NOISE Symposium on Informal Learning

2009 NOISE Symposium on Informal Learning

  • Type
  • Date
    5 October, 2009
  • Location
    Chinese Art Centre, Manchester

The aim of the NOISE non-formal education Symposium project was to encourage recognition at Government level of the importance and impact of non-formal learning achievements and skills.

Currently there is no nationally recognised body that receives direct funding for non-formal learning, despite its worth to the booming Creative Industries. NOISE - with the help of curators like Wayne Hemmingway, Hollywood animators Mackinnon and Saunders and many others - already run a work experience programme called NOISE Dream Jobs that has led to employment opportunities for over 85 young people.

The team organises a one-day NOISE Symposium at Manchester’s Chinese Arts Centre as a fringe event as part of the 2009 Conservative Party Conference, with MPs, educationalists, academics and innovative providers of non-formal learning opportunities. The aim of the event was to provide an open forum for discussion on the impact and necessity of the often overlooked non-formal education sector on the Creative economy. You can download the delegate profiles here, including Manchester City Council, the National Council for Work Experience, Founder of The School of Everything, Founder of InternocracyFounder of Not Going To Uni.comGallery 37Cambridge education and The Street University. 

We want to see non-formal education being brought out of the shadows and considered a valid alternative to formal education when pursuing a creative career.

Young NOISE Symposium Team manifesto


Kevin Brennan MP Minister for Further Education, Skills & Apprenticeships, David Evennett, Shadow Minister for Universities & Skills, UK Expert on Peer-Led Learning, Informal Learning Adviser to the EU Commission, Members of Manchester City Council, National Council for Work Experience, Founder of The School of Everything, Manchester Metropolitan University, Professional Football Association, The Living LibraryThe Street University and the Gypsy & Traveller Inclusion.

Manchester Business School also tweeted and blogged live from the event.


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