Women’s Integrated Skills & Employment (WISE), Donegal, helps women back into employment, education or self-employment, won at the annual STAR Awards this week.
The STAR Awards are an awards initiative organised by the national adult learning organisation, AONTAS as part of its annual Adult Learners’ Festival. They recognise and celebrate the achievements of adult learning projects throughout Ireland.
WISE won in the sustainable employment category sponsored by The Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI). Martin Flynn Chief Executive of OCNNI, congratulated WISE on their success. He said: “We are delighted to champion sustainable employment in adult learning by sponsoring this category. WISE support learners to gain the necessary skills to improve their job opportunities and provide them with better quality employment.”
Model and adult learner Gillian Quinn delivered the keynote address and met the winning groups at the STAR Awards ceremony in the Pillar Room, The Rotunda, Dublin. Over 170 people attended the awards ceremony, representing 27 organisations shortlisted for awards.
Ms Quinn spoke about her personal experience of adult learning. She said: “Having left school before completing my Junior Cert, I know first-hand the feeling that I missed my chance. It’s only in the last number of years, after taking the daunting step of returning to education and completing my BSc Hons psychology degree from The Open University, that I know for a fact it’s never too late. I’m thrilled to be here today acknowledging the brilliant organisations that make returning to and continuing with education possible for so many people around Ireland.”
WISE is co-funded by the Department of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020. The STAR Awards is proudly sponsored by the European Social Fund (ESF), TUI, the Open University in Ireland and the Open College Network Northern Ireland (OCNNI).