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Posts in the "Adult Learners" category

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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Permanent link | Categories: AONTASNational Adult Learner ForumAdult LearnersSOLASFurther education and training

Top 10 Benefits of Returning to Education

Posted on August 26, 2015

CastlereaAONTAS017JCEvery year many adults begin their journey back to education, for some they may have had a long break from formal education and others may be looking to update their skills.  VTOS is just one of the many options open to them. Having successfully completed their Leaving Certificate, learners from VTOS in Navan share their top 10 benefits of returning to education. 85% of VTOS participants in the Louth and Meath Education and Training Board progress each year to third level education or employment.

 1.      Career Prospects

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The top three queries about adult learning

Posted on August 20, 2013

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It’s that time of year again, when the evenings are getting shorter and many people start to think about signing up for a course.  There are plenty of opportunities now to help you research your options, whether it’s a Springboard Roadshow, the Which Course Exhibition, or the adult education supplements published in the national newspapers over the coming weeks.  Your local Education and Training Board should also be able to give you information about adult education in your area. 

Here in AONTAS we continue to receive queries through our Information Referral Service from adults who are thinking about returning to education.  We’ve noticed an increase in queries this year, so here are the top three queries we are getting right now. 

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Information on adult educationAdult LearnersTraining and education options for people who are unemployed

Life after Redundancy

Posted on May 07, 2013

Patrick Duffy, student in the Adult Learning BA (ALBA) writes about his personal experience of redundancy over two years ago, and how the BA is helping him to find his feet again.  

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Adult LearnersTraining and education options for people who are unemployedUnemployment

Five tips on applying for a student grant

Posted on June 26, 2012

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1. Do your research
Before you begin your application process you should research what funding options are currently available and whether you are eligible or not. Remember some colleges may offer additional financial supports to students so it's worth finding out what other funding streams may be available to you. Visit www.studentfinance.ie for more information. Also check college websites for up to date Information on additional grants and scholarships. Alternatively you can download the AONTAS Information booklet here.

2. Apply early

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Adult LearnersStudent FinanceThird level grants

Building a Grassroots Learner Voice: report from the ALFI meeting on October 26th

Posted on November 04, 2011

The 2nd Adult Learners' Forum of Ireland (ALFI) meeting took place on October 26th in the Ashling Hotel, and despite the horrendous weather of the previous days, fifty learners from across the country gathered to discuss and hear about Local Adult Learner Forums.


A full report of the day will be made available and put on the ALFI section of the AONTAS website in due course, but here are some of the details of how the day unfolded.

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How we can build local adult learner voices- the ALFI meeting October 26th

Posted on October 11, 2011

ALFI 2010 2 - Learners at the ALFI meeting in Athlone in November 2010
Learners at the ALFI meeting in Athlone in November 2010

At last year's Adult Learners' Forum of Ireland (ALFI) meeting, one of the main areas of discussion was how to develop a sustainable national platform for Adult Learners. Participants at the inaugural ALFI meeting not only wanted to see a strong national voice, they realised that if it was to grow and develop, it needed to be built on solid foundations.Learners at the ALFI in 2010

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Permanent link | Comments | Categories: Adult learnersMature studentsAdult Learner's Forum of Irelandlearner voice

Returning to education brings new beginnings

Posted on October 04, 2011

Karen - Karen Shields, Postgraduate student in Adult and Community Education at NUI Maynooth
Karen Shields, Postgraduate student in Adult and Community Education at NUI Maynooth

In this blog entry, mature student Karen Shields writes about the experience of returning to university.

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