If your water is rust coloured please run your cold water taps only (suggested taps: bathtub or laundry tub) until water runs clear. Youth and senior wristbands, as well as vouchers for adult wristbands, will be on sale leading up to the festival at Canadian Tire Deep River, who is our proud wristband sponsor this year.
The hosting of an event in Oxford each year was one of the conditions of the incredibly generous legacy gift of around £300,000 left to the WEA by Catherine and Fred Adler. A highly enjoyable part of this year’s event came when creative writing tutor Kate Joyce and two of her students Rita and Owen delivered their original, intertwining story of three individuals on the same day in Oxford City Centre each affected by issues of democracy. Emma Carney briefly touched on last year’s Save Adult Education campaign where 11,000 signatures and 500 letters to MPs resulted in a visit to 10 Downing Street and a positive outcome in the face of government cuts. With this year’s event providing further testimony to lives changed and opportunities provided, Fred and Catherine would be proud to know that the WEA are working hard to do justice to their wonderful gift. A local community arts group for adults with learning difficulties has been given the seal of approval from an esteemed panel at the Victoria & Albert Museum. As part of the celebrations, there will be awards ceremonies taking place later in the year, showcasing achievements of outstanding individuals, tutors, employers and projects in England. The materials consist of Power Point slides with activities, information, handouts and links to resources online.
For the first time in more than 50 years, the government has published a white paper on culture. According to the charity’s 2015 impact research, 81 per cent of all students at the WEA are involved in more cultural activities, which include reading, following their participation in a WEA class - regardless of the subject. British politician and academic Lord David Blunkett delivered the keynote speech at the evening reception. Events such as these serve to reiterate the value of adult education – it is something which we must strive to protect given its life-enhancing and life-changing effect. Gender parity is the theme for this year and individuals and groups are being urged to take action in order to accelerate equality for all.
As Christine Lagarde, chief executive of the IMF, said in the 2014 Dimbleby Lecture, women “face discrimination at birth, on the school bench, in the boardroom.
Carolyn Fairbairn, director general of the CBI, reminds us that far too few women run FTSE 100 companies and the pipeline of talent gets blocked by men who, more obviously, fit in. A survey carried out by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in 2013 ranked England and Northern Ireland 14th for adult literacy and 16th for adult numeracy.
According to the charity Go ON UK, nearly a quarter of the adult population lack basic digital skills, a phenomenon that affects women more than men, given time taken out because of childbirth. Which is why the WEA helps thousands of working people and those in the poorest communities to return to education, whatever their age or income.
Leading an organisation was something that I thought was beyond my grasp when growing up in a small Welsh mining town in the 1960s. My accent wasn’t right and the first time I was invited out for dinner I turned up at midday. Working in such a male dominated industry in the 1970s was no picnic and, despite coal being in my blood, career opportunities were non-existent for women. The majority of our students are women and many of them use courses as a means to reskill or retrain.
The importance of this was recently confirmed by the Centre for the Modern Family, a think-tank established by Scottish Widows.
Globalisation has the potential to open up opportunities and to encourage wider participation – and global organisations need seriously to address widening and deepening the talent pool if they want to continue to be successful.
Governments need to take tough action where human values of respect and dignity are compromised and we need to tackle head-on the biggest temptation of them all: to set our sights too low and quit the field when the battle is not yet won. Almost one in four UK workers are willing to take a pay cut in exchange for more flexible working hours as pressure builds on employers struggling to live up to employees’ expectations.
Whilst the study of 2,000 adults and 500 businesses found that almost a third (32%) of employees with children felt their employer provided equal support for all, only 20% without children agreed, and a similar proportion (21%) of those without children claimed that parents received better support.
The findings showed employers’ responses reflected this perception, with more than half (51%) offering flexibility for mothers with young children. Whilst businesses appear to be taking steps towards meeting the needs of parents in the workplace, varying barriers still exist when it comes to extending those policies to support employees more widely.
The study found that medium-sized businesses struggle the most – with almost a quarter (23%) saying they do what is legally required of them in terms of flexibility for families, but not any more than this for other employees.
Almost three quarters of medium-sized businesses (72%) would never consider offering full-time working from home, compared to half (51%) of micro and two-fifths (40%) of enterprise businesses. Half of medium businesses also said they would not consider offering part-time working from home, compared with 16% of enterprise and 22% of large businesses for the same reasons.
Almost a fifth of businesses (17%) have called for clearer information around the business benefits of flexible working – rising to a quarter (24%) in large businesses. However, employees feel it is the employer’s responsibility to offer solutions, and many are keen to see changes in the workplace.
Join us for the WEA biennial conference, which will be held on 11th and 12th March 2016 in Sheffield.
If your costs are being met by a WEA Region or Association Services, you can register online here. Ed Mayo is Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, the national business association for co-operative and mutual enterprises. Debate the future of Conference and the sutainability of the WEA - the latest agenda is available here. Current WEA Deputy President, Lynne Smith, is set to become President of the Association following an all member vote.
Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive and General Secretary commented: "I am sure that members, staff, volunteers and supporters of the WEA will join with me in congratulating Lynne Smith on her election as President of the WEA. Wessex Archaeology and the Workers’ Educational Association have forged a new partnership to promote and deliver educational outreach with heritage at its heart.
Wessex Archaeology Chief Executive Chris Brayne and Ruth Spellman, Chief Executive of the WEA, will be signing a memorandum of understanding at the Omega Centre in Portsmouth today.
Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Frank Jonas is attending to speak about the Mary Rose and WEA students will be there to help show that heritage themes can support the teaching of Stem (science, technology, engineering and maths) subjects and literacy.
Yesterday, Liberal Democrat peer Baroness Sharp led a debate in the House of Lords on the role of adult education and lifelong learning in strengthening the UK economy.
