This week a HUGE banner was hoisted up the face of Liberty Hall featuring Inchicore CFE costume design graduate Kate Stitt as part of a national campaign by Solas to launch the new This is Fet website.
At the launch Kate told a panel discussion about FET ‘You might not know what you want to do, so FET gives you a great way of trying things out without a 4 year commitment.’ She told the assembled, ‘Everyone told me I was mad going back starting a course at 28, now all my friends think I’m great!’ Read more about Kate’s journey in an interview she did with the Irish Times this summer.
Ballyfermot CFE graduate Harry Mc Cann was also on the panel telling his story. After his Leaving Cert in 2017, he decided to put his plan to go to UCC on hold to go and study a 1-year Broadcast Presentation Skills course at Ballyfermot CFE. He graduated with a distinction and used his year at BCFE to research his choice of course at third level. He is now on Quercus UCC Scholarship, studying Digital Humanities and IT at @UCC. The experience has made him a great advocate for FET.
It was great to have second level students from CDETBs Larkin Community College students at the launch to hear directly from the panel as they described their FET experience.
Solas CEO Andrew Brownlee stimulated a day long conversation on Tuesday about what the future of FET should looks like on Twitter causing #FutureFET to trend in Ireland.
CDETB principals were delighted to pitch in to the debate from their monthly meeting where equitable access to upskilling is always on the agenda.
Andrew Brownlee’ s day long conversation posed some very important questions about the future of FET. We are really look forward to seeing the Solas report on the day – watch this space.
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