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Adult skills and lifelong learning inquiry


The Education Committee's inquiry is examining the benefits of adult skills and lifelong learning to the individual, society and the wider economy. The inquiry will also explore the level of support available to learners, and the role played by local authorities/combined authority areas in providing adult education.

Term of Reference

The Committee is inviting written submissions addressing the following questions:

  • What are the benefits of adult skills and lifelong learning (ASALL) for productivity and upskilling the workforce?
  • What are the benefits of ASALL for social justice, health and well-being?
  • What role can local authorities/combined authority areas play in ASALL provision?
  • To what extent is the range, balance and quality of formal and informal ASALL education adequate?
  • Who currently participates in and benefits from lifelong learning?
  • What lessons can the UK learn from abroad?

If you would like to submit evidence of a personal experience of adult skills and lifelong learning, we will be running a survey over the summer to gather insight into people's experiences of this area. This will be announced on our Twitter feed in due course.

Reports, special reports and government responses

No reports or special reports published.

Oral evidence transcripts

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23 October 2019
Inquiry Adult skills and lifelong learning inquiry
Witnesses Baroness Wolf of Dulwich, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College London; John Holford, Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham; and Lyn Tett, Professor Emerita, University of Edinburgh, and Professor of Community Education, University of Huddersfield
Oral Evidence
Centre for Vocational Education Research, LSE (ASL0034)
Professor John Holford (ASL0076)
Institutes for Adult Learning (ASL0057)

Other publications

No other publications published.

Contact us

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  • Phone: 020 7219 2370 (general enquiries) | 020 7219 8895 (media enquiries)
  • Address: Education Committee, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA