New Partnership To Support Adult Community Education

A new programme of support to help adult community education providers develop their digital capabilities has gone live this Autumn.

Thanks to a new partnership between Ufi VocTech Trust and HOLEX, the programme, which is called Digital ACE, is offering Adult Community Education (ACE) institutions, services and centres support in the development of their digital offer to students.


While Covid–19 meant that many ACE organisations had to adapt rapidly, there was little support available to organisations who needed to develop and refine their online learning programme to students, while still maintaining their learner centred and high-quality approach to adult learning.


Digital ACE is supporting adult education providers in several key areas. These include:

  • developing service/ centre/ college delivery strategies
  • finding the most appropriate technological solution
  • signposting existing resources and identifying gaps
  • developing quality criteria that demonstrates impact
  • determining suitable delivery vehicles for low skilled learners
  • ascertaining the best routes to safeguard adult learners.


The guidance materials can be found on the Digital ACE Page of the HOLEX website.


A major part of the programme is to support tutors and teachers to become confident in designing and delivering online learning.

We are delighted to partner up with Ufi VocTech Trust as their excellent resources and expertise will be great support to our sector.


We are keen to build on our learner centred delivery approach and are enthusiastic to explore, with Ufi’s help, how to ensure we capture and transfer that into our online student learning experience.

Rebecca Garrod-Waters, Chief Executive at Ufi VocTech Trust said:

It is more important than ever to support vocational learners, and we are really pleased to be able to work with HOLEX and support Digital ACE, ensuring that vocational technology (VocTech) supports adult community learners as we all adapt to new ways of working and learning.