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Adult learners are a diverse group and every student brings their unique perspective to the learning environment. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

Education no longer ends with secondary school, college or even a postgraduate degree. Increasingly, people learn throughout their lives, both for p(...)

Solas: Caroline Shally, Ann Marie Hogan, Nora Condon, Ivica Milicevic, Joan McNaboe, John McGrath and Jasmina Behan, economists and labour-market researchers on the organisation’s  skills and labour market team

Adult and further education, for so long the neglected orphan of Ireland’s education system, was once higgledy-piggledy at best. There were 33 VECs, o(...)

Whatever your reason for going back to education, there’s a course to suit you: Project Futsal, winner of an Aontas Star Award

The Leaving Cert is easy enough to follow. Most teens do it, although some opt for Youthreach or the Leaving Cert Applied programme. Third-level or fu(...)

Showing how it’s done: Martin Waters, Nicky Sheehan and Billy Cowming of Dungarvan Men’s Shed demonstrate OneStepUp.ie

What do learners in the adult and further education sector want? The sector is diverse, encompassing everything from local courses tailored to the (...)

New figures  show there is a drop of 2 per cent in the number of mature applicants (those over 23) through the CAO. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

A new tax relief should be introduced for part-time students as an equity measure and to help reverse the fall in postgraduate enrolments in higher (...)

All in the community: VTOS (Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme) learners from Tipperary Education and Training Board at an open day organised by Limerick Community Education Network

For many adults, their last engagement with education was more than a generation ago and ended much to their relief when they walked out of the school(...)

Learners from the Southill Men’s Shed celebrate receiving their certificates at All Hallows College. Photograph: Marc O’Sullivan

The term “adult education” is something of a misnomer. It brings to mind an image of sitting awkwardly on tiny chairs in the local primary school and (...)

Learning the ropes: graduates from the Open Training College (above), which offers adult learning in human services and the non-profit sector
The A to Z of adult education

Access: Not everyone got the Leaving Cert they wanted. Mature students missed the chance to attend college. Students with disabilities and students fr(...)

One-year preparatory science studies at Coláiste Ide include biology, microbiology, chemistry and physiology

Adults looking at a return to education are spoilt for choice.Here’s a sample of the many options for adult learners. Contact your local education and(...)

If I could change one thing it would be that policymakers would think of education and training as a coherent system with a range of choices designed (...)

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