AONTAS is delighted to announce the first meeting of the National Adult Learner Forum will be held on Friday 26th February during the AONTAS Adult Learners Festival.
What is the National Adult Learner Forum:
The National Adult Learner Forum will provide a space for learners who are currently in further education and training to come together and have a unique opportunity to directly influence the further education and training service based on their needs by considering the following:
What is working well in the Further Education and Training Service?
What is not working in Further Education and Training and how can it be improved?
Every year many adults begin their journey back to education, for some they may have had a long break from formal education and others may be looking to update their skills. VTOS is just one of the many options open to them. Having successfully completed their Leaving Certificate, learners from VTOS in Navan share their top 10 benefits of returning to education. 85% of VTOS participants in the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board progress each year to third level education or employment.
It’s that time of year again, when the evenings are getting shorter and many people start to think about signing up for a course. There are plenty of opportunities now to help you research your options, whether it’s a Springboard Roadshow, the Which Course Exhibition, or the adult education supplements published in the national newspapers over the coming weeks. Your local Education and Training Board should also be able to give you information about adult education in your area.
Here in AONTAS we continue to receive queries through our Information Referral Service from adults who are thinking about returning to education. We’ve noticed an increase in queries this year, so here are the top three queries we are getting right now.
1. Do your research Before you begin your application process you should research what funding options are currently available and whether you are eligible or not. Remember some colleges may offer additional financial supports to students so it's worth finding out what other funding streams may be available to you. Visit www.studentfinance.ie for more information. Also check college websites for up to date Information on additional grants and scholarships. Alternatively you can download the AONTAS Information booklet here.
The 2nd Adult Learners' Forum of Ireland (ALFI) meeting took place on October 26th in the Ashling Hotel, and despite the horrendous weather of the previous days, fifty learners from across the country gathered to discuss and hear about Local Adult Learner Forums.
A full report of the day will be made available and put on the ALFI section of the AONTAS website in due course, but here are some of the details of how the day unfolded.
Learners at the ALFI meeting in Athlone in November 2010
At last year's Adult Learners' Forum of Ireland (ALFI) meeting, one of the main areas of discussion was how to develop a sustainable national platform for Adult Learners. Participants at the inaugural ALFI meeting not only wanted to see a strong national voice, they realised that if it was to grow and develop, it needed to be built on solid foundations.