FET Learners From KCFE Have Their Voices Heard At Kerry Regional Forum

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Students and teachers from KCFE attending the National FET Lrearner Forum in The Grand Hotel, Tralee on Tuesday, Mary Lucey (Principal of KCFE), Sean Maunsell, Erin Linehan, Michaela Brosnan (teacher), Leona Stack, Senan Wrenn, Kate O’Connor and Conor JJ Marchi. Photo: Joe Hanley

LEARNERS from the Kerry College of Further Education under the auspices of Kerry Education and Training Board (KETB) convened at the regional meeting of the National Further Education and Training (FET) Learner Forum which took place in Tralee at the Grand Hotel on Tuesday.

As a learner-centred form of provision, SOLAS is striving to make Further Education and Training (FET) a first choice for prospective learners, as a means to gain qualifications and secure employment.

This Forum acted as a way for learners to directly influence FET provision, their suggestions for improvement were sought and a clear outline of recommendations communicated to policy makers.

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The Forum was a collaborative effort between AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, and KETB.

It was one of a series of regional meetings taking place across the county this year. Over 80 learners from the Kerry area were registered for the event.

Speaking about the Forum yesterday, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “Today’s Forum provides FET learners from Kerry with the opportunity to have their voices heard, and to influence policy at regional and national level. AONTAS believes that learners are experts of their own learning and we look forward to using the deliberations from today’s Forum in supporting SOLAS and ETBs in creating a world-class FET system that is learner-centred.”

“The establishment of the Forum recognised the importance that must be placed on those at the centre of adult education – the learners themselves, and we look forwarding to consulting with them today.”

“KCFE are delighted to be involved in this initiative. This forum provides a wonderful opportunity for the college to receive meaningful feedback from our learners.  Contributions made by students at this forum will inform future practice at the college and by Kerry ETB,” said Mary Murphy, an Assistant Principal at the college.

The learners in attendance  were selected to join the forum firstly from the Student Council membership at KCFE and also included a number of other learners representing age, gender, nationality etc with various educational backgrounds and experiences in education to date.

If you are thinking of going back to education further information on AONTAS can be found here: www.aontas.com or you can call AONTAS on 1800 303 669 or check out the range of programmes available at kerryfe.ie

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