Speaking at the debate, Lord Watson of Invergowrie, noted the results of the WEA’s latest impact report which assessed the effect of our provision against our four curriculum themes. Lord Hennessy of Nympsfield, Lord Hunt of Chesterton, Lord Shipley and Baroness Garden of Frognal all referenced the charity and its role in ensuring that everyone has a chance to return to education.
The WEA is pleased to see this issue raised in parliament, and through the work of the APPG, will continue to champion the importance of lifelong learning to individuals, communities and wider society. The UK Commission for Employment and Skills (UKCES) has published its 2015 Employer Skills Survey which reports that, despite a surge in job openings, the number of positions left vacant because employers cannot find people with the skills or knowledge to fill them has risen by 130% since 2011. In our experience, ESOL students are hardworking and diligent, committed to contributing to their communities and wider society. Election for the post of PresidentSince two nominations have been received for the post of President, a ballot among WEA members will now decide which candidate will be elected to the post. If you were a registered member by 12 September 2015, you will be able to vote in the election. Elections of WEA Association Officers are supervised by the Standing Orders Committee appointed at the previous Association Conference. In order to be able to vote, members are required to have joined the WEA in England and Scotland on or before 12 September 2015. WEA London Region is looking for experienced, knowledgeable, flexible and creative adult educators for inclusion on our Tutor Panel. You should ideally have experience of working with educationally or socio-economically disadvantaged adults across a range of community settings. The report demonstrates that adult learning has an enormous impact on individuals and communities. The Autumn edition of WEA News is now available, including stories on our Save Adult Education campaign, Conference 16, the new All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education and much more.
Molly Morgan was a WEA volunteer who was tragically murdered on her way to a WEA course in 2009.
As the WEA leads the campaign to save adult education across England, colleagues in WEA Scotland give their support and solidarity, whilst reflecting on some key differences in Scotland. An award winning adult education student and a fashion tutor from Tower Hamlets joined shadow minister and Newcastle MP, Chi Onwurah, to deliver a petition of over 10,000 names to 10 Downing Street as part of a campaign to save adult education.
Adult education, which is funded by the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, represents only six per cent of the department’s spending devoted to education and training. With the government expecting that 13.5 million jobs will be created over the next 10 years but only 7 million young people coming into the workforce, there is a concern the loss of adult education services will mean that older workers will not be able to update their skills while employers will face a shortage of workers. On Thursday, 29 October 2015, the Higher Education Policy Institute (HEPI) published It’s the finance, stupid!
This collection of essays explains the catastrophic fall in part-time student numbers, which is harming the economy and limiting people’s ability to transform their lives, and proposes a range of options for tackling the problem. A study, published in the Royal Society’s Open Science journal, looked at how a series of adult education classes grew closer over seven months. Dr Eiluned Pearce, from Oxford’s Department of Experimental Psychology led the research. To test the theory, the researchers worked with charity the Workers' Educational Association (WEA), the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. Those attending the classes were given surveys before and after individual sessions in the first month, just before the break and at the end of the seven month course. We are sad to announce the recent death of Peter Quigley, who played an active role in the WEA for many years. I learned Peter Quigley had passed away on the evening of Tuesday 13th October in hospital following an operation, whilst I was attending a WEA Regional Heads Meeting in London.
Peter had also represented WEA Scotland nationally on the WEA Council and more recently on the Standing Orders Committee.
On the wider stage of life, Peter was a former English teacher, and Union Representative and this often meant that he was called on to represent members in disciplinary procedures. Knowing of my literary aspirations, Peter had chatted to me a couple of times about writing a book himself, though, ever cautious, he never revealed the plot. A forthright individual, Peter always challenged what he did not agree, but with a good heart and there are few who would not say that he sought to improve the WEA and its place in the world. WEA Scotland would wish to extend to Peter’s family and friends our sincere condolences. Please consider for a few moments Peter Quigley’s contribution to our lives and the life and success of the WEA.
Labour MP Holly Lynch has voiced support for the WEA's Save Adult Education campaign after meeting with our students and tutors last week. The Halifax MP, part of the 2015 intake, was invited to a screening of a campaign video produced by learners which captures the many reasons why adult education should be protected and supported. Commenting on the campaign, Holly said: "Adult education is essential in ensuring that people have the skills and the confidence to make the most of the opportunities available to them, either in employment or in life.
New WEA tutor Tracey Kettridge is interviewed in this month’s Prima magazine in a feature on inspirational women. In September, Tracey fulfilled another of her ambitions – to become a tutor with the WEA. Organisations from the education, business and employment sectors have joined forces to shine a spotlight on the hundreds of thousands of students studying part-time around the UK. The two largest providers of part-time higher education: The Open University and Birkbeck, University of London. Unionlearn – the learning and skills organisation of the TUC who last year who have helped over 220,000 people access training and development.
Workers' Educational Association (WEA) – the UK's largest voluntary sector provider of adult education. National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) – the national voice for lifelong learning. National Union of Students (NUS), which represents the voices on 7 million students including part-time and mature students.
CBI, whose 190,000 members employ nearly 7 million people, about one third of the private sector-employed workforce. With more than two million students currently settling into new university courses, a fifth of these will be studying part-time whilst juggling work and family responsibilities.
These part-time students are largely 'invisible' – they may not identify themselves as being a student, and are often overlooked in media and government reports in favour of reporting on the participation of younger, full-time students. The Government is currently preparing its Spending Review for the next 5 years and will announce its plans on November 25. Less than 6 per cent of Government spending on education and training is devoted to adult further education and skills. Putting this in context, over the next 10 years there will be 13.5 million more jobs but only 7 million young people coming into the workforce. Over the next few weeks we are hoping to reach thousands of students, members and supporters of the WEA as well as a vast range of partners and friends who share our concerns. I am deeply concerned that the cuts suggested for the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) will have a serious impact on the sustainability of adult education across England.
