Paul O Toole

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The State’s 16 Education and Training Boards, which deliver most further education courses, currently receive more than €500m   a year from Solas. Photograph: Getty Images

Funding for further education courses is to be linked with high performance under a new funding model to be rolled out shortly. More than 200,000 peo(...)

Ciara Daly, a trainee beauty therapist, and Tara O’Halloran, who runs the beauty therapy traineeship at Kerry Education and Training Board.  Photograph: Kevin Mulcahy

Beauty therapist Ciara Daly (19) is used to providing treatments for clients in quiet and tranquil settings. Later this week, she will be transported(...)

The numbers taking on apprenticeships plummeted during the recession, falling from about 29,000 to just above 5,700 in 2013. Photograph: iStock

Just 2 per cent of school-leavers are pursuing apprenticeships as a route into work compared with 60 per cent in Germany, an Oireachtas committee has (...)

Solas: Caroline Shally, Ann Marie Hogan, Nora Condon, Ivica Milicevic, Joan McNaboe, John McGrath and Jasmina Behan, economists and labour-market researchers on the organisation’s  skills and labour market team

Adult and further education, for so long the neglected orphan of Ireland’s education system, was once higgledy-piggledy at best. There were 33 VECs, o(...)

Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan said the changes are aimed to offer viable alternatives to third level education. Photograph: Eric Luke / The Irish Times

A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a “viable, legitimate, positive alternat(...)

Courses in the further education and training (FET) sector are to be measured against “performance-based outcomes” under a new funding model to be pil(...)

The band Manila Strings enjoy coffee outside Bewley’s on Grafton Street, Dublin. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As the sun sinks below Kilimanjaro and a warm afternoon gives way to a chilly night, a group of middle-aged men – and one young hipster – circle a (...)

People at work at the Sorwathe Tea Plantation, 90 minutes from the Rwandan capital of Kigali. Photograph: Conor Pope

The blame for Ireland’s cataclysmic economic crash can be traced back to tea. Were it not for our enduring love of the stuff, a love stretching back m(...)

Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn said it would be a matter for Sola to decide if a course was not delivering. Photograph: Frank Miller /
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Further education courses which are underperforming, by failing to attract students or match them with job opportunities, will have their funding cut(...)

Labour’s Derek Nolan described the costs associated with the abandoned decentralisation of the Fás headquarters in Co Offaly as “an incredible waste of money for no benefit”.

The write-off of €1.1 million on a temporary Fás office and a site purchased by the agency for €1.5 million – now on sale for a tenth of that amount –(...)

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