On Friday 9th December, AIT played host to the
Keynote speeches and papers from the conference included a paper delivered by Dr Nora Condon, Skills and Labour Market Research Unit, Dublin, Ireland entitled, Lifelong Learning Participation among Adults in Ireland, Mr Ronan Emmett, Head of Learning and Talent Acquisition, Boston Scientific, Cork who delivered a paper entitled Lifelong Learning – Achieving Return on Investment and Mr Brian Mulligan, Centre for Online Learning, Institute of Technology, Sligo who delivered a paper on Lifelong Learning is the Future and the Future of Lifelong Learning’.
In addition to the keynote presentations, over 16 papers from lifelong learning practitioners across Ireland covered themes such as Re-imagining Lifelong Learning, Life Long Learning Practice,
Professor Ciarán Ó Catháin opened the conference on behalf of AIT and added, “AIT has a very proud heritage in lifelong learning and our programmes provide bridges for learners who wish to enter higher education. In AIT Lifelong Learning is an integral part of our programme offerings and the vision for Lifelong Learning in AIT is that it is distinguished by outstanding flexible learning channels, positive student experiences, community
Dr Michael Tobin, Head of Lifelong Learning commented that the conference theme was very timely from an Irish perspective as we see a shift in the focus of Lifelong Learning to accommodating those in the workplace. In particular, he noted how AIT in recent years has developed partnerships with private organisations where through the sharing of the companies learning and talent needs, AIT were able to devise a flexible programme of learning, delivered through a blended learning model (online and formal class that ensured that the company has the relevant talent in place to meet their ever changing talent needs.