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Mind the gap – rethinking skills in adult education

Giving adults the skills they need to adapt to the rapidly changing economy is important. However, Dr. Fiona Aldridge says lifelong learning shouldn’t only exist to fill gaps but should be something positive that all of us do.

Dr. Fiona has pursued her interest in lifelong learning throughout her education and career, studying the subject at the Open University and working at the Learning and Work Institute for 18 years before her current role at the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Informed by her extensive knowledge in this field, Dr. Fiona gives her own suggestions for making adult education more accessible for all and, ahead of the 2024 general election, calls for a long-term national strategy.

About Dr. Fiona Aldridge

Dr. Fiona Aldridge is Head of Insight – Economic Delivery, Skills and Communities at West Midlands Combined Authority. Previously, she was Director of Policy and Research at Learning and Work Institute.

Dr. Fiona has more than 20 years of experience in undertaking research to support the development of policy and practice across adult learning, skills and employment. Her current role involves shaping devolved policy on employment and skills for the West Midlands region.


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