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Speak Today, Shape Tomorrow!

Posted on January 07, 2016


Solas 39AONTAS 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?

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What does the latest IMF review say about further education and training?

Posted on April 09, 2013

Roundtable - Adult learners outline how their experience of community education helped them progress in education and onto employment.
Adult learners outline how their experience of community education helped them progress in education and onto employment.

The ninth IMF Review published last week takes a look at the role of the further education and training sector in economic recovery.  The review takes place against the backdrop of an increase in the number of people who are ‘very long term unemployed’ i.e. unemployed for over 2 years - now at 30% of the total number of those who are unemployed. The percentage of people unemployed for over 1 year now stands at 60% of the total number.  

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SOLAS Draft Legislation published

Posted on January 29, 2013

Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon - Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon has been at the forefront of the reform agenda within further education and training.
Minister for Training and Skills Ciaran Cannon has been at the forefront of the reform agenda within further education and training.

Following much anticipation, Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn has published draft legislation for the new Further Education and Training Authority SOLAS (the Further Education and Training Bill 2013). 

The publication of the draft legislation has been delayed as the Bill which sets out the establishment of the ETBs (the Education and Training Boards Bill 2012) must first be passed as legislation by the Oireachtas.  The Education and Training Boards Bill was recently returned to the Select Committee for Education and Skills, where an interesting exchange took place between Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn and committee members on a series of proposed amendments.  The amended Bill will now be presented to the Dáil and should become legislation in the near future. 

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Three challenges for community education in a time of change

Posted on September 12, 2012

New Building photo2 - Longford Womens' Link - a member of AONTAS and the CEN
Longford Womens' Link - a member of AONTAS and the CEN

The Community Education Network (CEN) is in the process of putting together a position paper on the challenges facing community education during a time of change. Community education organisations operate outside of the formal education sector and are funded through a variety of sources.

Since the establishment of the CEN in 2007 the context for community education has changed dramatically, from the absorption of Community Development Projects (CDPs) into Local Area Partnerships, reduced funding, increased demands on services, and changes to the FETAC process. Now the sector must retain its identity within SOLAS and the new integrated Further Education and Training Service.

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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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Thoughts on a conference about community education

Posted on November 23, 2011

Last week AONTAS held the first ever conference on community education in Ireland. Over 200 attended the conference, called 'Making a living, making a life'. The purpose of the conference was to focus on the dual role of community education, supporting people to get employment but also in social inclusion. A practical outcome of the conference was to get those attending to propose how community education might fit within the new SOLAS training and education authority.
What really came across was the richness and diversity of community education. Those attending included tutors, learners, community education facilitators, community education providers based in the community and voluntary sector and people with a role in policy formulation.

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