HOLEX is the lead body for Adult Community Education and Learning

HOLEX represents a network of 120+ adult and community learning providers and is the sector membership body for Local Authority Community Learning (ACL) services, Specialist Designated Institutions (SDI), and independent third sector providers. HOLEX members have the largest geographical reach of all providers and they educate, train and retrain 700,000+ adult learners annually. They are judged by Ofsted as the sector best for overall performance and top of the league table for customer satisfaction.

All our members share a joint mission to provide skills and learning that gives adults a second chance, supports their employment prospects and well-being, which in turn improves productivity and creates the circumstances for economic success.

HOLEX Purpose:

HOLEX exists to help further develop adult learning providers’ capacity to provide high quality, cost-effective adult learning opportunities within a publicly funded context.  It assists and promotes the role of member organisations in extending and widening participation, especially by adults who have not previously benefited from education and training.


HOLEX activity is governed by the Association of Adult Education and Training Organisations (AAETO), a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee.

Etf pics Derby on Tuesday 2 May 2017.Photo by Mark Allan