National FET Learner Forum Report – Learners’ Voices Across Ireland

13 October 2022
Who should attend:
Invited guests only
5 hours
Prior booking required:
Invite only
Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, D08 RF3F


About this event

National FET Learner Forum Report – Learners’ Voices Across Ireland

This is a learner-focused event bringing together adult learners, Education and Training Board representatives and high-level stakeholders, to highlight the overall findings of the Annual Synthesis Report 2021-2022 developed by AONTAS. We will also share the advocacy aims that AONTAS will focus on stemming from these findings, the experience of learners taking part in the National FET Learner Forum, and the expansion of the Forum into the academic year 2022-2023, including learner capacity-building initiatives. Through this we hope to demonstrate and discuss the value of the Forum project and the unique and vital national FET perspective it provides.   

This exciting event will bring together a mix of discussions, presentations, workshops and multimedia focused on sharing the adult learner experience.

10.00am - Arrival, Registration, Tea/Coffee and Scones
10.30am - Welcome Address, Dearbháil Lawless, CEO of AONTAS
10.40am - Keynote Address, Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
11.10am - National FET Learner Forum video with Laois and Offaly ETB Learners
11.15am - National FET Learner Forum Annual Synthesis Report 2021-2022: Overview of high-level findings and recommendations,

                 Dr Laura Lovejoy and Aisling Meyler, AONTAS Research Officers
11.30am - Learner Panel Discussion: My National FET Learner Forum Experience

11.50am - Comfort Break

12.00pm - FET Learners as Leaders Project 2021-2022, Kalianne Farren, AONTAS Research Officer
12.15pm - Stakeholder Panel Discussion –The National Perspective of the National FET Learner Forum
                  •Professor Emeritus Peter Lavender, University of Wolverhampton
                  •Colin Cummins, FET Director, Tipperary ETB and Chairperson of the Directors of FET Forum Inclusion Strategy Group
                  •Martha Bolger, FET Director, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board,
                  •Maria Walsh, Director of Branding, Communications and FET Strategy Implementation, SOLAS
12.50pm - Lunch
1.30pm - Learner Workshop - Public Speaking and Representation for learners
2.30pm - Learner Discussion - Planning for representation, campaigns and advocacy
3.00pm - Close

For information please contact AONTAS Research Officer, Kalianne Farren:

Contact details:
Wood Quay Venue, Dublin City Council Civic Offices, Wood Quay, D08 RF3F
Tel: 087 1921071