbighshire, for example, Coleg Llandrillo has community colleges and centres in Abergele, Denbigh, the Bay Learning Centre in Colwyn Bay and provision in the Glasdir Centre in Llanrwst.
It also delivers in local libraries, community centres, churches, schools, Women's centres, football clubs, community houses, town halls and so on.
During Adult Learners' week (18-26 May), adults can have a go at learning something new, by trying out one of the many free taster sessions arranged by Coleg Llandrillo during that week.
. ? For further information, please contact the Learner Services staff on 01492 542 338/339.