As a supporter of the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA), I have experienced the impact adult education can make. Please add in a personal statement of what the WEA means to you whether as a student volunteer or tutor.
The group has been formed to raise the profile of adult education, and in particular, the vital role it plays in providing high-quality educational provision to the most disadvantaged members of society. The group will be established as an All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) shortly after the launch. The launch event will be at 11am on Friday 18 September at Westgate Community College in Newcastle.
Created as part of the Further and Higher Education Act 1992, the SDIs offer a vast range of adult education courses for over 130,000 students across Britain each year, providing educational opportunities for every community in the country. The program is intended for businesses in retail, service, hospitality and small manufacturing sectors, primarily targeting individual entrepreneurs and small businesses in the County of Renfrew.
Based on their experience and knowledge, coaches will provide feedback, provide suggestions, generate ideas, and empower the client to make more effective decisions. If you have a great idea for a business and the entrepreneurial drive to see it through, then Starter Company is here to help you start your company.
You may qualify for up to $5,000 in funding, plus receive the invaluable guidance of a business mentor. Starter Company is an Ontario program that provides young people with the resources and knowledge that they need to start and grow their own business.
To qualify for funding of up to $5,000 you need to be able to contribute at least 25% of the grant amount in either cash or kind. For more information on Starter Company fill out the form below and we will contact you as soon as possible.
A youth entreprenuership program for students ages 15-29, delivered by Enterprise Renfrew County on behalf of the Ontario Government. Ontario students, that want a summer job they love, will have a chance to be their own boss this summer. Summer Company provides practical hands-on business training, mentoring and essential business skills they need to thrive. If you are a student between the ages of 15 and 29 who is in school and will be returning to school in the fall then you may qualified for the Summer Company Program. In the fall after you have successfully completed the Summer Company program you may qualify to receive an additional award of up to $1,500. Please be advised that we cover all of the County of Renfrew and sometimes our Renfrew location is closed due to business travel. The Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE) has been created to serve the diverse needs of the province’s small business community. No type of organization, including charities and non-profit organizations, is exempt from Canada's Anti-Spam legislation. If you use electronic channels to promote or market your organization, products or services, Canada's new Anti-Spam Law may affect you. Q: Do you use email, SMS, social media or instant messaging to send commercial or promotional information about your organization to reach customers, prospects and other important audiences? Based on the live pitches, the judges select six winners who are presented with reserved entry into the Summer Company program, a Nymi band from Nymi and a Muse brain-sensing headband by InteraXon. If you want to enter the competition but do not have a recording device contact our office and we can assist you with the recording, For more information or assistance contact Kim at: 613-735-8224. Summer Company offers mentorship, training and awards of up to $3,000 to students aged 15 to 29.
Helping young entrepreneurs succeed is part of the government's plan to build Ontario up and deliver on its number-one priority to grow the economy and create jobs. Almost 7,000 students across the province have launched a summer business through Summer Company since 2001.
In 2015, Ontario renewed investment of $250 million over two years for the Youth Jobs Strategy.
Through the Self-Employed Summer Co-operative Education Pilot, high school students enrolled in the Specialized High Skills Major (SHSM) program can earn up to two co-op education credits while particpating in the Summer Company program.
Enterprise Renfrew County in partnership with Community Futures Development Corporation Renfrew County is proud to host the Small Business Forum.
Greg has combined his passion for small business and his 25 years of self-emplyment experience into providing a unique insight in what entrepreneurs must do to not only survive, but to enjoy the experience.
Having dealt with many of the trails and tribulations facing business owners, Greg offers his audiences and clients practical and actionable ideas to improve their organizations. Greg the current Chair of the West Ottawa Board of Trade as well as being business advisor at Invest Ottawa and the Entrepreneur in Residence in Renfrew County.
Robert Fraser is an entrepreneur, small business mentor and public speaker that focuses on getting your business connected in the new digital world. Robert Fraser is the Senior Digital Marketing Specialist of The Social Business, an Internet Marketing firm specializing in inbound Marketing, Website and Social Media Marketing.


On March 12, 2015 Enterprise Renfrew County had their first Starter Company applicant approved for the $5000 Starter Company grant. The Youth Jobs Strategy was initially introduced in the 2013 Ontario Budget and invested $295 million over two years to help connect 30,000 youth with the tools, experiences and entrepreneurial support they need to find employment or start their own businesses. During the past 25 years if you have used our services or attended any of our workshops and events we would love to hear  how we helped you with your business.
ERC orignally started as the Renfrew County Business Self Help Office and opened in 1988. During 2013 we will be giving you a glimpse of the growth and development of Enterprise Renfrew County from 1988 - 2013. Enterprise Renfrew County would like to thank all of our event sponsors for their generous support for our Bridges to Better Business Event.
This annual event is a one-day learning and networking opportunity packed with great ideas to help entrepreneurs succeed.
The combination of the keynote address, discussions, panel of successful entrepreneurs, sponsor displays provide a cost-effective business tool that will help entrepreneurs gain invaluable insight into the operation of a successful business.
Chris Emery and Larry Finnson are two of Canada's great food entrepreneurs who are known for delivering humorous and inspiring presentations. In celebration of ERC's 25th Anniversary, ERC is offering you a chance to have you name entered into a draw for a chance to WIN a Samsung Galaxy Tablet! The purpose of this handbook is to provide general information on the nature of a not-for-profit corporation and guidelines on how to incorporate such a corporation. Not-for-profit corporations incorporated in Ontario are governed by the Corporations Act and the Regulations made under it. Both the federal and Ontario government provide a six month grace period to all OSAP borrowers after leaving full-time studies.
