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New Employment and Entitlement Service must help jobseekers access quality education and training

15 Oct 2012 03:29 PM

AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, has today welcomed the establishment of Intreo, the new Employments and Entitlements Service.

Reacting to the launch of the new service, AONTAS Director Berni Brady said

'We welcome the commitment to provide people with more information about their training and education options if they become unemployed. There is now a range of options open to jobseekers - from basic and community education right through to specialised third level opportunities. We know from callers to the AONTAS Information Referral Service that accessing information about education and training is a big challenge, and we welcome any initiative that seeks to improve that situation for people seeking to retrain, upskill or return to education.'

'However, it is crucial that people who are unemployed are supported to avail of education and training that meets their needs and leads to either employment or further education. Putting people on courses for the sake of moving them off the live register will only result in people becoming even more disillusioned. With fewer public resources currently available, it is vital that education and training activities are meaningful, and that they lead to enhanced opportunities for those who participate.'

Ms Brady called on the new service to work closely with the Adult Education Guidance Initiative, a service which is available in over 40 centres within VEC services around the country.

'We know from providers that people who have availed of adult guidance when they return to education are more likely to stay with and complete the course they have chosen' she concluded. 'This is the best way to help people get back on their feet whilst making best use of public resources.'

For more information contact:
Niamh Farren, Communications Officer 01 4068220/ 087 911 0569

Note to Editor
AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, representing over 550 members involved in the provision of adult and community education, as well as individual adult learners.