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Learning for Life – Adult Learning Festival


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 [...]

Learning for Life – Adult Learning Festival2020-02-18T13:22:10+00:00

CTEC secures almost €400,000.00 in ESF PEIL funding to provide training to women not on the live register.


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 [...]

CTEC secures almost €400,000.00 in ESF PEIL funding to provide training to women not on the live register.2019-10-08T14:13:31+00:00

CTEC Project short-listed for EU RegioStars 2019 Award


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 [...]

CTEC Project short-listed for EU RegioStars 2019 Award2019-06-11T13:03:33+00:00

National Employer Survey 2018


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 [...]

National Employer Survey 20182019-03-22T09:28:46+00:00

€2770 raised for CTEC’s Charity of the Year – Dogs for the Disabled


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 [...]

€2770 raised for CTEC’s Charity of the Year – Dogs for the Disabled2018-11-26T16:22:14+00:00

English Language Programme for Immigrants


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: [...]

English Language Programme for Immigrants2018-11-09T12:53:54+00:00

Confused About Certification?


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 [...]

Confused About Certification?2018-11-09T13:01:39+00:00

8 Study Tips for Adult Learners


Study Tips Returning to education as an adult learner can be daunting.  Maybe it’s been a long time since you sat in a classroom or perhaps your previous experience of education was not a positive one.  Plus, you probably have lots of other commitments – work, family, children – the list goes on!  Here are a few tips that can help you settle into your new home study routine. 1 – Recognise that you can’t add more hours to your day.  If you are taking on a new course that runs, for example, one full day per week and requires you [...]

8 Study Tips for Adult Learners2018-11-09T12:54:08+00:00