Mobile IT are delighted to have been shorted listed for an Aontas Star Award 2020 in the Social Inclusion category.

The awards recognise the very best in adult learning in Ireland and take place as part of the Adult Learners’ Festival 2020 (2nd – 6th March).
Nominations for the 14th AONTAS STAR Awards were received under four categories for adult learning initiatives that support:

Health and Wellbeing
Third-level Access and Engagement – Sponsored by The Teachers’ Union of Ireland
Social Inclusion – Sponsored by The Open University of Ireland
Sustainable Employment – Sponsored by The Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI)

Twenty-two initiatives were shortlisted in four categories with some categories divided into Small/Medium and Large subcategories.

For the second year, a European Social Fund (ESF) initiative will be recognised with a special award.

The STAR Awards is judged by an independent judging panel comprising of adult learners, tutors, and adult learning experts. The judging panel will meet with the shortlisted groups in mid-February before choosing the overall winners. Winners will be announced at The STAR Awards ceremony in The Law Society, Dublin on Monday, 2nd March.

The shortlisted adult learning initiatives are:

Health and Wellbeing
NLN Focus Recovery Programme
Fit for Work and Life
Clones Hen’s Shed
Finn Valley Men’s Choir

Third-level Access and Engagement
Professional Engagement Module – PEM
Co-designing Accessible App
Cultural and Heritage Studies LTI, National Print Museum

Social Inclusion – Small/Medium Organisations
KCAT Arts Centre
Mobile IT
The Dillon’s Cross Project

Social Inclusion – Large Organisations
DCU Ability Team
Diploma in Substance Misuse and Addiction Studies – A Special Purpose NFQ Level 7 Award
LINC Programme
Bedford Row Traveller DRIVE Initiative

Sustainable Employment – Small/Medium Organisations
Muirhevnamor Local Training Initiative – Dundalk
Building Futures
Vocational Training Programme – Brothers of Charity

Sustainable Employment – Large Organisations
The EPIC Programme
Ballyhoura Development Ability Programme
Healthcare Opportunities for Women

The STAR Awards is proudly sponsored by the Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI), the Open University in Ireland and the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI) and European Social Fund (ESF). Sponsors will be offering special prizes to all 2020 STAR Award winners.

Alice Quinlan (Manager Mobile IT)

PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) Graduate Diploma Advanced Materials BSc Applied Physics Alice has over 10 years’ experience as a trainer and has been the manager of Mobile IT for the past two years. During that time, she has been responsible for organising courses, curriculum design and recruiting and pre-screening for courses, running courses and ensuring sufficient support post course.

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