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We are all involved in lifelong learning

Column by Jaz Abeysekera, marketing manager at Grantham College

When we think of education, we automatically think about young people going to primary school, secondary school, college, sixth form or university but we are all involved in lifelong learning.

We are all learning in a range of environments; at home, at work, through leisure activities and some of us, at educational institutes or through online courses.

It is proven that learning and educating ourselves later in life improves wellbeing, boosts confidence, leads to positive outcomes in health and socially positive attitudes and behaviours. It keeps our minds active and the obvious benefit is expanding our knowledge.

It is also proven that adults who are learning positively influences the educational achievements in their children.

There are courses on offer that are designed to get you back in education as an adult which then lead on to higher level courses.

The Access to Higher Education course at Grantham College is really popular amongst adults as its sole purpose is to go through things that you may have already learnt but it refreshes your knowledge and prepares you for a higher course such as a degree. The majority of students that are enrolled on to this course go on to university and manage to get their first choice.

What about learning in the workplace? Have you thought about upskilling your employees?

At Grantham College there are a range of courses available to businesses locally that can upskill your current workforce, bringing a new set of skills to your business. Some of these courses are totally free and are designed with the employer in mind.

Grantham College offer a Skills Support for the Workforce programme, which is a free service, created to help small to medium-sized employers turn their business growth plans into reality by upskilling their existing workforce. The Business Development team work with employers to identify their skills gaps and recommend bespoke training plans which will give their workforce the skills they need to grow the business.

How about passing on the skills you already have by taking on an apprentice or a student for work experience or an industry placement? You never know, a young person in the workplace might teach you things you didn’t know too promoting learning both ways.

Alternatively, improve your own set of qualifications – take the steps you need to get chartered or get the degree you’ve always wanted. It’s never too late and the time is always right when it comes to learning something new or expanding your current knowledge.

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