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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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I wanted to make my kids proud of me

Posted on March 24, 2016

Joanne McCabe - Inspiring LearnerIn this blog Joanne McCabe writes about her experience of the PETE Programme in Focus Ireland which led her to representing Ireland at the European Anti-Poverty Network in Brussels, and tells of her dreams for the future.

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In Youthreach I can be the real me

Posted on March 21, 2016

AndrewIn this blog Andrew Corish writes about his experience of Youthreach in Ashbourne, Co. Meath and why it works so well for him. Andrew recently took part in the National Adult Learner Forum, where learners from across Ireland met to discuss their achievements and challenges in further education and training in order to help influence policy.

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Returning to education was the happiest day of my life

Posted on March 14, 2016

Don KermanReturning to education can be an extremely daunting task but it can be hugely rewarding. In this blog, Don Kerman writes about his positive experience of returning to learning in Tuam Adult Learning Centre in Co Galway. Since writing his story, Don has continued his studies and has successfully completed a QQI level 2 component certificate in reading and is currently working towards a QQI level 2 full accreditation award. Don’s learner story highlights the benefits of lifelong learning and his story shows how taking that first step can lead to many great opportunities.  

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Speak Today, Shape Tomorrow!

Posted on January 07, 2016

Solas 39AONTAS is delighted to announce the first meeting of the National Adult Learner Forum will be held on Friday 26th February during the AONTAS Adult Learners Festival.

What is the National Adult Learner Forum: 

The National Adult Learner Forum will provide a space for learners who are currently in further education and training to come together and have a unique opportunity to directly influence the further education and training service based on their needs by considering the following:

What is working well in the Further Education and Training Service?

What is not working in Further Education and Training and how can it be improved?

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Make LEARNING your New Year’s Resolution

Posted on December 18, 2015

Is your New Year’s resolution to return to education to learn something new, gain a qualification, pursue an interest or upskill for your career? Here are 7 ways to become an adult learner in 2016.

1.  Distance Learning and E-learning

There has been a growing demand for adult learning opportunities outside of traditional classroom settings. Distance learning and e-learning allow you to study at a time and place that suits your own lifestyle.

The main advantage on this type of learning is that it can be combined with home life and work commitments. It is important to check the course cost and level of the qualification the course provides on the National Framework of Qualifications before signing up. Check out to view the range of courses available.

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Why nominate a project for the AONTAS 10th Annual STAR Awards?

Posted on November 09, 2015

BL5Q2863The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative coordinated by AONTAS as part of the annual Adult Learners' Festival to acknowledge the positive contribution of adult learning projects to learners, their local communities and wider society.

Hear from the 2015 STAR Award winners about how the Award has benefitted their programmes and learners.

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