Workers' Educational Association

The Workers’ Educational Association - also known as the WEA - is the UK’s largest voluntary-sector provider of adult education.

It was founded in 1903 to support the educational needs of working men and women who could not afford to access further or higher education. Today it provides courses for all kinds of adults but it maintains its special mission to provide educational opportunities to adults facing social and economic disadvantage.

It runs over 9,500 part-time adult education courses each year across England and Scotland and its 78,500 learners reflect all ages and interests, and come  from all walks of life. It is one of the UK’s biggest charities, and operate at local, regional and national levels through our regional offices and volunteer-led branches. Its courses are created and delivered in response to local need, often in partnership with local community groups and organisations.