Adult Education Centre Ajdovščina is a public institution, which covers adult education in the area of the Vipava Valley. However, with individual projects it is nevertheless included into a wider Slovenian and European space. The founder of the centre is the Municipality of Ajdovščina.
The institution builds its mission on an almost 60-year-old tradition and it brings the mission to life with encouragement to learn as well as offering quality educational programmes. In doing so, it strives for constant improvement of possibilities for adults, offering individuals lifelong access to high-quality learning opportunities which encourage personal and professional development, strengthen self-confidence, flexibility, employability and active participation in the society. The institution mainly covers the field of non-formal education. It carries out different programmes of work training, general education and social inclusion. It also develops new practice in the field of intergenerational learning and green education.
Within the framework of the programme Project Learning of Younger Adults, the institution’s staff works with the youth who dropped out of school, are facing school-related issues or are unemployed. The institution offers support activities, two of which are Self-learning Centre and the activity of informing and advising for adults.
The Adult Education Centre Ajdovščina has a staff of 10 professionals from different areas of expertise. They help adults with a completed education to acquire skills and motivation to facilitate their way to employment or to complete their education. In order to increase their general education, the teaching staff helps form adults’ professional identity and socio-cultural activities. Through various methods and techniques of work, the staff helps adults to increase their potential to develop professional identity and successful integration into the labour market and into society. In addition, it cooperates with development agencies, the Employment service, social work centres, libraries, municipalities, chambers, tourist information centres, local communities, economic entities, etc. In fact, it cooperates with all those willing to participate by offering programmes for raising the quality of life of local inhabitants.
Nowadays, the Adult Education Centre Ajdovščina has more than 1500 learners. They are a diverse group of people with different backgrounds and needs. The teaching staff uses different methods: in-depth career counselling - individual and group. Learners are helped through various creative approaches (through literature, visual arts, body language use, and imagination), methods and techniques (empathy, summarization, confrontation, NLP methods and techniques, some techniques of behavioural-cognitive therapy...), and tools for lifelong career guidance (interest tests, career cards, questionnaires on thoughts and beliefs, etc.). The teaching staff helps learners to explore their own thoughts, emotions, their professional interests and competences.