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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.

Building the Future of Adult/Lifelong Learning in NI
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Building the Future of Adult/Lifelong Learning in NI

The next Impact Forum webinar will continue to stimulate thinking around the Skills Strategy recommendation on building a culture of lifelong learning in NI. We are securing a variety of speakers from different perspectives to help our visioning and exploration of what such a culture could be, how we could work together to achieve and...

Latest Impact Forum Webinar
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5th of May, 20215th of May, 2021

Latest Impact Forum Webinar

The next webinar will be on June 8th – see our Events page for details and link to Eventbrite to book your place. We continue to focus on the future and seek to provide you with information, ideas and stimulus to help your thinking of where adult/lifelong learning in Northern Ireland goes in the future....

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...

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 of Adult Learning Across Borders
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Network of Adult Learning Across Borders

As part of the AONTAS-led events for the 2021 AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival, this policy event will bring the members of the Network for Adult Learning Across Borders (NALAB), Republic of Ireland, Northern Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales, together to discuss our shared vision for educational equality and explore the variety of approaches taken by each in...

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...

Adult and Community Education in Northern Ireland: An AONTAS Collaboration
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Adult and Community Education in Northern Ireland: An AONTAS Collaboration

The event will provide a space for practitioners to share their experiences, outline barriers faced in the adult learning sector, build new relationships and learn from peers. FALNI and AONTAS are building a collaborative relationship based around our common concerns that cut across all of the island of Ireland and exploring how each organisation can...

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