‘I wouldn’t be where I am without the PLC,’ says student Niamh Dolan. Photograph: iStock

Did you miss out on the college course you really wanted? Or perhaps you’re looking at all the coverage of third-level and deciding it might not be fo(...)

Many people thinking of FET hesitate for fear of missing out on the “college experience”. Photograph: iStock/Getty
Alternative route to third level

The traditional route is to get your Leaving Cert and go straight to third-level. It’s also the most prestigious - but is it really better, or does th(...)

Harry McCann: ‘A Post-Leaving Cert course would give me the chance to work part-time and learn too.’

Once a fall-back option, Post-Leaving Cert (PLC) courses are now a first choice for students of all ages. What prompted this change in attitude? For (...)

 The industry has battled a shortage of chefs for years but it was exacerbated by the pandemic. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Chef and restaurant proprietor Gareth ‘Gaz’ Smith, who runs Michael’s in Mount Merrion in Dublin, held a meeting with his senior team on Wednesday. Mi(...)

Thousands of apprentices have been waiting for up to a year for essential training due to difficulties accessing further and higher education campuses. Photograph: iStock

Thousands of apprentices have been waiting up to a year for essential training due to difficulties accessing further and higher education campuses. A(...)

Students could get Leaving Cert points for completing accredited work experience or apprenticeships while still in school under draft plans being examined for reforming the senior cycle. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

Students could get Leaving Cert points for completing accredited work experience or apprenticeships while still in school under draft plans being exam(...)

Aimee Steven had been thinking of going to university until she tried a new foundation apprenticeship in her final year of secondary school.

Aimee Stephen had been thinking of going to university until she tried a new foundation apprenticeship in her final year of secondary school. “I pref(...)

‘There is a growing focus on green skills and environmentalism through FET, including courses in sustainable energy, sustainable development, wind turbine engineering and retrofitting,’ says Andrew Brownlee,  Solas chief executive.

When Solas, the further education and training (FET) agency, was established in 2013, the sector began to grow in importance. The new agency quickly (...)

Teachers’ unions have a written guarantee from the Department of Education  that teachers are providing predicted grades on a one-off basis only because of the current pandemic.

“Teachers will predict the grades of their own students and there will be no Leaving Cert exam” – if you’d suggested this at the start of 2020, teache(...)

Students graduating from CSN College of Further Education in Cork. Further education is becoming an important route for entry into third-level degree courses. File photograph: Diane Cusack

Students who first complete further education courses are significantly more likely to graduate from third-level degree courses, new research suggest(...)

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