The learner canteen in LMETB Further Education and Training (FET) Campus in Chapel Street, Dundalk was packed to capacity on Wednesday 1st March at the Mix and Mingle coffee morning.
The event was arranged as part of ETB Day, which celebrates 10 years since the establishment of Education and Training Boards.
ETB Day was part of a week-long celebration throughout Ireland of the 16 Education and Training Boards, showcasing the services they provide to learners in local communities throughout the country: from community national schools to community colleges, youth, adult and further education and training.
LMETB brought a range of learners from across the services to celebrate this landmark week in the education calendar.
The event in Dundalk was a collaboration between its FET services, including the Adult Learning Service, BTEI and VTOS.
Learners from all the programmes were there to mingle and chat about their experiences in FET.
Bringing together the different participants on the programmes was a very important part of the morning, a spokesperson said.
Kinga Byrne, Adult Literacy Organiser in Dundalk with LMETB said: “It is vital for the development of progression opportunities that the learners in our service can see what other programmes are on offer.”
Kinga continued by saying that that the best way for people to understand what their next steps might be on their educational journey is for them to meet people who are already walking in these shoes.
Learners and staff got the opportunity to mingle and ask questions about the various programmes offered.
The colourful displays told the stories and answered the questions that people are sometimes too anxious to ask.
It was particularly heartening to see learners who had progressed onwards advising new learners to take the next step into new programmes, a spokesperson said.
One of the learners present at the event was living proof of the progression opportunities that exist, having recently progressed to DkIT from part-time learning with FET services in Chapel St.
Now on work experience in Adult Learning Service in Chapel Street, giving support to learners in the same environment that helped him to thrive.
Conn said: “I am delighted to be at the event with the learners and hope that I can help them see the opportunities open to them through my own journey in LMETB.”
Over 70 learners attended the event and the chat and atmosphere was a true credit to the staff and learners in all of FET provision in LMETB, the spokesperson concluded.
If you are interested in finding out more about the full-time and part-time courses on offer in FET Campus in Chapel St, contact LMETB Adult Educational Guidance Service on email [email protected]