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Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2021
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10th of November, 202110th of November, 2021

Adult Participation in Learning Survey 2021

This week the Learning & Work Institute launched its latest annual survey into adult participation in the UK. When looking at the results we have to bear in mind still the impact of Covid19 and how it has changed working and learning contexts for so many. Some of the difference may also be due to...

Belfast honoured with prestigious Learning City Award
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29th of October, 202129th of October, 2021

Belfast honoured with prestigious Learning City Award

Belfast has been honoured with a UNESCO Learning City Award for 2021 in recognition for its work promoting lifelong learning across the city. This award acknowledges the vast spectrum of work that is underway in our schools, colleges, and universities as well as in our community organisations and our social spaces.  Lord Mayor of Belfast...

Celebrating Learning Day
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30th of September, 202130th of September, 2021

Celebrating Learning Day

In 2019 the Lord Mayors of Belfast, Cork, Dublin and the Mayors of Limerick and Derry City and Strabane Region signed a formal agreement to commit each city to work together and provide mutual support to help deliver on the vision of a learning city for all citizens. All five cities are part of the...

27,000 LEARNERS RECEIVE VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION FROM OCN
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13th of August, 202113th of August, 2021

27,000 LEARNERS RECEIVE VOCATIONAL QUALIFICATION FROM OCN

OPEN COLLEGE NETWORK (OCN) is NI’s leading vocational and technical awarding body, that advances education by developing and awarding qualifications for adults and young people throughout Northern Ireland (NI). Working in collaboration with NI’s six Further Education Colleges, schools, community and voluntary organisations, and other training providers, OCN has awarded over 27,000 vocational and technical...

Responding to the Skills Strategy Consultation
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9th of August, 20219th of August, 2021

Responding to the Skills Strategy Consultation

FALNI will be making a response to this critical consultation and hopes that as many of you will make a response as well, particularly to highlight issues around lifelong/adult learning. Below are a number of points that we shall be making and it would be great if you could incorporate some of these into your...

AONTAS Launch CEN Census 2020 Report
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1st of July, 20211st of July, 2021

AONTAS Launch CEN Census 2020 Report

On 30th June AONTAS launched its inaugural CEN Census report, which in addition to providing the first ever comprehensive research into community education provision in Ireland, also focused on the impact Covid has had on providers and learners. The research aimed to uncover who engages in community education, what courses are provided, how it is...

New Chair of North Down and Ards U3A
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1st of July, 20211st of July, 2021

New Chair of North Down and Ards U3A

FALNI was delighted to learn that Adrianne Brown, a regular attendee at Forum events, is the newly elected Chair of North Down and Ards U3A. When interviewed by the County Down Spectator Adrianne said: One of the first things I will be doing with the Forum for Adult Learning Northern Ireland is to ensure lifelong...

DfE Consultation Webinar on the Skills Strategy
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1st of July, 20211st of July, 2021

DfE Consultation Webinar on the Skills Strategy

Today the Dept for the Economy held a short consultation webinar on the new Skills Strategy. There were presentations from Graeme Wilkinson (DfE) on the strategy itself and Deirdre Wood (DfC) on Labour Market Partnerships, followed by a short Q&A session. The presentations can be found below, but two short quotes from each presenter are...

CEN Census 2020 Launch
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22nd of June, 202122nd of June, 2021

CEN Census 2020 Launch

Looking forward to this event next week – https://www.aontas.com/events/cen-census-2020-launch FALNI would love to carry out similar research into the provision and needs of VCSE sector learning providers in Northern Ireland. Would anyone like to fund us?

Excellent blog from AONTAS’ CEO
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9th of June, 20219th of June, 2021

Excellent blog from AONTAS’ CEO

Great reflection from Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, on learning post-pandemic and the importance of giving blended learning its due place, rather than just rushing back to old practices.