Launch of ambitious new strategy for Ireland’s Further Education and Training sector


A media briefing in advance of the launch of an ambitious new strategy for Ireland’s Further Education and Training (FET) sector will take place at 9.30am on Thursday, 16th July, at Richmond Barracks, off Bulfin Road, Inchicore, Dublin 8.

The strategy will be launched by Simon Harris TD, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, and Niall Collins TD, Minister of State for Further Education.

The strategy has been developed by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority. Andrew Brownlee, CEO of SOLAS, will speak at Thursday’s launch, alongside the Minister and Minister of State.

Commenting in advance, Mr. Brownlee said: “SOLAS’s new five-year strategy comes at an exciting time for the FET sector. As a country, we are in the process of transforming how people of all ages view their learning options after secondary school and throughout their lives.

“We are moving towards an integrated tertiary education system, combining FET and higher education, and we are embedding the key role that lifelong learning has to play in social inclusion and economic success. The creation of the new Government Department for Further and Higher Education is a significant milestone in this regard.”

SOLAS’s new strategy, ‘Future FET: Transforming Learning’, is focused on three key pillars of building skills, fostering inclusion, and facilitating pathways into, within and from the FET sector.

Thursday’s launch will also feature inputs from Carol Hanney, Chief Executive of City of Dublin Education and Training Board, and Stephanie Thompson, a FET learner.


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