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Posts in the "Adult Learning" category

Five priorities for further education and training in a time of reform

Posted on June 12, 2012

This blog has been pretty quiet over the last few months, but that's not reflective of the level of activity within AONTAS, we can assure you. Over the last few months we've been busy watching developments as the new training and further education authority SOLAS begins to take shape. We made an extensive submission to the consultation process earlier this year and also held an event at the end of February where thirty adult learners met members of the Implementation Group to discuss their experiences of accessing further education and training.
Based on what our members have told us, here are five priorities for further education in Ireland.

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: SOLASCommunity EducationAdult Learning

Adult learning – creating social enterprise opportunities on Inis Oirr

Posted on September 13, 2011

Basket with Inis Oirr quilt  - Basket with Inis Oirr quilt produced by Mna le Cheile
Basket with Inis Oirr quilt produced by Mna le Cheile

Research on the benefits of adult learning shows that adult learning helps to build confidence and self esteem. These are the building blocks of small enterprise - with confidence come ideas, and the commitment to pursue them.


A great example of adult learning which is making inroads into small enterprise is Mná le Chéile - a group of women based on Inis Oirr on the Aran Islands. The group was the recipient of an AONTAS STAR Award in February of this year. I recently spoke to Mary McCarty, a member of the group who explained to me how it all started.

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Social benefits of learningAdult learning and enterpriseSTAR Awards

Words of advice for adult learners

Posted on August 30, 2011

whatnext2011September is traditionally the time of year when lots of people think of taking up some learning. While it's often associated with children heading back to school, lots of adults are also considering taking up an evening course over the winter, or are about to enter third level as a mature student on a full or part time basis.
Last weekend AONTAS hosted an information stand at Which Course, an annual exhibition featuring various course providers. We were there to give out copies of our new Information Booklet. Called 'What Next' the booklet answers a lot of the basic questions that adults ask us - how to find a course, what the qualification means, what kinds of financial supports are available. We also provided copies of the latest course brochure from CD VEC, and promoted a freephone number which they have in place until September 9th. The freephone number 1800 20 40 80 is staffed by qualified Counsellors from the Adult Education Guidance Initiative who are there to help adults

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Information on adult educationMature studentsTraining and education options for people who are unemployeddemand for adult learning

Numbers on the Back to Education Allowance soared in 2010

Posted on July 12, 2011

A telling statistic in the Department of Social Protection's Annual Report 2010 released earlier this week is the number of people last year who availed of the Back to Education Allowance. The report reveals that in the 2009/2010 academic year a total of 20,808 people (10,457 at 2nd level, and 10,351 at 3rd level) were in receipt of a Back to Education allowance, an increase of 79% on 2009.)

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Back to Education AllowanceSpringboardDemand for Adult Learning