The One Step Up Information and Referral Service

Education is transformative and empowering for individuals, their families and communities, with wide-ranging benefits for society as a whole. Education opens doors, builds self-confidence, increases job satisfaction and employability, creates life opportunities, improves health, plays a vital role in personal development, generates and maintains social cohesion and solidarity, as well as much more.

AONTAS, the national adult learning organisation, believes in building a more equitable lifelong learning system in Ireland where all learners, particularly in adult and community education can thrive. Simply put, every adult should be able to access quality education throughout their lives regardless of their social background or financial circumstances. Given the impact of the ongoing pandemic on so many areas of life, such as mental health, social isolation, (un)employment and so on, more people are considering returning to education to improve their wellbeing and overall situation. AONTAS is therefore running a national campaign from 1 – 14 September 2021 to raise awareness about options for returning to education as an adult.

Find out more on, about education options and find your learning pathway.

With over 50 years of experience in adult education advocacy, AONTAS knows how hard it can be to get the information and support needed to return to education. Every year, the free One Step Up Information and Referral Service signposts thousands of adults to the supports they need. The service consists of a


This free service is delivered by AONTAS as part of the European Agenda for Adult Learning project ‘Adult and Community Education: Supported Learner Pathways 2020-2021’.

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