Young People Need Options Other Than Traditional Universities

Posted in Governance and administration on September 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“It’s that time of the year again. The summer is over, and more than 200,000 third-level students here are preparing to start another academic year. Some have recently expressed surprised at the slight decrease in the number of applicants who have accepted college places this year compared to last year …” (more)

[James Bradshaw, Burkean Journal, 6 September]

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Government announces €8m funding for apprenticeships

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2018 by steve

“The Government has announced funding of €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology to support an estimated 2,300 additional apprenticeships in 13 different trades. Minister for Education Richard Bruton, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training John Halligan announced the capital funding on Monday …” (more)

[Elaine Edwards, Irish Times, 11 June]

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Surge in numbers of young people taking apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of young people opting to pursue apprenticeships climbed by almost 25% last year, new figures show. The sharp growth comes as policymakers seek to expand the Irish apprenticeship and traineeship system following a dramatic collapse during the economic downturn …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 21 March]

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Germany fears university growth threatens apprentice tradition

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2018 by steve

“The worry that too many young people go to university – and that they would be better off learning a trade instead – is a complaint heard the world over. But nowhere does it strike as hard at the national self-image as in Germany, admired globally for an apprenticeship system credited with keeping the rate of young unemployment extraordinarily low …” (more)

[David Matthews, Times Higher Education, 17 January]

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Leaving Cert: Higher education should not be the be-all and end-all

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

Ireland“Thousands of students across the country have reached an important milestone in their lives with the receipt of their Leaving Cert results. This year, however, there is a difference: a new grading scheme means points are available to students who scored between 30% and 39% … (more)

[Irish Times, 16 August]

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Third level students want apprenticeships not loans

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 1st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Academic qualifications that include an apprenticeship module are not getting enough support at a time when Institutes of Technology are floundering financially, members of Limerick City and County Council were told …” (more)

[Bernie English, Limerick Post, 31 July]

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Ministers announce capital funding to support Apprenticeship Programmes

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, together with the Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, and Minister of State for Training, Skills, Innovation and Research and Development, John Halligan TD today announced capital funding of just over €8 million for 10 Institutes of Technology …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 10 July]

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This obsession of sending all children to college must stop

Posted in Governance and administration on June 3rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Over the years we have all wondered at the German economic miracle and how it continues to be miraculous. There is no magic involved, but there are a number of key elements to the German system, not least among them a strong system of vocational training and apprenticeship …” (more)

[Jim O’Brien, Independent, 3 June]


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]


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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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]


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]