Education Committee

Adult skills and lifelong learning inquiry

Inquiry status: Concluded

Due to the general election on 12 December 2019 the Committee has now closed this inquiry. Following the dissolution of Parliament on 6 November, all Select Committees will cease to exist until after the general election. If an inquiry on this subject is held in the future, the Committee may refer to the evidence already gathered as part of this inquiry.

Scope of the inquiry

The Education Committee's inquiry is examining the benefits of adult skills and lifelong learning to the individual, society and the wider economy. The inquiry will also explore the level of support available to learners, and the role played by local authorities/combined authority areas in providing adult education.

Term of Reference

The Committee is inviting written submissions addressing the following questions:

  • What are the benefits of adult skills and lifelong learning (ASALL) for productivity and upskilling the workforce?
  • What are the benefits of ASALL for social justice, health and well-being?
  • What role can local authorities/combined authority areas play in ASALL provision?
  • To what extent is the range, balance and quality of formal and informal ASALL education adequate?
  • Who currently participates in and benefits from lifelong learning? 
  • What lessons can the UK learn from abroad?


If you would like to submit evidence of a personal experience of adult skills and lifelong learning, we will be running a survey over the summer to gather insight into people's experiences of this area. This will be announced on our Twitter feed in due course.


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Latest evidence

  • 23 Oct 2019 - Adult skills and lifelong learning - oral evidence | PDF version (PDF223 KB) HC 2533 | Published 28 Oct 2019

    Evidence given by Baroness Wolf of Dulwich, Sir Roy Griffiths Professor of Public Sector Management, King’s College London; John Holford, Robert Peers Professor of Adult Education, University of Nottingham; and Lyn Tett, Professor Emerita, University of Edinburgh, and Professor of Community Education, University of Huddersfield


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