Skills for the future: the role of ACE in providing soft skills

Professor Paul Spoonley

Professor Paul Spoonley was a keynote speaker at the ACE conference in 2017. He was talking about what Aotearoa New Zealand will look like in 20 years’ time. You can see the power points he used for his address on our website. One of the factors he mentioned was the impact of technology on work and how this will impact on the skills needed by our workforce. Soft skills he said, will be important.

UNESCO producing a handbook on lifelong learning

Lifelong Learning

In July 2018 experts in lifelong learning met at the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning to discuss the development of a handbook on lifelong learning policy development and implementation.

It will be a practice-oriented handbook that will provide guidance for policymakers and stakeholders who are in the process of developing and implementing policies for lifelong learning.

It will focus on governance, policy issues, strategic approaches to practical implementation, financial support and monitoring.

Live Stronger for Longer – please promote this campaign

ACC Live Stronger for Longer

ACC has just launched the Live Stronger for Longer social marketing campaign designed to prevent falls and fractures.

ACC reminds us that every year one in three people aged 65 and over injure themselves in a fall. This rises to one in two once you reach 80.

They say that the good news is falls aren’t a natural part of the ageing process and they can be prevented if people know the risks.

They are encouraging people to take a class and improve their core strength.

Mobilise the transformative power of the world’s young people

2030 Agenda UN

On July 19 the United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres told the eight-day High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development that mobilising the transformative power of the world’s young people is an important pathway to achieving sustainable development.

In September the UN will launch a strategy to support and engage young people.

“Education”, said Guterres,“ is essential – as a critical tool for empowerment, for advancing gender equality and decent work for all, and for changing the way we produce, consume and live.”

Fiji Barefoot College


In August this year it was announced that the Fiji Barefoot College will be built in northern Fiji as soon as plans have been finalised.

Participants at our ACE conference a few years ago will remember Bunker Roy who described how his Barefoot College in Rajasthan, India, is transforming the lives of so many people. The solar electrification training centre, where grandmothers are taught to be solar engineers, is one of the college’s programmes. This is what will be built in Fiji.

The Indian government is donating $2.51m towards the cost.

Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga 2018

West Auckland Adult Learner Awards 2018

The launch

This year the Festival of Adult Learning Ahurei Ākonga (formerly Adult Learners’ Week He Tangata Mātauranga) was launched on Saturday, September 1 at Rutherford College, West Auckland. The launch marked the beginning of a week of events across the country.

Seeding community-based learning in Petone HNZ flats


Five years ago a small youth organisation, Whakaoho, started a process that has led to laying down strong foundations for a community education hub in a block of HNZ flats in Petone, Lower Hutt.

People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi: A co-designed and co-facilitated financial literacy programme

People First NZ

People First New Zealand Ngā Tāngata Tuatahi is a self-advocacy organisation that is led and directed by people with learning (intellectual) disability. It is part of an international movement speaking up for the rights and inclusion of all people with learning disability. People First also has a contract with the Ministry of Health to provide a disability information and advisory service specialising in information for people with learning disability.

Money Mates: Peer financial capability support for Pasifika

Fonua Ola

Fonua Ola is an Auckland social service organisation for Pacific by Pacific funded by the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Social Development (MSD), Oranga Tamariki, and Pasifika Futures.

YOUth Inspire: Getting a $12.00 return on every dollar spent

YOUth Inspire

Over the last four years a Lower Hutt organisation, YOUth Inspire, has supported over 400 young people into employment and over 200 into training or voluntary work.

And they’ve told their funders, the Todd Foundation, Ministry of Social Development and Hutt City Council, that their return on investment is $12.00 for every dollar spent.

Soft skills and education success: Preliminary results from the Matapuna Training Centre

Matapuna Training Centre

A grant from Ako Aotearoa has made it possible for Jodie Cook and her team of tutors at Gisborne’s Matapuna Training Centre to complete the work they had started three years ago but not been able to fully implement – developing key soft skill competencies and learning progressions.

Digital inclusion: The 20/20 Trust

Laurence Millar

By Laurence Millar
On 3 July 2018, the government announced a contestable fund for providers to promote digital skills in homes. This was an interim funding arrangement consistent with the Labour and New Zealand First Coalition Agreement which commits to restoring funding for Computers in Homes programmes.

The 20/20 Trust has been a pioneer in the promotion of digital skills since it was established in 1998.