A lot done in further education ... more to do

The new further education and training strategy marks a major shift in Government policy but it faces problems with its implementation

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

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 digital age.

The recent establishment of a new further education and training authority (Solas) has brought some strategic planning to the delivery of further education and training (FET) that was totally absent over the era when 33 VECs and Fás often competed for clients, offering very similar programmes. Other than by local arrangements, there was in the past little central planning of FET at national level, and both bodies were independently responsible for delivering courses to their own clients.

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