Partnerships are at the heart of our social mission

Here at the WEA we work with a range of different partners who share our commitment to adult education.

Our current partners

The WEA works with over 450 partners and these partnerships play a vital role in our delivery, enabling us to reach 50,000 students across England and Scotland each year.

The WEA has over 100 funded education contracts outside of 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. 

These include:

  • Community organisations who we work with to deliver government funded courses across England 
  • Subcontractors in both Liverpool City Region and Greater Manchester combined authorities
  • Local authorities and colleges, who have contacted us to deliver adult and community learning
  • Partners in ESF funded projects across England and Scotland 
  • Employers and trade unions
  • Programme partners
  • Strategic partners who we work with to promote adult education


What our partners say about us:

  • 61% of our current partners said the partnership has had a positive impact on their community
  • 77% said their partnership with the WEA meets needs of their organisation
  • 80% said the courses we deliver are good/excellent


How we can work with you

As a voluntary sector organisation and a charity, we are really keen to work with partners in a range of different ways.


Delivery partners

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. 

We teach the skills people need in ways that other providers can't, whether that is employability skills, digital skills, ESOL, or health and wellbeing through to arts and crafts. Together we can reach people in the heart of your community and make a difference to those who need it most. 

To contact us about working together please email partnerships@wea.org.uk.

The WEA has enabled us to deeply enrich the provision for our clients. It has provided opportunities for young people to play an active role in shaping the learning that they are interested in pursuing, whilst teaching beneficial life skills, such as cooking, project management, confidence and self-esteem.