Saturday, 24 June, 2017

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I want to say, to anyone with literacy problems, just take that step; education is everything

Posted on September 12, 2016

Kenneth White would panic at the sight of a form or the prospect of going to an interview. His basic literacy skills left him with very little confidence and limited employment opportunities. He wanted to do better so he made the decision to take the first step and access the Write Together Adult Literacy Scheme in Churchfield, Co. Cork. 

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Returning to Education was my Lifeline to Getting Back out There

Posted on September 05, 2016

Geraldine Lynch 1After suffering from poor health Geraldine Lynch decided to return to education to help restore her confidence. Since attending the Sligo Adult Education Centre, Geraldine has gained new friends, learned new skills and developed a new lease of life. She received a huge amount of support from both her tutors and peers and this encouraged her to progress onto another course. She describes returning to education as the best thing she ever did.

Geraldine was also nominated by Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) to attend the National Adult Learner Forum in February where learners from across Ireland came together to discuss their experience of the Further Education and Training Service.

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I Have Gained Qualifications but also Important Life Skills

Posted on August 29, 2016

john connellJohn Connell is an adult learner from Ballyfermot. He began working at the weekends while still in school and he remained in the same job for many years. In 2011 John was unexpectedly made redundant and was faced with some big life decisions on what his next move should be. He needed a change and decided to visit his local community services, the Ballyfermot and Chapelizod Partnership. The Partnership gave John the encouragement and confidence to return to education, this experience was hugely beneficial for John and allowed him to gain qualifications, a broad range of skills and helped him to transform his life.

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Accessing The Available Services Helped Me Return to Education

Posted on August 22, 2016


Barry Christy1Barry Christy returned to education to gain the qualifications he needed to secure future employment and most importantly, his dream job. He accessed the Adult Guidance Service in Cavan Monaghan Education and Training Board to receive the help he needed to find the best education option for him. Thanks to the Adult Guidance service, he found a course he was passionate and interested in and his Guidance Counsellor helped him through the application process. Returning to education once seemed too daunting due to past negative experiences with education but Barry soon discovered a new love of learning when he returned to education to complete his honours degree in Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT). He now has his dream job and even considers returning to education to further his studies and passions in the future.  

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As An Adult Learner What Are My Leaving Certificate Options?

Posted on August 18, 2016

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Each year AONTAS receives numerous calls through its Freephone Helpline from adults looking to do their Leaving Certificate. In 2015, 11% 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.

This can provide a second chance for those who left school early. 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.

 

Where do I Start?

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An Advocate of Lifelong Learning

Posted on July 25, 2016

Eileen headshotAt 61 Eileen Bennett is a true lifelong learner. Her love of horses inspired her to return to education and allowed her to set up a successful business. She has continued to learn throughout this time in order to enhance her work and to develop new skills. Eileen’s dream is to do a PhD and she believes her life experience and wisdom has greatly enhanced her learning journey.

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Bray ‘Escapes’ into Learning

Posted on July 17, 2016

IMG-20160708-WA0004Bray Travellers Community Development Group (CDG) held their end of year programme and award ceremony in the Little Bray Community Centre on Friday 8th July. This year’s ceremony theme was “Bray Escapes”. The ceremony showcased a broad range of creative work and projects which the learners produced over the course of the Employability Skills programme such as art, graphic design and employability skills.

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I really feel like I am achieving something

Posted on June 27, 2016

Julie-AnneJulie-Anne Dalton is an adult learner, a healthcare worker, a mum and a wife. She is currently working hard to achieve a QQI Level 5 in Healthcare after a long time out of education. After many years outside of the workforce raising her family, an opportunity to help a friend with her disabled son reignited her passion for caring and she decided to pursue this as a career. Julie-Anne gained employment as a healthcare worker with Comfort Keepers and is currently completing her Level 5 course with great support from her employers, family and friends.

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Community education gave me the confidence to progress to third level

Posted on June 20, 2016

Sharon ConlonIn 2012, Sharon Conlon took part in the AONTAS Lobby for Learning Day where she shared her positive experience of community education. Since then she has continued with her education and completed a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Early Childhood education. Sharon attended Warrenmount Community Education and Development Centre and Liberties College of Further Education and Training before completing her degree in Dublin Institute of Technology. Sharon believes her experiences in community education and further education and training helped build her confidence and self-esteem and provided the encouragement and support to continue her studies on to third level. 

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If you couldn't keep up, then you never caught up

Posted on June 13, 2016

John DoyleIn this week’s blog, John Doyle shares his story about the barriers he faced throughout his education and tells of his hopes for the future.

Many adults can face challenges such as dealing with mental health issues and financial pressures – this in turn can impact on self-esteem and confidence. Returning to education can offer adults the opportunity to rebuild their lives, gain confidence and find a job.

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