Adult Literacy

Regina Clarke
Adult Literacy Organiser East Cavan
Ballyjamesduff Adult and Community Education Centre
Virginia Road
Ballyjamesduff Co Cavan
Telephone: 049 8553528
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Who are we?

Cavan Adult Learning Centre provides part-time Further Education programmes including literacy for adults wishing to return to education.

What is Literacy?

Literacy involves listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy and using everyday technology to communicate and handle information. It includes more than the technical skills of communication (reading, writing and spelling): it also has personal, social and economic dimensions. Literacy increases the opportunity for individuals and communities to reflect on their situation explore new possibilities and initiate change.
The service is free and confidential and may be offered on a one to one basis or in small groups depending on individual needs. Classes are available countywide.

Other programmes available are QQI Level 1, 2, 3 and 4 single modules and full certificates, Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate.

How can you become a volunteer tutor?

We are always looking for committed and mature individuals who would be interested in volunteering for a number of hours each week to teach someone basic literacy skills on a one-to-one basis. You don't need to come from the teaching world, since we will provide you with specialised training. Those with patience, empathy, good listening skills and the ability to respect the confidentiality of the service will be most welcome and could make a difference to the life of someone with a literacy difficulty. Prospective volunteers are advised that in addition to completing the application form, they will be required to attend and informal face to face interview, successfully complete the training and garda vetting prior to being offered a placement. Contact Siobhan on 049 4361881 or Regina on (049) 8553528 for more details on when our next training session begins and how the volunteer tutor service works. Application forms can also be obtained by clicking below:





What we offer

Cavan Adult Learning Centre provides a range of part-time programmes including literacy, QQI Awards at Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 and Level 4, Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate.  

Other programmes include Family Learning, Workplace Key-skills, ECDL, Driver Theory Support, ESOL (English as a Second or Other Language).

Who is this service for?

Individuals and groups who are:
  • Interested in returning to learning 
  • Seeking a second chance at learning
  • Early school leavers
  • Looking for a career change
  • Considering further education/training
  • Seeking qualifications/skills to gain employment
  • Parents/carers supporting their children’s learning
  • Seeking to improve their English language skills

About Our Programmes

Literacy programmes

Adult Literacy Programmes provide help on a private and confidential basis for those experiencing difficulty with reading, writing, spelling, numeracy, form-filling and letter writing. Tuition is offered on a one-to-one or small group basis and the service is free and available countywide. If you feel you could benefit from some extra help in this area or know someone who could use some support, please contact the Literacy Organiser on (049) 436 1881. 

Part-time FETAC Certified Programmes

  1. Our QQI Level 1 Programme "Introduction to Communications" comprises of a number of components, often in basic literacy and numeracy, and it leads to a recognised award on the national framework. 

  2. Our QQI Level 2 Programme "Essential Communications and Other Life Skills" comprises of a number of components, advancing your literacy and numeracy skills, and it leads to a major award at QQI Level 2 -  Certificate in General Learning.

  3. Our QQI Level 3 Certificate Programme enables learners to gain recognition for specific personal skills, practical skills and knowledge, and it can lead to a Level 3 Certificate in General Learning.

  4. The QQI Level 4 Certificate enables learners to gain recognition for the achievement of vocational and personal skills.   This may lead to progression to a programme leading to a Level 5 Certificate and employment, for example Level 4 Certificate in General Vocational Studies
State Examinations
  • The Junior Certificate enables learners complete a programme of study leading to an award  in the State Examinations. Full Certificate and single subjects are available.

  • The Leaving Certificate enables learners complete a programme of study leading to an award  in the State Examinations. Single subjects are available.
Other Programmes
  • English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL): ESOL classes are specifically for people whose first language is not English e.g. migrant workers, asylum seekers and refugees.  Accreditation is on offer at QQI Level 3 and Level 4.  

  • Skills for Work (SFW): Skills for Work programmes enable learners in the workplace to complete a programme of study leading to a QQI Level 3 Award. 





Learning for Life

The adult learning centre provides opportunities for adults to develop a range of skills in areas such as reading, writing, spelling, numeracy, form filling, basic computers and writing letters. Tuition is free and can be offered on a one to one basis or small groups depending on individual needs and is available countywide. All enquiries are treated confidentially.

