Who we are
We are Scotland's leading voluntary sector adult education organisation.
Founded in 1903, the Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) is a charity dedicated to bringing high-quality, professional education into the heart of communities. With the support of nearly 3,000 volunteers, 2,000 tutors and over 10,000 members across the UK, we deliver friendly, accessible and enjoyable courses for adults from all walks of life.
We were assessed 'Excellent' in our last inspection in Scotland from Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Education (HMIe) and ‘Good’ by Ofsted in 2017. You do not need any previous knowledge or qualifications to join most of our courses, only a willingness to share with others your curiosity, ideas and experience.
WEA Scotland supports business growth by offering companies training opportunities. WEA delivers Employability Fund training courses for unemployed people and STUC funded "in work" training courses for employees who are union members. People benefit from training and personal development support which greatly enhances their prospects of job retention.
We also have a special mission to raise aspirations and develop educational opportunities for the most disadvantaged. This includes providing adult literacy, numeracy, ICT and ESOL skills for employment; courses to improve health and wellbeing; creative programmes to broaden horizons and community engagement activities that encourage active citizenship.
Our members also help support our mission and campaign for adult education.
“To find out more about the impacts and differences the WEA makes to individuals and communities across Scotland, please read our Impact Reports”
Download the 2018 Impact report Download the 2019 Impact Report
The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child
WEA Scotland promotes the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. A short training tool is available at 10 Minute Children's Rights Training