About Us

As part of the ‘Increasing Pathways, Increasing Participation’ 2017–2019 project for the European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), AONTAS provides a free Information Referral Service called One Step Up. One Step Up supports and signposts thousands of people every year towards accessing their education and training options.  

This project and service is supported by the Project Advisory Group (PAG) which includes a diverse representation of stakeholders across the education sector. This includes:

  • Maynooth University
  • Communitus
  • Teachers Union of Ireland
  • Léargas
  • University of Limerick (International Division)
  • Dublin City University
  • Open University
  • Skills for Work
  • NCGE
  • National Adult Literacy Agency
  • Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)
  • Kilkenny and Carlow ETB
  • Education and Training Boards Ireland
  • Department of Education and Skills
  • An Cosán Virtual Community College
  • South Dublin Chamber of Commerce
  • Learning Tech Labs and Rehab Group  

AONTAS Logo AONTAS (The National Adult Learning Organisation)

AONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, a member organisation which includes almost 500 providers, practitioners, and learners in the adult and community education sector.  AONTAS believes in the right of adults to access quality learning throughout their lives.  AONTAS provides information to adults thinking of returning to education, promotes adult learning through the Adult Learners’ Festival, and carries out research on adult and community education in Ireland.