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What does local government reform mean for community education? Four key questions.

Posted on September 22, 2014

Tara Farrell - Tara Farrell, Deputy CEO Longford Womens' Link and AONTAS Executive Member
Tara Farrell, Deputy CEO Longford Womens' Link and AONTAS Executive Member

The past two year period has seen the further education and training sector experiencing the most dramatic reform agenda in its short existence.  The establishment of SOLAS and the Education and Training Boards along with QQI have significant implications for how community education will be supported and delivered.  For the sixteen Education and Training Boards, recent milestones include the appointment of new Board Members following the Local Elections 2014 and the completion of the transfer of FÁS Training Centres. For the community education sector, the reform process is not over.  An ambitious reform agenda led out by the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government will reconfigure the local structures that organisations will have to interact with.  Community education receives funding from a range of government departments and initiatives and will need to actively engage in this process. 

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What we can learn from Education at a Glance

Posted on September 15, 2014

Berni AGM - Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS, at the organisations AGM in May 2014.
Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS, at the organisations AGM in May 2014.

 Berni Brady, Director of AONTAS reacts to the publication of last weeks 'Education at a Glance' by the OECD. 

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Five Top Tips for Adults Returning to Education

Posted on August 20, 2014

Graduates from the Open Training College1. Develop a Network

Returning to education after a long period can seem very daunting. Developing a network of friends and acquaintances can greatly enhance your experience. Adult learners often fit their classes and study time around family and other commitments and may not spend a great deal of time at their place of learning. Some people will be studying part time and may spend even less time there. Developing a group of friends who you can discuss course work and assignments with and borrow or swap notes with if you miss a class is very important. Classmates can also offer a great source of support when you are feeling overwhelmed and need a bit of extra help or reassurance. Make a positive effort to meet new people at the start of your course, even if it's grabbing a cup of coffee at a break. Remember that everyone is in the same boat as you.

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Meeting Ireland's Skills Challenge

Posted on June 09, 2014

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There are a number of data sources which give us trends, statistics and insights into the skills levels of Irish adults.  The Expert Group on Future Skills Needs provides an annual progress report qualifications in the workforce, and recently found that 15% of the current workforce has a Junior Cert or equivalent qualification.  The most comprehensive study to date on adult skills was co-ordinated by the OECD and data was published in October 2013.  Almost 6,000 Irish adults in Ireland were surveyed as part of the study which is known as PIAAC.  In Ireland, PIAAC showed that 17.6% of Irish adults were below level 1 on a five level literacy scale.  In terms of numeracy, 25% of Irish adults were below Level 1. 

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Why the Local Elections matter to Adult Learning

Posted on May 21, 2014

Ballot Box - On May 23rd we will elect members of local authorities for the next five years.
On May 23rd we will elect members of local authorities for the next five years.

This Friday (May 23rd) the local and European elections take place.  On that day, those of us who cast our vote will decide on the composition of local authorities for the next five years.  Some of those elected will be appointed to the 16 Education and Training Boards which were established in July last year.  Building on the experience of former VECs, the ETBs will co-ordinate and organise adult education in their areas in line with the new, national Further Education and Training Strategy

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