College Awareness Week takes place from November 20th to November 26th 2017. This is the fourth year of the CAW initiative which aims to highlight the options for school leavers in further and higher education and to advise students on preparing for college life. College Awareness Week is aimed at providing students with informed choices to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.
Throughout the week, there will be a wide range of events taking place around the country. These can be viewed at the following link; https://www.collegeaware.ie/events/. As well as encouraging young people to consider college in their future plans, College Awareness Week aims to show prospective students that further education is a viable option for them too.
Communities across Ireland are invited to host events in community centres, schools, colleges, libraries and other venues, to raise awareness of opportunities available and to showcase local role models who have attended college. All activities, large or small, make a valuable contribution to the nationwide campaign.
Daily events will promote the benefits of going to college, showcase local role models and support students to become ‘college-ready’. The events are aimed at providing information as well as changing attitudes and trends towards higher education among the marginalised groups in Irish society, such as people with disabilities, those from ethnic minorities and members of the Traveller community. CAW hopes to break down barriers to accessing information on further education by providing community libraries and clubs with information about further education.
Since it started in 2014, College Awareness Week has been a huge success. Last year over 700 events took place across Ireland, and this year the organisers expect the number to increase to 1,000 events.
Minister Richard Bruton said “I am delighted to give my support to this great initiative. One of the core objectives of our recently published Action Plan for Education is to increase participation in higher and further education by those from socially disadvantaged communities.”
For more information and to view a list of events categorised by area or to get involved in hosting an event, visit the CAW website at www.collegeaware.ie