Adult education week - could you host a workshop?

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An Adult Learners Week will take place from June 14 to 20 with a series of events.

Organisations are being asked to come forward if they would like to host a workshop during the week.

The week is a collaboration between the UK government and the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE) but it’s also happening in the island.

Darran Kenna, of Resolve, which will be organising the events, said: ‘The week is a perfect opportunity for organisations to show what they have to offer in the way of vocational and non-vocational learning, and for adults from 16 and upwards to see what is available to them.


‘There is no limit to what can be offered and no scope to the subject matter, workshops can be free or otherwise, the only proviso is that it has be educational.

‘I approached Tower House last year who gave me free run of their facilities to put on any kind of event I wanted which was where Adult Learners Week started.

‘I gained support from Ian Sheard at the Isle of Man College who had wanted to get the event off the ground but didn’t want it to be seen as a college event.

‘Within a month or so we had over 70 individual events. the Mayor [of Douglas], Carol Malarkey, and Tony Wild MLC opened the event.’

This year Darren is hoping that Adult Learners Week Isle of MAn will be spread around the island and he has already secured the Strand Centre and Tynwald Mills as host sites.

‘This has the capability to become one of the largest events of its kind on the island. I already have a number of contributors but need to attract first more contributors but also to get the word out to the general public, to get attendances to the workshops.’

If you are interested in hosting a workshop in Adult Learners Week contact Darran on 623034 or 249471, or via

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