AONTAS is the national adult learning organisation advocating for the right of all adults in Ireland to quality lifelong learning. As a member of AONTAS, CTEC – the Community Training & Education Centre - is committed to providing opportunities for further education on a flexible, part-time basis from its base in Wexford town. The AONTAS Adult Learning Festival takes place from 2nd – 6th March this year and will showcase a variety of adult learning initiatives throughout the country. The theme this year is ‘learning for life’ and community training centres throughout the country will be hosting events and offering free [...]
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CTEC secures almost €400,000.00 in ESF PEIL funding to provide training to women not on the live register.CTEC Wexford2019-10-08T14:13:31+01:00
Great news for Wexford women - Following on from the very successful PEIL (Programme for Employment, Inclusion and Learning) programme delivered by CTEC between 2017-2019 and which resulted in 72% of the students gaining employment, CTEC has once again been successful in applying for ESF PEIL grants, this time securing two grants - one for Healthcare and Childcare training and one for Enterprise development. CTEC Manager Patricia Howlin said: “CTEC is delighted to receive such a significant amount of funding, as it allows us to provide free training for women not on the live register who find it almost impossible to [...]
In a recent article in the Irish Times - ‘Obsession’ with third level means further education bypassed (Carl O’Brien, Education Editor, September 2, 2019), incoming Solas chief Andrew Brownlee expressed his opinion that many school leavers are bypassing more suitable vocational routes due to the obsession with university education in Ireland. He went on to say that with the majority of Irish school leavers progressing to 3rd level institutions, sometimes the Further Education and Training routes may be overlooked by learners. This is an important point to highlight and while there can be no denying the benefits of a university degree, there [...]
REGIOSTARS is Europe's awards for the most innovative regional projects. 199 submissions arrived this year for REGIOSTARS 2019, the annual competition rewarding excellence and new approaches in regional development. These projects are local, regional or national initiatives fighting against poverty and material deprivation; they foster more inclusive, cohesive and equal societies. This year, CTEC entered their 'Wexford Women Working' project into Category 3 awards - Combatting inequalities and poverty. There are just 3 Irish projects in the competition and CTEC's project is the only Wexford entry going forward. It is described as 'Brilliant opportunity for Women in Wexford to gain QQI Qualifications in [...]
The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh T.D. recently launched the National Employer Survey 2018. This survey has identified the high levels of satisfaction that Irish employers have with graduate recruits. The National Employer Survey, published in January 2019, was jointly undertaken by the Higher Education Authority, Quality and Qualifications Ireland and SOLAS. Responses to the survey came from 760 organisations, 535 of which had recruited recent graduates from the higher education and further education sectors. As CTEC delivers FET education programmes, we thought that we would look at employers satisfaction levels with FET graduates in this blog. Key Outcomes [...]
“The PAYE Modernisation Project will involve the most significant reform of the PAYE system since its introduction in 1960. Employers will need to calculate and report their employees’ pay and deductions as they are being paid. This will make it easier to deduct and pay at the right time the correct amounts of: Income Tax Pay Related Social Insurance Universal Social Charge Local Property Tax The new real time reporting regime will be operational for all employee payments being made from 1 January 2019. Employers, agents and payroll providers will need to review their business processes and practices so they meet [...]
Congratulations CTEC Graduates! CTEC QQI Healthcare Graduates Well done to all CTEC Graduates who received awards at the Annual Presentation of Awards Ceremony on Monday 3rd December at Clayton Whites Hotel, Wexford. Graduates received QQI awards at levels 5 & 6 in Healthcare, Childcare, Training & Development and Business Studies. Leader of the Labour party Brendan Howlin TD addressed the group, commending the graduates on their achievements, on reaching their goals and wishing them every success in the future. He also recognised that support from family members was vital to all those syudying for a new qualification. Daragh Solan [...]
Patricia Howlin and Rachel Tucker from CTEC presenting a cheque to Ann Martin, volunteer with Dogs for the Disabled, under the watchful eye of trainee assistance dog Kyle. A Big Thank you to all our tutors and learners. Well done to tutors, learners and friends of CTEC who together have raised €2770 for our amazing charity of the year – Dogs for the Disabled. CTEC Manager Patricia Howlin was delighted to present the cheque to Ann Martin, a volunteer with Dogs for the Disabled and assistance dog Kyle. Dogs for the Disabled dogs are specially trained to assist people [...]
English Language Programme for Immigrants CTEC held a celebration coffee morning at their training centre in St Peter’s Square on Tuesday 6th November to mark the end of the successful ‘English Language Programme for Immigrants’. This learning initiative, which was fully funded by the Department of Justice and Equality under the National Funding to promote the Integration of Immigrants, allowed CTEC to work with immigrants to Ireland, helping them to learn both spoken and written English. A total of 62 immigrants to Ireland from a wide variety of different countries participated on the programme. Learners hailed from the following countries: [...]
National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Getting the right qualification can open doors to new and better paid employment, but with so many on the market, making the right choice can be difficult. In Ireland we have a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) – “a framework through which all learning achievements may be measured and related to each other in a coherent way” (www.qqi.ie.) Established in 2003 and managed today by QQI, the NFQ helps learners to understand the value of the qualifications and the type of qualification they will gain if they take up a training course. This year [...]