‘Obsession’ with third level means further education bypassed

Posted in Governance and administration on September 2nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The obsession with university education in Ireland means many school leavers are bypassing more suitable vocational routes, according to the new chief of the State body for further education and training. Andrew Brownlee, who takes over as chief executive of Solas on Monday, said higher education has played a massive and positive role in the transformation of the country …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 2 September]

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More than two thirds of women on ‘home duties’ with higher education do not want to return to workforce, says new survey

Posted in Life on May 1st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than two thirds of women who work in the home and have a third level education do not want to return to a paid job, according to a survey issued today. In research conducted by SOLAS on 218,000 women on ‘home duties’, not participating in the labour force and aged between 20–64, the majority of women – regardless of their education level – said they did not wish to return to the labour force …” (more)

[Sorcha O’Connor, Independent, 1 May]

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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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Minister launches results of National Employer Survey 2018

Posted in Research on January 23rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today launched the National Employer Survey 2018. The survey, completed in Q2 2018, has shown that employers are very satisfied with graduate recruits across a range of personal and workplace attributes, including computer and technical literacy, working effectively with others and numeracy/processing numerical data …” (more, download)

[Maura O’Shea, HEA, 23 January]

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Solas chief executive to head Higher Education Authority

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The chief executive of Solas, the State body with responsibility for further education and training, has been appointed as the new head of the Higher Education Authority (HEA). Paul O’Toole takes over the authority from Dr Graham Love, who resigned amid claims within the agency that it was being ‘micromanaged’ by the Department of Education …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Paul O’Toole appointed as Interim HEA CEO

Posted in Governance and administration on October 5th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Higher Education Authority is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Paul O’Toole as interim Chief Executive Officer with effect from the end of this month, October 2018. Mr O’Toole joins the HEA following completion of his term of office as Chief Executive of Solas …” (more)

[Higher Education Authority, 5 October]

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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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Further education funding to be linked with ‘performance’

Posted in Governance and administration on June 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Courses in the further education and training (FET) sector are to be measured against ‘performance-based outcomes’ under a new funding model to be piloted later this year. Solas, the State agency regulating FET, plans to direct funding ‘where it’s going to be most effective’…” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 8 June]

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Graduate recruits weak in foreign language skills

Posted in Life on May 13th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“A survey of employers has found high satisfaction levels with the quality of Irish graduate recruits. However, it identified weakness in some areas including foreign language proficiency and entrepreneurial skills …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 13 May]

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TUI President Gerry Quinn’s response to Minister Jan O’ Sullivan

Posted in Governance and administration on April 8th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Minister we welcome you and your officials to our Congress. This is your first TUI Congress as Minister and it is my first TUI Congress as President, so we have one thing in common. However, while our welcome is sincere it occurs in very difficult circumstances …” (more)

[Teachers’ Union of Ireland, 8 April]

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Training centre to shut as two out of five trainees drop out

Posted in Legal issues on August 27th, 2014 by steve

“SOLAS, the successor to FAS, is shutting down a training centre which has received millions of euro in state funding after uncovering financial issues and serious breaches of its training contract …” (more)

[Shane Phelan
, Independent, 27 August]

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Underperforming courses to lose funds in further education shake-up

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2014 by steve

“Further education courses which are underperforming, by failing to attract students or match them with job opportunities, will have their funding cut under an eagerly awaited five-year strategy for the sector …” (more)

[Joe Humphreys, Irish Times, 12 May]

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FÁS is no more … say hello to SOLAS

Posted in Governance and administration on October 30th, 2013 by steve

“The new Further Education and Training Authority Solas is replacing An Foras Áiseanna Saothair, now that the Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has signed the order for its establishment …” (more)

[TheJournal.ie, 29 October]

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Spotlight on further education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on August 12th, 2013 by steve

“The €370m further education and training sector could face a major change in focus as a review examines how well it is addressing the needs of the unemployed. The training requirements of those who have been unemployed long-term are coming in for particular scrutiny …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 12 August]

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If Solas is the new FÁS, can it make a difference?

Posted in Teaching on February 19th, 2013 by steve

“Minister for Education and Skills Ruairí Quinn has published a new Bill which provides for the establishment of Solas (Seirbhísí Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna), the so-called ‘new FÁS’ under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 19 February]

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Minister Quinn continues reform agenda with the publication of the Further Education and Training Bill, 2013

Posted in Governance and administration on January 25th, 2013 by steve

“SOLAS will lead the process of revitalising the Further Education and Training Sector. The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, today published the Further Education and Training Bill 2013 …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 January]

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Quinn says refusal to train could result in penalties

Posted in Teaching on July 28th, 2011 by steve

“Welfare recipients who refuse retraining and education face financial sanctions, Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn has warned. In announcing Solas, the new training and education authority which will replace Fás, he said: ‘The idea that someone can be permanently on the dole and doing nothing [to retrain] is unacceptable’ …” (more)

[Seán Flynn, Irish Times, 28 July]

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