62 students graduate at the Adult Education Service Awards Ceremony in Balbriggan

February 19, 2020 0

Adult Education Service Balbriggan and Swords award ceremony, took place on Thursday 13th of February in the Bracken Court Hotel. A total of 62 adult learners were eligible to graduate in a range of Quality and Qualifications Ireland certification (QQI) ranging from Level 2 to Level 6. The range of courses included General Learning, ICT, Childcare, Office Skills, Office Administration, General Studies, Beauty Therapy, Healthcare and Business Administration.

One of the highlights of the evening was the three graduates who spoke at the awards ceremony and reflected on their journey through adult education, their achievements and the challenges they faced along the way. It was evident from their speeches that returning to education had a positive impact on their lives and that of their families. The ‘learning’ was broader than the course content as many learned new and transferable life skills, such as time management, communications skills and gaining confidence in their abilities. The graduate speakers also spoke with high regard of the tutors who had supported them on their learning journey.

Mayor of Fingal, Cllr. Eoghan O’Brien opened the ceremony and congratulated all the graduates. He recognised the work of the teachers who taught and supported them throughout their journey. He also highlighted the investment that Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB (DDLETB) had put into the expansion of services in the area over the last number of years to bring about better opportunities for the communities in Fingal.

Catriona Murphy, Director of Further Education and Training with DDLETB also addressed the audience. She offered her congratulations to the graduates and restated her commitment and that of DDLETB to the communities of Fingal to continue to grow and invest in the area to provide quality learning opportunities for all. She also noted the importance of the role of adult education within communities and emphasised the significance of progression within education where a student has the opportunity to learn at all levels in preparation for further education or employment.

Siobhan Lynch, Adult Education Officer with Adult Education Services for both Swords and Balbriggan spoke of the outstanding achievements of the graduates and emphasised the role that both the tutors and their families had to play in their successes. She also told the audience that these awards were only a snapshot of the work of the Adult Education Service. She outlined that in 2019, over 1500 component certificates were also awarded, with those students continuing to work towards their full QQI awards. She thanked the teachers and staff in both Balbriggan and Swords for their continued commitment to the students and the service.