A culture of “low expectations” and a limited supply of appropriate training courses have been identified as key barriers to people with intellectual disabilities entering further education. Photograph: Getty Images.

A culture of “low expectations” and a limited supply of appropriate training courses have been identified as key barriers to people with intellectual (...)

‘Government needs to support those caring for our youngest citizens’

Our children are being failed by a childcare system that is simply not fit for purpose. Parents, families, communities, the economy, and childcare (...)

Performing arts students  taking the Macnas module at NUIG

When I was in my Leaving Cert year, open days were seen as respite – a break from the books, a trip to the big smoke, a day out with friends. If we(...)

Class action: many of the skills required by employers are in science, technology, engineering or maths, so major capital investment is needed in labs in strategic locations, matching skills and local employment needs

The landscape for further education and training in Ireland is being transformed both by Government decisions and by how education is delivered in a d(...)

Learning the ropes: graduates from the Open Training College (above), which offers adult learning in human services and the non-profit sector
The A to Z of adult education

Access: Not everyone got the Leaving Cert they wanted. Mature students missed the chance to attend college. Students with disabilities and students fr(...)

Ireland’s growing ageing population means that the number of people living with dementia will treble in a generation. There are currently almos(...)

Tomorrow morning, the Central Applications Office (CAO) will offer close to 9,000 degree course programmes to over 7,300 applicants. Pictured the UCD Belfield Campus. Photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

Tomorrow morning, the Central Applications Office (CAO) will offer close to 9,000 degree course programmes to over 7,300 applicants, who are seeking t(...)

Pat Costello, who studied ordinary level maths in the Dún Laoghaire Training Board Learning Centre and sat it for the Leaving Certificate. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

Fifty years after I sat my Leaving Certificate, including pass maths, I returned to class as a retiree. I’ve always been attracted to maths and I set (...)

Marion Dennis with her son Jamie  (3) at the Preparing for Life programme managed by the Northside Partnership.   Photograph: Alan Betson

Marion Dennis was 14 when she dropped out of school but she says “I am not as laid back now about education”. Her 18-year- old daughter is doing the L(...)

A new €500,000 fund aimed at graduates is hoping to encourage more young entrepreneurs to strike out on their own. The Enterprise Ireland Competitive (...)