Learning for Life: the role of ACE in developing thriving local communities


Council run or commissioned adult and community education (ACE) plays a vital role in supporting residents on their journey to enter, return or progress in work. Alongside the economic benefits, it reduces loneliness and makes people happier, healthier, more confident, capable and resilient – making places smarter and more inclusive.

Put simply, ACE transforms peoples lives. As the COVID-19 crisis continues to grip our communities, it is a more important lifeline than ever before. Without it, many of the 600,000 adults – including some of our hardest to reach, vulnerable or isolated residents – that access it every year would not progress into further learning and work or be able to cope with what life throws at them.


Handbook for Councillors – ACE – Oct 20