AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation is seeking to recruit a Chief Executive Officer on the retirement of its current CEO in December 2015. AONTAS is a non-governmental, voluntary membership organisation established in 1969. Its mission is to advocate for the right of all adults in Ireland to quality learning throughout their lives, and to promote the value and benefits of lifelong learning. The organisation’s priorities for the next four years are outlined in the current Strategic Plan, Learning: A lifetime’s Work adopted by the AONTAS membership in November 2014.
The ideal candidate for this position will be a highly motivated, experienced executive who is a critical and independent thinker, a self-starter with the energy and vision to motivate others. He/she will need to demonstrate leadership and strategic capability, the capacity to build relationships both within and outside the organisation, compliance in financial and accounting practices and highly developed interpersonal skills. Candidates will also have significant experience at a senior level of management, corporate governance and working with a Board of Management.
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The National Adult Learner Forum 2016
AONTAS has many years’ experience of organising and facilitating learner events and giving people a platform to voice their issues. Examples of this include our Lobby for Learning Days in which policy makers were given the opportunity to engage in dialogue with learners, and the SOLAS Learner Consultation in which learners were given an opportunity to help influence the Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy. As a result of this work AONTAS has been named as the main lead organisation in the FET Strategy to establish a National Adult Learner Forum.
The 1st National Adult Learner Forum meeting will take place on Friday 26th February 2016 during our Adult Learners’ Festival. Our goal is to create a National Adult Learner Forum that facilitates meaningful engagement of learners across FET programmes so that learners can effectively influence national FET policy. In order to build a solid foundation for this yearly event, 2015 will serve as an exploratory year so that AONTAS can learn from stakeholders and practitioners in order to identify what learner voice mechanisms exist at local level and how they can link to the National Adult Learner Forum.
To read more about the work of the National Adult Learner Forum click here.
Award Ceremony recognises the importance of adult learning projects in combating a range of issues
At the ninth STAR Awards ceremony, (Monday 23rd) seven outstanding adult learning projects received an award in recognition of their work. The winning projects deal with a range of issues such as homelessness, drug use, disability, unemployment, upskilling and the isolation of older people. Dr. Tom Collins presented the winners with their awards at the ceremony in the Ballsbridge Hotel. Over 300 people representing 38 adult education groups were in attendance. To see the list of winners click here. To read a press release about the event click here.