Sources of information on returning to education

Information

Many people, including unemployed people and those who are retraining for new jobs, may be interested in returning to education on a full-time or part-time basis.

Educatiopn and Training Boards (ETBs) are the main providers of adult education, through local schools and colleges. Community education groups offer a variety of courses, catering for learners at all levels. Third-level colleges also provide a wide range of courses. 1 July 2013, Vocational Educational Committees (VECs) were replaced by Education and Training Boards (ETBs). All services provided by VECs will continue to be provided by ETBs.

If you have been recently made redundant or if your hours of work have been reduced, there are a number of organisations and resources where you can get information about the courses available to you.

AONTAS

AONTAS (the Irish National Association of Adult Education) promotes adult education and lifelong learning. AONTAS operates an information and referral service which aims to make the adult learner's first encounter with education as easy as possible

National Adult Literacy Agency

The National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA) is a voluntary organisation that aims to ensure all adults with literacy difficulties have access to high quality learning opportunities. NALA can help you to improve your reading, writing or maths. You can learn with NALA in a group, one-to-one, online or over the phone.

Qualifax

Qualifax is the Irish national database of all third-level and further education courses. It provides the information you need to make informed choices about your education, training and career path. It also provides a list of Adult Guidance Services.

Guide for mature students

You can find detailed information about college requirements and supports for mature students in the Mature Student Directory of Irish Third-Level Institutions (pdf).

National Centre for Guidance in Education

The National Centre for Guidance in Education (NCGE) is an agency of the Department of Education and Skills. Its main role is to support people providing guidance in all areas of education such as schools, colleges and adult education. It is responsible for the Adult Educational Guidance Initiative which provides personal, educational and career guidance to participants in VTOS, adult and community education programmes. In general, NCGE is not a guidance service for individuals but it does provide advice and information to people who wish to study or train in another EU country.

Where to apply

AONTAS-The National Association of Adult Education

Line 1:
2nd Floor
Line 2:
83-87 Main Street
Line 3:
Ranelagh
County:
Dublin 6
Country:
IRELAND
Tel:
(01) 406 8220/1
Fax:
(01) 406 8227
Homepage:
www.aontas.com
Email:
mail@aontas.com
Wheelchair Access:


National Adult Literacy Agency

Line 1:
Sandyford Lodge
Line 2:
Sandyford Close
Line 2:
Ranelagh
County:
Dublin 6
Country:
IRELAND
Tel:
(01) 412 7900
Fax:
(01) 497 6038
Homepage:
http://www.nala.ie
Email:
info@nala.ie
Wheelchair Access:

Last Updated: 21/11/2013

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