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Supporting women’s professional and personal development through education and training.
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29th of March, 202129th of March, 2021

Supporting women’s professional and personal development through education and training.

First Steps Women’s Centre (FSWC) has provided a unique service to women in Mid-Ulster for almost 22 years. Based in Dungannon, the Centre provides education and training, support and guidance, along with exceptional opportunities and friendship to women across Mid-Ulster. Up to 300 women per year access training across a wide range of vocational areas which is...

Decision Making of Adult Learners Below Level 2
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26th of March, 202126th of March, 2021

Decision Making of Adult Learners Below Level 2

A report just out from our colleagues at the Learning & Work Institute into how adults with qualifications below level 2 make decisions about whether or not to take up learning. Many of the findings confirm barriers and motivations found generally in research around the uptake of learning by adults, but given recent shifts to...

NI College of the Future Report
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25th of March, 202125th of March, 2021

NI College of the Future Report

The Independent Commission on the College of the Future today launched its final report which focuses on Northern Ireland. The report argues that colleges are the vehicles to regionally balance the economy, support businesses to adapt to a green and digital economy and provide better skills opportunities for those out of work. It adds that...

We Are ALE – Global Campaign
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24th of March, 202124th of March, 2021

We Are ALE – Global Campaign

There is a new campaign launched just this week and coordinated by the International Council for Adult Education ( http://icae.global/en/), It is a global alliance of networks, associations and organisations for adult learning and education (ALE). It recognises the fundamental importance of ALE (Adult Learning & Education) for justice, well-being and change. While the UN’s...

OCN NI Learner Awards 2021 – Deadline Extended
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19th of March, 202119th of March, 2021

OCN NI Learner Awards 2021 – Deadline Extended

Due to high demand, the nomination deadline has been extended until 12 noon on Friday the 2nd April It’s not too late to submit a nomination for the OCN NI Recognising Learning Endeavour Awards 2021. Read more at https://www.ocnni.org.uk/learner-awards-2021/ including a video of the Awards Launch.

Draft Programme for Government Consultation
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19th of March, 202119th of March, 2021

Draft Programme for Government Consultation

We hope as many of you as possible are contributing to the consultation on the next PfG – closing date 22nd March. While you will of course have specific responses in line with your organisations, we would hope that you would include a message that adult learning should be recognised as a key enabler of...

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11th of March, 202111th of March, 2021

Tackling the Mental Health Crisis through Adult Learning

The Workers’ Educational Association (WEA) in England and Scotland has just published its Annual Impact Report which includes survey results from its learners around issues of mental health and wellbeing. One of the findings is that WEA students visit their GP far less frequently than the national average and this leads to the suggestion that...

Network for Adult Learning Across Borders
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5th of March, 20215th of March, 2021

Network for Adult Learning Across Borders

Today saw a brilliant meeting of NALAB (Network for Adult Learning Across Borders), a collaboration of the key advocacy bodies from across UK and Ireland – AONTAS, Learning and Work Institute, Scotland’s Learning Partnership and FALNI. Over 90 delegates heard contributions from all jurisdictions around the state of play for adult learning, hopes for moving...

Building collaboration across Ireland
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3rd of March, 20213rd of March, 2021

Building collaboration across Ireland

This morning a mix of practitioners from across the adult learning sectors in NI met up with members of AONTAS to learn more about what it does and what it offers members. After greetings and introductions led by the AONTAS CEO, Niamh O’Reilly, participants heard some background information from Dearbháil Lawless, (Head of Advocacy). Mike...

Belfast Recovery College wins its 2nd STAR Award
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1st of March, 20211st of March, 2021

Belfast Recovery College wins its 2nd STAR Award

Today AONTAS announced the winners in its annual STAR Awards and Belfast Recovery College was the winner in the Learner Voice category. The award is in recognition of their “Making Silent Voices Heard”, a unique Learning and Leadership Initiative that places the Learner Voice at the core of the college. Through advocacy and building learner...