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Further Eduction in Ireland

Posted in Ireland, Ireland - Education System by hynesbrid on July 21, 2008

The term ” Further Education” embraces education and training which occurs after second-level schooling but which is not part of the third level system.

Post Leaving Certificate courses (PLCs)  are run by a wide range of both public and private colleges and institutions and lead to awards validated by the Irish government’s awards agency – Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC), as well as awards validated by a range of Irish, UK and other international awarding bodies. PLC courses take place in schools, colleges and community education centres around the country. The courses are full-time and last for one or two years. Post Leaving Certificate courses adopt an integrated approach, focusing on technical knowledge, core skills and work experience. They are designed as a step towards skilled employment and, as such, are closely linked to industry and its needs. The qualification you receive at the end of your training  will depend on the type of course you have chosen. Many of the one year PLC courses offer FETAC accreditation at level II, while other more advanced courses may offer FETAC level III, which can lead to further studies at third level.

In addition, a number of Irish semi-state agencies are involved in providing industry specific training. The two main such agencies are : FÁS and Failte Ireland.  FAS – the Training and Employment Authority – runs a wide range of training schemes and is responsible for apprenticeship training in Ireland. Fáilte Ireland – the national toursim agency – provides courses in tourism and catering.


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