Minister English congratulates Meath and Louth ETB and SOLAS apprenticeship graduates

Apprenticeships, Education, Meath, Skills

Monday, 14th November 2016

“I want to warmly congratulate graduates of the Advance Certificate –
Craft by Meath and Louth ETB and SOLAS last Friday” stated local
Minister for Housing and Urban Renewal Damien English T.D. who was
Guest Speaker at the graduation event.

“There are a few occasions in our lives that are marked as special,
and today is one of those days for you.  Congratulations on this
achievement” he told graduates.

One of the best qualifications in the world

“You have completed a comprehensive Apprenticeship that is recognised
as one of the best in the world. One of the most important features of
an Apprenticeship is that the attainment of agreed standards is now
compulsory for all apprentices. And each of you, who have successfully
completed your Apprenticeship, are awarded the Advanced Certificate –
Craft” he said.

Confidence in the future

“Some of you may one day go on to own your own business; some of you
will work for Irish or Foreign Direct Investment companies; while
others may decide to travel and work abroad for a period with your
skills base. Ireland is currently facing many challenges and I know
many of you are concerned about your future. I have confidence that
Ireland will face up to these challenges and the skills that each of
you possess will be utilised in rebuilding Ireland’s competitive advantage” Minister English told the graduates and guests.

New C.E. Martin O’Brien

“Meath and Louth ETB now has new leadership under Martin O’Brien, a
Meath man with an excellent track record behind him in Cavan and
Monaghan ETB. He has a great personal commitment to apprenticeships,
and a track record of delivering major capital projects in the field
of education.  I know that he will bring this huge experience to bear
again in Meath and Louth.  I wish him well in his new role” concluded
Minister English.

ENDS

Minister English officially opens new Athboy Alpha Learning Centre

Athboy, Education, Skills

State of the art new facilities in old St. James’ Vocational School Athboy

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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.