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It’s time for unions to accept the need for change in training regime

Posted in teaching with tags on 14 September 2010 by Steve

“… Here’s the harsh reality: the structure of FÁS, the Post Leaving Cert Courses ( PLCs) and the Institutes of Technology (ITs) is broken beyond repair. All three sectors offer overlapping courses, many of them totally irrelevant to the actual skills needs of our 21st century economy. Recent EU audits of FÁS expenditure, underlines the depth of the structural problems we face …” (more)

[Brian Mooney, Irish Times, 14 September]


Everyone has a degree but nobody can fix a carburettor

Posted in teaching with tags on 10 February 2010 by Steve

“It is almost an article of faith in education. In order to succeed in life, every school pupil must go on to university. A well qualified workforce is regarded as the foundation stone of a successful economy, but some academics are beginning to question the received wisdom that all young people should aspire to a degree …” (more)

[Independent, 10 February]

Colleges may put on courses for the unemployed

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 31 January 2009 by Steve

“In a new government action plan, third-level colleges will be asked to provide places and a broad range of courses for the growing number of unemployed, Minister for Education Batt O’Keeffe said yesterday. A Cabinet subcommittee will report shortly to Taoiseach Brian Cowen on how the universities and particularly the 14 institutes of technology could play a role in retraining and upskilling …” (more)

[Séan Flynn, Irish Times, 31 January]