College is not for everyone … Over two-thirds of young adults consider an apprenticeship

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 7th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A recent survey carried out by the Insurance Institute has found that 62% of young adults would consider undertaking an apprenticeship.The research was released alongside the launch of the 2017 insurance practitioner apprenticeship, Ireland’s only level 8-degree apprenticeship …” (more)

[Ellie Donnelly, Independent, 6 April]

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DIT creates new programme ‘Access to Apprenticeships’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 31st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“A pilot programme in Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), supported by JP Morgan and ESB, aims to prepare young people from Dublin’s inner city communities to access apprenticeship positions …” (more)

[Irish Building Magazine, 31 March]

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Snobbery surrounding apprentices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Teaching on March 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The feature ‘Can parents get over “snobbery” surrounding apprenticeships?’, March 14th, describes a negative view of trades and tradesmen that has inexplicably prevailed in Irish society for several generations, despite the fact that we are essentially a nation of peasants …” (more)

[Sean O’Sullivan, Irish Times, 15 March]

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Parents urged to drop college fixation and ‘snobbery’ over apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Irish parents need to ‘get real’ and ‘lose their fixation in insisting that their child has to go to college as a badge of honour’ according to the head of the representative body for Education and Training Boards …” (more)

[Gavin McLoughlin, Independent, 29 January]

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‘Ambitious, capable’ young must consider apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 28th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Parents need to encourage their children to consider apprenticeships if Ireland is to build up a successful German-style training system for school-leavers, Minister for Education Richard Bruton has said. The number of people taking on apprenticeships plummeted during the recession, falling from about 29,000 to just over 5,700 in 2013 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 27 January]

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Apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 17th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Recent headlines have pointed out the worryingly high dropout rates from certain university courses. Surely this shines the spotlight on the nonsense of expecting all students to advance to university? …” (more)

[John Rogers, Irish Times, 17 January]

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Everyone is heading off to college – but is it worth it?

Posted in Governance and administration on August 20th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Early on Wednesday morning, at second-level schools across the country, tens of thousands of students opened their Leaving Cert results with whoops of joy or tears of despair. Forty years ago, most eager young teenagers finishing school would have started looking for a job and they would have considered themselves well qualified …” (more)

[Kim Bielenberg, Independent, 20 August]

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Ireland’s first Honours Degree Apprenticeship

Posted in Teaching on May 31st, 2016 by steve

Ireland“100 new recruits will begin a 3-year online programme of study in September 2016 and at the same time earn a salary. Apprenticeship training in Ireland is set to be transformed by the introduction of a new honours degree programme aimed at preparing insurance professionals for the world of work …” (more)

[Education Matters, 31 May]

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Demand for university places

Posted in Governance and administration on April 23rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – There are some students who would be much more suited to apprenticeship-type courses or the excellent vocationally oriented post-Leaving Certificate courses but parents, peers and society are creating an environment, driven by the media, where one must go to college …” (more)

[Mary Lynch, Irish Times, 23 April]

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Government launches Ireland’s National Skills Strategy 2025

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The new Strategy is a key pillar in the Government’s plan to keep the recovery going and build sustainable economic growth. The Taoiseach and Tánaiste today (Wednesday) launched the new National Skills Strategy 2025 – Ireland’s Future, along with Minister for Education and Skills Jan O’Sullivan, TD, and Minister for Skills, Research, Innovation Damien English, TD, at the Blackrock Further Education Institute, Dublin …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 27 January]

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Thinking beyond CAO points

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 27th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Third-level education has become the aspiration of the vast majority of school leavers. Our success in increasing the number going to college has been striking. Ireland now has the second highest proportion of young people in Europe with a third-level degree …” (more)

[Editorial, Irish Times, 27 January]

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The plan to haul apprenticeships into the 21st century

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The brightest young people go on to third level, and the brightest of all go to university: so goes the conventional narrative. But increasingly this story does not stand up to scrutiny. Recent figures published in The Irish Times show that up to one in six students are not progressing past their first year in higher education, primarily because they have chosen an unsuitable course …” (more)

[Peter McGuire, Irish Times, 26 January]

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Over-educated and unproductive: the reality of third-level today

Posted in Governance and administration on January 15th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Mammy’s greatest pride is no longer a son in the priesthood – it’s a child with a PhD. We’ve been herding students into third-level to the point where Ireland now has the second highest proportion of young people in Europe with a third-level degree …” (more)

[Fionn Rogan, Irish Times, 14 January]

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‘College pressure is too much – we need to revive the apprenticeship’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 25th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“So, your child didn’t get the points for the college place they wanted. Or maybe they’re not even sure exactly what college course they want to do. It’s a dilemma, isn’t it? …” (more)

[Carol Hunt, Herald, 25 August]

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Apprenticeships overhaul offers ‘viable alternative’ to 3rd level

Posted in Governance and administration on July 30th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A major overhaul of state-sponsored apprenticeships has been unveiled, aimed at providing school-leavers with a ‘viable, legitimate, positive alternative path’ to third-level education …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Government ‘working hard’ to provide young with options

Posted in Governance and administration on September 9th, 2014 by steve

“Tánaiste Joan Burton has said youth unemployment is a ‘very important issue’ and that the Government was working hard to provide young people with positive options. She was commenting after an OECD report found that …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 9 September]

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Business Secretary Vince Cable wants degree-level apprenticeships to become the ‘new norm’

Posted in Teaching on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“A major cultural shift in the thinking of tomorrow’s young people lies behind the decision by ministers to increase funding for degree-level apprenticeships …” (more)

[Richard Garner, Independent, 19 March]

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Apprenticeships or university – a false choice

Posted in Teaching on March 7th, 2014 by steve

“We’re at the end of Apprenticeships Week. You couldn’t really miss it as ministers and other politicians fell over themselves to promote it. The media quite enjoy the story too …” (more)

[Andy Westwood, wonkhe, 7 March]

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Talks to be held over third level fees charged to apprentices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 5th, 2014 by steve

“Talks are to take place between the Department of Education and the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) in a bid to resolve a row over the charging of apprentices for student services at third level colleges …” (more)

[Martin Wall, Irish Times, 5 March]

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Tánaiste says Minister for Education will meet USI about charges for apprentices

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn will meet the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) to discuss the college fees levied in the budget on apprentices, Tánaiste Eamon Gilmore has pledged …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 7 February]

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