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(...)

Galina Moraru, a student at Kildare and Wicklow ETB, and author Emilie Pine at the launch of the National Adult Literacy Agency’s Take the First Step campaign. Photograph: Conor Healy/Picture It Photography

A campaign aimed at Irish adults who have difficulty with reading or maths will be launched by the National Adult Literacy Agency (Nala) at the weeken(...)

Andrew Brownlee, the new chief executive of Solas, the further education and training agency, wants to include vocational ‘taster’ courses in secondary schools. Photograph: iStock

The obsession with university education in Ireland means many school leavers are bypassing more suitable vocational routes, according to the new chief(...)

Currently, there are more than 16,000 apprentices and almost 6,000 employers involved in 47 apprenticeships. Photograph: iStock

“Having 100 per cent progression to higher education can never be right. There must always be someone in a class or a few in a class that are more sui(...)

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(...)

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

Industries facing acute skills shortages, such as the tech and construction sectors, are battling to attract school-leavers in the run up to this mont(...)

Research shows recruitment firms are struggling to fill vacancies in rapidly growing areas such as IT, science/engineering and business. Photograph: iStockphoto/Getty

More than 100,000 “economically inactive” homemakers, retirees and jobless people could be encouraged into the labour force with flexible working hou(...)

While traditional apprenticeships such as motor mechanics, carpentry and construction continue, the variety of apprenticeships being offered has expanded into areas where traditionally they would not have been offered. Photograph: iStock

While decades ago, higher education would have been preserved for a select few, there is little doubt that progressing on to a university or institute(...)

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