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 open days, workshops and programmes  to encourage people to discover the everyday learning opportunities happening in their local communities.  Having access to affordable or free training courses that have the potential to allow adult learners to gain qualifications and enhance their employment opportunities is core to a successful adult learning programme.

Free childcare & Healthcare Training Courses for Women at CTEC

At CTEC, we are delighted to be able to offer a range of FREE training courses for women under our PEIL funding initiative.  CTEC has been successful in applying to the Department of Justice and Equality for Programme for Employment, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) grants, this time securing two grants – one for Healthcare and Childcare training and one for Enterprise development.

The Healthcare and Childcare training is open to Women not in Paid Employment or in receipt of Social Welfare Payment.  Women in receipt of Carer’s, Lone Parent or Disability Allowance are eligible.  Eligible applicants will be interviewed for places.  We are currently taking applications for our next round of funded courses:

  • QQI level 5 Health Service Skills – 3 modules – (Care of the Older Person, Care Skills and Work Experience) – next course begins early 2020.
  • QQI Level 6 Early Childhood Care & Education Major Award – next course begins October 2020.

All courses are delivered one day per week, 9.30am to 3.30pm.

Free Enterprise Programme for Women at CTEC

The Enterprise Programme for Women will be delivered one day per week and is open to women who would like to start or develop their own business.  This course offers QQI Business qualifications along with expert advice and support for women who are either hoping to start a new business venture or women who need support in progressing or expanding their business.

There are no eligibility criteria for this programme.  It is open to all women irrespective of their employment status.

These programmes are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning.

Free Drop-in Courses and Careers Mornings

CTEC is holding two ‘Drop In’ mornings for people who are interested in finding out more about any of our training programmes, including our free courses for women.  Join us for coffee and a chat about courses and career advice between 10am and 1pm on Monday 2nd or Tuesday 3rd March 2020 at our centre – 2nd floor, Norse Gate House, St Peter’s Square, Wexford ( Call  053-9121036 or email us on