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Blog Archive

Work wanted a qualification and so did I

Posted on June 03, 2016

Rodger Sweeney QuoteIn this week’s blog, Rodger Sweeney tells his story of leaving school at 16 for work and returning to education in his fifties. Rodger achieved a distinction in a NFQ Level 6 Supervisory Management Skills and now hopes to gain full-time employment in the future.

I left school at 16

I never liked school and I felt that I didn’t need much of an education because back in the 1970s jobs were plentiful and you had no problem gaining employment. So, I left school at the age of 16 with 4 passes in my intercert exam and I got a job.

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What’s happening to adult education? Let’s listen to the educators and learners!

Posted on May 31, 2016

Stephen O'Brien

Stephen O’Brien is a college lecturer and researcher in the School of Education at University College Cork.  He has recently written a book called Inside Education: exploring the art of good learning (click here for more information).  AONTAS was delighted to have Stephen present at our recent Annual General Meeting where he gave a thought provoking input that focussed on the current dominant discourse of the skills-based agenda and its wider cultural impact on adult education.

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AONTAS welcomes the new Minister of State with special responsibility for Training and Skills

Posted on May 24, 2016

AONTAS welcomes the new Minister of State with special responsibility for Training and Skills at the Department of Education and Skills and the Department of Jobs Enterprise and Innovation, John Halligan TD. We look forward to working with him in his term of office, in particular highlighting the potential of adult and community education to meet the skills needs of the future.

We are glad to see a cross departmental focus in this ministerial role as whilst we recognise the undeniable importance of employment for social inclusion, it is also widely documented at national and international level (including the EAEA Manifesto for Adult Learning) that the wider benefits of adult learning, including non-accredited learning, contribute to:

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It's never too late

Posted on May 09, 2016

LaoisFollowing a period of illness and injury that prevented him from working, Denis O’Brien made the decision to return to education. He first completed a few training courses and other online courses. He then began a full-time degree programme, which just a short time earlier he would never have dreamed of doing. Denis is taking a short break from his studies due to health issues but he hopes to return to University College Cork in September to complete his BSc in Computer Science.

Why I returned to education

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EU leverage to improve participation in lifelong learning in Ireland

Posted on May 03, 2016

BL5Q4905The Clock Tower at the Department of Education and Skills hosted a full house for the AONTAS transnational seminar on the impact of the EU on Ireland’s adult learning policies and practices on 28th April 2016.

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Why I chose the further education route

Posted on April 29, 2016

tonyIn this week’s blog, Tony Hughes shares his experience of sitting his leaving cert and choosing the further education route. Tony didn't know what area he wanted to study in college so he decided to study a QQI Level 5 course in Computer Applications for the Workplace in order to give him experience in the IT field. Tony benefited from his local Enterprise Centre in Mohill, Leitrim - they had a range of  courses and opportunities and he completed a QQI Level 5 course and secured an internship in the centre. Tony now feels like that he has gained skills and experience which will help him find the right course at third level.

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I couldn’t speak a word of English

Posted on April 22, 2016

Imanu TutuIn this week's blog Imani Tutu shares his experience of learning English in Ireland and his hopes for the future. Imani is currently studying a QQI level 4 Major award in Cavan Adult Education Centre. Imani came to Ireland two years ago with no English. He decided to go to English classes and has since completed a level 2 and 3 ESOL and Literacy course and is now doing a level 4 course. Imani hopes to progress to college as he would love work in the Finance sector. Imani recently attended the National Adult Learner Forum where learners from across Ireland came together to discuss their experience of the Further Education and Training Service.

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Take it one day at a time

Posted on April 18, 2016

kathleen imageIn this week’s blog, Kathleen Dowd writes about her experience of returning to education after being made redundant. Kathleen is an adult learner and she is currently studying at NFQ Level 7. Kathleen also works closely with adults who have returned to education as she is a Community Employment Supervisor in Longford Women’s Link. Kathleen recently attended the National Adult Learner Forum where learners from across Ireland came together to discuss their experience of the Further Education and Training Service.

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Enjoy your journey through education

Posted on April 11, 2016

Boxing Clever (2)

The Boxing Clever Programme won an AONTAS Star Award 2015. Billy was a participant on the programme and then became a mentor for other learners. Here he shares his story on finding his passion in life. Billy went on to do Fitness and Personal Training in DCU. Click here to watch his video. 

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I can now pursue the career of my dreams

Posted on April 04, 2016

Lisa NevinLisa Nevin, a former student of Longford College of Further Education (LCFE) graduated with CIBTAC & ITEC, two highly coveted International Beauty Diplomas, last May. Following her success Lisa was offered a job as a Skin Therapist & Sales Representative for a large multinational company in London. Lisa secured this prime position due to having participated in the Erasmus programme and achieving high sales targets in the London branch. Lisa has since been offered a job closer to home in a prestigious hotel in Galway.

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