FUNDING has been provided under the National Development Plan for the development of a National Adult Guidance and Counselling Service and for staff development and programme support initiatives. The measure is designed to support access to Adult Literacy, VTOS, adult and community education programmes in the Further Education Sector. From 2006, the service has been available to survivors of residential abuse and their families.The service includes personal, educational and career guidance and covers the pre-entry, entry, ongoing and pre-exit stages. It will also support improved quality through staff and programme development initiatives. Linkages with other agencies form a vital part of the initiative, particularly at the initial referral and progression stages. The development of the guidance service in education also provides an important contact point for providers in the FAS Employment Services.
The Initiative is overseen by an advisory group which is led by the National Centre for Guidance in Education, and includes participation from employer, trade union, educational, FÁS, employment service/area partnership and community and voluntary sector interests. There are currently 40 projects operating nationwide. The projects were introduced over 4 phases from 2000 - 2007.
Are you looking for a qualification that will help you satand out from the crowd? Do you want to find a programme or course to improve your skills? What questions should you ask before taking on a course? Further education and training in Ireland offers more opportunities than ever before for learners. There are over 1,500 centres all over Ireland offering courses leading to FETAC awards.
All FETAC awards are part of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). This ensures that your award is nationally and internationally recognised and that the award can create further learning opportunities for you.
The FETAC publication Progression from FETAC Advanced Certificate-Craft to Higher Education Courses outlines progression routes available to holders of the FETAC Advanced Certificate - Craft to a variety of 3rd level courses.
Certificates are awarded for the achievement of major awards, where learners achieve the national standard in a prescribed range and number of component areas.
Component Certificates are awarded for the achievement of individual blocks of learning, which can stand alone or build towards the achievement of a full certificate.
Special Purpose Certificates are awarded for the achievement of a group of prescribed blocks of learning, generally for specific, relatively narrow purposes.
Supplemental Certificates are awarded for the achievement of individual areas of learning that are additional to a previously achieved major award.
Certificate Supplements provide additional information regarding further education and training awards which is not available on the official certificate. Certificate Supplements contain information such as:
skills and competences acquired
n certificate level
n entry requirements and access opportunities to the next level of education and training.
More Certificate Supplements will become available in the future. Europass also provides information on Certificate Supplements.
Recognising Qualifications Gained Abroad
The National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) provides a way of comparing qualifications gained abroad with the national qualifications system of Ireland. This qualifications recognition system directly benefits learners, employers and recruiters because it helps the comparison and recognition of qualifications achieved.
The NFQ is at an advanced stage of implementation and learners, employers and recruiters can now identify qualifications that are recognised through the NFQ. This means that you can trust the quality assurance systems behind the issuing of the award.
Work Place Learning and Employee Training and Development
Many employers now offer opportunities for employees to upskill and engage in learning, training and development courses in the workplace. Some employers have even developed their own work based programmes and have become registered providers of FETAC certified learning.