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AONTAS Blog


Adult Learner Leaving Cert Options

Posted on August 16, 2017

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As An Adult Learner What Are My Leaving Certificate Options?

Each year AONTAS get many calls through its One Step Up Freephone Helpline (1800 303 669) from adults looking to do their Leaving Certificate. In 2016, 10% percent of calls to the service were from adults looking to do their Leaving Certificate for the first time or to complete one subject to gain access to a college course.

Often these adults want to do the Leaving Certificate as they never had the chance first time round, as they left school early to start their working life. As an adult it can be difficult to take that first step back into education, but there are plenty of opportunities and supports available if you wish to choose this route.

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Collaboration, Innovation and Learning in Barcelona

Posted on August 10, 2017

Matthew Waters, An Cosan VCCEarlier this summer Matthew Waters from An Cosán Virtual Community College (VCC) travelled to the Spanish city of Barcelona to present at EDULEARN - one of the largest international education conferences.

The trip took place as part of the ERASMUS+ ‘Making an Impact at European Level’ project. Organised by AONTAS it supports the professional development of our Community Education Network (CEN). Here Matthew shares the highlights of his trip.

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Exposure to Adult Education in Romania

Posted on July 07, 2017

Last month Joan Keehan from Southill Family Resource Centre (FRC) Limerick visited Craiova as part of ERASMUS+ ‘Making an Impact at European Level’ an EU-funded project that supports the professional development of adult education workers.  In Ireland, the project aims to strengthen the work of the AONTAS Community Education Network (CEN) by giving members an opportunity to visit partner organisations across Europe, where they can learn about best practice in community education.

Joan’s Experience:   

Making Connections in Romania

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AONTAS Travels to Cardiff to Share Best Practice on Learner Voice

Posted on June 29, 2017

Karen Williams and Welsh learner Nina Miklaszewicz

AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation is currently leading out on the learning mobility project: ‘AONTAS – Making an Impact at European Level’. This is a two year project funded under the adult education field of the ERASMUS+ programme and supports the professional development of adult education workers.

Karen Williams, Learner Supports Officer in AONTAS is responsible for learner voice and engagement activities in the organisation. She recently travelled to Cardiff, Wales to learn and share best practice from the Learning and Work Institute about amplifying the learner voice through promotion and advocacy work. In our latest blog Karen shares her experience.

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Learning from Best Practice in Luxembourg

Posted on June 22, 2017

Erasmus AONTAS is currently leading out on a learning mobility project: ‘AONTAS – Making an Impact at European Level’. This is a two year project funded under the adult education field of the ERASMUS+ programme and involves a consortium of seven organisations from the AONTAS Community Education Network (CEN).

As part of this project Warremount tutor Niamh Mc Call recently travelled to Luxembourg to take part in a two day conference run by the European Basic Skills Network (EBSN). The aim of a mobility was to exchange information and learn more about best practice models. In our latest blog Niamh shares her experience of the conference and highlights some pilot projects from Europe that look at innovative ways to teach language to migrants.

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Sharing Best Practice with Malta

Posted on May 31, 2017

IMG_8471AONTAS hosted a Maltese Study Visit in order to share best practice with other EU member states. As part of the study visit, Christianne Fenech, Project Manager in the Ministry of Education & Employment visited Ireland for three days to focus on her specific areas of interest including: workplace learners, family literacy and engaging with employers. AONTAS travelled with Christianne to Limerick to visit some of the fantastic community education groups based in Limerick who are also a part of the Limerick Community Education Network (LCEN), longstanding AONTAS members.

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EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow - Part 2

Posted on May 15, 2017

AONTAS is the National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Ireland. As part of the Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow project (2015-2017), AONTAS in collaboration with Skills for Work, undertook ‘EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow’, a professional exchange.

In part 2 of our 'EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow' blog the particpants give some reflections on their trip to Malta. Read part 1 here

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EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow - Part 1

Posted on May 15, 2017

AONTAS is the National Coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning in Ireland. As part of the Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow project (2015-2017), AONTAS in collaboration with Skills for Work, undertook ‘EU Exchange for a Better Tomorrow’, a professional exchange.

The delegation of eight comprised of the European Projects Officer at AONTAS, three Skills for Work staff, including their National Coordinator and four Skills for Work learners, coming from diverse backgrounds including: host families for student exchanges (Mná an Tí), a logistics warehouse operate and an employee at a semi-state railway company.

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Learning from Best Practice in Crete

Posted on May 09, 2017

 

 

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AONTAS is currently leading on a learning mobility project called ‘AONTAS – Making an Impact at European Level’. The project allows participating organisations to send staff to other European countries to undertake a dedicated period of learning or professional experience, such as job shadowing or training.This is a two year project funded under the adult education field of the ERASMUS+ programme and involves a consortium of seven organisations from the AONTAS Community Education Network (CEN).

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Validation of Prior Learning in Ireland: A Learner’s Experience

Posted on May 03, 2017

Una Buckley1The learner voice sits firmly at the heart of AONTAS’ work. As the National Adult Learning Organisation in Ireland, we believe that in order to widen participation in lifelong learning, we must listen to the voices and experiences of learners. AONTAS spoke to adult learner advocate Una Buckley about Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Una details her personal experience of RPL and gives some suggestions on how to make the process more accessible for learners.

RPL in Ireland

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