Education Opportunities

An Expert's View about Sales in Ireland

Last updated: 21 Mar 2011

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Sector briefing Education Opportunities in Ireland Why Ireland? There is limited demand for educational Historically a large proportion of Ireland?s technology, mainly from fee-paying schools. budget has been spent on Education and it There is growing demand for adult re-training remains a priority of the current government. in the current economic climate. In 2009 41.3% of persons aged 25-34 had rd nd completed 3 level education, the 2 highest in the EU (EU average 29.1%). The Department of Education has overall responsibility for primary and secondary education in Ireland. Universities, technical colleges and numerous other institutions such as Foras Aisenna Saothair (FÁS) (the government?s training and employment authority) have responsibility for further education and training. Ireland boasts first class education facilities at both second and third level. This includes strong growth in the adult education sector. The Priorities of the National Development Find general information on Irish market Plan 2007-2013 (NDP) are to conditions on UKTI?s website. The Doing invest ?25.8 billion in Human Capital for Business Guide for Ireland gives an overview of the provision of core areas of education Ireland?s economy, business culture, potential and training. These include, higher education opportunities and an introduction to other programmes, training and skills development relevant issues. along with schools modernisation and development. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education opportunities in Ireland Opportunities Private Colleges First Level Education Another option is to study in a private college; Provision for a free pre-school year, the Early these give people the opportunity to access Childhood and Education Scheme (ECCE) came many suitable courses and may provide into force in January 2010. Primary schools in valuable part-time options especially for those Ireland accept children on or after their fourth in employment. The American College birthday. The typical school has eight classes, Griffith College, the ranging from junior infants (4 years) to sixth Dublin Business School and class (12 years). Portobello College are just a few of the private colleges offering a wide Second Level Education Once f range of courses for those undertaking private irst level education is completed at the age of 12, students transfer to a second level study. school. This is a five or six-year cycle taken by ages 12 to 17/18 where students complete a FÁS, the state run agency, provides a wide three-year (junior cycle), they may then take range of training and employment the one-year (transition year programme), opportunities in its training facilities covering followed by a two year (senior cycle). many areas relevant to the development of the economic and social infrastructure of the There are two key public examinations taken country. It offers a range of training in areas by students ? the Junior Certificate at the end such as those in the construction and of the junior cycle aged 15/16 and the Leaving technology sectors. Certificate taken at the end of the senior cycle aged 17/18. The Vocational Education Committees provide a wide range of Third Level Education educational services to young people and World renowned universities include Trinity adults on such aspects as grants, courses etc College Dublin (TCD), Dublin City and are a good starting point for people who University (DCU), in the capital as do not have the points or skills to go straight to well as four universities under the umbrella of university. National University of Ireland (NUI). This includes University College Dublin (UCD), Further Education and Training Awards Council Maynooth (NUIM), Galway (UCG), Cork (UCC) (FETAC) certificates are awarded and the University of Limerick (UL) to those completing courses that are not in the There are also top class business facilities degree category. This includes many including the Smurfit School of Business (part Certificate and Diploma courses at Post Leaving of UCD) renowned for its world class MBA Certificate (PLC) level for those who lack the programmes. requirements to go directly to degree programmes. Institutes of Technologies There are many institutes of technologies E-learning and interactive learning is another across the country that provides first class aspect of education that is growing fast. There education for third level students not attending are now a wide variety of options available the main universities. across many areas of study. Another popular area of study is teaching English as a foreign The wide variety of options to study in areas language (TEFL) like Arts and Humanities, Science and Technology, Engineering, Business, Medicine and Law plus many more disciplines provide for a comprehensive education across the sector in Ireland. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education opportunities in Ireland Major events and activities UKTI contacts In Ireland: Simon McKeever Director Trade & Investment Early Years Education Show British Embassy Dublin 8-9 April 2011 Tel: +353 1 205 3769 Dublin Email: Web: Andrew Evans In the UK: Trade Advisor British Embassy Dublin BETT Tel: +353 1 205 3753 12-15 January 2011 Email: Olympia, London Web: Education Show 17-19 March 2011 NEC, Birmingham Find full details of all events in this country and sector on the UKTI website. New export events are added daily to the site and you can register to be alerted to them on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) provides grant support for eligible Small and Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend trade shows overseas. Find out more about UKTI support for attendance at overseas events. UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education opportunities in Ireland Next steps - How UKTI can help British companies wishing to develop their This work is available via our Overseas Market business in the Irish market are advised to Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable undertake as much market research and service which assists British-based companies planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in wishing to enter or expand their business in Ireland, with its wide local knowledge and overseas markets. experience, can provide a range of services to British-based companies wishing to grow their To find out more about commissioning this business in global markets. work, or accessing other UKTI services and specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website This can include: to find contact details for your local UKTI ? Provision of market information office. ? Validated lists of agents/distributors ? Key market players or potential customers in the Irish market ? Establishment of interest of such contacts in working with you ? Arranging appointments ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your company in the Irish market Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2010 by UK Trade & Investment. Crown Copyright © UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: Education opportunities in Ireland
Posted: 21 March 2011, last updated 21 March 2011

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