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Adult Learning Inspectorate - We are the inspectorate for skills, workforce development and preparation for employment. Working with employers and training providers across the public and private sector, we are a key part of the government’s drive to increase skills and productivity and help adults and young people reach their full potential.

Advantage West Midlands - Regional Development Agency for the West Midlands.

Association of Learning Providers - is recognised as the voice of independent learning providers throughout the United Kingdom. The majority of its 400 members are private, not-for-profit and voluntary sector training organisations. Membership is open to any provider committed to quality work based learning (WBL) and it includes over 50 Further Education colleges involved in WBL.

Avanti Books - The most comprehensive supplier of resources to support basic skills teaching. The materials cover literacy, numeracy and ESOL; key skills and workplace basic skills; family literacy and lifelong learning.



BBC Learning Zone - BBC2's 'Working' series, year round television programmes on the Learning Zone that support learning for all those who want to get into or on in work.

BBC Skillswise - Skillswise is an interactive adult literacy and numeracy resource from the BBC for tutors and learners. The website includes quizzes, games, activities and printable resources.

BSA:The Basic Skills Agency - The BSA is a small, responsive, independent organisation, working with its funders, the Department for Education and Skills and the Welsh Assembly Government. It is a not-for-profit organisation and a charity.



Campaign for Learning - They aim to stimulate learning that will sustain people for life.

CBI: Confederation of British Industry - They are the premier lobbying organisation for UK business on national and international issues. They work with the UK government, international legislators and policy-makers to help UK businesses compete effectively.

CLLP(Central London Learning Partnership) - CLLP works with stakeholders in post 16 learning and skills to combat inequality and to overcome barriers to learning opportunity and progression. Our website acts as a neutral outwardly facing ‘exchange’ that reaches out to stakeholders and training providers from across the Statutory / Public, Private Business, Social Enterprise and Voluntary and Community sectors.



East of England Development Agency - Regional Development Agency for the East of England.

ENTO - A privately run organisation committed to developing the competence of people who work with people through the use of National Occupational Standards (NOS) and other means where appropriate.

East Midlands Development Agency (emda) - Regional Development Agency for the East Midlands



IiP: Investors In People UK - Formed in 1993 to take national ownership of the Standard, protect its integrity and ensure its successful promotion and development.



Learning and Skills Council - The LSC exists to make England better skilled and more competitive. We have a single goal: to improve the skills of England's young people and adults to make sure we have a workforce that is of world-class standard.

LSC 'Skills for Life' Quality Initiative - The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) Skills for Life Quality Initiative is a major LSC programme that supports the implementation and delivery of Skills for Life: the national strategy to improve adult literacy and numeracy skills. The Skills for Life strategy underpins both Success for All and the Skills Strategy.

learndirect - THOUSANDS BRUSH UP ON BASIC SKILLS – FANCY JOINING IN? learndirect enrolment sky-rockets after research reveals poor maths and English skills seriously affect the UK workforce.

Learning and Skills Network - LSN is a not-for-profit organisation offering services to policy-makers, practitioners and organisations funding, managing and providing education. Programmes previously delivered by LSDA and continuing beyond April 2006 are being delivered by LSN.

Lifelong Learning UK - Responsible for the professional development of all those working in libraries, archives and information services, work-based learning, higher education, further education and community learning and development.

Lifelong Learning - web site for the encouragement, promotion and development of lifelong learning. It is is supported by the Access to Learning for Adults Division of the Department for Education and Skills.

London Development Agency(LDA) - Regional Development Agency for London.



Move On - A national project aiming to share the success of a pilot project in Somerset and developing its approach further. It offers Level 1 and 2 learners the new national Certificate in Adult Literacy and numeracy with a free brush-up course, aiming to reach new learners who don’t see themselves as needing help with their basic skills.



NATECLA (National Association for Teaching English and Other Community Languages to Adults) - A national forum for English and community language teaching issues.

