Friday, 22 August, 2014

Five year Further Education and Training Strategy launched

Fiona Hartley Presentation

Fiona Hartley from SOLAS talks to AONTAS members about the Further Education and Training Strategy at our AGM in May 2014

The first ever Further Education and Training Strategy was launched in May 2014.  The strategy sets out a vision for the development of a high quality further education and training service over the next five years, and outlines five high level goals to be achieved within that period.  SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, will be responsible for leading out on the strategy and assessing its progress.  

AONTAS welcomes the committment to engage with adult learners as the strategy is realised.  Feedback from our Information Referral Service in May 2014 gives us valuable insights into the needs of adult learners and the challenges they encounter.  Read our blog entry summarising the key findings, or read the full report.  

To read a press release and presentation which summarise the key points of the Further Education and Training Strategy click here.  Read the strategy document in full here

Have your say in our strategic plan

AGM 2014

AONTAS members cast their votes at this years AGM.

Over eighty people attended the AONTAS AGM last Thursday.  They included representatives from the Education and Training Boards, community groups, tutors and adult learners.  We were delighted to welcome Fiona Hartley Executive Director of SOLAS to talk to us about the new five year Further Education and Training Strategy.   

We also started a discussion about our new strategic plan and our priorities for the coming years.  If you missed the AGM you can still take part in the consultation for our new strategic plan. To read more about how you can participate click here.

We launched our Advocacy Toolkit which provides information and advocacy tips in the lead up to, and after this years Local Elections.  

Adult Learners’ Festival – Learn today for a better tomorrow!


Ger Brennan, Dublin GAA player recently launched this years' schedule of events for the Festival

Over four hundred events took place throughout the country during the Adult Learners' Festival from February 24th to March 1st. Thanks to all the museums, libraries, colleges and community centres who participated, offering the chance to pick up a new skill, pursue a forgotten interest or discover a surprising learning opportunity.  All of the events were offered free of charge.  

Thanks to Ger Brennan Dublin GAA player who helped us launch the Fesitval.  Ger said ‘I think the Adult Learners’ Festival is a great opportunity to get informed about some of the education and training opportunities that are out there on your own doorstep. As someone involved in sports, I know how life can change so I regularly take part in learning myself. Lifelong learning is a great way to keep your options open and plan for the future.’

If you missed a Festival event, you can still check out the One Step Up calendar, where you can also sign up for reminders about events in your area.