Workers Educational Association – North West

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Information on this page was last updated on 19/06/2018

The Workers Educational Association (WEA) are the UK’s largest voluntary sector provider of adult education in England and Scotland.

Founded in 1903, the WEA is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.

You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of our courses, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.

The Workers Educational Association North West runs over 900 courses each year attracting over 13,000 enrolments. As well as running courses in the urban areas of Greater Manchester and Liverpool, we do have provision across all five counties in the North West including Cumbria, Lancashire and Cheshire. All of our courses are run by fully qualified tutors who are committed to making a real positive difference to people in our local communities. All tutors live and work locally and have strong relationships with local groups and contacts.

Addressing the needs and challenging the inequalities of people who are socially, economically or educationally disadvantaged is a key priority for us and we work very closely with key partners to make sure provision takes place where it is most needed – 65% of our students are living in deprived neighborhoods. We support local economies by offering teaching in local community venues using local resources.

Providing opportunities to support people gaining good employment opportunities is a key priority for our region. This can include vocational training, or preparation for further training and study. Despite facing many disadvantages, most of our students (over 86%) are successful in gaining a qualification and/or successfully completing a course.

All of our classes are delivered in the heart of the local communities working closely with partners to ensure people are fully supported to take part in learning.

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