Chairperson’s Address

Chairperson’s Address

As Chairperson of the National Association of VTOS Coordinators, I am delighted to welcome you to our Website.

The NAVC represents the views of the VTOS Co-Ordinators on a national level, and this site is designed to give you an insight into the work we do.

The VTOS programme was set up back in 1989 as a Labour Market Intervention offering Second Chance Education for long-term unemployed individuals who are over 21 years of age, and in receipt of a Social Welfare payment for at least 6 months.

In the intervening years VTOS has proved to be enormously successful, changing the lives of many hundreds of students. It continues to be a service which offers a huge variety of programmes in over 110 Centres throughout Ireland. This has come about due to the hard work, dedication and resilience of the Co-ordinators who lead those Centres.

I look forward to working with the Executive Committee, National Co-ordinator and all of our members in continueing the progress of this Association, and will work to embed the vital role of the National Association of VTOS Co-ordinators both in informing and
implementing policy at Regional and National levels in the changing landscape of Adult & Further Education.

This Association is uniquely placed as a pivotal link between the Department of Education and Skills, VTOS Co-ordinators and Educational Practitioners. Together we can ensure that VTOS retains its unique ethos and excellent outcomes for all of our learners and continues to be a programme that delivers the highest quality education in both academic and social terms.

I am acutely aware of the challenges ahead for us all, but am confident that working together in a spirit of trust and positivity, the NAVC can continue to make a significant contribution to the future and well-being of Adult Education in Ireland.

Helen O’Sullivan
Chairperson 2016 – 2017

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