Institutes for Adult Learning

The Institutes for Adult Learning (IAL) are: City Lit, Morley College, Hillcroft College, Northern College, Ruskin College, Working Men’s College, Mary Ward Centre, Fircroft College and the Workers’ Educational Association. Each has its own identity, mission and distinctive approach, which we believe adds to the rich diversity of adult community education. As a group we also share joint belief in the power of adult community education to deliver social justice, stronger families and communities, healthy ageing, digital inclusion, social mobility, employability and many other cross-government priorities.

Each of our courses and programmes is designed to help people develop literacy, numeracy, digital and other basic skills that help them lead more productive lives at work, at home and in society. Every day we see the power of education to transform lives and communities.

The IALs have been educating and supporting adults in their learning for over 160 years. Over the course of a parliament we will collectively provide educational and learning opportunities for more than 600,000 people.

We provide a vast and comprehensive range of programmes that offer something for every community, especially the most disadvantaged, in Britain. From English, maths and computing skills to cultural and civic studies, the IALs give adult learners diverse experiences which have a proven impact on their confidence, self-esteem, parenting, motivation and life goals. In all our courses we embed skills needed for work and life.

We work in partnership both with one another and with other learning providers to deliver and promote the value of adult community education across the UK. At the heart of what we offer is equal access to education and learning at every stage of life. We recognise that giving people a second chance to learn is a vital part of any skills strategy.

As a group, we provide nationally significant education to adults from across the country. We reach the students who are largely un-catered for by mainstream providers and play a major role in raising aspirations for some of the nation’s most disadvantaged communities. This vital work must continue if the UK is to bridge the skills and productivity gap which evidence shows is holding back the economy.

For more information please contact Chris Butcher