“I left school early and had so little self confidence when I first made contact with Co Monaghan VEC and the Adult Guidance Service but with all the support, I have now finished my Fetac level 4 courses and am hoping to go to MIFET to study. I feel so much happier in myself and want to do something worthwhile with my life. I never thought I’d say it but I really enjoy the study!”
Student attending The Gatehouse Adult Learning Centre, Monaghan

 

“I worked on the buildings straight after leaving school but when the recession came I had no work. I failed maths in the Leaving Cert so just thought I couldn’t go to college. The Guidance & Information Service helped me to realise that if I completed a FETAC level 5 course I could apply through the Higher Education Links Scheme. I have since started a degree course in Dundalk IT! 
Monaghan Institute Student

 

“I was made redundant after a life time of employment and felt very lost with the uncertainty of it all. Thankfully the Guidance Service helped me to look at my situation in another light and to see it as an opportunity to do something I had always wanted to do. I am doing courses at the moment and hope to keep going!
Adult Literacy Student

 

“When my youngest child started school I wanted to get back to work but felt I would need to retrain first. After listening to my story, the Guidance Counsellor helped me to look at my strengths and interests. I joined some classes with the VEC and have enjoyed the challenge as well as meeting new people. It feels very good to be doing something for me for a change!  
BTEI Student