Considering your post leaving cert options?

Considering your options for after Leaving Cert 2021? Further Education and Training (FET) has plenty!

From PLCs to Traineeships, and from accounting to media studies, there is an option for you. Whether you are unsure about what career area you would like to go into, or would like to get paid as you learn, Further Education and Training has lots of paths to help set you on your career path.

Andrew Brownlee, CEO of SOLAS which oversees Further Education and Training in Ireland spoke to  RTÉ Drivetime’s Studyhub last month to discuss the different routes available to students across Ireland after Leaving Cert. Did you know that there are 30,000 post-leaving certificate courses available. This includes PLC courses, Traineeships & Apprenticeships.

You can listen back to the interview here

What is FET?

Further Education and Training or FET, offers a wide variety of life-long education options to anyone over 16. FET includes apprenticeships, traineeships, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses, community and adult education as well as core literacy and numeracy services. FET courses and programmes are provided through the Education and Training Board network throughout the country as well as through other local providers including online through SOLAS’ eCollege. FET courses are provided at levels one to six on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Courses are available in a vast array of areas like fashion design, engineering, TV & radio, animal grooming, property auctioneering and so many more. Further education and training can:

  • Be the direct route for you into an exciting career;
  • Provide you with a platform to go on to higher education as a ‘backdoor’ into the course you want; or
  • Provide you with an opportunity to try out different areas, if you’re unsure what route you want to take following your leaving cert.

FET can be a steppingstone, giving you the opportunity to take a moment and see what you want to do long-term, or a direct path to your chosen career.

In the interview, Andrew points to just some well-known further education and training graduates including TV and Radio presenter Lottie Ryan, entrepreneur Harry McCann and Ireland’s top commercial photographer Al Higgins as just a few examples of how further education and training can provide a route to a great career.

On the FET site, you can read the ‘stories’ of some students who pursued Post Leaving Certs and Apprenticeships and who have carved very successful careers.

There are many options for students to consider as you look beyond your Leaving Certificate and Secondary School. Take time to see what is out there for you, you may be surprised!

We are the Makers; Your Future is what You Make it!


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