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Jack O’Donnell, student at Athlone Institute of Technology, represented Ireland in plumbing at the 45th WorldSkills competition in Kazan, Russia in August 2019. WorldSkills is held every two years and is the world’s largest professional education event, with an estimated 1,600 competitors from 60 countries participating.

Towards a Competence Approach to Skill Formation in Ireland

This article argues for moving away from the narrow, instrumentalist employability approach to skill formation. It presents a competence model based on the three venues of learning: the classroom, the workplace, and online. The skill formation system, and its associated institutions and organisations, are crucial to ensuring that the skills of new and existing workers keep pace with the evolving needs of the economy.

Dr Rory O’Sullivan
Chair of the FET Committee of the National Association of Principals and Deputy Principals

Constructing an Evolving Teacher Identity in Further Education

Professional voices from the field

This article shares the experiences of FET teachers who were forced, in many cases reluctantly, to engage in a process that transformed their perspectives on themselves, personally and professionally, and fundamentally changed their relationships with their teaching colleagues. It shares some understanding of the variables that influence how FET teachers perceive themselves: identities, work roles, professional learning and development, and the relation between all three.

Anne Graham Cagney
Fulbright Scholar, Senior Lecturer Education, Waterford Institute of Technology

Insights from the Youthreach Evaluation

In 2018 SOLAS commissioned a comprehensive, independent evaluation of the Youthreach Programme. This article summarises and assesses the findings of the evaluation. It notes the importance of a positive, supportive learning experience and the value of providing career guidance, soft-skill education, and support for those with mental-health difficulties.

Selina McCoy
Associate Research Professor, ESRI, and Adjunct Professor of Sociology, Trinity College Dublin

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