Tuesday, 27 January, 2015

‘Learning – a Lifetimes Work’ – AONTAS launches new Strategic Plan

Launch of Strategic Plan

Pictured at the launch of 'Learning - a Lifetime's Work' - Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English, Berni Brady (AONTAS), Liz Waters (President, AONTAS, CEO of an Cosán) and Michael Moriarty (General Secretary, ETBI).

AONTAS launched a new Strategic Plan at the General Meeting in the Ashling Hotel, Dublin in November 2014.  The plan outlines three goals that will guide the work of the organisation until 2018.  They include promoting the value and benefits of adult learning and advocating for the development of a quality service.  They are underpinned by a third goal to build our capacity as an organisation. 

Minister for Skills, Innovation and Research Damien English launched the plan at the General Meeting.  Approximately 100 of our members attended the meeting, which focused on the development of the National Adult Learners Forum which will provide learner feedback on the Further Education and Training Strategy as it is implemented.  Michael Moriarty from ETBI also spoke at the meeting.  To read a press release about the event, click here.   

AONTAS General Meeting – Put it in your diary!


On November 19th AONTAS will launch its new Strategic Plan ‘Learning – A Lifetime’s Work’.  The plan will run from 2015-2018 and will inform the objectives of the organisation as well as a series of actions.  The plan is the result of a lengthy consultation process across our membership, partners and stakeholders. 

We are delighted to welcome Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English who will launch the plan at the event.  To read the agenda, click here

Following the launch of the plan, we will host discussion groups on the theme of representative structures for adult learners – including the development of a National Adult Learners' Forum as outlined in the national Further Education and Training Strategy. Registration has now closed, if you want to register please phone 01-4068220.

One Step Up Champion Joe Mc Donagh passes his Leaving Cert

Joe Mc Donagh

Joe Mc Donagh from the Shannon Adult Learning Centre, who successfully passed his Leaving Cert in 2014.

Congratulations from all of us at AONTAS to adult learner Joe Mc Donagh who successfully passed his Leaving Cert this year.  Joe is one of five learners who are helping to inspire other adults to return to education by sharing their experience and stories on OneStepUp.ie. 

Now is the perfect time to think about taking up a learning opportunity.  From late August to September many course providers are hosting open days and exhibitions with information about what they have on offer for adults.  You can find the details by visiting the events calendar on OneStepUp.ie.

If you don’t know where to start, then visit the What Next section of our website, where you’ll find all sorts of useful information about funding, how to find a course and who to contact.  If you have a particular query, then contact our Freephone Helpline on 1800 303 669.  

Watch Joe and other learners tell their stories here