Community Education Local Learning Networks

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Local Learning Networks

The Department of Education and Skills Operational Guidelines for the Community Education Programme 2012 highlight the need for planning provision in active collaboration with local networks, in order to identify and prioritise learning areas of most relevance to the communities and to ensure the most effective use of funding available.

The Community Education Service works in collaboration with other local organisations including key community and voluntary interests, employers, employment services and relevant state agencies as well as taking the lead in establishing Local Learning  Networks across the GRETB area. Such partnerships avoid duplication of provision and enable the sharing of knowledge and expertise to identify and engage with diverse groups of adults experiencing educational disadvantage (DES, 2012).

Four Local Learning Networks have been established to date. It is proposed that  further area based networks will be initiated and supported in order to ensure adequate representation across the region served by the GRETB.

Education and Training Networks  Established
  • North Galway: The area covered by the North Galway Education and Training Network   extends from Headford to Dunmore, and includes the following areas: Glenamaddy, Mountbellew, Ballymoe, Williamstown and Ballygar, with representation from Tuam and Ballinasloe Rapid areas.
  • South Galway: The area covered by the South Galway Education and Training Network extends from Gort to Loughrea to Portumna and will include the following areas: Laurencetown; Eyrecourt; Woodford; Abbey Duniry; Tynagh; Killimor, Powerscross; Shragh and Derrybrien.
  • North Connemara: The area covered by the Network extends from the Twelve Bends across to Cashel and will now be expanded to also include Maam, Cornamona and Oughterard.
  • Roscommon: This network was established in April 2015 and covers the entire area of County Roscommon.

 

New course starting shortly – Log on to E-Learning
 Starting on Thursday 30th April 10.30 – 12.30pm in Portumna Adult Learning Centre
This short 4 week course will give tips on how to learn and follow a course online successfully and will cover such topics as:
  • Choosing an online course
  • Navigating a typical screen
  • Uploading and downloading documents and videos
  • Instant chat and group feedback
  • How to stay motivated & gain certification

Learners must already have basic computer skills at FETAC Level 3 or equivalent.

 

If you are interested in taking part in this course, please contact
donal.walsh@gretb.iemichael.cunniffe@gretb.ie    or click here to register for the course   

 

Adult Education and Training Profile Launch Back Row (left to Right) Dónal Walsh GRETB, Cliona Sheehan National Parents Council, Ita Kelly GRETB, Brendan O’Malley FORUM, John Begley Greenway Café Oughterard. Front Row (left to Right) Joe Contay FORUM, Alice Carr DSP, Mary Ruddy Artisan Publishing, Mary Lavelle Comhairle Ceantair na nOileain, Sorcha O’Toole and Teresa Gilligan GRETB

Adult Education and Training Profile Launch Back Row (left to Right) Dónal Walsh GRETB, Cliona Sheehan National Parents Council, Ita Kelly GRETB, Brendan O’Malley FORUM, John Begley Greenway Café Oughterard.

Front Row (left to Right) Joe Contay FORUM, Alice Carr DSP, Mary Ruddy Artisan Publishing, Mary Lavelle Comhairle Ceantair na nOileain Sorcha O’Toole and Teresa Gilligan GRETB

 

North Connemara Local Learning Network Moving to Self-Employment Semimar
 North Connemara Adult Education and Training Provision Report

The Community Education Service of GRETB along with FORUM Connemara and the North Connemara Local Learning Network held a very successful seminar in the Alcock and Brown Hotel in Clifden recently.

Over 40 people attended the seminar on the theme of ‘Moving into Self-Employment’. The seminar was organised as a means of promoting self-employment and aimed to attract people who had an idea for a business but didn’t know where to start. The speakers at the event included two local self-employed business owners John Begley from the Greenway Café in Oughterard and Mary Ruddy of Artisan House Publishing in Letterfrack.

The two entrepreneurs spoke of their personal experiences of starting up your own business and the benefits and challenges involved; both speakers highlighted the need for preparation and information in becoming successfully self-employed. The other speakers at the event were Alice Carr of Dept of Social Protection who outlined the supports provided by the Department to small/new businesses and also Brendan O’Malley and Joe Conaty of FORUM Connemara who spoke of the supports they can provide and the importance of having a business plan. The next speaker was Ita Kelly who is a tutor with GRETB and will be delivering a five session course in developing a Business Plan.

The final speaker was Sorcha O’Toole who spoke about the other education and training opportunities in the area. The Business planning course started in Clifden Further Education Centre on April 24th with 16 learners and the learners are preparing business plans across a range of topics from opening a gym/personal fitness centre to a bus tour business.

We look forward to seeing the businesses grow into the future! For more information contact: donal.walsh@gretb.ie

 

Moving to Self Employment Seminar 16th April 2015 (Left to Right: Alice Carr DSP, Ita Kelly GRETB, Mary Ruddy Artisan Publishing & John Begley Greenway Cafe Oughterard)

Moving to Self Employment Seminar 16th April 2015 (Left to Right: Alice Carr DSP, Ita Kelly GRETB, Mary Ruddy Artisan Publishing & John Begley Greenway Cafe Oughterard)

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