AONTAS is a membership organisation that exists to promote the development of a learning society through the provision of a quality and comprehensive system of adult learning and education which is accessible to and inclusive to all.
AONTAS provides an information referral service to adult learners and the general public, collects data on developments in the sector and undertakes research.
Vocational Educational Committees which have been replaced by Education and Training Boards provide a broad range of educational services including post primary schools and colleges, further and adult education. This reflects a change in legislation to provide for reconfiguration and amalgamation of VECs and the establishment of SOLAS which will incorporate the transfer of training functions of FÁS to the ETBs, by the end of 2013.
The Workers Education Association (WEA) provides adult education in community and workplace settings for all types of people, particularly those who have missed out on learning the first time around.
The “From Learning to Earning” Programme targets unemployed/economically inactive individuals, particularly in the 50+ age group, in eight neighbourhood renewal areas. Supported by mentors at all stages participants will progress from short basic courses in practical soft-skills, to nationally recognised qualifications in ICT and employment skills.
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