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Barry Dolan, Blayney Blades Moving On Coordinator. Academy Vitesse Arnhem has strong links with English Premier League club Chelsea and is one of the most successful academies in Holland. The study visit was organised by Murray Jones of Euro Football Tours & Tournaments (UK) and comprised of two nights and three jam packed days of lectures, workshops, coach observations and discussions. Participants from England, Korea, Scotland, America, Denmark and Ireland were all in attendance.  Daily presentations were held each morning on topics such as player recruitment, club philosophy and the use of…
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Lindsey Liston, Southill FRC Lindsey Liston from Southill Limerick, works with the Family Resource Centre (FRC) and has been involved with community education groups in Limerick city for the past 10 years. In February 2018 Lindsey took part in the ERASMUS+ ‘Making an Impact at European Level’ project, an EU-funded project, organised by AONTAS, that supports the professional development of adult education workers. As part of this project Lindsey travelled to the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta to meet with key policy-makers involved in devising the free childcare scheme with the…
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  The third Annual Convention for Inclusive Growth 2018 was held on Friday 27th April in Brussels and focused on the European Pillar of Social Rights.For the first time adult learning featured on the agenda and AONTAS CEO Niamh O’Reilly was delighted to take up an invite by the DG EMPL to speak about the European Agenda for Adult Learning and the Upskilling Pathways Recommendation at the workshop entitled Adult Learning and Skills: a key contribution to the European Pillar of Social Rights. In Niamh’s latest blog she summarises the main points from her workshop. The European Agenda for Adult…
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The Moving On Programme won an AONTAS STAR Award in the Wellbeing, Small & Medium Organisation category. The initiative provides training to those with no formal qualifications, in health-related fitness, food and nutrition, work experience, communications, human biology, IT skills, word processing, computer applications and personal effectiveness. AONTAS was delighted to attend this very special occasion which also marked 20 Years of the Moving On Programme. A number of other stakeholders were also in attendance including representatives from Cavan and Monaghan ETB and the Blayney Blades Board.    Martina…
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The excitement  The buzz The talk about town  Well, it's not the Oscars It's the Star Awards.   What's that you might ask? It's a very special event  That recognises people  From all over Ireland For helping, teaching and inspiring people  Back into adult learning.   They type Collate File  Record  All the stories  All the tears  The laughter  And the hope  And they bundle it all together And email it to the judges.   They read   Examine  Cry and laugh  Each entry stirs an emotion They sit  Watch  Listen To all the finalist  And OMG is their job so hard.   Each…
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As 2018 marks ten years of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) our seminar aimed to explore ways that we can ensure a more equitable system of Lifelong Learning in Ireland, drawing on the perspectives from our International counterparts, and in different contexts including at work and in the community. Five Italian adult learning practitioners also participated in the morning’s proceedings, as part of a study visit to Ireland. Lifelong Learning in Ireland AONTAS CEO Niamh O’Reilly opened the event with an overview of lifelong learning in Ireland. Lifelong learning participation rates…
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The Benefits of the NFQ and the EQF for Adult Learners Both the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) represent significant gateways for progression for adult learners across community, further and higher education. As an NGO committed to supporting greater equity of access to education for adult learners and as national coordinator for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), AONTAS has witnessed first-hand the benefits of these Frameworks for adult learners - many have embraced the progression potential offered. The Frameworks have…
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AONTAS STAR Awards 2018 Congratulations to the winners of the AONTAS STAR Awards 2018. The winners were announced at a special ceremony in Number 6, Kildare Street, Dublin on Monday 5th March, officiated by RTÉ sports presenter, Marty Morrissey. The STAR Awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) acknowledges the great work that is happening in adult, further and community education across the country. Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote the Learner Voice - Winner St Catherine’s Community Service Centre, Carlow were awarded for their ‘Making Connections, Learning and Training’ initiative,…
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The excitement  The buzz The talk about town  Well, it's not the Oscars It's the Star Awards.   What's that you might ask? It's a very special event  That recognises people  From all over Ireland For helping, teaching and inspiring people  Back into adult learning.   They type Collate File  Record  All the stories  All the tears  The laughter  And the hope  And they bundle it all together And email it to the judges.   They read   Examine  Cry and laugh  Each entry stirs an emotion They sit  Watch  Listen To all the finalist  And OMG is their job so hard.   Each…
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Panellists Una Buckley and Alan Hand, adult learners, shared their insights, experiences and recommendations with attendees. Their stories inspired many in the room, with the importance of keeping the learner voice to the core of all activities cited in discussions throughout the conference. Speaking after the event, Alan hand said "The Adult Skills Conference in Brussels was an amazing experience for me, being able to highlight the issues of adult learners at a European level was a totally new experience. There was a notable concerted effort from all the Member States to put adult education to…
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