Description:The first ever strategy for the Further Education and Training (FET) sector is designed to develop a world-class integrated system of further education and training in Ireland, which will promote economic development and meet the needs of all citizens. The new strategy was developed by Solas, the national education and training authority and will be delivered by the 16 locally based Education and Training Boards.
Implication(s):It is critical that the FET sector provides individuals with the right mix of intermediate skills and competences for the labour market, in particular generic transferable skills that support occupation mobility and lifelong learning, along with the occupationally specific skills that meet employers’ immediate needs. This will only be achieved with effective mechanisms for engaging employers. The Education and Training Boards should also play a key role in the development of regional networks which include employers, public employment services, enterprise development agencies and higher education institutions by providing clearer and better local education pathways to third level education.
Current Position:.Solas is currently working on a detailed FET implementation plan which has been developed around five high level strategic goals: (i) Skills for the Economy to address the current and future needs of learners, jobseekers, employers and employees and to contribute to national economic development (ii) Active Inclusion to support the active inclusion of people of all abilities in society with special reference to literacy and numeracy (iii) Quality Provision to provide high quality education and training programmes and to meet the appropriate national and international quality standards (iv) Integrated Planning and Funding on the basis of objective analysis of needs and evidence of social and economic impact (v) Standing of FET to ensure a valued learning path leading to agreed employment, career, developmental, personal and social options.
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Last Updated: 06/18/2015