ECA member’s Manchester conference champions Lifelong Learning

Bernard Godding, Chair & CEO of the ECA was invited to be an expert witness in workshop sessions during the ‘Better Together’ conference held by ECA member the Learning, Skills and Employment Network (LSEN).

The Manchester based organisation, which is coordinated by ECA Trustee Walt Crowson, held the event at the Mechanics Institute in the city on the 19th March.

Alan Tuckett, Director of fellow ECA member NIACE, addressed the conference at which over 100 staff from a range of public and third sector organisations involved in community engagement, community education and community development attended.

The event was organised in anticipation of the formal launch of the DIUS Adult Informal Learning White Paper by John Denham MP, Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills in London on 23rd March. Its aim was to build better links between the range of organisations delivering different aspects of informal adult learning across the City and to contribute to and ratify a Charter for Community Based Learning for the City, this will be used in the future to promote and develop the partnership arrangements established at the Conference

Alan Tuckett congratulated the LSEN for bringing together such a wide audience and confirmed that Manchester seemed already well placed to maximise the benefits that will come out of the White Paper

In his concluding remarks Bernard Godding also said that he felt the Conference had been extremely well timed in respect of the White Paper and that he would be present, along with Alan Tuckett and the lead officer of Manchester City Council, at the Ministerial Launch in London on Monday. He would be taking the message that the groundwork laid at this event should prove to be the basis of strong and well coordinated partnerships that can support the city’s adult learners more successfully in the future.

If you would like further information about the LSEN please contact Walt Crowson on 0161 226 7204 or 07534 965 605 or visit our website at

Date Added: March 24th 2009