State of the art new facilities in old St. James’ Vocational School Athboy
Local Minister for Skills, Research and Innvoation Damien English T.D. has today Monday 21st September officially opened Louth and Meath ETB’s new Alpha Learning Centre in Athboy. The new further education training centre has state of the art facilities at the old St. James’ Vocational School in Athboy.
Minister English was guest of honour at the event which also included Members of the LMETB Board, local Councillors, local clergy, Principals of the local primary and secondary schools, staff of LMETB and representatives from local community groups and organisations in Athboy and surrounding areas.
The centre is a new addition to the 8 existing Alpha Learning Centres already in operation in Co. Meath. It will provide a wide range of programmes across a variety of areas, from numeracy and literacy to Leaving Certificate programmes and Advanced and Higher Certificates. These programmes will provide a pathway to further and higher education, and will help to transform the lives of those who study there.
Minister English paid tribute to the work of Peter Kierans the CEO of Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, Sadie Ward McDermott the Adult Education Officer, and Shauna Doherty the Community Education Facilitator in delivering such a fantastic project for the people of Athboy and surrounding areas.
Taster courses were available for guests at the official opening to sample what will be on offer in the centre. It was also an opportunity for potential leaners to speak with tutors and existing learners and the Adult Education Guidance Service Team of Louth and Meath ETB.
“2014 saw 18,600 learners partaking in Further Education courses with Louth and Meath ETB. 70% of these learners received QQI awards ranging from Level 1 up to Level 6. With the addition of the Athboy centre it is hoped to build on this success and hopefully open up employment and further educational opportunities for the people of Athboy and surrounding areas” Minister English stated.
“I have no doubt the skills that will be obtained here will enhance participants’ prospects of obtaining employment in their chosen area, or use these training programmes as a stepping stone to progress to Higher Education. A well-qualified local workforce is key to keeping our economic recovery on a sustainable and regional footing” Minister English said.