Bringing adult learning within reach

The WEA works with hundreds of partners every year to bring adult learning within reach for thousands of learners each and every year.

Our partnerships play a vital role in reaching communities that other organisations cannot.

These partnerships range from large-scale projects working with adults facing multiple disadvantages to small projects working with local delivery partners in communities.

We work with over 450 partners and these partnerships play a vital role in our delivery, enabling us to reach 30,000 learners across England and Scotland each year.

The WEA has over 100 funded education contracts outside our ESFA and devolved adult education budget funded contracts. These range from large scale projects working with adults facing multiple disadvantage to small projects working with local delivery partners in communities to deliver ESOL, volunteering, digital, mental health courses and more. 

You can learn more about some of our partners in our impact report.

As a voluntary sector organisation and a charity, we are really keen to work with partners across the country to develop opportunities and progression routes for all adults facing disadvantage in your communities. 

Partners who work with WEA and help us break down barriers to learning include:

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Local authorities

Cumbria County Council contacted the WEA to discuss how we might help them deliver their Multiply programme. We devised an asynchronous course designed to improve Numeracy ”by stealth” with modules on the cost of living and wellbeing.

Housing associations

The WEA has worked with Clarion, the largest Housing Association in Europe for over five years supporting tenants to improve their digital skills.


White Rose Beauty College, an Ofsted outstanding provider have been subcontracting with the WEA out of the Central Manchester College of Health and Beauty delivering complimentary health qualifications for several years as part of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority Adult Education Budget contract.

Companies and corporates

Lloyds Banking Group spent five years as an Employer Partner of the WEA as part of their Corporate Social Responsibility pledge to provide volunteers and financial support. Danone invested in the WEA to ensure a legacy for their HEY programme. The WEA converted the programme designed to support healthy eating for children and families into online delivery.

Further Education colleges 

Skills and Education Group came to the WEA to help pilot their Level 1 Award in Workers’ Rights and Labour Exploitation which we have gone on to deliver as part of our core curriculum. 

Voluntary organisations, charities, CICs or Social Enterprises

Clear Voice, the trading arm of Migrant Help, commissioned the WEA to deliver a Community Interpreting pathway to support Migrants to become Community Interpreters. 

If you wish to discuss your needs further, then please contact Nick Howard, National Partnerships Manager on 07825 111536, or complete the webform below.

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