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Saturday 17 August 2019

Building confidence with adult learning

Back row: Ken Banville, Angela Brennan, Angela Connolly and Lar Murray. Front: Mary Burke, Myra Weafer and Mary Walsh (BTEI co-ordinator) at WWETB Part Time Learning Health Care Support Awards 2019 at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre, Gonzaga House, Weafer Street
Back row: Ken Banville, Angela Brennan, Angela Connolly and Lar Murray. Front: Mary Burke, Myra Weafer and Mary Walsh (BTEI co-ordinator) at WWETB Part Time Learning Health Care Support Awards 2019 at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre, Gonzaga House, Weafer Street

Simon Bourke

Adult learners gathered at Enniscorthy Further Education and Training Centre last week to celebrate the completion of their courses and the presentation of those all-important awards.

Part of WWETB's Back to Education Initiative which is a part time flexible programme, the students received QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) awards in Healthcare, Childcare, Horticulture, Customer Service, IT Skills, Retail Skills and Health Related Fitness.

Mary Walsh O'Shea, BTEI County Coordinator, thanked everyone for attending and congratulated the learners on their achievements while commending them for their commitment to the BTEI programme. Discussing the nature of their courses and the positive experiences they had enjoyed, the students said the opportunity to study part-time was one of the most telling factors behind their success.

While admitting it was still a challenge to do assignments and keep up with their coursework, the students said this kind of education provision allowed them to fit studying and attending classes into their already busy lives, saying 'it gave them confidence by building on existing skills and developing new ones'.

Enniscorthy Guardian

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