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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.

Learning & Work Institute Turns 100!
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2nd of June, 20212nd of June, 2021

Learning & Work Institute Turns 100!

FALNI has been working closely with Learning & Work since 2014 when we became involved in the UK’s EAAL programme (European Agenda on Adult Learning), but many people in Northern Ireland involved in adult learning will also remember its previous incarnation as NIACE (National Institute for Adult Continuing Education). Alan Tuckett, for many years the...

Skills Strategy Consultation
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31st of May, 202131st of May, 2021

Skills Strategy Consultation

The much-awaited Skills Strategy Consultation is now open and will remain open until 19th August. The report can be downloaded from our Reports/Resources page, but you will also want to go to https://consultations.nidirect.gov.uk/dfe-skills-and-business-development-group/skills-strategy-for-northern-ireland/ to access the link for responses. The commitment to building a culture of lifelong learning is still there, and it is one...

Recommendations for the new Skills Strategy from Learning & Work Institute
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10th of May, 202110th of May, 2021

Recommendations for the new Skills Strategy from Learning & Work Institute

Recent blog from our colleagues at L&W highlighting points made in their report A Higher Skills Ambition for Northern Ireland (commissioned by the OCNNI) – which can be downloaded from our Reports/Resources page – https://learningandwork.org.uk/news-and-policy/northern-irelands-forthcoming-skills-strategy-must-be-ambitious-in-its-plans-to-improve-learning-and-skills-outcomes/ To hear more about the Skills Strategy why not book a place at our webinar on 8th June – see...