Thursday 18 January 2018

Hard work pays off for students

RECESSIONARY woes and blues were forgotten and replaced with smiles and feelings of great achievement at the Fingal Adult Education Service graduation ceremony.

Over 150 recipients who attend the service in Balbriggan and Swords were awarded their FETAC awards, from level 2 to 6, at the Carnegie Court Hotel and it was a wonderful night by all accounts. The FETAC system provides a framework where all courses or studies undertaken are awarded a level to donate where a student is within the Irish education system. For example, if a candidate completes a Level 5 course, it is considered to be to a Leaving Certificate level on the FETAC framework. Students received awards in a diverse number of areas, from childcare to customer service, from healthcare to business and from supervisory management to customer care to name but a few. The profile of the participants was varied with some in the workplace wanting to up skill while others were early school leavers returning to education to acquire skills towards a career in business, childcare, healthcare or the retail sector. The great aspect of Adult Education is that the learner can choose what it is they want to do, rather than that being dictated by a school curriculum. A host of local business and education representatives was invited by Austin Wynne, AEO of Fingal Adult Education to celebrate and participate in the conferring of awards with the students. Among those present was John O'Reilly, Chairperson of County Dublin VEC, Labour TD Brendan Ryan Labour and Fiona Hartley, Executive Director Designate of SOLAS. The representatives universally acknowledged the time, commitment and inspiration that the students provided to their peers and families in completing their studies. Students receiving awards stated how going back to education had 'changed their lives, brought about new friendships and how they had grown in confidence and belief in their own abilities'. Ms Hartley commented on how certification received on the night can lead to progression to further studies as 'Education is the way forward'. If you are interested in finding our more about Adult education options available through the Fingal Adult Education/VEC in Swords or Balbriggan, please call 018408946 for Swords Adult Education or 018417763 for Balbriggan or visit the website on

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