Almost 700 adults received FETAC accreditation by attending part-time courses with Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB).
At a recent presentation, certificates at FETAC levels 2, 3, 4 and 5 were presented in areas such as Computer Skills, Childcare, Hairdressing, Healthcare and General Learning.
Individual subjects included Internet Skills, Word Processing, Graphic Design, Mathematics, Personal and Interpersonal Skills, Food and Nutrition, Container Gardening, Outdoor Vegetable Crop Production.
Frances Stephenson of Longford Adult Learning Centre explained that for some of the people, it was their first time to ever receive a national certificate and it celebrated their first step on the ladder of educational qualifications. For others, their certificate marked another qualification for their curriculum vitae for employment purposes.
She remarked, “People attended classes to learn new skills, meet people, get out and enjoy learning new things, as well as learn skills to help them in their work or get work or move on to further study.”
In 2013, almost 2,700 adults attended either certified or uncertified courses funded by LWETB.
Ms Stephenson outlined, “Our youngest students were just 16 and our oldest students were in their eighties so we can easily say we are engaged in lifelong learning.”
At lower levels group sizes are smaller and students receive lots of individual attention and help.
Students are encouraged to learn at their own pace, enjoy learning and gain confidence and prepare themselves to progress to new levels of skills.
She said part-time courses are ideal for anyone thinking of returning to education or up-skilling whilst working around family and work.
Ms Stephenson advised, “Anyone thinking of returning to education should consider brushing up basic skills between now and summer and then consider options regarding full-time or continuing in part-time courses.”
Most courses are free and are funded by the Department of Education and Skills through LWETB.
If you wish to enrol for new day or evening part-time courses in Basic Computer Skills (Beginners IT, Internet, Word Processing, Spreadsheets) Horticulture, Childcare and Healthcare contact: Frances Stephenson, Adult Learning Centre, Longford at 043 3345609 or Deirdre Fox at 043 3345474.