Tuesday, 25 April, 2017

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It’s brilliant to see my granddaughter and I start this journey together

Posted on October 24, 2016

Carol DunneAt 59 years of age Carol has just started a Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health and Community in Ballyfermot College of Further Education. Here she tells her story about returning to education with her granddaughter and how she hopes getting a qualification will help her to progress her career in the community and voluntary sector. 

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The level of support and range of programmes was just what I needed

Posted on October 10, 2016

RowenaAONTAS has long argued that community education has a proven track record in effectively engaging the most educationally disadvantaged learners and providing quality educational experiences that meets their needs. The AONTAS Community Education Network was established in 2007 and comprises over 130 independent community education organisations which work collectively to gain recognition for community education, raise its profile and lobby to ensure it is adequately resourced.

This week adult learner, Rowena from the SAOL Project shares her experience on how returning to education has helped her to gain confidence and skills which have transformed her life.

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I am proud of myself and you will be too

Posted on October 03, 2016

Majella LynchMajella Lynch, an adult learner from Cavan decided to return to education so she could keep up with her children. This experience has helped Majella gain the confidence and determination to progress with her education and secure a career that she feels passionate about. She credits the huge support she received from her tutors, the Adult Education Services and her family with not giving up. Majella recently completed a BTEI (Back to Education Initiative) QQI Level 5 in Health Service Skills with Cavan and Monaghan Education and Training Board (CMETB) and recently gave a talk on her graduation night about her learner story.

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My love of exploring new languages has introduced me to the culture and music of others

Posted on September 26, 2016

European Day of Languages (EDL) takes place on the 26th September and one of its aims is to encourage the lifelong learning of languages. To celebrate the EDL, adult learner Annette Murphy tells us about her love of exploring new languages.

Annette‘s story:

As a young child, I gained a knowledge of a variety of languages from my adoptive father. He studied a number of languages for the Inter Cert and visited many European countries in his youth such as Spain, France and Greece. From an early age, his passion and love of these countries, their culture and language had a big impact on my interest and love of languages.

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I want to say, to anyone with literacy problems, just take that step; education is everything

Posted on September 12, 2016

Kenneth White would panic at the sight of a form or the prospect of going to an interview. His basic literacy skills left him with very little confidence and limited employment opportunities. He wanted to do better so he made the decision to take the first step and access the Write Together Adult Literacy Scheme in Churchfield, Co. Cork. 

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Returning to Education was my Lifeline to Getting Back out There

Posted on September 05, 2016

Geraldine Lynch 1After suffering from poor health Geraldine Lynch decided to return to education to help restore her confidence. Since attending the Sligo Adult Education Centre, Geraldine has gained new friends, learned new skills and developed a new lease of life. She received a huge amount of support from both her tutors and peers and this encouraged her to progress onto another course. She describes returning to education as the best thing she ever did.

Geraldine was also nominated by Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) to attend the National Adult Learner Forum in February where learners from across Ireland came together to discuss their experience of the Further Education and Training Service.

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I Have Gained Qualifications but also Important Life Skills

Posted on August 29, 2016

john connellJohn Connell is an adult learner from Ballyfermot. He began working at the weekends while still in school and he remained in the same job for many years. In 2011 John was unexpectedly made redundant and was faced with some big life decisions on what his next move should be. He needed a change and decided to visit his local community services, the Ballyfermot and Chapelizod Partnership. The Partnership gave John the encouragement and confidence to return to education, this experience was hugely beneficial for John and allowed him to gain qualifications, a broad range of skills and helped him to transform his life.

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Accessing The Available Services Helped Me Return to Education

Posted on August 22, 2016


Barry Christy1Barry Christy returned to education to gain the qualifications he needed to secure future employment and most importantly, his dream job. He accessed the Adult Guidance Service in Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board to receive the help he needed to find the best education option for him. Thanks to the Adult Guidance service, he found a course he was passionate and interested in and his Guidance Counsellor helped him through the application process. Returning to education once seemed too daunting due to past negative experiences with education but Barry soon discovered a new love of learning when he returned to education to complete his honours degree in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). He now has his dream job and even considers returning to education to further his studies and passions in the future.  

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As An Adult Learner What Are My Leaving Certificate Options?

Posted on August 18, 2016

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Each year AONTAS receives numerous calls through its Freephone Helpline from adults looking to do their Leaving Certificate. In 2015, 11% percent of calls to the service were from adults looking to do their Leaving Certificate for the first time or to complete one subject to gain access to a college course.

This can provide a second chance for those who left school early. As an adult it can be difficult to take that first step back into education, but there are plenty of opportunities and supports available if you wish to choose this route.

 

Where do I Start?

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An Advocate of Lifelong Learning

Posted on July 25, 2016

Eileen headshotAt 61 Eileen Bennett is a true lifelong learner. Her love of horses inspired her to return to education and allowed her to set up a successful business. She has continued to learn throughout this time in order to enhance her work and to develop new skills. Eileen’s dream is to do a PhD and she believes her life experience and wisdom has greatly enhanced her learning journey.

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