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Winner of the third and final Star Supporter Competition for 2019 announced!

Sinead Graham has won the third and final round of the Star Supporter Competition for 2019, producing an excellent mini blog post focusing on the work of the FemTalks Forum, which aims to help migrant women to build digital and theatre skills, as well as build confidence as the exploration of their personal stories provides empowerment. All of the entries are summarised in this blog post.

Adult Learning in the Workplace - benefits and skills development

To celebrate EPALE’s Adult Learning in the Workplace theme that took place over the final quarter of 2019, EPALE UK decided to run the third Star Supporter Competition and invite users to submit entries focused on the positive impact that adult learning can have in the workplace. Entries came in the form of mini blogs with a word count of 400-500 words and we received three excellent entries. Sinead Graham’s winning entry detailed her work on the FemTalks Forum project – a wonderful programme that aims to help migrant women to feel empowered by harnessing their own identity and exploring it through theatre skills, whilst building digital skills as well. Participants are able to leave the course with greater confidence and increased employability and social inclusion.

Sinead discussed the weeklong joint staff training event that allowed staff to experiment with theatre skills and further build on teamwork, communication and creative skills. Her blog post generated impressive engagement, encouraging users to like her entry and comment about the work the project is doing. 

FemTalks project infographic

Well done Sinead and we hope that you will continue to submit quality content to the platform going forward! You can read Sinead’s blog here.

Sinead Graham

“Thank you to the EPALE UK team for organising the competition and to those who read, liked and commented on my blog. The competition was a great opportunity to promote some of the recent training which Inova has been doing with the funding of ERASMUS+. I hope that my entry will inspire others to participate in these projects and blog about them.”

Sinead Graham

Another great entry was received from Simona Krasauskiene, a Lithuanian migrant who works on Erasmus+ projects that empower adults and youth workers to develop international and mobility skills. She celebrates the positive effect that adult learning can have in the workplace and explains that her work enables others to increase motivation, improve linguistic competence and boost confidence. You can read Simona’s blog here.

Welsh dragon

Adult Learning Wales supplied a great blog on their Welsh language course designed for tutors and curriculum development officers. The course aims to help learners with basic Welsh language skills to develop them further, promoting active citizenship and language skills development. You can read the blog post here and you might even learn some Welsh yourself!

The Star Supporter Competition will return in 2020, so keep your eyes open for more information to be in with the chance to win some amazing prizes! Our prizes from the 2019 rounds included £100 in book token vouchers and an Instax photo printer that connects to smartphones!

Star Supporter Competitions of 2019

Other great general on-theme submissions that we received included a touching blog post about health, wellbeing and work by Ruma Parvin; another about the great work being done on the INCLUVET project to help people with learning difficulties and disabilities to access VET opportunities; and the employability programme for those with learning disabilities at Belfast Met.

If you are interested in reading more on the theme…

  • Mental Health Awareness Week - Activity Pack for Workplaces (resource) - Mental health charity Time to Change has created a useful resource to help line managers and colleagues spot mental health issues and have conversations about problems
  • Where next for the adult learning workforce? (blog) - to celebrate the publication of the Learning & Work Institute's Healthy, Wealthy and Wise: implications for workforce development report and our joint conference, EPALE are publishing the report along with weekly blog posts by key thinkers that further explore the provocations within each Thinkpiece contained in the report
  • Middle managers as professionals: looking down, looking up and looking out (blog) - summarises personal reflections on a professional development day spent with middle managers from three further education colleges looking at ‘developing a culture of excellence through collaboration’
  • Journey to Work: A Success Story of Working and Living! (blog) - the Journey to Work programme aims to improve employment prospects and the earning potential of young people (up to 30 years old) by enabling them to undertake work experience placements abroad
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