Fingal Adult Education Service Graduation Night 2018

February 12, 2018 0

Fingal Adult Education Service held its annual graduation event on Thursday the 8th of February in the Bracken Court Hotel. A total of 108 adult learners were eligible to graduate in a range of Quality and Qualifications Ireland certification (QQI) ranging from Level 3 to Level 6. The range of courses included Childcare, Horticulture, Office and Reception Skills, Beauty Therapy, Healthcare and Business Administration.

Fingal Adult Education Service is one of four adult education services under the direction of Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB).  The theme for the graduation was “Learn, Achieve, Succeed” and was taken from the DDLETB Statement of Strategy 2017-2020.  Five graduates spoke at the awards ceremony and reflected on their journey through adult education, their achievements and the support they received from Fingal Adult Education Service. 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
Siobhan Lynch, Adult Education Officer with Fingal Adult Education Service congratulated all the graduates on their achievement and recognised the role and support from family and friends. 

89% of those who graduated this year had progressed to either employment or further/higher education and training opportunities. Cllr. Grainne Maguire in her role as Acting Mayor of Fingal County Council spoke of the importance of Lifelong learning and how Fingal Adult Education facilitates this in our local community. 

Paddy Lavelle, CEO, DDLETB noted the importance of engaging learners when they make the first step to returning to education. He told the audience that the role of the adult education is to support and encourage learners on their journey and it is important that we promote and highlight the range of services we provide within the community. The graduates were presented with their certificates on the evening by Dr. Fionnuala Anderson, Director of Further Education and Training, DDLETB.

A special thank you to the Men’s Shed Balbriggan for making the stands for the floristry display and to the group who are on our current Floristry course in Swords who created the floristry displays for the evening.  Thank you to all the local agencies who came to show their support on the evening.