Thursday, 24 April, 2014

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.  

Make adult learning your new year’s resolution!

If learning a new skill is one of your new years resolutions, then here are three things you can do to get started:

  • Visit the What Next section of this website, to find useful information about funding, finance and general information about returning to education as an adult
  • Check out to make contact with your local adult education services, find useful resources and hear from adult learners who have benefited from returning to education
  • Contact our Freephone Number 1800 303 669 for further information. 

New website helps adults to access education and training opportunities

AONTAS has just launched - a new website which helps adults to get in touch with their local education and training services.  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.’