Courses are designed to meet the student’s needs and may include tasks such as:

  •  Reading books, newspapers and magazines
  •  Helping children with homework
  •  Making bank lodgements, writing cheques
  •  Writing notes to school
  •  Writing letters
  •  Understanding and filling out forms
  •  Following instructions
  •  Reading and writing in the workplace
  •  Basic computers

For more information contact Regina Clarke at 049 4361881

Workplace Learning/Skills for Work

The key skills of reading, writing, maths and basic computers are vital in the workplace. Cavan Adult Education Services can provide training to those currently employed who wish to develop their basic skills. 

If you are an employee: The Skills for Work programmes enable learners in the workplace to complete a programme of study leading to a FETAC Level 3 Award. Don’t let shift work stop you attending class. Classes can be at a time to suit you.
If you are an employer: Staff motivation, productivity and ultimately competitiveness can be undermined if employees have low levels of literacy. Skills for Work Programmes can overcome this. Contact the Skills for Work Co-ordinator, Noelette Dolan for information on programmes designed with both you and your company in mind.
If you have completed a Skills for Work course: The Workplace Keyskills Programme is for you. This programme is designed to meet the needs of people already in the workplace. It enables learners who wish to progress from a Skills for Work programme to complete a FETAC Level 4 Award. Contact Regina Clarke for information on the Workplace Keyskills programmes.

Family Learning

Here is a range of the Family Learning Programmes that we offer:

  • Learning Skills
  • Home Study Skills
  • Maths Support for Parents
  • Irish Support for Parents
  • English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) for Parents
  • Dads and Lads courses
  • Mother and Daughter courses
  • Introduction to Basic IT for Parents

We have links with the following agencies:

  • All Home School Liaison (HSL) Officers in County Cavan 
  • County Cavan National Parents Association 
  • Primary/Secondary Schools in the County 
  • Rapid Family Support Outreach Workers 
  • County Cavan Childcare Committee 
  • Johnson Library Cavan 

Here's how a parent can join a class: 

  • Talk to the HSL officer attached to your primary school (if there is one)
  • Contact a member of your parents association
  • Phone/Email the Adult Learning Centre at or 0494361881 to arrange a meeting

Here's how a school can set up a class:

  • Contact Cavan Adult Learning Centre at or 0494361881 to arrange a meeting with one of the Adult Literacy Organisers 
    The HSL officer can liaise with the centre to plan suitable courses to meet the parents needs 


ITABE (Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education)

What is ITABE?

ITABE stands for Intensive Tuition in Adult Basic Education.  It is an intensive literacy programme for adults.


Who is it suitable for?


The programme is suitable for students who want to develop their reading, writing and numeracy skills to enable them to fulfil both personal and work related goals and takes place in group settings of 6 – 8 people.  


It is open to people who are 18 years of age or older and who are not attending full-time second level education. Participants will be given the opportunity to gain FETAC accreditation at levels 1, 2, or 3 if they so choose.


All participants will have their literacy / numeracy skills assessed at the beginning and end of the course.


How many hours of tuition per week are there?


These programmes take place over 14 weeks with 6 hours of tuition per week. Tuition is normally delivered in 2 sessions of 3 hours per week and is delivered daytime or evenings.



What kinds of things are covered in the programme?


The majority of the tuition hours are dedicated to literacy /numeracy provision, but the programme also includes an introduction to IT skills which will focus on computers as a tool to assist the learner in improving their general learning skills.


Adult students taking part in ITABE programmes are entitled to access the Adult Education Guidance Initiative within the VEC and will also benefit from the existing supports provided by Cavan Adult Education Services.











2014 Events

•Adult Learner Festival takes place from 24th February - 1st March 2014

The Adult Learners’ Festival is a nationwide celebration of adult learning coordinated by AONTAS – The Voice of Adult Learning. The Festival is about:
• Celebrating adult learning and the achievements of adult learners
• Showcasing the work of adult education providers
• Promoting the work of AONTAS and the adult education sector
• Ensuring that adult education is placed firmly on the political agenda



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