Further Education embraces education and training. Completion of further education programmes lead to awards validated by the Irish government’s awards agency – Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC) , as well as awards validated by a range of Irish, UK and other international awarding bodies. The programmes are full-time and last for one or two years. They are designed as a step towards skilled employment and, as such, are closely linked to industry and its needs. The programmes assist young people who have completed senior cycle education, and require further vocational education and training to enhance their prospects of employment or progression to other studies, or to assisting students who may not have completed the senior cycle but are deemed by the provider to have the necessary competencies to undertake the Programme.
Note: *On 6 November 2012, the NQAI completed its amalgamation with HETAC, FETAC and the Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB) and a new integrated agency, QQI, was established. Awards and qualifications formerly made by HETAC, FETAC and IUQB continue to be recognized but the awards now are made by QQI. You will continue to see the names FETAC, HETAC, NQAI and IUQB being used in this website for ease of reference during this transition period.