The Learners Voice- Podcast.

We made a podcast! Mel and Zara interviewed five learners from the Adult Education Service Balbriggan and Swords on what brought them to our service to learn. Click on the first podcast below for an introduction. It was a new experience for Mel & Zara, still a lot of learning to do, but hopefully we captured the essence of our learners stories.

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Tricia and Apalavi are both Healthcare students under the VTOS scheme. Their learning journeys differ in how they came to our service, but they have a common goal in obtaining skills and qualifications.

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Naomi- A powerful story from this wonderful young woman

Naomi has faced many challenges in her young life. She came to the adult education service to receive support to write her own story and publish a book.






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We will post more learner stories throughout the week.

Vinny- Former Dublin Bus Driver on a new journey to learn.

A trip to apply for a medical card resulted in Vinny seeking out the Adult Education Service. Find you why in this podcast. Vinny a former Dublin Bus Driver ended up navigating a new learning journey and thankfully  was directed to us in Balbriggan. It’s a story that might be familiar to others. Have a listen.


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We will post more learner stories throughout the week.

Anna- From fleeing war in the Ukraine to building a new life in Ireland

Just over a year ago, Anna had to take her two young sons from the Ukraine to seek safety from the war. Listen to her incredible story. She came to our service to improve her English language skills and has gone on to find employment and further studies at TU Dublin. Thank you Anna for sharing your story.


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We will post more learner stories throughout the week.

Skills for Work

Are you in employment? Would you like to improve your English Language Skills?

Sign up now for this FREE course, starting soon!

Located in Sarsfield House, Mill Street, Balbriggan, K32 K82

Time: 18:30-21:00

Click on HERE to apply!

Or Phone 01 840 8946 Email:

Learner Support

Learner Support- We have a wide range of supports available for learners returning to education.

If you have a concern, talk to our Adult Guidance Counsellors who will assist you and discuss supports available to you with our service. Call in or phone our centres for an appointment with the Adult Guidance Counsellor where you can discuss your learning supports needs.

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Balbriggan– Call into or phone our centre to make an appointment with Orla

Orla Hicks

Adult Guidance Counsellor

Adult Education Service Balbriggan

Sarsfield House

Mill Street

Balbriggan K32 KX82

Phone 01 841 7763 Email


Swords-Call into or phone our centre to make an appointment with Orla

Majella Callaghan

Adult Guidance Counsellor

Adult Education Service Swords

7 The Plaza Forster Way

Swords K67 KR44

Phone 01 840 8946 Email


Cambridge English Exam

Study English in a supportive learning environment and prepare for a Cambridge Exam.

You will gain an internationally recognised certificate on successful completion of the course and Cambridge exam.

A pre-intermediate level of English is required.

All applicants are assessed prior to placement in classes.

Attendance required: Part-time course Two classes per Week Apply now for January 2023

Click HERE to apply or contact Hannah Webster on 01 802 0360 or email

Adult Education Service extend a warm welcome to all Ukrainian Nationals

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About Us

AES Balbriggan

Student Testimonials

The Adult Education Service is a a such positive experience. This is my third year attending the classes, and all the tutors have a great approach, they give fantastic feedback, all staff are very approachable. I believe there is plenty of choices of courses and classes for everyone. It has opened doors to new opportunities and further study for me,as well as allow my personal development.

Lubica Bukovcova Office Skills Level 4

Kind Words from Past Students

'I learned that I could work on my own and still be able to keep up with the rest of the class , that was my biggest fear when we went into lockdown'

Student reflection on learning in Lockdown

'I am organised and can motivate myself to do a task'

Current student who adapted to online learning