ETB Learners meet to share their views

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ETB Learners meet to share their views

Almost 100 learners from across Ireland, including learners from Kilkenny and Carlow ETB, met recently to discuss their achievements and challenges in further education.
The learners in attendance were nominated to join the forum by their local education groups, and included representatives from Apprenticeships, community education, the Youthreach programme and the Back to Education Initiative.
The Government committed to the establishment of a forum for learners in the Further Education and Training Strategy, published by SOLAS in 2014.
“This national forum gives learners an opportunity to share their views at national level and to help influence policy,” says Niamh O’ Reilly, CEO of AONTAS.
“It is vital that learners are given a platform to talk about their own personal experiences. They must be consulted regularly about the type of education and training they need, as well as the supports they require to complete the courses on offer.”
The meeting was officially opened by Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton .
“The sector has undergone major reform over the last number of years, with the aim of developing a world-class system of further education and training to meet the needs of learners, communities and employers and all who engage with FET,” he said.
“ The action plan for education includes a number of key actions to support that vision and see it firmly established as the fourth pillar of the Irish education system.”