Plenary Session 2012


  • How can we best prepare today’s second level students for the future they face?

Report from Plenary Session 27 April 2012(933KB)

Plenary Session 2011



  • Unemployment - How Education & Training Can Help

Report from Plenary Session 13 October 2011(1,475KB)

Plenary Session 2010



  • Accessing Education and Training Supports - The Challenge for Providers
  • Voices from the Frontline - Willie Fitzpatrick, CCTU Employment Resource Centre
  • Entitlements, Direction & Support - John Roche, Dept Social Protection
  • Responses to a Changed Environment- Ann O’Sullivan, Cork City Partnership
  • New provision, new services
  • FÁS - Enda McWeeney
  • CIT - Irene Sheridan/Margaret Linehan
  • UCC - Mary McNulty/Seamus McEvoy

Report on Plenary Session 21 April 2010(951KB)

Plenary Session 2009


2009 (in Association with Cork Lifelong Learning Festival)

  • Lifelong learning in the current economic climate Helen Keogh, Curriculum Development Unit, City of Dublin VEC
  • The Role of Lifelong Learning in Regeneration & Regional Development - Dermot Coughlan, Director of Lifelong Learning & Outreach, University of Limerick

Plenary Session 2008


2008 (in Association with Cork Lifelong Learning Festival)

The Importance of Upskilling

  • Ireland’s Economy into the Future - Micheál Martin, Minister for Enterprise Trade and Employment
  • National Picture - Conor  Hand, Senior Economist, Forfás - Ireland’s Future Skills Needs
  • Local Picture 1: - John Ryall, Biznet Cork Skillnet - Figures, funding and supports
  • Local Picture 2: - Enda McWeeney, Service to Business Section, FÁS - Figures, funding and supports
  • Employer experience: - Jackie Murphy, Training & Development Mgr. – EMC - Fostering varied skills and backgrounds in a large multicultural workforce
  • Participant experience: - Dónal Downey – EMC - A personal view of Work Based Learning

Plenary Session 2007



  • Work Based Learning
  • National Picture - Pat Hayden, Employment and Training Strategy Unit, Dept. Enterprise, Trade and Employment
  • Local Picture: - Eugene Higgins, FÁS/NALA Skills for Work co-ordinator
  • Employer experience: - Christine Moloney, CEO, Leisureworld, Cork
  • Participant experience: - Maria Graham, Accommodation Supervisor, Silversprings Hotel

Learning Forum Proceedings October 25th 2007(654KB) Report on Plenary Session October 25th 2007

Plenary Session 2006



  • Work-based Learning - Eugene Higgins, FÁS Skills for Work/Services to Business
  • School Completion Programme - Ethel Reynolds, Asst. National Co-ordinator, SCP

Learning Forum Proceedings October 12th 2006(57KB) Report on Plenary Session October 12th 2006

Plenary Session 2005



  • Integrated Action Plan for Children Aged 0-5 in Disadvantaged Areas - Michael O’Brien, Community & Enterprise, Cork City Council
  • School-age Childcare Initiative- Kathryn O’Riordan, Co-ordinator, Cork City Childcare Company
  • Moving Beyond Educational Disadvantage- An Outline of the Work of the Educational Disadvantage Committee – Prof. Áine Hyland, Chair, Educational Disadvantage Committee
  • Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools- An Introduction to the DEIS Programme – Dominic Sullivan, Department of Education and Science Regional Office.
  • An Overview of the DEIS Reading Recovery Programme – Satty O’Riordan, Reading Recovery Programme Teacher Leader
Learning Forum Proceedings October 20th 2005(95KB) Report on Plenary Session October 20th 2005

Learning Forum Proceedings May 5th 2005 (399KB) Report on Plenary Session May 5th 2005

Plenary Session 2004



  • Developments in Access to Higher Education – Dr Mary Liz Trant, Head of the National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education, Higher Education Authority
  • The National Qualifications Framework – Facilitating Access, Transfer and Progression
  • Edwin Mernagh, Development Officer, National Qualifications Authority of Ireland
  • Community Education – a Vision for Cork - Liz Buttimer, Mary Kelly & Martina Cusack, Mayfield Community Adult Learning Project
  • Information & Communication Technology (ICT) For All - Patrick Ledwidge, Director of Service, Community & Enterprise, Cork City Council

Learning Forum Proceedings October 12th 2004(167KB) Report on Plenary Session October 12th 2004

Plenary Session 2003



  • Inaugural meeting Draft Constitution

Learning Forum Proceedings May 27th 2003(121KB) Report on Plenary Session May 27th 2003

Learning Forum Proceedings Jan 28th 2003(104KB) Report on Plenary Session Jan 28th 2003