Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said employers who take on apprentices will receive an annual grant of €2,000 under a new initiative aimed at tackling skills gaps. Photograph: Gareth Chaney/Collins

Employers who take on apprentices will receive an annual grant of €2,000 under a new initiative aimed at tackling skills gaps. The move means financi(...)

‘We live in a country for the last number of decades, there’s nearly been a bit of an obsession with the CAO and the points race,’ Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris said at the Irish Times Higher Options event. Photograph: Nick Bradshaw/The Irish Times

Students will be able to choose between university and further education courses through a single CAO portal for the first time from next month. Mini(...)

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris  with Irish Times education editor Carl O’Brien  and Solas’ Dr Mary-Liz Trant  speaking at The Irish Times Higher Options exhibition. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Leaving Cert students will be able to apply for both university and further education courses at the same time under a joint system being considered b(...)

Ellen Cummins: “I was fascinated by how everything worked in the cockpit so I applied for the apprenticeship and joined the programme last September.”

Ellen Cummins got her first taste of engineering in transition year at school. Students at St Peter’s College in Dunboyne, Co Meath, could sample all (...)

Gemma Linehan at CIT, where she is studying as an apprentice mechanic. Photograph: Daragh McSweeney/Provision

The brightest young people go on to third level, and the brightest of all go to university: so goes the conventional narrative. But increasingly th(...)