Ontario is making it easier for recent college and university graduates who choose to start their own business. Ontario is providing $6 million over three years to increase sales of local food by making it more widely available and building awareness of the variety of food grown and produced in Ontario. Premier Kathleen Wynne announced this investment today, during Ontario Agriculture Week, while visiting Fresh City Farms in Toronto's Downsview Park. The economic and health benefits of a thriving agriculture sector and locally produced food were two of the reasons that led the province to create the Greenbelt in 2005.
Ontario’s Greenbelt, the largest permanently protected Greenbelt in the world, is home to more than 5,500 farms.
Starter Company is a youth entrepreneurship program that is geared towards youth between the ages of 18 - 29 who are out of school. Our aim is to assist young entrepreneurs with business planning, financing and to discover if being a full time entrepreneur will be their future career. Today, Canadian Tire Jumpstart Charities and the Canadian Paralympic Committee announced the opening of the 2015 Parasport Jumpstart Fund that will help more kids get in the game. Applications are now open and Canadian sport and community groups are invited to apply for the 2015 fund. The Parasport Jumpstart Fund, which is also supported by the Government of Canada’s Sport Support Program, will help cover the cost of sports and recreational programs for children between the ages of four and 18, who are financially disadvantaged and living with a disability.
The fund supports the creation of a new program or the expansion of an existing successful initiative and may be used towards registration, transportation and equipment costs for children within approved parasport programs. A one day learning and sharing event for women in business, managers and any woman who is considering opening a business. Creating a successful business is something that we all have an interest in doing but understanding how to do so through marketing can be difficult.
Participants will also receive a complimentary digital package that features two fantastic resources to further the conversation and help provide clarity around this topic. The e-book is a perfect guide for business owners who are interested in marketing in a way that elicits an emotional connection with their customer base to grow a strong, profitable business. Keirsey and Bate's Please Understand Me was first published in 1978, since then millions of people have been introduced to Temperament, individuals, businesses, schools, churches and marriage and family counselling centres. This session promises to shed light on our own personalities and open a better understanding of those on our teams.
Did you know when you spend one dollar locally, you are contributing to the strength of your communities economy? Youth Services: Thrive Youth Resource Centre - Not sure what services are available for youth in the County of Renfrew? There is a two year transition period for workers who already meet the existing fall protection training requirements set out in section 26.2 of the Construction Regulation. The new training requirements in the Occupational Health and Safety Awareness and Training Regulation will be in addition to the current training requirements under the Construction Regulation. Please Note: Upon receipt of this form we will contact your to obtain additional information and discuss your story. London UK, 25 May 2016: New independent research from Towards Maturity, supported by Kallidus, reveals that the retail sector may be wedded to formal learning and has yet to explore the benefits of social and informal learning despite its growing commitment to investing in learning technologies and building its internal learning team.
What can today's learning leaders teach us about using evidence to support performance and capability? Louise Pasterfield from Sponge UK explores Towards Maturity data to uncover practical ideas that could inspire change in your organisation.Induction matters. Mindset, behaviour, values and the ability to reflect, change and grow are all valuable characteristics - but are they being nurtured?
Residents in some areas of Town may experience a drop in water pressure and the water may be rusty or cloudy due to flushing of the distribution system. Keep checking our Facebook page to know when wristbands go on sale, and for many more updates that will be coming soon! We are excited to continue to grow this year and are pleased to welcome many new and returning vendors for the season.
As devoted socialists, trade union activists and supporters of adult education, the Adlers were passionate advocates of the transformative power of education. With focus on Preparing For Work and Helping in School courses, WEA tutors Heather Dommet and Vivian Vermede introduced students Lubna and Shamena who addressed the audience with stories of how the WEA has helped them to integrate, gain confidence and find employment and volunteer opportunities. He also touched on the Emergency Powers Act prior to World War Two and the more recent terrorism acts which, in attempting to make the population secure, unavoidably restrict civil liberties. We then heard about the two inspiring mosaic projects with students of diverse age, ability and background working together to produce two pieces currently on display at The Barn in Greater Leys and Littlemore Community Centre.
Of the students taking part, 22 per cent were from black or ethnic minority backgrounds and 41 per cent had a disability.
In addition, the study found that 36 per cent of all students valued the arts, music or literature more than they had previously whilst 35 per cent had a greater understanding of other cultures.
Tutors, students, members, volunteers and colleagues from across the country were in attendance, with vigorous discussion around sustainability (the theme of the 2016 conference) and the future of the charity. He has been instrumental in developing a wide range of renewable energy systems and is now leading on the ground-breaking Zero Carbon Britain research. Speaking from personal experience, Lord Blunkett told the audience of the challenges he faced when returning to education and of the ultimate gain. I was privileged to hear from a variety of wonderful speakers and educational practitioners and felt honoured to share the success stories of the WEA Awards recipients. Women’s lives have been transformed by technology, changes in our economy and in social attitudes so that women expect to compete on equal terms.
The adult education charity has been going for more than a century and it is as badly needed today as it was in 1903. This low level of adult skills inevitably impacts on the success of the economy as a whole. People like my grandfather, who left school at 11 but who enrolled on a WEA course and eventually won a trade union scholarship to Ruskin College, Oxford, and another to Peterhouse at Cambridge. When I read economics at Cambridge I was intimidated by the cutglass accents and the seemingly easy social confidence of my fellow students. It is a vicious cycle that affects many women, which is why we have to do more to support mothers in the workplace. Last year, the WEA launched a campaign focusing on the importance of education and lifelong learning, to enable women to overcome the disadvantages they face in society. Its latest report, published last week, revealed that one in four UK workers would sacrifice pay for greater flexibility.
According to the World Economic Forum it is now ranked 18th out of 145 countries in terms of the gender gap, an improvement from the 26th place ranking it achieved last year.
