Celebrating Adult Learners' Week

11 May 2012     Last updated: 20 Jun 2014

NICVA is celebrating Adult Learners' Week this year - beginning 12 May - with various training events.

The skills development team kicks off the week in Limavady, engaging learners in promoting their organisations, helping them develop key skills in handling the media, being positive and confident about what their organisations are achieving and making effective and maximum use of various social media outlets.

On Tuesday the team heads to Stormont to attend the official launch of Adult Learners' Week in the Long Gallery at Stormont.  This year FALNI (the Forum for Adult Learners NI) is assisting EGSA in promoting this important week in the learning calendar and the event is being supported by the BIG Lottery. 

While we are in Stormont NICVA's Information and Communications Manager will be delivering Marketing Your Organisation training in NICVA - skills we hope the organisations attending will use to maximum effect when promoting their own activities.

On Wednesday the Skills Development Coordinator begins leadership and management training with residents on Rathlin Island, working together to better manage communication, building a more effective team, managing conflict and planning and making change.

To finish off the Week, participants who have gained certificates within the last year will be celebrating their achievements at a presentation ceremony in NICVA.  Head of Organisational  Development, Sandra Bailie will be the lead speaker along with selected guest speakers inspiring others to continually skill up and develop their talents.

To see some of the other events taking place throughout the week, visit the central ALW event calendar, or to see all of the other training on offer through NICVA, see our training calendar.


The Forum for Adult Learning NI is committed to the view that learning is a basic right and enables people to take control of their lives. It is a voluntary network of stakeholder organisations with region-wide interests and responsibilities.

The Forum aims to ensure that Adult Learning is high on the agenda of the NI Assembly. It will do so by offering a coherent voice to engage with the Assembly in meeting its key objectives of growing a dynamic, innovative economy and promoting tolerance, inclusion, health and wellbeing.

The Forum will aim to persuade others that improving, increasing and extending opportunities for adults to learn throughout their lives, has real public as well as personal benefits.

We seek to achieve our aims by:

  • Gathering evidence of the role, impact and value of Adult Learning to the social and economic development of NI.
  • Engaging the interest of local politicians, policy makers, funders, those with responsibility for resource allocation and other key influencers.
  • Participating in and influencing policy development
  • Facilitating information sharing and dissemination within the wider sector.
  • Keeping a watching brief on policy implementation.

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