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 (...)

Irish people hoping to move to Canada who failed to secure one of 3,750 working holiday visas this week are expected to be given a second chance to(...)

CAO applicants have discerned that the property market is well on the way to recovery, and that graduates in disciplines such as surveying, valuation, construction management, architecture, and so on, will be in demand shortly. Photograph: Eric Luke

When the CAO publishes its application statistics in March each year we get an insight into the collective national psyche concerning our opini(...)

The number of students sitting the Leaving Certificate will grow from 52,000 last year to 54,000 this year. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

What is contained in the latest CAO figures? The Central Applications Office figures released today show there has been an increase of 1,940(...)

Frances Fitzgerald, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs: “The legislation gives the inspectorate new powers to be used before the stage of prosecution. We have brought in a range of pre-prosecution actions which empowers them much more.” Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Child safety, management and staffing and record-keeping have been identified as ongoing areas of “particular(...)

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