Wirral MP elected as Chair of All Party Parliamentary Group for Adult Education

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18 Mar 2021
Margaret Greenwood MP is to chair the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Adult Education after being elected at a recent meeting. 

The Labour MP has previously worked as an English teacher in secondary schools, a lecturer in further education and an adult education tutor. 

She takes over the chairmanship of the APPG from Chi Onwurah, the Member of Parliament for Newcastle upon Tyne Central and current Shadow Minister for Science, Research and Digital. 

The Workers Educational Association (WEA) acts as the secretariat of the APPG and recently arranged a roundtable discussion looking at the question of how effective the government’s new Skills for Jobs white paper is at supporting those in the most disadvantaged communities and adult learners with no or low qualifications. 

The meeting was well attended and speakers included: 

Gillian Keegan MP – The Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Apprenticeships and Skills 
Paul Howell MP – Co-Chair of APPG for Left Behind Neighbourhoods 
Preeya Buckley – Director of Quality & Student Experience at the WEA 
Aaron Revel – Senior Policy Manager at the Confederation of British Industry 
Professor Ewart Keep – Chair in Education, Training and Skills at the Department of Education, Oxford University 

Margaret Greenwood MP said: 

"It is a great privilege to be elected as the Chair of the APPG for Adult Education. 

“I’ve long been a member of the group and, as a former adult education tutor, I am delighted to take on this new role.  

“I’d like to pay tribute to Chi Onwurah for doing a fantastic job chairing the group over the past five years. This was the first time there had been an APPG specifically about adult education. 

“I would also like to thank the WEA for acting as the secretariat of the group and for their support. 

“As an APPG, our aim is to celebrate the contribution of adult education to the social, economic and cultural wellbeing of the UK and to raise the profile of its importance. 

"Adult education can offer people the opportunity to enrich their lives, develop new skills and enjoy interacting with others with shared interests.  

"It can make a real difference to people at any stage of life, whether that be someone looking to take a new employment path or someone who is retired and wants to learn something they have never had the opportunity to before.

"At a time when we are focusing on economic and social renewal, it is vital we consider how provision can be improved and extended."