Thursday, 25 August, 2016

AONTAS Congratulates Dozens of Adult Learners Receiving Leaving Cert Results

alanDozens of adult learners are amongst those celebrating their Leaving Cert results today (17.08.16). Congratulating adult learners receiving their Leaving Cert results, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “It’s easy to forget that many adult learners are amongst those sitting the Leaving Cert each year and waiting nervously to get their results".

“Dozens of adults once again completed Leaving Cert exams this summer and, today, are celebrating their achievements. In Ireland, 21 per cent of people aged 25 to 64 have never completed upper secondary-level education, so it’s not surprising that a high number return to education to complete the Leaving Cert each year".

“For somebody who may have been out of formal education for a long time, or who has had negative educational experiences in the past, it is a huge step to return to learning and to participate in Leaving Cert exams. We would like to congratulate and celebrate all adult learners who received Leaving Cert results today, and we wish them every success.” Read AONTAS' press release here.

Are you Thinking about Returning to Education?

Aontas Saint Saviours 005Now is the perfect time to think about taking up a learning opportunity. If you don’t know where to start, then take a look at our information booklet What Next, 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.

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

To read inspiring stories from adult learners click here.

Remembrance and Re-imagining at the AONTAS AGM

BL5Q7888The AONTAS Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 11th May in Dublin. The event focussed on exploring common policy issues with allies across the education field. AONTAS marked the historical year by showcasing some learner projects that commemorated the 1916 Rising, including RADE's ‘Personal Responses to the 1916 Rising’ Exhibition and a short presentation and video from Kildare and Wicklow ETB's ‘Remembrance and Rebellion’ project. Liz Waters, AONTAS President opened the event where she spoke about the central values of AONTAS’ work; "At the heart of everything we do are the learners". Niamh O’Reilly, CEO presented her vision for the organisation in her two year plan emphasising the importance of membership engagement in all aspects of our work, whilst outlining the key areas of work in 2015 outlined in the AONTAS Annual Report 2015. Stephen O’Brien from UCC provided a thought provoking input on the current discourse and focus of education in Ireland which was followed by a lively discussion.

AONTAS were delighted to have Liz Waters and Colm Kilgallon re-elected as President and Hon. Treasurer of the AONTAS Executive. The Board also welcomed a new Vice-President, Jim Prior (LCEN), Honorary Secretary, Tara Farrell (Longford Women’s Link) and organisational member, Mary Stokes representing the Adult Educational Guidance Association of Ireland.