An Adult Education Awards Night was held in the Minella Hotel, Clonmel for nearly three hundred learners who attend adult education programmes at Tipperary Education and Training Board (ETB).
Tipperary ETB replaces what would have been North Tipperary VEC and South Tipperary VEC. The recently formed Education and Training Board is for the entire county of Tipperary.
Attending the ceremony were Chief Executive of Tipperary ETB, Ms Fionuala Mc Geever, Education Officer, Eileen Condon, Cllr John Fahey, ETB member, as well as Cllr John Hogan, newly selected Chair of Tipperary Education and Training Board.
Also attending were Walter Doheny and Carol Creighton from Tipperary County Council and Mary Hennessey, Skills for Work Coordinator. Working closely with employers is key in upskilling adults who may not have the confidence to go for promotion or take on further responsibilities in their job, and specific ETB programmes are tailored to meet the needs of the employers and the learners.
Cllr Hogan spoke heartily of the success of the adults present and commended them for their courage and commitment in pursuing their courses, to the point where they were now being awarded for their efforts with certification in their area of study.
He also paid tribute to the families and friends who supported the learners, those who cooked a dinner or kept the home fires burning while the learners attended classes.
Education Officer Eileen Condon read the story of former ETB Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme student, Noreen Moroney. Her own story was included in a national publication celebrating twenty five years of VTOS last year. Eileen also stressed the quality standards that must be adhered to in order to receive the awards being given, and the fact that such certificates are mapped on the National Framework of Qualifications at levels that have a national currency. She paid tribute to the tutors and Coordinators working within the ETB and their commitment to these standards.
ETB staff in the adult education service, Michael Corbett, Mary Roche and Kaye Mullaney, were on hand to call upon learners to receive their certification that was awarded by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), the new agency replacing FETAC.
There was a wide range of certification, covering areas such as General Learning, Maths, IT, Healthcare, Childcare, Animal Grooming, and English Language for the many new arrivals from other countries, to name but a few. Some learners receiving awards had children with them and it was clear that they were powerful role models on the night.
Fionuala Mc Geever, Cllr Hogan and Cllr Fahey shook many happy hands on the evening as they assisted in presenting the hundreds of learners with their certificates.
Tipperary ETB congratulates all these learners for engaging and succeeding in their studies.