Further Education and Training
Further Education covers education and training which occurs after second level schooling but which is not part of the third level system. There are number of providers of Further and Adult Education and Training and a wide variety of schools, organisations and institutions, are involved in the delivery of continuing education and training for young school leavers and adults.
Adult Education and Training
Adult Education is set out in Learning for Life - White Paper on Adult Education, published in 2000. A range of education and training is provided by various organisations aimed at upskilling and reskilling people who are unemployed. Providing skills for work is a priority.
National Framework of Qualifications
Certification in the Further and Higher Education and Training Sector is usually in alignment with the National Framework of Qualifications – an awards framework of 10 levels which is aligned to the European Framework of Qualifications. Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) quality assures institutions of further and higher education and training, validates educational programmes and makes awards to learners.
Institutions Providing Adult Education and Training
The two main providers in further and adult education and training are the Vocational Education Committees (VECs) and FAS.
Full-Time Programmes in Further Education
- Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Courses
- Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
Part-Time Programmes in Further Education
- Back To Education Initiative (BTEI)
- Adult Literacy
- Community Education