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Bray ‘Escapes’ into Learning

Posted on July 17, 2016

IMG-20160708-WA0004Bray Travellers Community Development Group (CDG) held their end of year programme and award ceremony in the Little Bray Community Centre on Friday 8th July. This year’s ceremony theme was “Bray Escapes”. The ceremony showcased a broad range of creative work and projects which the learners produced over the course of the Employability Skills programme such as art, graphic design and employability skills.

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I really feel like I am achieving something

Posted on June 27, 2016

Julie-AnneJulie-Anne Dalton is an adult learner, a healthcare worker, a mum and a wife. She is currently working hard to achieve a QQI Level 5 in Healthcare after a long time out of education. After many years outside of the workforce raising her family, an opportunity to help a friend with her disabled son reignited her passion for caring and she decided to pursue this as a career. Julie-Anne gained employment as a healthcare worker with Comfort Keepers and is currently completing her Level 5 course with great support from her employers, family and friends.

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Community education gave me the confidence to progress to third level

Posted on June 20, 2016

Sharon ConlonIn 2012, Sharon Conlon took part in the AONTAS Lobby for Learning Day where she shared her positive experience of community education. Since then she has continued with her education and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Early Childhood education. Sharon attended Warrenmount Community Education and Development Centre and Liberties College of Further Education and Training before completing her degree in Dublin Institute of Technology. Sharon believes her experiences in community education and further education and training helped build her confidence and self-esteem and provided the encouragement and support to continue her studies on to third level. 

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If you couldn't keep up, then you never caught up

Posted on June 13, 2016

John DoyleIn this week’s blog, John Doyle shares his story about the barriers he faced throughout his education and tells of his hopes for the future.

Many adults can face challenges such as dealing with mental health issues and financial pressures – this in turn can impact on self-esteem and confidence. Returning to education can offer adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives, gain confidence and find a job.

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Work wanted a qualification and so did I

Posted on June 03, 2016

Rodger Sweeney QuoteIn this week’s blog, Rodger Sweeney tells his story of leaving school at 16 for work and returning to education in his fifties. Rodger achieved a distinction in a NFQ Level 6 Supervisory Management Skills and now hopes to gain full-time employment in the future.

I left school at 16

I never liked school and I felt that I didn’t need much of an education because back in the 1970s jobs were plentiful and you had no problem gaining employment. So, I left school at the age of 16 with 4 passes in my intercert exam and I got a job.

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What’s happening to adult education? Let’s listen to the educators and learners!

Posted on May 31, 2016

Stephen O'Brien

Stephen O’Brien is a college lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at University College Cork.  He has recently written a book called Inside Education: exploring the art of good learning (click here for more information).  AONTAS was delighted to have Stephen present at our recent Annual General Meeting where he gave a thought provoking input that focussed on the current dominant discourse of the skills-based agenda and its wider cultural impact on adult education.

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AONTAS welcomes the new Minister of State with special responsibility for Training and Skills

Posted on May 24, 2016

AONTAS welcomes the new Minister of State with special responsibility for Training and Skills at the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, John Halligan TD. We look forward to working with him in his term of office, in particular highlighting the potential of adult and community education to meet the skills needs of the future.

We are glad to see a cross departmental focus in this ministerial role as whilst we recognise the undeniable importance of employment for social inclusion, it is also widely documented at national and international level (including the EAEA Manifesto for Adult Learning) that the wider benefits of adult learning, including non-accredited learning, contribute to:

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It's never too late

Posted on May 09, 2016

LaoisFollowing a period of illness and injury that prevented him from working, Denis O’Brien made the decision to return to education. He first completed a few training courses and other online courses. He then began a full-time degree programme, which just a short time earlier he would never have dreamed of doing. Denis is taking a short break from his studies due to health issues but he hopes to return to University College Cork in September to complete his BSc in Computer Science.

Why I returned to education

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EU leverage to improve participation in lifelong learning in Ireland

Posted on May 03, 2016

BL5Q4905The Clock Tower at the Department of Education and Skills hosted a full house for the AONTAS transnational seminar on the impact of the EU on Ireland’s adult learning policies and practices on 28th April 2016.

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Why I chose the further education route

Posted on April 29, 2016

tonyIn this week’s blog, Tony Hughes shares his experience of sitting his leaving cert and choosing the further education route. Tony didn't know what area he wanted to study in college so he decided to study a QQI Level 5 course in Computer Applications for the Workplace in order to give him experience in the IT field. Tony benefited from his local Enterprise Centre in Mohill, Leitrim - they had a range of  courses and opportunities and he completed a QQI Level 5 course and secured an internship in the centre. Tony now feels like that he has gained skills and experience which will help him find the right course at third level.

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