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Exciting Partnership with Southeast Technological University (SETU) for FET staff

The last couple of years saw Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board work closely with SETU, providing our tutors in FET with the opportunity to complete a Level 6 Certificate in Adult Literacy.  

This pilot is the first of its kind ran by SETU and we were delighted to work with them on designing the format of this course. It is a hybrid model of a course they deliver on their campus. The course consists of three modules being delivered remotely via teams with a one-day in person workshop, per module, in FET Centre, Clonown Road, Athlone. Joan Slevin Literacy Co-ordinator who put in many hours attending meetings with SETU and sorting out the logistics on the ground, she did this with great enthusiasm on top of an already busy workload! 

The modules are:  

  • Equality Diversity and Inclusion   
  • Integrating Literacy  
  • Literacy and Society  

13 staff completed the course of the graduates are continuing with their studies and gaining further qualifications both with SETU and other Higher Education institutions. We marked the event by hosting a conferring ceremony on Tuesday 12th March.

SETU staff including Helen Murphy SETU Head of School and Lifelong Learning and Education presented learners with their certificates on the day. We had a lovely day celebrating with our colleagues. Our graduates were joined by their family and friends which made this a special celebration for everyone involved. 

LWETB Learner Handbook

Welcome to Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) where you will continue your journey in life long learning. To help you get the most out of your time with us, we developed this Learner Handbook which we hope will assist you. 

The handbook is an aid for you and provides answers to questions which you may have while attending. The handbook covers such things such as who is LWETB? What it is LWETB do, where we deliver programmes and where you can access these programmes. 

It also provides information on options around qualifications and the learner journey, what supports are available to learners, the assessment process and an overview of our LWETB quality process. 

While the handbook is not an exhaustive guide and you may have other questions we are happy to answer questions and provide guidance at all times.

Further Education and Training (FET) Awards Ceremony in Mullingar

There was a lovely atmosphere as families and tutors gathered to celebrate the achievements of the learners, at what was the first LWETB in-person graduation since before the Covid-19 pandemic.

The director of Further Education and Training, Antonine Healy, presented the certificates to the learners, and with her colleagues at the training board, she congratulated the learners on their achievements and wished them luck in their futures.

Tenth Anniversary Celebrations #ETBDAY

Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) is one of the 16 ETB’s in Ireland responsible for education and training through schools, youth work and further education. 

To mark the 10th anniversary of LWETB, Connolly Campus held an open day. Connolly Campus is located on Church Street and Battery Road in Longford Town.  

The campus provides opportunities for school leavers and adult learners to enhance their opportunity for employment, progress to further studies or develop new skills, and want to become more involved in their communities.

With an array of courses available in Youthreach, Back To Education Initiative (BTEI), Adult Learning, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Community Education and Post Leaving Certificates (PLCs) the campus caters for everyone’s needs.

Returning to learning as an adult can be challenging, our LWETB FET Guidance and Information Service is on hand to offer information, advice and guidance on training, education and careers.

The open day was a fantastic opportunity for LWETB staff from different provisions to come together and showcase the educational options available in Longford.

It also presented the state of the art facilities available to all learners, these include a fully equipped clinical room for healthcare and nursing learners, a new barista hub, computer suites, beauty treatment rooms and classrooms, School of Engineering Technology, a fully equipped kitchen for catering courses as part of the Youthreach Programme and so much more.

There was a hive of activity from the start, excitement was building when decorations were being put up and preparation was underway for the arrival of the Shannonside FM Outdoor Broadcast.

Throughout the day we were given the opportunity for Staff and Learners to be interviewed live.

It was wonderful to hear from the staff about the services they offer, however, the learners stole the show! To hear their learning journeys and incredible achievements is what LWETB is all about.

The learners are the heart of our services and we celebrate everyone’s successes.

Entertainment on the day was provided by Valerie Nolan, current Business Level 5 Learner and Bridie Gobl in the Longford of College of Further Education (LCFE). They were inspirational.

Overall the day was a great success, we look forward to doing it all again soon.

School of Horticulture Plant Fair

The School of Horticulture is operated by Westmeath Community Development and funded by Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB). Westmeath County Council and Belvedere House & Gardens provide the beautiful surroundings of the 19th century Victorian walled Garden as the learning environment.

The annual School of Horticulture Plant Fair is taking place Saturday 22nd July in Belvedere House & Gardens between 11am and 5pm. Come along on the day to see rare and unusual plants from Irish Specialist Growers. There will be bespoke garden furniture and antiques along with music and BBQ. 

We’re honoured to have Celebrity Garderners Jimi Blake and Paul Smyth join us on the day. They will be giving garden talks and sharing their tips with us!