Many students will have plans of attending college on completion of their leaving cert and while the focus for those may be to apply and secure a third level place through the CAO system, alternative options are also available which are well worth exploring.
The Apprenticeship website www.apprenticeship.ie has all the current information on apprenticeships. Training for an apprenticeship involves taking part in a programme of education and training which alternates between blocks of time spent learning on the job in the workplace and learning in an education or training centre. If you are thinking along these lines log on and find out what is available regarding training and the allowances paid, the qualifications you will receive and the requirements necessary to become an apprentice.
The Further Education and Training Sector offers a range of opportunities to students, which include Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Courses, available in many locations throughout the country. PLC courses are full time courses that last for one or two years. They prepare students by giving them practical skills and qualifications to go, either directly into employment, or where requirements are met, to enable progression into a range of courses in third level education. There are a wide choice of courses available through PLC’s in areas such as Business, Childcare, Computing, Sports & Leisure, Journalism and many more. In order to apply for a place on a PLC course you must apply directly to the college of your choice. PLC courses are completely separate from the CAO and cannot be listed on a CAO form. Once you have applied, the college may then invite you for interview. Each college will have their own dates for application and interviews. For further information log on to individual college websites or view the full range of further education courses by visiting the Further Education and Training Course site at www.fetchcourses.ie.