According to the report no country in the world has achieved gender equality but I think there are lessons we can learn from those at the top of the league table: Iceland, Finland, Norway and Sweden. According to the World Economic Forum, it will take another 117 years until the pay gap between men and women is closed. We also need to recognise and reward good practice wherever we see it, learn from our own experience and the experience of other countries and cultures.
However, far fewer are supportive of fathers with young children (35%), older workers (26%) and other employees (34%) who may have additional responsibilities such as elderly or unwell relatives to care for, charity and volunteering responsibilities, or a desire to attend additional training or classes outside of work. Over half (52%) of medium-sized employers said this would be logistically too difficult to implement, whilst over a third (35%) worry it would impact negatively on the business.
Almost a third of employers (31%) place the onus on employees – saying they would be encouraged to reconsider their decisions if employees would consider taking cuts in return for more flexible working hours. A quarter (24%) of employees think employers should offer flexible shift patterns, and almost a quarter (23%) would be willing to be paid less in return for working fewer hours if this were an option. Our economy depends on a skilled and motivated workforce that functions productively – and our best hope of achieving this is through encouraging employers to adapt to the evolving needs of the workforce.
This year the theme of the conference is sustainability, with an event on the Friday of national significance with a great line up of speakers and workshops along with the Association Dinner. He has a track record of innovation and impact in his work to bring together economic life and social justice. He chaired the Jubilee 2000 campaign and was part of the team that founded the Fairtrade Mark. Standing Orders Committee has therefore confirmed that Lindsay Pearson is duly elected to the post of Deputy President. It encourages intellectual curiosity and lifelong opportunities to learn which we are passionate about in the WEA.
Since 2010, we have witnessed a drastic reduction in the ESOL budget of almost 50 per cent. By creating a more cohesive ESOL strategy, the Government could help thousands of people across the country unlock their potential and contribute to the economy.
Standing Orders Committee therefore confirms that Lindsay Pearson is duly elected to the post of Deputy President. Before voting you should read the supporting statements from the cadidates and the role description for the post of President below. You will have either recieved an email from Electoral Reform Services or a ballot paper by post providing security details for the election. Further information about the regulations of governance of the WEA can be found in our Governing Document. Applicants should hold a First Degree or equivalent in their subject(s) or have significant, demonstrable professional knowledge and skills. Our work transforms outcomes for people in deprived communities; it reduces social exclusion, increases social mobility and enables families to break the cycle of deprivation. Without continuous opportunities to learn throughout our lives, the economic potential of many citizens will be lost and our productivity levels will continue to lag behind other competing countries.
While this is welcome, we believe there needs to be more investment in adult learning alongside a rebalancing of our education and skills policies to reflect the fact that productivity improvements will be driven by those who are already in the labour market.
From now on, everyone is going to be thinking about how to continuously increase skills through life. During her life, she gave so much of her time to the charity and had volunteered with us for over 25 years before her death at the age of 81.
The formation of a Scottish Parliament Cross Party Working Group on Adult Learning has backed this up - testament to the shared belief that adult learning benefits people and communities throughout Scotland. An effective vehicle for economic and social justice, a strong adult learning sector is key to the future of Scotland.
Chief Executive of the WEA, Ruth Spellman and WEA Director of Education Joanna Cain, joined the group to highlight the importance of adult education to communities throughout England. This year alone, the Adult Skills Budget has already had cuts of 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent, and many students are concerned that further cuts will have a devastating impact on a service which provides skills, confidence and support to disadvantaged communities across the country.
Adult education is important because it helps individuals and their families break cycles of deprivation and forge better lives themselves. Thousands of people have joined the WEA in saying this is a vital service for our economy and our society.
There are other challenges too, such as the future of the research environment, how to assess the quality of teaching and dealing with the effects of marketisation. Part-time numbers have fallen more in England than other parts of the UK with lower (or no) fees, but it is not the sole cause. Now, research from the University of Oxford has shown that singing is a great ice-breaker and can get groups of people to bond together faster. The conclusion – singing groups bonded quicker than those taking part in other classes. At the end of the seven months, all the classes were reporting similar levels of closeness. Indeed he represented my Cousin, Bill Bald and successfully defended him in a case of wrongful dismissal.
It is for this and the many other unrealised potentials that we always regret the passing of a life, the achievements stand as testament, the intentions and possibilities as feasible conjecture. Tracey is a former beautician who, five years ago, decided to change career and study counselling and hypnotherapy after years of being a shoulder to cry on for family, friends and clients. She will be empowering those with low self-esteem to recognise their worth and talents by teaching a confidence course with us. The sector is calling for greater recognition of the value of part-time education and is asking students, past and present, to share why they love part time study. The Department for Business Innovation and Skills, which funds the WEA and other adult learning institutions like ourselves in England, has been asked by the Chancellor to suggest cuts of 25% and 40%. Further cuts, on top of the 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent cuts to the Adult Skills Budget already announced this year, will have a devastating impact on a service that is life-changing for many people. At the same time employer investment in skills and training has declined by 2.5bn since 2011.
Our aim is to raise awareness, make the case for adult education and to give adult learners a voice. Individual letters or emails to your local MP and the Chancellor will make a difference and make sure that adults are not forgotten when cuts are being made. Please click here to download a template of what you might consider writing - the suggested text is also below.
Further cuts, on top of the 24 per cent and 3.9 per cent cuts to the Adult Skills Budget already announced this year, will have a devastating impact on a service that is life-changing for many people and communities across the country.
The group will aim to start a wider debate about the future of adult education in this country.
Learning can change people’s lives and improve not just their skills and job prospects but also their confidence and health.
APPGs have members from all the main political parties in Parliament and the Adult Education APPG will be supported by the WEA and other specialist adult education institutions.
