Director's Welcome






Dr Kieran Harrington, Centre Director

Mission Statement

Galway Adult Basic Education Service provides basic learning opportunities for adults in reading, writing, speaking, listening and numeracy, and new computer-based technologies and communication systems that have become part of everyday life and work
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Following an ethos and approach of literacy and language as social practice, we focus first and foremost on how our students use reading and writing in their daily lives, and we progressively forge a link with more formal school-type literacy. Although we now employ over thirty teachers, most of our students start  with a volunteer tutor in a 1:1 session. The operation of the service is thus still very much dependent on our volunteers (140 at present).

In 2009  over 2,000 students registered with us and particpated in various programmes - in 1:1 reading and writing sessions, in intensive literacy classes, in computer classes for beginners, in Junior Cert English and Maths, in Leaving Cert English, and in English language classes for migrant workers, refugees and asylum seekers.

We also run an outreach family and school liaison service supporting and encouraging the participation of parents in their children’s education.  Most of these programmes take place in the city's primary schools where we deliver computer classes, Irish, English and maths to parents.

We are also very  involved in Workplace Basic Education and deliver to both public and private sectors, such as FAS, the Galway City Council, An Post and employees of city retail outlets. In April 2010 we successfully tendered for Labour Activation Funds and we are now running three full-time courses for jobseekers which aim to bring the trainees’ generic skills from Levels 2/3 to Level 5.  They also learn  basic building maintenance skills and the basics of Renewable Energy, Green Building and Sustainable Development in order to boost their chances of employment in the future.

Professional development is an essential part of the success of any business. Apart from delivering workshops during the year we deliver 4 volunteer tutor training programmes of 10 weeks each,  the Certificate in English language Training (CELT) to graduates who intend to seek work in the English Language Training market, both at home and abroad, and from September 2010 we are also hosting  the Waterford Institute of Technology Higher Certificate in Arts in Literacy/BA in Adult Education with 24 students.

So, if you are thinking of joining one of our programmes, come in and have a chat with us. We look forward to seeing you and as you can see above, there are many learning opportunities here.




Enrolment and admission policy
 
Admission is based on our mission statement and the Operational Guidelines for Providers, 2013.
 
Mission Statement: Galway Adult Basic Education Service provides basic learning opportunities for adults in reading, writing, speaking, listening, and numeracy, and new computer-based technologies and communication systems that have become part of everyday life and work. 
 
Admission is limited, as per the Operational Guidelines for providers 2013, to:
 
1. Adults (people over the age of 16) who are at or below level 3 NQF
2. In the case of ESOL, on adults who or at or below CEFR level A2.
 
Priority groups include:
 
1. The unemployed, and in particular, the long-term unemployed
2. Disadvantaged women and men
 
Enrolment

All students are assessed individually and either placed in a group class or a 1:1. Literacy students attend for an initial assessment and their data, ethnographic and educational, are recorded. ESOL students attend for an assessment test in reading, writing, speaking and listening.
Literacy students are usually accommodated within a two week period, either joining a 1:1 or a group class. The waiting time for an ESOL class is usually seven weeks. People wishing to study basic computers are accommodated firstly in a taster group and then in a FETAC Level 3 Computer Literacy programme. Prospective students attend for a brief enrolment session and are usually accommodated within seven weeks.
Code of Conduct
A code of conduct is published on our website www.gabes.ie (Publications section).  


  • Literacy & Numeracy
  • English Language
  • School & Family Liaison
  • Workplace Education
  • Tutor Training