PRESS RELEASE Friday, 18th October 2019
Tallaght adult learner highlights the importance of lifelong learning at AONTAS seminar
Lifelong learning is invaluable in helping adults reach their potential but we need to get the message out that everyone has the right to return to education at any time in their lives. That’s according to Jennifer Wickman from Tallaght, who has recently participated in lifelong learning programmes through An Cosan. She was speaking at the ‘Learning at Work’ seminar last week (10.10.19) in Dublin.
The seminar was organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning initiative which promotes adult learning. It brought together adult learners, employers, adult education providers and policymakers, to explore the benefits and challenges of learning at work through the perspective of learners. Best practice examples were also offered.
Jennifer Wickman commented: “Community education in my local area in Tallaght, was my first step back into education. It was a hugely positive experience for me as I gained new skills and improved my confidence. Many adult learners are put off pursuing lifelong learning opportunities due to work and family responsibilities. Therefore, it is important adult education providers are flexible to help learners balance work, family and education commitments. I would encourage any adult considering participating in lifelong learning to do so because it can be a very empowering experience.”
AONTAS CEO Niamh O’Reilly added: “Investing in adult learning is a win-win for employees and employers. The broader outcomes of returning to learning are significant, however, we understand that it can be daunting to return to education so we would encourage people to look into the education opportunities that are available, including part-time options for employees. To find out more contact AONTAS on 1800 303669 or www.onestepup.ie.”
Further information on AONTAS can be found here: www.aontas.com.