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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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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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