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Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2022


Establishment of the National Apprenticeship Office

Funding for FET

Reform and ambition – Strategic Performance Agreements and System Targets

Progressing the FET Strategy

Capital Investment

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.

Mathias Urban

Andrew Brownlee


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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.

Mathias Urban

Simon Harris TD

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

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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.

Mathias Urban

Jim Breslin

Secretary General of the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science

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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.

Mathias Urban

Jessica Mullen

ETBI Professional Learning & Development Hub Manager, Education and Training Boards Ireland

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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.

Mathias Urban

David Hughes


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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.

Nicola O’Reilly

Fergus Craddock

FET Inclusion Manager, Education and Training Boards Ireland

Nicola O’Reilly

Nina Burke

Project Manager, SOLAS

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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.

Catherine McHugh

Eileen Cullen

Training Services & Innovation Manager, Kildare Wicklow ETB

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Other Chapters Ireland's Education Yearbook 2022

Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020

Complete Yearbook

Introduction - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020


Early Childhood - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020

Early Childhood

Primary - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020


Second Level - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020

Second Level

FET - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020


Higher Education - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020

Higher Education

Research - Ireland’s Education Yearbook 2020


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