Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a “viable, legitimate, positive alternat(...)

Life choices: The Apprenticeship Council has identified more than 80 possible new apprenticeships. Photograph: Getty Images

School-leavers will be able to do apprenticeships in new areas such as financial services, the travel industry and cheffing under an expansion of the (...)

Dr John Tinsley: said the announcement signalled the firm’s ambitious growth plans

Irish translation software company Iconic Translation is to create 15 jobs at its Dublin headquarters after it raised €400,000 in seed funding. The(...)

Mary Mulvihill, pioneer of science journalism. Photograph: Brian Dolan

Mary Mulvihill, who has died aged 55 following a brief illness, was a pioneer of science journalism and science communication and a passionate advocat(...)

Maria Mallin (10), EU Digital Girl of the Year 2014 Lauren Boyle (10), Paula Neary, client director at Accenture Ireland and author of the report, and Chloe McArdle (10) at the launch of the “Continuing to Power Economic Growth: Attracting more women into Science and Technology 2.0” report. Photo: Naoise Culhane.

Biology is the most popular science subject among both girls and young women, while physics is the least popular, according a survey which raises fr(...)

Minister of State for Education Damien English acknowledged there had been too much focus on third level education.  Photograph: The Irish Times

There has been too much focus on third level education and not enough on alternative career development routes, a Minister acknowledged in the Dáil on(...)

     On the wing: Those who were in their mid-20s when they emigrated in 2009 and 2010 may be heading into their 30s now, and facing decisions about whether to buy a home, take that next career step or have children. Photograph: Stephen Strathdee/E+/Getty

This article forms part of a new Returning to Ireland guide by The Irish Times, with information on jobs, housing, health and education, and advice(...)

Horizon 2020, the EU’s research budget,  has billions of euro available to support research taking place in our higher education institutions and in private sector companies

Is there anything as annoying as getting those stupid emails where you are promised millions if you send an initial few thousand euro to help free up (...)

The most common minimum standard among all employer organisations was to have at least a 2.1 degree.  Some 69 per cent of indigenous firms and 71 per cent of foreign firms had this requirement. File photograph: Reuters

Some 70 per cent of employers expect at least a 2.1 degree from job applicants, a major new survey shows.The study, published on Wednesday by the Depa(...)

Minister of State for Skills, Research and Innovation Damien English. Mr English has praised this year’s recipients of  the Government of Ireland Postdoctoral Fellowship Scheme, who are to share €6 million in funding between them. File photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill/The Irish Times

A group of 80 young researchers have received an important boost, with the announcement that they are to share funding worth €6 million to help them (...)