Voluntary sector organisations provide non-formal, informal and
formal learning opportunities for learners.
Opportunities for people to come together in community and learn
from each other informally. Informal learning extends
everywhere; into the family and workplace and occurring through
individual activities such as reading and using the internet.
Non- accredited learner focused learning opportunities.
These will be delivered through structured learning programmes with
clear learning intentions and outcomes.
Examples would be: adult literacies classes or a confidence
Learning opportunities leading to formal qualifications
delivered through structured learning programmes with clear
learning intentions and outcomes.
Examples would be: SVQ courses in IT, Advice and Guidance,
Degree course in Community Education and Community Development
Adult learning in the voluntary sector:
- Is learner centred and starts with an understanding of a
- builds on how a learner learns and recognises a variety of
approaches to learning
- is guided by clear learning intentions or outcomes
- places dialogue at the centre of the learning process
- is underpinned by a social practice model
- addresses additional support needs
- is reflective and strengthened by self-evaluation
Our annual data collection with members provides us with
information on their services and organisation's performance.
Our members deliver adult education using a variety of methods,
approaches and styles to effect change. The range of adult
education provision includes:
- Adult Literacies - literacy and numeracy, ICT and problem
- Core and soft skills - including confidence building, personal
- Employment advice and training, support and guidance,
vocational and pre-vocational training
- Citizenship programmes
- Capacity building, ESOL, health and development education
here to access the Membership Review 2010.
Learning Link Scotland develops programmes of work that support
our learning community's practice. Click on the projects below to
keep up to date with our practice development work: