Vocational Education and Training (VET): The Irish System (Study Visits Included)

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  • Activities: All courses include at least one guided city tour and one full-day excursion (usually on Saturday).
  • Certificate: Certificate of Attendance guaranteed for participants who attend at least 80% of the course.
  • Lessons: Classes take place in the Morning (9:00 – 14:00) or in the Afternoon (14:00 – 19:00).
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  • Price: 480 €


According to Eurostat, the youth unemployment rate in Ireland has been decreasing constantly in the last 8 years and today it is lower than the EU average percentage. This may be related to the Irish vocational education and training (VET) system, have you ever wondered how the initial VET system works in Ireland? And what kind of continuing vocational training workers receive in the Irish Republic?

This course is going to answer these questions by analyzing the Irish VET system and its integration with the industrial sectors. In fact, at the age of 17, Irish students can choose to pursue courses at Third level (Higher Education) or Further education programmes such as Fastrack to Information Technology, that promotes the acquisition of tech skill required by Ireland’s digital economy.

By visiting some of the best VET institutions in the Dublin area and the businesses they work with, participants will get a significant insight into the Irish system of vocational education. In addition, thanks to the sharing of best practices, they will compare this system with other participants’ VET institutions, allowing them to plan successful learning experiences integrating both innovative ideas and vocational elements.

As far as continuing education is concerned, each year thousands of school leavers and adults undertake PLC courses (Post Leaving Cert) – part of the Further Education system funded by the State. These are courses, run throughout Ireland mostly by one of the 16 Education and Training Boards (ETB), they cover a wide range of topics and are designed to prepare students for particular jobs, or as an alternative pathway into the Third Level system.

Having been recently reformed, VET schools in Ireland include many different curricula designed to better meet the needs of a changing job market. So, whatever the sector you are interested in, we can arrange visits specifically designed for you. By the end of the course, you will also become familiar with all the opportunities offered by EU-funded programmes specifically designed for VET teachers/learners. Moreover, there will be the chance to make connections between principals and participants during the school visits to initiate future Erasmus+ projects.

Learning outcomes

The course will help the participants to:

  • Understand how the Irish VET system works; 
  • Get a clearer perception concerning the practical activities through school and business visits; 
  • Make the most of EU-funded opportunities for VET teachers/learners;
  • Enhance the collaboration between companies and educational institutions in order to foster educational skills; 
  • Implement the vocational and training system abroad and how to adapt it to the different educational environments.

Tentative schedule

The schedule describes likely activities but may differ significantly based on the requests of the participants, and the trainer delivering the specific session. Course modifications are subject to the trainer’s discretion. If you would like to discuss a specific topic, please indicate it at least 4 weeks in advance.

Day 1 – Course introduction and intro to the Irish VET system

Course introduction

  • Introduction to the course, the school, and the external week activities;
  • Icebreaker activities;
  • Description of the fundamentals of the education system in Ireland.

Introduction to the Irish VET system

  • Understanding the vocational education and training in Ireland;
  • Presentations of the participants’ schools.

Day 2 – School visits

  • VET School/institution visits.

Day 3- Comparison of participants’ VET systems

  • Analyzing different needs of initial and continuing VET;
  • Understanding how the industrial sectors work with schools and ETB in Ireland;
  • Sharing of best practices: similar programs in other countries.

Day 4- Enterprise visits

  • Visit of the enterprise hosting VET learners.

Day 5- European Union’s opportunities for VET schools

  • Which are the opportunity offered by the European Union for VET school/institutions?
  • Is there any common area in participants’ interests? Workshop drafting cooperation projects.

Day 6- Course evaluation

  • Round up of acquired competences, feedback, and discussion;
  • Awarding of the course Certificate of Attendance;
  • Excursion and other external cultural activities.

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