Apprenticeships and snobbery

Posted in Governance and administration on February 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“In their opinion piece (Irish Times, 19th Feb), sparked it would seem by recent reports of ‘high’ dropout rates from Irish third level institutions, Ellen Hazelkorn and Tom Boland make the inevitable plea for a ‘systems approach’ to higher education and the creation of a new agency …” (more)

[An Irish Blog about Education, 23 February]

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Obsession with third level a factor in construction worker shortage

Posted in Governance and administration, Research on February 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“It’s almost beyond ironic that the original home of the navvy is so short of building workers that the problem is threatening the construction of badly needed homes and infrastructure …” (more)

[Irish Times, 16 February]

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School ‘league tables’ and apprenticeships

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – As a chairman of a board of management of a secondary school, I understand the natural objective of school managements to encourage as many pupils to choose third-level courses as possible in order to maintain the position or progress up the league table …” (more)

[Robert Berney, Irish Times, 29 January]

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What issues will dominate Irish education in 2019?

Posted in Governance and administration, Teaching on January 8th, 2019 by steve

IrelandLeaving Cert reform: decision time: Classrooms in the run-up to the Leaving can resemble military training grounds where students are drilled to produce perfect answers to potential questions based on marking schemes. Students are stressed, teachers have little choice, creativity suffers …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 7 January]

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‘With colleges at saturation point, apprenticeships are attractive again’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With almost 47,000 CAO acceptances this year, most of them from the Leaving Cert class of 2018, school-leaver college entry rates are pretty much at saturation level. Many of those who did not go straight to higher education started on a post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) course and will use that as a stepping stone …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 4 December]

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Is it time to fall out of love with universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Universities are booming. In many countries close to half of young people now go on to tertiary education. Others, including Ireland, are at that point or beyond: Ireland now sends approximately 60% of its secondary school leavers to third level. Everywhere, young people, parents, and governments agree that universities are the route to success, and the more of them the better. So a good news story? …” (more)

[Alison Wolf, Irish Times, 4 November]

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Status of apprenticeships suffering from ‘overwhelming’ focus on college places

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The prestige of apprenticeships has declined due to an ‘overwhelming’ focus on college places and CAO points, an Oireachtas education committee has heard. Dr Philip Smyth of the Shannon College of Hotel Management said admissions to hospitality programmes was declining despite forecasts of 60,000- 80,0000 job vacancies in the next ten years …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 20 November]

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Cost is a major obstacle to creation of new apprenticeship positions, Ibec says

Posted in Governance and administration on November 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Cost of is a major obstacle to the creation of new apprenticeship positions, according to the employers’ organisation, Ibec. As many as 17 new types of apprenticeships have been created in non-traditional areas such as financial services, hospitality and insurance …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 20 November]

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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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