Our aim is to engage key stakeholders, organisations within the FE sector, parliamentarians and other major influencers in a debate about the future of adult education. The key components of the program include providing businesses in Renfrew County with coaching, educational seminars, business visitations and personalized ongoing service from Enterprise Renfrew County. To strengthen working relationships with community partners in order to expand and improve services to small business. Summer Company is a unique program, which assists young entrepreneurs with starting and running their own eight to 12-week business over the summer. If you are accepted into the program you will receive an award of up to $1,500 at the start of the program to help with start-up costs. Once you have done this you will be notified if you qualify to submit an application to the program. It is advised that you call the office to ensure the office is open and to book an appointment. Videos are judged through online public voting (40%) and expert judges’ scores (60%).
Eric developed Neutun-an app that works with smart watches and wearable devices that warns the wearer when an epileptic seizure is imminent. This additional funding will bring the total four-year investment to more than $565 million, providing employment and skills development opportunities for up to 150,000 youth.
The Social Business works with small and medium-sized businesses, helping them to understand and take advantage of today's communication with customers and potential customers. ClubIT works with progessive companies and organizations that know the value of technology and want to get the most out of their IT investments. As part of the Youth Entrepreneurship Fund, The Starter Company program offers business training, mentoring, and a grant of up to $5,000 to eligible applicants who are Ontario residents ages 18 to 29, and who are starting or expanding a full time business, not attending school full time, and will be in effect until March 31, 2016. And thank-you to our volunteers, entrepreneurs and future entrepreneurs who took time out of busy schedules to attend.
The event provides entrepreneurs with the opportunity to develop valuable networking contacts and share innovative ideas with their peers.
As the creators of Clodhoppers candy they took Chris' grandma's recipe and developed it into a multi-million dollar business. They have appeared in media and publications such as CNN, Fortune small business magazine and they appeared on CBC's Dragons' Den in February 2012, where they convinced marketing maven Arlene Dickinson to invest in their premium candy OMG's. Click Here for the complete handbook prepared jointly by the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services, ServiceOntario and the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee for Ontario, Charitable Property Program of the Ministry of the Attorney General. This handbook also provides basic information on incorporating charitable corporations, which are a special type of not-for-profit corporation. Incorporation of not-for-profit corporations under the Act is at the discretion of the Minister (or his delegate).


In our store you will find fashions for all seasons, from basic to high tech outerwear (jackets, pants, work shirts and vests), to comfortable wicking sleepwear and cozy bamboo sleepwear. When shopping in our store, you may purchase a readymade garment, or choose, from our more than 250 designs, the style, fabrics, colours and size of a garment and have this item manufactured for you.
During this grace period, no payments on a student’s outstanding full-time loans are required. The One-Year OSAP Grace Period for Entrepreneurs provides the owner or joint owner of an eligible new business located in Ontario with a six-month grace period extension before having to start making monthly payments on their full-time OSAP loans. The government will provide the funding to the Greenbelt Fund, a non-profit organization that helps encourage consumption of local food in the Greenbelt and across Ontario.
The Greenbelt permanently protects almost 2 million acres of environmentally sensitive land and farm land in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton Area (GTHA) from urban development. Starter Company and Summer Company are programs that are geared specifically towards young entrepreneurs.
During the day, you will have many opportunities to make business connections, network and to learn some new business skills. Each dollar spent in Renfrew County will circulate 3-5 times, making each dollar spent worth 5 dollars! These workers will have until April 1, 2017 to complete an approved working at heights training program.
However, they provide a great opportunity for constructive reflection.Everyone loves winning awards.
Kirsty GreanyWhile it's easy to slip on the rose-tinted glasses when looking at the challenges of business 20 years ago, it's fair to say that the landscape has significantly shifted in the last couple of decades. Come out and support local farmers and mingle in the buzzing atmosphere the market fosters.
The day concluded with two students, Ali from Afghanistan and Aziz from Iraq, telling their stories of how they partook in WEA Community Interpreting Courses to help others like themselves to integrate and find success. Half of the students were on means-tested benefits and 28 per cent from disadvantaged postcodes. If he had not secured his O-level qualifications by attending evening classes, he would not have been able to attend university and subsequently forge a career in national politics. Award-winning journalist Nadine Dereza hosted the event, which highlighted the fantastic work of the students, tutors and staff that make the WEA special. After my third was born I had to deal with redundancy and the serious illness of my husband.
On Saturday, the formal business of the conference will take place with debates on some of the key issues affecting the WEA and adult education. It was entitled Changing Lives and revealed the extent to which adult learning impacts on so many areas of an individual’s life.
In order to help people fully integrate into their communities and boost active citizenship, we believe more should be done to encourage and facilitate English language learning for those who need it. An effective ESOL programme has the potential to promote community cohesion, fair access to services, social mobility and can enable students to access the labour market.
Applicants should also hold a Level 4 teaching qualification (minimum) or be willing to work towards this. Unless we have accessible and affordable education and skills provision economic growth will stall, our productivity levels will continue to be below the G7 average, and five million adults will continue to struggle without basic literacy and numeracy skills.
Alongside the petition, hundreds of WEA students who have benefited from adult education have been writing to their MPs to protest against potential cuts in the Spending Review. Singing is found in all human societies and can be performed to some extent by the vast majority of people. Each course, made up of two-hour sessions, was run over seven months with a two-week break in the middle.
It was a difficult feat considering that she had four children (her youngest at the time was one years old) and it meant leaving behind the security of a profession which she was thriving in. Please help us maintain this vital service for generations to come by highlighting the importance of adult education to the Chancellor and BIS over the coming months. Dolan's innovation led to securing new business partnerships, developing a user base, and expanding into his latest wearable technology endeveour to monitor a range of chronic conditions in addition to epilepsy. Their youthful and energetic style and never-say-die attitude led Clodhoppers to a point where it was ranked amongst the top candy brands in Canada according to A.C. Ontario pays the interest on your Ontario Student Loans (including the Ontario portion of Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loans) while interest still accumulates on your Canada Student Loans (including the Canada portion of Canada-Ontario Integrated Student Loans).
