Vocational Education and Training week in Brussels (November 2017)

Alison Jones, ALO from GRETB, went to Brussels to receive the special award from the EU as part of the Vocational Education and Training week in November 2017. The award was given in the category of Innovation in recognition of the project to establish literacy and numeracy supports for apprentices. The jury said that:

The jury considers the effective method of improving literacy and Math capabilities in apprenticeships a good practice. Remedying numeracy and language skills as soon as possible will foster participation in future schooling activities that are necessary for continued employability.

The support takes the form of tailored Maths assessments, Maths support classes, Study Skills using a dedicated Study and Learning Handbook for Apprentices, as well as individual study help in reading, comprehension and language as needed. Technology Enhanced Learning is also being used in the programme and new literacy friendly materials and resources developed. An ‘Ideas for Integrating Literacy’ book for craft instructors and tutors has also been produced which includes a section on TEL and Dyslexia.

Two ALOs from Donegal ETB Retiring

L-R: Geraldine O’Haire, Sheila Davin, Adele McElhinney, Joyce Burns, Ann Kavanagh, Martina Needham, Dolores MhicGeidigh.

Two ALOs from Donegal ETB will embark on early retirement over the summer months and to celebrate, ALOs both past and present, came together to celebrate. Joyce Burns began working part-time for the programme in 1991 and started as the ALO covering Inishowen, on a part-time basis initally, in 2000. Bríd McIntyre became a volunteer for the service in 1997 and moved to Organiser in 2001, based in Letterkenny AETC. We wish them both well in their retirement.