Taking part in on-going adult learning not only results in economic gains but also makes a difference to the learner’s general health and well-being as well as contributing positively to communities and nations according to research by the National Institute of Adult Continuing Education (NIACE).

Despite this, the NIACE series of surveys on adult participation in learning consistently shows that active participation in learning remains a minority activity among adults in the UK, with significant inequalities in who participates and who does not. A complementary pattern is reflected in the UK Commission's Employer Skills Survey (2011), which finds there are significant variations in the level of training, businesses carried out by size and sector.

Make the most of training opportunities

Through your union and FEU Training, you have a number of free learning opportunities including face-to-face workshops and events and via our digital learning centre where you’ll find a range of ecourses, advice and guidance and online learning facilities.

“The NIACE survey shows that many adults don’t have any access to the learning opportunities they need, “ says FEU Training project manager Frances Dredge. “We hope that freelances will make the most of what’s on offer as we work hard to raise funds and want to use them to benefit members in the best possible way.”

Free events and learning opportunities available or coming soon include:

  • Workshops (Money Matters: Nov 29, Manchester and Dec 5, London)
  • Networking events with the themes of confidence building and combating isolation (Nov 27 and Dec 6, London, respectively).
  • Ecourses: Finance for Freelances and Marketing your Work.
  • Tutorials: Building your own website
  • Modules: A range of quick tips on business skills.


Business skills training
for creative freelances