New website helps adults to access education and training opportunities
AONTAS has just launched OneStepUp.ie - a new website which helps adults to get in touch with their local education and training services.
OneStepUp.ie brings together all of the contact details for the further education services in the Education and Training Boards, along with useful resources and websites in a simple, easy to use format. The site has been especially designed for use on a smartphone and tablet, but is also accessible on a PC. For people who have difficulty using the website there is a Freephone Helpline 1800 303 669.
Speaking about the website, Minister for Education and Skills Ruairi Quinn said ‘I welcome this initiative as a useful resource for people who want to explore learning opportunities in their own locality. The website will help adults to access information about education and training during a busy time of reform. I am pleased to see the involvement of a variety of stakeholders in the Further Education and Training Sector who have made this initiative happen. I would also like to acknowledge the support of the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme which enabled the organisations involved to develop this innovative information campaign.’
AONTAS General Meeting
The AONTAS General Meeting took place on Wednesday, 20th November in Dublin. The event was a great success with over 70 people attending.
Click on the links below to access the presentations from the meeting:
- Donal Kelly from PIAAC, Central Statistics Office - input on what the PIAAC findings say about Further Education and Training
- Berni Brady, AONTAS Director - update on the new Further Education and Training Services
- Niamh Farren, AONTAS - One Step Up, a campaign promoting adult learning supported by the EU Lifelong Learning Programme
AONTAS Director appointed to the Board of SOLAS
AONTAS Director, Berni Brady has been appointed to the Board of SOLAS, the new Further Education and Training Authority. The formal establishment of SOLAS brings about the dissolution of FÁS, the National Training Agency.
SOLAS, in partnership with the 16 new Education and Training Boards, will be responsible for the integration, co-ordination and funding of the wide range of training and further education programmes around Ireland. One of its first tasks will be to devise a strategy for the development of a unified further education and training sector.
Reacting to the announcement Ms Brady said ‘I am delighted to be appointed to the Board. I look forward to the Board leading the integration of further education and training services in Ireland. I see this as an important opportunity to contribute my skills and experience in the field of adult and community education to the development of a state of the art Further Education and Training Service for Ireland. I am particularly interested in ensuring that the education and training needs of adult learners will be at the heart of the service and that the expertise and experience of those delivering services will be well recognised and supported. I do not underestimate the challenges ahead but I believe that if we work together we can build a quality integrated FET service for Irish adults.’
Berni Brady is also a member of the Advisory Group established by SOLAS to inform the development of the Further Education and Training (FET) Strategy.
To read the press release from the Department, click here.