The Irish Times Higher Options exhibitions in the RDS, Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For hundreds of thousands of students, over several decades, the Higher Options fair has been the start of their journey into adult life. It’s here th(...)

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(...)

Just under 20 per cent of PLC graduates are progressing to higher education, accounting for about one-fifth of the overall first-year intake at institutes of technology and technological universities. Photograph: iStock

First things first: what is FET? FET is a broad term that refers to a wide variety of lifelong education options for people over the age of 16, and i(...)

Nikki Gallagher, director of communications for Solas, warned that technological change will have an impact on those employed in certain sectors in the coming years. Photograph: solas.ie

Measures must be taken to protect older workers from the threat of technological changes in the workplace, according to Solas, the further education a(...)

Dublin footballer Philly McMahon at Mountjoy Prison, where he delivered a TEDx talk to about 100 guests and inmates in the prison’s chapel on Tuesday. Photograph: Maxwell

It is still frowned on to swear in church, even if that church is in Mountjoy Prison. So there was some nervous laughter on Tuesday when Dublin footb(...)

Aislinn Smith with her fellow manufacturing technician apprentices Marc O’Rourke, Ben Madden,  Garrett Collins and Paul McDonnell.

College has long been sold as the be-all and end-all of education. In recent years, however, that narrative is changing. In 2014, Solas took over th(...)

Eoin Corbett: ‘I prefer to learn by doing than by sitting down with a book’

The drums are banging loudly for college. Trinity is the best university in Ireland and everyone should aspire to attend third-level. Students might o(...)

Aisling Devitt, from Celbridge, Co Kildare, is part of the first group of students enrolled in a batch of new financial services apprenticeships. Photograph: Jack Power

For students sitting their Leaving Cert this month, the exams can feel like the most important weeks of their lives. The intense focus on securing a(...)

It seems like a relatively straightforward and innocuous project but, for a substantial proportion of people in Ireland, the idea of empowering children is highly subversive.

‘We all have the right to rest from work and relax and if we didn’t we would feel very tired in the evening and in the night. If someone didn’t hav(...)

+A critical role of the Ombudsman for Children’s Office is to handle complaints from people who believe that the rights of a child have not bee(...)