Just seven plasterers, eight painter decorators and fewer than 30 new bricklayers will enter the jobs market as newly-qualified professionals in 2018, sparking fears of a crisis in the construction trade.
Chefs, childcare workers, and staff for the retail and ICT sectors could be trained through new apprenticeships as part of plans to widen their availability and appeal. Talks are under way between employers, trade unions, and State agencies as part of an overhaul of apprenticeships.
A national campaign called ’Axe the tax in training’ was launched by the Technical Engineering and Electrical Union (TEEU) and Union of Students in Ireland (USI) in a bid to reverse a government decision to impose a new training fee on apprentices.
The latest in the series of brief descriptions of national training systems, “Spotlight on VET in Ireland” presents the Irish education and training system in a nutshell, including an account of distinguished features of the Irish VET system, and a list of useful websites.
A new education and training authority, SOLAS, is being established to replace FÁS-Training and Employment Authority. It is hoped the new agency will bring a more integrated approach to the provision of further education and training in Ireland which has been subject to a high degree of course duplication and fragmentation. SOLAS will operate under the aegis of the Department of Education and Skills.
An overhaul of the VET system in Ireland is proposed in a comprehensive policy paper from the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU) which has also called for investment in key infrastructural projects to help boost job creation and economic growth.
A recent study set out to identify the future skill requirements of the ‘green economy’ in Ireland and to propose a range of measures to ensure that the future skills base will drive business and employment growth*.
The European Inventory 2010 provides a unique record on how validation is already being used at national, regional and local level to address issues relating to lifelong learning, employment and social exclusion.