Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

Almost 100 learners take part in the National FET Learner Forum 2017

Limerick ClareThe National Further Education and Training (FET) Learner Forum took place on Friday 7th April in Croke Park, Dublin. This event marked the second meeting of the forum when 100 learners from across Ireland met to discuss their achievements and challenges in FET. The learners in attendance were nominated to join the forum by their local education groups, and included particpants from Traineeships, community education, the Youthreach programme and the Back to Education Initiative.

The agenda included a range of speakers, including the Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD who officially opened the forum event; panel speakers included Paul O’Toole, CEO of SOLAS, Clare McMahon, Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) and Alan Hand, adult learner representative. John Lonergan also gave an inspiring input on the Power of Education for Change.

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National Winners of STAR Awards Announced

SAOL Project 8Six outstanding adult learning initiatives received an AONTAS STAR Award in recognition of their work at the STAR Awards ceremony on Monday 6th March in the National Concert Hall, Dublin 2. Awards recognised the use of innovative approaches in adult and community education in the categories of Wellbeing, Social Inclusion, Digital Inclusion and Learner Voice. Over 120 people representing 22 adult learning groups were in attendance. RTÉ sports commentator and presenter, Marty Morrissey, presented the awards and Kevin Hanley from the National Learning Network in Raheen, Limerick delivered the keynote address.

To see the list of AONTAS STAR Award winners 2017, click here. To read more click here. 

AONTAS Adult Learners' Festival 6th - 10th March 2017

NO FEE AONTAS STAR AWARDS 2The 2017 AONTAS Adult Learners' Festival takes place from the 6th – 10th March 2017. As 2017 is the European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) Year of Adult Education in Europe our Festival will adopt their theme of the Power and Joy of Learning. Now is the time to register your event for the 11th AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival.

The Festival is a great opportunity for your group or organisation to:

  • Promote existing training opportunities in your area, or launch new initiatives
  • Signpost adults in the community to further education and training opportunities
  • Attract new learners to your organisation 

For more information on how you can get involved click here.