It was very exciting to be part of the Celbridge Community Health Training celebration and certificate presentation evening in the Mill Community Centre, Celbridge village on April 17. Any teacher educator could not-but-be-proud of the excellent work of Tracy and Bernice, graduates of the Higher Diploma in Further Education at Maynooth University, directors and teachers of the QQI level 5 Certificate in healthcare services at Celbridge Community Health Training.
The certificate presentation was to recognise the achievements of the graduates of this academic years’ course. Candidates for graduation and their families were so excited, if a little nervous, at the prospects of being awarded their certificates by Eileen Cullen, Head of Training at KWETB (Kildare Wicklow Education and Training Board) and Dr Joe Larragy, Lecturer in the Applied Social Studies Department Maynooth University.
John Lonergan, Former Governor of Mountjoy prison, was the guest speaker. John identifies with the struggles of learners returning to education; particularly those who have stories that cause them to look for a second or third life chance. This group were lucky enough to come into the Celbridge Community Health Training programme and to get the support of quality teachers with the most gentle and supportive of approaches. Learners talked about the welcome, the support, and the guidance they got while on the programme and the fact that they’re all going into caring service employment or further higher education study.
Tracy and Bernice, as programme teachers, and Mairead, as chairperson of the community training workshop committee, should be very proud of the service they give their learners on behalf of KWETB. They apply a simple but effective GROW model of adult education with personal development.
The GROW model follows the steps: Goal, Reality, Options, Way-Forward.
It empowers the learners and encourages them to take responsibility
It increases learner and tutor engagement
It supports the development of active individualised learning plans (AILPs)
It improves individual performance
It helps to motivate and empower learners to excel, and finally …
It improves learner retention.
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