Lifelong learning helps Barnsley people, their families and communities to unlock many benefits. Not only does it empower people with skills for everyday life, but it opens doors for new opportunities.
Our celebration of learning showcased how people have improved their confidence and motivation to overcome personal challenges.
Jackie, one of our learners, said: “Learning here has given me a massive sense of achievement. I’ve made myself and my family proud. It taught me that you can learn in many ways that are not like school. Now I have more confidence in life.”
Around 100 learners joined us in Barnsley’s town hall on Wednesday 15 September. The event was brimming with inspiration and a real sense of community. We loved seeing so many people of different ages and backgrounds coming together.
Councillor James Michael Stowe, Mayor of Barnsley, said: “It makes us proud to see our learners achieve. Their stories of resilience, determination, and passion makes the celebration so special. It’s a powerful reminder of the impact that learning can have for people and communities.”
It was wonderful to see so many of the Adult Skills and Community Learning team and the partners they work with. It was a very special day to showcase the impact of their support and teaching.
Jamie, another learner, said: “The learners and staff are very supportive, I’ve enjoyed it all to be honest. I’d recommend Adult Skills and Community Learning to anyone that’s in my similar position.”
Councillor Robin Franklin, Barnsley Council’s Cabinet Spokesperson for Regeneration and Culture, said: “The celebration showcases why lifelong and community learning is so important. There really is no age limit to developing new skills or taking part. We’re excited to see what the learners achieve in the next year. I’d like to wish everyone the best of luck in their journey.”
Barnsley’s Adult Skills and Community Learning offer courses and classes for people aged 19 and over. They support learners to develop skills, gain qualifications, boost employability, and improve wellbeing.
To find out more about Adult Skills and Community Learning and courses available, visit Barnsley Adult Skills and Community Learning homepage.
People can find out more about the Adult Education Budget on the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority website.