2022: A Year of Progress and Forward Thinking in FET and Apprenticeship
This article offers an overview of further education and training (FET) in Ireland in what proved to be a year of progress and exciting developments for the sector. It describes the key achievements in FET and apprenticeship in 2022 and looks ahead to a busy 2023.
Towards a New Unified Tertiary System for Learning, Skills, and Knowledge
This article by Minister Harris outlines the seismic changes of recent years in how education and learning are delivered after the school system in Ireland. These changes have been aimed at creating a new unified tertiary system with learners at its centre. The article stresses the importance of inclusive access to this system and describes the measures that will help realise it.
Simon Harris TD
Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
Strategic Development of the Tertiary Education System
This article provides an update on the work of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science in supporting the strategic development of the tertiary education and training sector. It highlights the significant progress on the areas that were focused on in Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2021.
Secretary General of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science
ETBI’s New Professional Learning & Development Hub
Providing centralised support for FET practitioners’ professional development
This article announces the establishment of a new Professional Learning & Development Hub at Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). The hub aims to support the professional development of further education and training (FET) practitioners nationwide by providing centralised support to the ETB FET sector. The article describes the hub’s work, benefits, and goals.
ETBI Professional Learning & Development Hub Manager, Education and Training Boards Ireland
A Digital Library for the Irish FET Sector
A user-focused service to support learning and teaching
Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) is developing an online, user-focused library service that helps fulfil ETBI’s support of learning and teaching in the ETB further education and training (FET) sector. It takes the form of a website that provides access to resources, guides, and tutorials and offers a number of benefits to the sector: efficiency, economies of scale, and a shared space.
Towards the Development of a Community Education Framework
The development of a Community Education Framework offers the opportunity to record, reflect, and recognise the diverse nature of community education that exists across Ireland. This article explores the opportunities presented by the development of such a framework in amplifying the voice of diverse learners and the contribution the sector makes across broader further education and training provision.
FET Inclusion Manager, Education and Training Boards Ireland
Project Manager, SOLAS
Recognition of Prior Learning for the Irish Hospitality Sector
Developing a new framework to make skills visible
This article outlines a pilot RPL (recognition of prior learning) project for the Irish hospitality sector. The project used an industry-standards framework across all levels in the sector to capture on-the-job learning and make hospitality skills visible, for the benefit of both employees and employers. The project was carried out in collaboration with City and Guilds and the education and training boards of Kilkenny Carlow and Dublin Dun Laoghaire.
Training Services & Innovation Manager, Kildare Wicklow ETB