There is much confusion within the Further Education and Training (FET) sector and among FET practitioners (teachers, trainers, tutors, instructors, facilitators etc.) as to who needs to be registered with the Teaching Council of Ireland and why, who does not need to be registered, and what the registration criteria are for Further Education (FE) teacher.
With a new Minister for Education, Ulsterman Mr Joe McHugh, and growing unease about the unknown consequences of Brexit on the horizon, the time is right to acknowledge the broad scope of education as a pathway for progress that everyone can and should participate in; it’s the moment to make adult and community education in particular the fertile ground from which North, South, East and West can grow together in a direction that ensures everyone is supported through the difficult challenges that lie ahead. In our latest blog Niamh O’Reilly CEO discusses a seminal moment when adult and community education leaders from the Five Nations (5Ns) of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland met at The Borders, Boundaries & Bridges: Learning with our Neighbours Conference on Friday 14th October in Belfast.
Recent figures show an increase in Ireland’s lifelong learning participation rate. In our latest blog, Niamh O’Reilly CEO, welcomes this increase but explains that the focus should be on widening participation, not just increasing it, to ensure a more effective measure of successful lifelong learning initiatives and policies in Ireland.
We were delighted to see the first ever AONTAS Lifelong Learning Advocacy Summer School making front page news in The Irish Times following its launch on 18th June 2018.
The ‘Moving On’ Programme, Blayney Blades celebrated their recent achievement of winning an AONTAS STAR Award on Tuesday 10th April by hosting a celebratory lunch for past and present students in the Iontas centre, Castleblayney, Co. Monaghan.