EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow
AONTAS is the National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Ireland. As part of the Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow project (2015-2017), AONTAS in collaboration with Skills for Work, undertook ‘EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow’, a professional exchange.
The delegation of eight comprised of the European Projects Officer at AONTAS, three Skills for Work staff, including their National Coordinator and four Skills for Work learners, coming from diverse backgrounds including: host families for student exchanges (Mná an Tí), a logistics warehouse operate and an employee at a semi-state railway company.
Over three days (24th -27th April), the delegation was hosted by the Malta Ministry of Education and Employment who organised a stimulating and busy programme of activities. Read more here.
Almost 100 learners take part in the National FET Learner Forum 2017
The 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.
Read our blog here.
National Winners of STAR Awards Announced
Six 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.