This September, the Education and Training Foundation (ETF) is encouraging people to take part Have a Go Month from the Festival of Learning. Free learning activities are happening across England as part of the biggest celebration of lifelong learning in the country.
For the whole month, people have the chance to try their hand at a huge range of activities or increase their knowledge on a particular topic. There are many different opportunities such as taster sessions, talks and lectures, online courses and open days, in colleges, universities, councils, libraries, museums and other community hubs.
Re-connecting with a hobby
Lifelong learning has been shown to have huge benefits for people’s careers, health and wellbeing. With rapid changes in the technology set to transform the economy, the chance to learn throughout life has never been more important. Have a Go Month hopes to encourage everyone to learn something new or re-connect with an old hobby or passion, this month or any time of the year.
Festival of Learning is run by Learning and Work Institute. Chief Executive, Stephen Evans, said: “Learning helps people discover new passions, find new friends and become more active in their community. It increases self-confidence, enhances career prospects, improves health and wellbeing, and empowers people to change their lives for the better.
“Festival of Learning aims to inspire people to get back into learning, by highlighting opportunities available and demonstrating the benefits for individuals, families and communities.
“Have a Go Month is in September, but there are always opportunities to learn at any time of the year. We hope that people will find the right time, place and topic for them to try learning and experience the benefits for themselves.”
New education journey
David Russell, Chief Executive of the Education and Training Foundation, said: “The ETF is pleased to continue our support for the Festival of Learning and fully support Have a Go Month. We encourage everyone to get involved in the fantastic education events and activities on offer. Taking part might be the first steps onto a new education journey and new opportunities.”
To find taster sessions and other free learning activities happening locally in September or any other time of the year, contact your local college, community learning provider or the National Careers Service.