During this six-month grace period extension, Ontario will also pay the monthly interest on ALL of your outstanding full-time OSAP loans. As the GTHA continues to grow, the government is committed to enhancing and expanding the Greenbelt to protect this resource, helping to ensure that Ontario continues to grow fresh food to be served at tables across the province and around the world. Organisations with effective induction are more likely to retain their new recruits for longer. Organisations are becoming more team-based, with flatter and less hierarchical structures that see five generations working together - often dotted across different locations, using technology to connect and work. The process also enables learning professionals to reflect on five key issues that impact on designing and delivering a modernised learning strategy. We hope that our contribution will help shape an environment where real-world research informs organisational improvement. Although your ideas may be compelling, it's not easy to execute a plan without support, co-operation and collaboration from peers, stakeholders and business leaders. Located at the Deep River Town Hall parking lot, the market is open bi-weekly on Saturdays from 10 am to 1 pm.
That survey found that more than half of those aged under 60 gave improving communication skills as a specific skill developed on a WEA course. Whilst we can’t guarantee tutors work, inclusion on our Tutor Panel ensures that you will be considered when suitable courses arise. Any solution is likely to rest upon innovative delivery methods and other ways of improving access as much as relying on tweaks to the entitlement for financial support.
After the grace period has ended, you are required to start making your monthly payments (of principal plus interest) on your outstanding full-time OSAP loans. Entering awards can be a daunting and time-consuming process - an additional task on top of everyday work.
They get new employees up to speed quicker and help them reach their performance goals earlier.In its 2014 report about on onboarding, Aberdeen Group found that 68% of companies had no formal process in place. The grant money will be used to purchase equipment, and supplies to increase production to meet supply demands. Chris & Larry have been recognized for their sales and marketing techniques in media and publications such as CBC's Venture, CNN's Mavericks of the Morning and in Fortune's Small Business magazine. The reader is, however, referred to the Corporations Act and the Regulations to examine those sections not set out here. We are throwing back wristband prices to the 90s and cutting the cost by over half from the 2014 festival.
In 2006 Clodhoppers was sold to Brookside Foods, a leading Canadian chocolate manufacturer. It provides L&D teams with the perfect chance to step back and think about what has led to current organisational successes, before sharing those stories and successes.There is nothing more satisfying at work than thinking over your recent activities and realising that there is a lot to be proud of! We'll be digging into Towards Maturity's data to see what it tell us about changes in onboarding practice, as well as picking out some practical ideas that could inspire change in your own organisation.
They not only need to meet fundamental business targets, but must be dynamic problem solvers who know how to roll with (constant) change.Leadership and management skills really matter - and this includes mindsets, behaviours, values and the ability to reflect, change and grow. Top performing L&D teams are 3-5 times more likely to be delivering improved productivity and agility today and have much to teach us. I have had the pleasure of working with them and their customers for a number of years and have seen first hand their commitment to identifying and sharing great practices that really work. Only 13% of retailers are investing in blended learning while the average across all sectors is double that figure (26%), with top learning companies nearly three times more likely to be using blends than retail companies (35%).
Seek, support and develop leaders right and you'll have more engaged, productive, and profitable businesses. It provides contemporary measures that focus on performance improvement and great tactics that help L&D teams become more responsive to the changing needs of business. This research highlights the fact that L&D teams must develop new mind-sets and skills, quickly. This may be due to a lack of required skills and knowledge, as the research indicates over half lack the confidence in incorporating new media in learning design and only 4% believe their L&D teams have the skills for facilitating collaboration.
Benchmarking can help you get started on your way to winning and help you clarify what's been successful - here are 6 perfectly valid reasons to use it.How benchmarking can helpWe are not promising that benchmarking will definitely lead to trophies in the cabinet.
So it's no wonder that companies spent nearly $31 billion on leadership programs last year. It leverages the data of its in-depth Benchmark Study, the largest learning technology benchmark in Europe.
Year round, commercial & residential service, capable of handling any type of service required. What is more 71% do not believe that their own staff lack skills to manage their own learning. Secondly, the scale of the work ahead, as 95% of respondents want to improve induction with only 39% meeting that goal. Also, just 23% agree that their L&D teams have the skills to use technology for business advantage.
These are tried and tested approaches that we've used in partnership with our clients to produce effective and award-winning learning interventions that deliver impactful change.1.
With such a big gap between aspiration and performance, the induction challenge seems daunting but there is evidence that learning innovation is turning the tide.
Here are six compelling reasons why benchmarking can help turn the possibility of being an award winner into a reality:1. The Towards Maturity benchmarking process gets organisations, and L&D in particular, thinking on the right track. Incredibly, ‘Top Deckers' are 50 times more likely than the lowest performers to improve talent strategies to keep their best people.
These aren't the only source of future leaders, of course, as many other potentials are already in-house, out there to be recruited or returning to work after having children. However, the world of work is changing and organisations are increasingly looking for more modern approaches to learning that support the fast-moving world of work and the needs of an increasingly digital workforce. It’s a great place to start, if you want to establish a strong foundation for change. Work with the subject matter expert or the business customer to identify the main objective of the programme. Our research with employees in this sector shows that staff are more able to learn for themselves than L&D give them credit for. Using real life ideas can help inspire new approaches that will make a difference in your own situation.
The vast majority we talked with were frustrated by the lack of transfer back to the job after managers had participated in training. This will not only help you design the programme, but will also help you measure its effectiveness.
It's very easy in today's busy world to not make time for reflection, yet reflection is critical to success.
