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OU and WEA partner to provide education and training
The Open University (OU) and the Workers Education Association (WEA) are teaming up to offer learners education and training, with the emphasis on adults whose education level prevents them from entering university and people on low incomes.
The partnership between the OU and WEA is an attempt to reverse the three-year decline in adult participation in all categories of education and training demonstrated in Government figures.
Each organisation will be promoting links through their respective websites to the practical education, training and other freely available learning resources on offer.
Vice-Chancellor of The Open University, Martin Bean, says: “If we’re going to get Britain’s economy back on track, we have to make sure that workers of all ages have the skills they need to compete – it’s not enough just to focus on 18-year-old school leavers.
“I’m delighted that the OU and WEA will be working together to open up higher education to an even wider range of adult learners, helping to make that vision a reality.”
Ruth Spellman, WEA Chief Executive, says: “In recent years we have seen an increase in social inequality and a decline in social mobility. This can only be addressed if people have access to the education services that enable them to reach their full potential.
“While it is important young people are supported, many adults find it difficult to get work despite having up to another 40 years until retirement.”
The OU and WEA plan to develop future campaigns together, highlighting the importance of education and training in the UK.