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Apprenticeships are industry-led and based around the staffing needs of small, medium and large firms so, almost by definition, all apprenticeships are for roles in high demand. Photograph: iStock

What’s most surprising about apprenticeships? Is it that it took a recession – and the near collapse in the numbers of school-leavers taking them up(...)

Traineeships are on offer in a wide range of areas, including animal science, business, care, construction, engineering and fashion and beauty. Photograph: iStock

School-leavers are increasingly familiar with apprenticeships and PLC courses, which form part of a suite of further education and training (FET) alte(...)

Once upon a time, going to college was the-be-all and end-all. What mattered was CAO points and the third-level college and course that a student got (...)

Is this the NSA whose mass snooping was exposed by the whistleblower Edward Snowden? Photograph: Natalia Fedosenko\TASS via Getty Images

It is not every day that I hear from a huge American surveillance outfit like the National Security Agency, the one whose mass snooping was exposed by(...)

Mike Ashley, founder and majority shareholder of sportwear retailer Sports Direct. Photograph: Darren Staples/File Photo/Reuters

Another season and another sale withers on the vine for one of the last big clubs up for grabs in the world’s richest soccer league. But the difficult(...)

File image from 2015 of Frank McDonald at Aldborough House, Dublin. File photograph: Eric Luke/The Irish Times

“There is no use pretending that Frank McDonald is aiming at a judicial and dispassionate tone. He is not. He is in a rage,” said Maurice Craig of McD(...)

The jewel in Sean Quinn’s property empire is the Kutuzoff Tower, a Moscow office block now worth a fraction of its original €140 million value. Photographer: Dara Mac Donaill

State-controlled Irish Bank Resolution Corporation (IBRC) has set up a Dutch company to manage the Russian real estate assets seized from bankrupt tyc(...)

Chris Power-Smith’s Aurelia leads the ISORA fleet into race 11 this Saturday. It will start at  8am in Dún Laoghaire, and  finish at Howth Yacht Club. Photograph:    David O’Brien

Dún Laoghaire skipper Chris Power-Smith’s overall lead in the Irish Sea (ISORA) series will be tested on Saturday in a 60-mile offshore race, the 11th(...)

Scores of motorcyclists from across Ireland were among the mourners at the funeral of William Dunlop at Garryduff Presbyterian Church outside Ballymoney in Co Antrim. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

The Rev John Kirkpatrick loves motorcycles. For 25 years he has been chaplain to the Motorcycle Union of Ireland, often riding motorcycles around raci(...)

The cortege arrives at Garryduff Presbyterian Church, Ballymoney, Co Antrim, for the funeral of motorcycle racer William Dunlop. Photograph: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Several hundred mourners including motorcycle enthusiasts from all over Ireland gathered in Ballymoney in north Antrim on Wednesday afternoon for the (...)

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