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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(...)

Nour Aljarad, who was granted asylum in Ireland in 2015 with her family, has secured a place to study dentistry at Trinity College in September.

A 17-year-old student who arrived in Ireland from Syria four years ago with only basic English skills has scored more than 600 points in her Leaving C(...)

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(...)

Forty five apprenticeship programmes are currently available, spanning the engineering, construction, motor, electrical, finance, hospitality and food, biopharma, logistics, property services and ICT industry sectors. Photograph: iStock

On Thursday last, tens of thousands of places on level 8 and level 6/7 degree and higher certificate programmes were offered by the CAO to applicants (...)

If you have narrowly missed out, one option is to appeal your exam result. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Many CAO applicants and their parents are spending the weekend reflecting on a very eventful and emotional number of days since the Leaving Cert resul(...)

Technology disruption, climate crisis, globalisation, demography and political (and trading) shifts will all play significant roles in what our economy will look like in the next 10 years. Photograph: iStock

With CAO offers now received, students from across Ireland are learning about the next phase of their academic journey or path to professional career.(...)

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(...)

Photograph: Al Higgins

My PLC journey - Sarah Breen, bestselling author: “Like many 18 year olds, I hadn’t a clue what I wanted to do with my life when I filled out my CAO (...)

The Irish Times free online helpdesk is receiving questions from teenagers and their parents over what implications the 2019 Leaving Cert results migh(...)

Grief, a major accident, the break-up of a long-term relationship, and moving house. What do all of these have in common? They’re major life transitio(...)

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