First ‘Keep on Learning Festival’ for Wakefield

​Wakefield Council is launching its first ever ‘Keep on Learning Festival’ (14 - 18 October) to highlight the benefits of education to young people and their parents.

The Council is teaming up with partners in the education, training and the business sector to showcase and promote the wealth of opportunities that exist to help young people aged 16-18 years of age and beyond to reach their potential.
The festival is being held to raise awareness after a new legal requirement was introduced in September where young people must continue in education or training until the age of 18.

Cllr Olivia Rowley, cabinet member Children and Young People, said: “This festival is a fantastic opportunity to encourage young people and their families to embrace the many opportunities that education offers. I would encourage everyone to come along and get involved.”

Public events taking place are:

Tuesday 14 - Saturday 18 October.

  • An education exhibition and activities in Unit 81, Upper Mall, Ridings Centre, Wakefield from 9am - 5pm.
  • An education exhibition with stall at Trinity Walk Shopping Mall from 9am -5pm

Wednesday 15 October.

  • Post-16 options information evening for year 11 pupils and their parents from right across the district, at Featherstone Academy from 5.30pm -7.30pm.

Friday 17 October:

  • An event for 16 and 17-year-olds not in education, employment or training is being held at the Elizabethan Gallery, Trinity Walk in Wakefield from 1.30pm -4.30pm.

Additionally, during the week, a group of year seven children from Wakefield are creating a promotional video to showcase how schools and education providers are involved in the festival. And a number of pupils from Airedale Academy are visiting the University of York to experience life as a student.

The event is also highlighting to older adults the many opportunities available to them in education, such as how to train for a new career, by gaining the skills and qualifications which are needed.