Graduate skills

Posted in Governance and administration on December 2nd, 2021 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which he continues to facilitate the provision of an adequate number of qualified academics and technicians to meet the requirements of the modern workforce; the areas he has identified as requiring special attention; his plans to meet such requirements in the future; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 30 November]

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Graduates lack ‘basic skills’ such as writing without spelling or grammatical errors

Posted in Teaching on November 30th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Many graduate recruits are failing to accomplish ‘simple tasks’ such as writing cogently on a business topic that is free of spelling or grammatical errors, an employers’ group has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 30 November]

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CAO system must change to reflect wider range of students’ skills – Harris

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Universities must review the CAO points system to ensure it recognises a wider range of students’ skills or risk losing public funding, Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has warned …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 4 November]

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The Key Points for Higher Education in the Government’s Recovery Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Today, the government unveiled its Economic Recovery Plan, a €3.6 billion spending package with a major focus for the higher- and further-education sector. With a major focus on the decarbonisation of the Irish economy, the plan lays out programmes aimed at producing a ‘pipeline of highly skilled graduates’ for Ireland’s economy in the future …” (more)

[Jody Druce, University Times, 1 June]

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Minister Harris announces €225 million investment in further and higher education and research under National Recovery and Resilience Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on June 2nd, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris has today (Tuesday, 1 June 2021) outlined a €225 million investment for further and higher education and research, under the Government’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan …” (more)

[gov.ie, 1 June]

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Research and Development – Graduates

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Research on December 16th, 2020 by steve

IrelandBernard Durkan (Kildare North, Fine Gael): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the extent to which the number of graduates specialising in innovation, research and science is likely to increase annually in the future with particular reference to increased skills in their respective areas; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 15 December]

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Ministers meet National Skills Council to discuss skills needs and links between education and enterprise

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD today (Tuesday, 24 November) met with the National Skills Council to discuss opportunities to better link enterprise and industry with further and higher education …” (more)

[gov.ie, 24 November]

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More than 4 in 10 students feel college does not prepare them for work

Posted in Life, Teaching on November 24th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than four in 10 students in Ireland believe they acquire very little or just some skills at university and college that will help them get a job, a survey has found. The Irish Survey of Student Engagement, or StudentSurvey.ie, polled 44,707 first year and final year undergraduate students as well as post-graduate students attending third-level institutions this year …” (more)

[Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 24 November]

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An unprovoked rant about education

Posted in Governance and administration, Research, Teaching on November 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Taking care of some medical ‘business’ today so can’t really work as such. So I thought I’d have a rant about higher education. The decline in state funding for higher education over the last 10 to 15 years has had one major effect: institutions must now operate as quasi-corporations. I’ve never seen this as some sort of neoliberal takeover, more like a case of needs must …” (more)

[Tales from Academia, 23 November]

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Free College Courses to Upskill Workers Post-Pandemic

Posted in Governance and administration on July 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Measures to stimulate job creation and upskilling of workers announced today by the government include subsidies for employers, thousands of new places in Further and Higher Education courses and an expansion of employment support schemes …” (more)

[Julia Brick, College Tribune, 24 July]

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LIT to increase courses in areas of high workplace demand

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 14th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) is to increase its offering of targeted courses in areas of high workplace demand by almost 30%, to meet the skill needs of growth sectors across the Midwest …” (more)

[Limerick Leader, 14 July]

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Government launches 17,000 free and subsidised higher education places on Springboard+ 2020 and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1

Posted in Governance and administration on June 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD, Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor and Minister of State for Training Skills, Innovation, Research and Development John Halligan today announced almost 17,000 new places to be made available to people seeking to upskill or reskill …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 17 June]

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‘Programme for Government: Our Shared Future’ (June 2020)

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration, Legal issues, Research, Teaching on June 17th, 2020 by steve

IrelandThe full (draft) Programme is here; extracts related to third level are here.

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Graduates and the workplace

Posted in Governance and administration on February 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Something about the recent Accenture report on graduates’ readiness for the workplace doesn’t add up (‘Graduates “not well-equipped” for future workplace’, Education, February 25th). The report suggests that just 13% of employers believe that current graduates are very well equipped to meet the future needs of business …” (more)

[Greg Foley, Irish Times, 26 February]

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Graduates ‘not well-equipped’ for future workplace

Posted in Teaching on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Just 13% of employers believe graduates are very well equipped to meet the needs of the future workforce, according to a new survey. Employers say ‘soft’ skills such as communication, work ethic, teamwork and problem-solving will be most needed for the workforce of the future over the coming years. The findings are based on research by Accenture involving 130 employers in Ireland over recent months …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 February]

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Third-level colleges will open almost 3,000 places extra places over the next two years in €24m Government-funded move

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 16th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Third-level colleges will open almost 3,000 places extra places over the next two years, in a €24m Government-funded move to produce more graduates for priority areas of the economy. Colleges will receive a cash incentive to create the new places, which will cross 138 full-time undergraduate courses in 22 higher education institutions …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 16 December]

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Ministers McHugh and Mitchell O’Connor Announce 3,000 New Student Places

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

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD today (Monday 16th December 2019) announced 3,000 new places on 138 full-time undergraduate courses for autumn 2020 and 2021 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 16 December]

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Half of Irish adults lack the digital skills needed to compete in the workplace

Posted in Research on September 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Half of Irish adults risk exclusion from the workforce because they don’t have the digital skills required to thrive. The economy has become digital and Ireland ranks sixth in Europe for digitisation – the progress being made in terms of connectivity, internet use for activity such as online transactions and communication, advanced and basic digital skills, digital public services and the integration of digital technology in business – according to the EU Digital Economy and Society Index 2018 …” (more)

[Liam O’Brien, Independent, 5 September]

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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation, Heather Humphreys TD launch Technology Skills 2022: Ireland’s Third ICT Skills Action Plan

Posted in Governance and administration on February 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD and Minister for Business, Enterprise and Innovation Heather Humphreys TD today (Monday 18 February 2019) have announced targets to deliver more than 47,000 graduates with high level ICT skills by 2022 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 February]

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Major multinational employers concerned at language skills of Irish graduates

Posted in Governance and administration on January 28th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Major multinational employers are concerned that Irish graduates from college and further education fall short in their ability to speak foreign languages. Satisfaction ratings with the foreign language skills of new entrants to the workforce are low among foreign-owned employers here, according to a report for the Higher Education Authority, seen by the Sunday Independent …” (more)

[Wayne O’Connor and John Walshe, Independent, 27 January]

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