NIACE is the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education, the national voice for lifelong learning. We are a large, internationally respected development organisation and think-tank, working on issues central to the economic renewal of the UK, particularly in the political economy, education and learning, public policy and regeneration fields.
We campaign for the personal, social and economic benefits from lifelong learning, work to improve peoples’ experience of the adult learning and skills system, and fight for all adults to have opportunities throughout their lives to participate in and benefit from learning.
Learning benefits individuals, families, communities, employers, the economy and society as a whole. Those who participate in learning are likely to be healthier, happier and better paid than those who do not. Our research shows that there are many adults less likely to participate in learning for a variety of reasons, and our work tackles inequalities and empowers individuals from under-represented groups to take control of their lives and realise their potential.
We are a membership organisation, and our work is local, national and pan-European, across all types of learning including literacy and numeracy, digital, further/higher education, apprenticeships, workplace, community learning, leisure and citizenship. Our specialism is post-16 learning and skills, but we increasingly work across all age ranges from early years to later life.
We were originally formed in 1921 as the British Institute for Adult Education, and you can find out more about our history here.