NDC acts as a critical friend to local and national (Welsh Assembly) government providing support and advice on: policy and strategy development; family and intergenerational learning; older learners; equality and diversity; quality development and benchmarking; ICT and e-learning; and the implementation of the Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW).
NDC does research and project work, delivers conferences and events and supports a number of networks in Wales such as:
- Community Learning Wales: a sub-group of the Association of Directors of Education in Wales, whose members are made of all local authorities delivering Adult Community Learning;
- RAMOD: a network for over 270 educationalists and mentors working with Black, Asian and minority ethnic adults;
- Family Learning Network: which involves 192 contacts with providers from Community Focussed Schools, communities first, ContinYou, museums, libraries, basic skills co-ordinators, Clybiau Plant Cymru, Maesglas Family Learning, Genesis and family learning co-ordinators in local authorities;
- Wales Learners' Network: a group of over 800 learners who advocate on behalf of adult learning, with a particular emphasis on the importance of basic skills, and who contribute to education policy development within Wales; and
- Wales Media Literacy Network: which brings together providers, broadcasters and other stakeholders. from across Wales on a regular basis to share good practice, information, ideas and work in partnership on all matters relating to media literacy
Supporting 250 partners and reaching c25,000 learners per year, mainly from a background of little or no learning, NCD runs the three major NIACE learning campaigns in Wales (Sign Up Season, Taking Control and Adult Learners' Week) - in addition to the http://www.learningatwork.org.uk/en/default.asp.