Assembly Member Adam Price marked Adult Learners' Week this year at a Learning Fair in Ammanford Library as part of the week's Festival of Learning.
Adult Learners' Week is an annual campaign which celebrates and promotes adult learning opportunities. Now in over 55 countries worldwide, its intention in Wales is to signpost the huge variety of courses available to the adult learner, and to prompt adults across the country into returning to learning.
Each year, over 10,000 adults in Wales participate in Adult Learners' Week activities. This is achieved by working with a host of private and public organisations on the promotion of free taster events, local outreach activities and short courses.
This year marks 26 years of Adult Learners' Week which saw learning fairs held in Carmarthen, Llanelli and Ammanford.
Local Assembly Member Adam Price visited the event and met with representatives of various organisations and tutors that help adults back into work or to improve their skill set. On his visit he learned of a number of success stories in the county.
Mr Price said it was never too late to learn, and added that the structures and support are in place in Carmarthenshire for local residents to take advantage of new opportunities.
Assembly Member Adam Price said:
"For a whole host of reasons many can find it difficult to overcome the challenges of entering work or progressing in a new career. For some they may never have been employed before. For others it can be due to a disability or taking a sabbatical from work to care for a loved one.
"Adult Learners' Week has showcased the opportunities available across Carmarthenshire to help people improve their skill set, boost their confidence and support them as they find their feet in the world of work.
"At this year's event I heard some heart-warming stories of success in the county where local people have overcome unimaginable adversity and, with the support and structures available, have transformed their lives for the better.
"As someone who studied for a Masters' Degree over 20 years after leaving university I know it is never too late to learn. I would encourage anyone interested in accessing work or seeking support to get back into work to take the plunge. Use the fantastic opportunities available in the county to help you along your way to success."
Adam Price AM, Rebecca Rosenthal of Rivki Rose Training, and David Hagendyk – Wales Director of the Learning and Work Institute pictured at Ammanford Library.