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Blending learning with employment support programmes using

John Stewart National Adult Literacy Co-ordinator,

Tel: 01 4127913 086 826 0011

  • Devastating impact of crises on employment of under 25 year olds and people with basic skill needs. Hard to get a job with little/no experience or low qualifications.
  • NALA and Southside LES collaborated on a Momentum project Personal Pathways to Employment for 60 under-25s.
  • Blends distance and online learning and 1:1 job supports. - web-based learning - level 2 & 3 certification- personalised supports to find work (jobs coach, guidance counsellor, work placements, employment supports).
summary profile of group
Summary Profile of group
  • Work experience - 1/3 had none, 1/3 had less than a year.
  • Average participant was 3.7 years unemployed.
  • Education standard- 50% had Level 3 or less, 17% level 4.
  • 25%reported specific learning needs or difficulties.
aim to support 60 participants towards employment or further education training
Aim: to support 60 participants towards employment or further education / training

Outcomes:Of the 60 participants,

  • 58 achieved at least one Momentum project outcome.
  • 12 achieved awards, completed placements and progressed to FET or a job.
  • Over half progressed into training or employment.
personal pathways to employment lessons
Personal Pathways to Employment Lessons
  • Profile of group – not well served before.
  • Momentum - difficult to apply to cohort.
  • Southside LES / NALA collaboration worked!!
  • Cost effective way to provide learning, qualifications and confidence.
  • Southside LES now blends with other programmes (Women returners)
  • May be of interest to other LES’s and partnerships (e.g. TÚS)
what is www writeon ie
What is ?
  • It is a web-based distance learning resource.
  • Purpose of
    • To allow learners to improve their reading, writing, numbers, ICT and personal development skills and pursue accreditation if desired.
  • Developed for independent distance learning
  • Now used it as a blended learning resource by 180 centres to support their programmes.
  • Also a system for recognition of prior learning.
  • Supports available – tutoring / materials.
qqi awards available on www writeon ie
QQI Awards available on

Progression to Level 4

No awards through

Learning resources inCommunications Mathematics Digital Media

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Over 35,000 learning accounts on

  • Provides for self directed learning plans
  • A blended learning resource for providers
  • Provides certification at NFQ levels 2 & 3
  • Acts as stepping stone to further learning
  • Cost effective, quality assured.
recognition of prior learning rpl
Recognition of Prior Learning - RPL
  • Integral part of
  • Initial, formative and summative assessment against national standards.
  • Provides RPL at NFQ levels 2 and 3.
  • Only RPL system at these levels in Ireland.
  • Example: Project with Southside LES used RPL to support aims and qualifications.
how to use writeon ie as blended learning resource
How to use as blended learning resource
  • Register and agree terms- Become a member of NALA (€50 – €150 p.a.)
  • Plan blended learning to enhance your programmes Or support learners to learn independently or with NALA telephone tutors.
  • Attend free training
  • Support people to achieve and provide national qualifications.

NALA will support you to plan and blend into your programmes.

terms and conditions
Terms and Conditions
  • Become a member of NALA.
  • All passwords will be recorded and maintained securely by the Centre Contact Person named on page 1
  • No learner’s password will be revealed to another learner
  • Only one learner will access using any given password
  • The centre will try, as far as is practical, to ensure that submissions are the work of a single learner
  • The centre will ensure that all work submitted meets the required standard
  • The centre will ensure that all information supplied by learners is accurate
  • Centre-based tutors will make themselves aware of NALA’s interpretation of FETAC Specific Learning Outcomes and support learners accordingly
  • Centres will ensure that learners do not use insulting on inappropriate language while using the forum and chat functions while in the centre
  • No fee shall be charged for any learner using writeon for accreditation
14 steps to accreditation
14 Steps to Accreditation
  • Step 1: Learners log on to
  • Step 2: Learners select an area of study
  • Step 3: They complete an Initial Assessment for each award they wish to work towards. (Initial Assessment identifies learners who have demonstrated all standards for a particular award, and learners proceed directly to Step 6. Such learners are treated as Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) learners)
  • Step 4: An individual Learning plan is shown based on the outcome of the Initial Assessment
  • Step 5: Learners complete learning if they need to.
  • Step 6: Learners complete a Summative Assessment online
  • Step 7: Additional assessment activities are completed in an online portfolio for those outcomes that cannot be assessed by elearning alone. These activities involve real-world tasks with evidence uploaded into the portfolio
14 steps to accreditation1
14 Steps to Accreditation
  • Step 8: NALA verifies work, contacts learner to let them know they can apply for award.
  • Step 9: Learners fill in an online form, verify they have completed the work on their own and then submit for the award
  • Step 10: NALA completed an 'Internal Verification' process where we check learners' work and verify it meets agreed standards and followed assessment processes
  • Step 11: NALA complete an 'External Authentication' process where an External Authenticator reviews evidence
  • Step 12: Learners whose submissions have been deferred have access to a Results Appeal process
  • Step 13: NALA approves results and requests awards from QQI
  • Step 14: Awards received by NALA, checked and posted out to learner or centre

Thank you

John Stewart National Adult Literacy Co-ordinator,

Tel: 01 4127913 086 826 0011

try it out l2
Try It Out – L2
  • Request a password – note it down
  • Give yourself a unique username (test_johnLES)
  • Add in (real or fake) information
  • Select Level 2
  • Pick any award
  • Start working
  • Check out portfolio
strategies for improving participation in and awareness of adult learning european commission 2012
Strategies for Improving Participation in and Awareness of Adult Learning European Commission, 2012

NALA listed as one of top 16 case studies for “Written Off” -TV series and distance learning

oecd adult skills survey 2013
OECD Adult Skills Survey 2013

42% of Irish adults score at or below Level 1 on the problem solving scale – 825,000 people.

25% of Irish adults are at or below level 1 of numeracy– 754,000 people.

CSO Figures 18% of labour force have qualifications at level 3 or less.

Almost 18% of Irish adults are at or below level 1 of literacy – 525,000 people.

blended learning benefits
Blended Learning Benefits

NALA experience suggests benefits:

  • For learners:
    • Facilitates independent learning and learning in different ways and styles.
    • Learners may require more support than you can traditionally provide.
    • Integrates literacy and numeracy into other content learning.
  • For providers:
    • Expands learning time and optimises learning and tutoring resources
    • Supports learning to meet the needs of a particular learner.
    • Shares content rather than reinvents the wheel every time.
    • Provides for certification and RPL
  • For policy makers
    • Can provide greater outcomes and achievement
    • Optimises resources