Donegal ETB’s annual Further Education and Training (FET) Fair took place on Wednesday 24 January in the Mount Errigal Hotel, Letterkenny from 11.00am-3.00pm. The Fair remains the county’s number one opportunity to discover learning, attracting over one thousand adults and young people each year.
January is traditionally the time to take stock of the year that has passed and plan for the year to come. For those who would like to take a different path in 2018 the Fair was the ideal opportunity to investigate what education opportunities are available locally and discover learning with Donegal ETB and other providers.
There are a wide range of options available; part-time and full-time learning, courses to help refresh the basics or develop knowledge in a range of areas of interest, including courses for recreation and courses to improve employment prospects.
Donegal ETB tutors and advisers were there on the day to talk through what Donegal ETB has to offer. Information was available on Apprenticeships, new and exciting Traineeship courses and industry certified courses. Attendees were able to try their hand at virtual reality welding and speak to current learners to find out firsthand what it’s like to undertake a course with Donegal ETB. The ETB’s strong links with universities, ITs and Colleges of Further Education mean progression opportunities for learners was represented too. Citizens Information, Department of Employment and Social Protection and SUSI Student Grants provided general information on the supports available for a return to learning.
In 2016, almost 12,000 learners completed courses in more than 120 venues across the county, making Donegal ETB the largest FET provider in the county, offering opportunities to retrain, upskill, get on the job work experience and progress onto higher education.
Many of Donegal ETB’s programmes are co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020. The ESF Managing Authority attended the fair to promote the role of the ESF and to communicate the opportunities available under the PEIL.