National Extension College - Set up over 40 years ago as a charity to help people of all ages fit learning into their lives.

National Literacy Trust - The National Literacy Trust is an independent charity dedicated to building a literate nation.

North West Regional Development Agency - Regional Development Agency for North West

National Research and Development Centre (NRDC) for Adult Literacy and Numeracy - National centre dedicated to research and development on adult literacy, language and numeracy. It was established as part of Skills for Life, the national strategy for improving adult literacy and numeracy skills. The Centre aims to improve practice and inform policy through the generation of knowledge, by creating a strong research culture and by developing professional practice.

NIACE(The National Institute of Adult Continuing Education - England and Wales) - Formal aim is: "to promote the study and general advancement of adult continuing education".



One NorthEast - Regional Development Agency for the North East



Pearson VUE(Skills for Life) - Is the world's leading education company. From pre-school to high school, early learning to professional certification, our textbooks, multimedia learning tools and testing programmes help to educate more than 100 million people worldwide - more than any other private enterprise.


QCA : Qualifications and Curriculum Authority - A guardian of standards in education and training. They work with others to maintain and develop the school curriculum and associated assessments, and to accredit and monitor qualifications in schools, colleges and at work.

Quality Improvement Agency - QIA has been set up by the government to create a strong strategic focus on improving quality throughout the sector. It is leading development of an integrated sector quality improvement strategy. It helps providers respond to government strategic priorities for learning and skills, and it commissions and funds research, programmes and services to support performance improvement and strategic change.



Research and Practice in Adult Literacy - RaPAL is the only British national organisation that focuses on the role of literacy in adult life. We are an independent network of learners, teachers, managers and researchers in adult basic education. RaPAL was established in 1985 and is supported by membership subscription only.



Scottish Executive - Learning Connections - Learning Connections is part of the Regeneration division. It is made up of three teams: adult literacies, community learning and development and community engagement.

Sector Skills Development Agency - This agency has been established to underpin a new network to lead the skills and productivity drive in industry or business sectors recognised by employers.

SEEOnline (South East England Online) - A website for sharing knowledge. It aims to encourage interaction between organisations in the South East through the easy transfer of information and experience online.

Skills for Life Network - On-line news and information resource for Skills for Life Professionals. The fortnightly e-news updates contain a round up of the latest Skills for Life news, developments, events, resources and jobs.

Skills for Life Strategy Unit - The Unit is responsible for implementing 'Skills for Life', the national adult literacy, numeracy and language strategy.

Social Exclusion Unit - The Social Exclusion Unit was set up by the Prime Minister to help improve Government action to reduce social exclusion by producing 'joined-up solutions to joined-up problems'.

SEEDA (South East England Development Agency) - Regional Development Agency for the South East.

South West of England Regional Development Agency - Regional Development Agency for the South West.



Talent (Training Adult Literacy, ESOL and Numeracy Teachers) - Professional Development site for teachers of adult literacy, ESOL and numeracy, funded by the London Development Agency and hosted by Tower Hamlets College, London. This site is designed to support teacher training and the development of qualified language, literacy and numeracy teachers.



Ufi - The organisation responsible for learndirect, the largest government-backed supported e-learning initiative in the world, learndirect advice and UK online.

Unionlearn - TUC Learning Services website merged with TUC Education to become unionlearn on 2nd May 2006.



WEA: Workers' Educational Association - The WEA, which was founded in 1903, aims to provide high quality learning opportunities for adults from all walks of life, but especially those who may have missed out on learning in early life, or who are socially and economically disadvantaged.

Welsh Assembly Government - The Assembly wants Wales to be a learning country, where high quality, lifelong learning liberates talent, extends opportunities, empowers communities, provides the better jobs and skills that people need to prosper in the new economy and creates a sustainable future for Wales.



Yorkshire Forward - Regional Development Agency for Yorkshire and Humber.



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