61 young people across both the Finglas and Cabra locations participated on the ABLE programme in the 2010/2011 academic year. Of the 61 who started the programme, 36 students completed the programme with 25 students submitting FETAC portfolios. Of those who submitted work, 14 successfully achieved a full FETAC Level 4 General Vocational Studies Award. 42 males and 19 females took part in the programme. All students who participated on the course had some level of success even if not earning full qualifications. Many students who did not complete the programme struggled with attendance or personal issues that prevented them from making the necessary commitment to the programme.
At the end of programme review with Coordinators, tutors and support staff, the following recommendations were made for further initiatives:
- Deposit of BTEA grant of €500 to be returned at the end of the programme
- Maximum of 12 students in class
- Payment dependent on attendance and administered direct through Department of Social Protection
- 10 day absence as absolute maximum in line with FETAC regulations
- Fixed venues to house both programmes
- Shorter class day (9am-2pm)
- Minimum success rate on pre-course assessment tests
The ABLE 18-21 programme won the National Projects in Progress STAR Award at the AONTAS launch of the 2011Adult Learner’s Festival which raised the profile of ABLE for potential students but also gave recognition to the achievements of the participants who took part.