Lifelong Learning Council Queenland Inc

Statement: Adult and community learning in Queensland

This is a community statement about the field of adult and community education

... builds people’s individual capabilities; it also enhances the health, social well-being and economic resilience of the whole community.

... changes people’s lives.

Adult and community learning is post-school learning from the incidental to the intentional; from the informal to the formal, from non-accredited to accredited. It opens doorways to new possibilities.

... is where so much starts, through:

increasing economic capacity
helping job seekers in obtaining meaningful employment
supporting entry level training, giving people a second chance
delivering adult literacy, language & numeracy skills
building relationships and networks
promoting health, well-being and longevity
imparting practical and technical skills
fostering active citizenship and social change
promoting lifelong learning habits
strengthening intergenerational sharing
generating social capital
facilitating work-life balance
encouraging self-reliance

... is offered through:

Adult Language, Literacy & Numeracy providers
Adult Tertiary Preparation providers
Business, both micro, small and large (where the offering has a community rather than a commercial focus)
Churches and other spiritual groups
Community/Neighbourhood Houses/Centres and Multicultural Resource Centres
Community Services, such as Disability, Aged Care, Housing Coop, Youth, etc. providers
Community workplace training providers eg, Volunteering Qld, Queensland Council of Social Service
Computer clubs and groups/chat rooms
Distance learning providers
Employment training providers
General adult education organisations
Individual volunteer participation in a broad range of community activities, formal, non-formal and informal
Life skills learning providers
Local government
Professional associations, particularly those offering continuing education
Public and community halls which offer venues for adult and community education, eg Schools of Arts.
School based P&C Associations- Leisure, Learning and Parenting programs
Senior Citizens organisations
Short course providers, for example, ACE in TAFE, adult education institutions
Special interest community groups established for social and community issues, cultural, religious or language groups, arts, craft and hobby activities, environmental education, leisure and recreation activities for adults
Trade Unions
University extension programs
Universities of the Third Age
Workplace supported non-accredited learning ...