Mohill Computer Training in the running for prestigious award

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Mohill Computer Training in the running for prestigious award

Mohill Computer Training has been shortlisted for an Aontas award

Mohill Computer Training (MCT), based in Mohill and part of Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB), has been shortlisted for an AONTAS STAR award in the category for their work in promoting social inclusion.
The STAR awards (Showcasing Teamwork, Awarding Recognition) are an awards initiative organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS, to recognise and celebrate the achievements of adult learning initiatives throughout Ireland.

MCT provides a range of ICT courses for the local community in south Leitrim and in neighbouring counties.
The courses offered prioritise marginalised groups including long-term unemployed, refugees, lone parents, carers, older people, members of the Travelling community and people with disabilities, with the aim of improving their local employment and further education prospects.
Commenting on the shortlist, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “The STAR Awards are an excellent opportunity to celebrate the powerful contribution that adult and community education initiatives make to individual adult learners, local communities and wider society. The quality of nominations this year was exceptional, resulting in a highly competitive process. The impact that Mohill Computer Training has on the social, cultural and economic development of its local area was evident to see and we’re delighted to have such a wonderful initiatives shortlisted for a STAR Award.”

Judging of the STAR Awards comprises two stages: in the first stage, nominated projects are shortlisted by an independent judging panel, whose membership is drawn from key stakeholders in the education sectors.
The second stage gives staff and learners from the shortlisted projects the opportunity to meet with the judging panel before they make their final decision.
Learners and staff from shortlisted programmes will invited to the AONTAS STAR Award ceremony on Monday, March 4 in the Pillar Room at the Rotunda Hospital, Dublin 1, when the STAR Award winners will be announced.

The STAR Awards form a key part of the programme of events for AONTAS’ annual Adult Learners’ Festival. This year, as AONTAS celebrates its fifty year anniversary (1969-2019), the Festival theme is #EveryDayImLearning, recognising the diverse range of everyday learning opportunities that take place in community settings throughout Ireland.
The STAR Awards is proudly sponsored by the European Social Fund (ESF), the Open University in Ireland, The Teachers’ Union of Ireland (TUI) and the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCN NI). Sponsors will be offering special prizes to 2019 STAR Award winners.