Inspiration by example We've identified four techniques used by organisations in their induction programmes that relate to the tactics of the top performing organisations highlight in the Towards Maturity Industry Benchmark Report.
The purpose of the Show is to inform and inspire L&D professionals to improve not just their personal performance but that of their organisation. They are three times more likely to use benchmarking as a performance improvement tool - benchmarking against the tactics that improve performance. By benchmarking you enable yourself to reflect, take stock and focus on the activities that really make a difference.2.
While every organisation is different, examples of good practice and innovation in other companies can offer inspiration for change. First, it seems there's a lack of measures put in place for management and leadership training. By reflecting on and analysing organisational performance, activities and practices, L&D can identify organisational strengths and areas of high performance. Secondly, it seems that the learning strategy many apply to management and leadership training is often out of sync with the audience's needs. The leading sports retailer has been providing online onboarding since 2013 with more than 25,000 employees, across the 19 countries going through the programme.
Data from Towards Maturity reveals that 83% of new starters like to learn at their own pace, with 44% using their own mobile to learn.With this in mind, Sports Direct used the Adapt multi-device responsive elearning framework for its online content.
Receive your Personalised Benchmark report analysing current performance and tailored action plans valued at £300 - free until 15 July. Just as importantly, benchmarking identifies weaknesses and those areas of low performance.
It means employees can access the elearning on a smartphone or tablet, giving them maximum flexibility. You can read more about Sports Direct's approach to induction in Inside Learning Technologies & Skills magazine.
Only 39% offer mobile content, and 30% have no plans to implement social media for leadership development. Towards Maturity data reveals that 87% of Top Deck organisations agree that top managers are involved in promoting learning, compared with an average of 37%.UK infrastructure company, Story Contracting features a video message from the company owner and Chief Executive, Fred Story in its new online induction. It's no wonder then, that there is a lack of transfer from learning to doing, if the learning doesn't fit in with everyday lives and habits in the first place and isn't focused on supporting performance there and then. The not for profit organisation champions better work and working lives and has been setting the benchmark for excellence in people and organisation development for more than 100 years. Pinpointing strengths and weaknesses enables L&D and business leaders to really hone in on performance. This isn't to say there aren't some great examples of modern, blended, performance-focused leadership development - there are some cited in Towards Maturity's paper. What can we learn from these?How leadership solutions can #makeithappenIt's time to close the gaps and deliver the type of learning solutions that will engage and really help leaders. Benchmarking does what it says: it provides organisations with a benchmark to measure themselves against others.
New staff and partners joining Specsavers are able to earn a virtual coin by completing the company's new induction course. To really help them, we need to offer easy to find performance support that is genuinely useful and relevant to leaders and managers' points of need.
You can use it to see how you are performing on various aspects of organisational practice compared to others. The business then makes a real cash donation to the charity chosen by employees in proportion to the number of virtual coins earned.You can read more about the Specsavers' approach here. Since 2003, over 4,500 organisations and 23,000 learners have contributed to Towards Maturity's leading benchmarks.
For example, have you properly embraced mobile learning and are reaping the kinds of benefits that some organisations are enjoying? But we also need to help develop those deeper skills and behaviours in ways that fit with leader's (crazy) lifestyles.
What are the top performing companies in the Towards Maturity benchmark doing in terms of mobile learning? An average of 48% of Benchmark respondents reported that elearning not being tailored sufficiently was a barrier to success. As a baseline, that means moving away from solely ‘event' based learning - three-day workshops or long online courses - and embracing more resource or micro-learning approaches that provide short challenges and tasks as nuggets that help build skills and insights over time. It can be really useful to know what characteristics top performing companies have in common and what is driving their success.5. United Biscuits (UB), the company behind household names such as McVitie's, Jaffa Cakes and Penguin, wanted to make sure its induction programme was relevant to both new starters and any existing employees who might access the training. We would say that providing simulations, interactive videos and meaningful games can make smart use of a leaders' precious time, and build the competence and confidence leadership roles require - so ROI for L&D too. UB used video of real employees talking about their jobs to add relevance and authenticity to the content.You can read more about the experience at United Biscuits in HR Grapevine magazine. This report gives clear, insightful indicators about your strategy's current strengths and how that compares to your peers.
Supporting or providing social spaces for informal learning and sharing is key too - the how will depend on who your audience is and how they currently work together.Measurement comes into play here as you have managers, teams, and peers providing tailored feedback about performance and application.
The aim is to help L&D professionals focus on one area of action that will help them deliver impact. But leadership and management development is often holistic, and ongoing - like a journey rather than a series of interventions. And, if improving induction is your focus, there are more ideas in Sponge UK's Rough Guide to Induction. To track what tools, learning, and performance support is used by an individual is a bit of a red-herring - especially if you're genuinely offering it up to help them in anyway that works for them. Louise PasterfieldManaging Director, Sponge UK Louise has more than 20 years' experience in learning and design and is passionate about making elearning absorbing so staff can apply what they have learned immediately into the workplace.Her interest is in how best to harness technology so people can learn, grow and make a difference to their organisations. There has to be some bigger, business goals to be measured, alongside the individuals' performance or growth targets, and it might take a little while for the data to come in for these. In terms of those millennials as future leaders - don't leave it too late before you start developing them.
In Deloitte's report on this generation, Not only is this generation notoriously flighty and ready to up and leave within two years, but 70% of those ready to jump ship cite lack of leadership training as the reason why. Just think about how that Personalised Benchmark Report will help you deliver better results.Unsure if you are ready?Benchmarking will help you make up your mind if you should enter an award this year or wait until next year when you have had a chance to build further on current successes. So to attract and retain talent, and build leaders of tomorrow, open up those digital, multi-device resources -  simulations, diagnostics, videos, podcasts, tools and more to anyone who's interested.



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