Our first ever FET CITY EXPO which took place on Tuesday 7th February was a great success.
Eighteen City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB) Colleges set up a Further Education and Training (FET) one-stop-shop from 11.30 to 3pm in Liberties College, D8.
This one stop event included 36 stands, expert advice and live student demonstrations featuring some of the 400+ programmes on offer at 18 CDETB Further Education and Training (FET) Colleges across the city.
Almost 1,400 second level students attended this fun event. They were treated to demonstrations of everything from Science to Sport, Motor Mechanics to Dog Grooming, Business, Horticulture, Healthcare and Catering, Dance and Drama, what our Rock School is like, what it really means to Animate and much more.
Carol Hanney, CE of CDETB, describes how important it is to thoroughly research your course options at Further Education and Training (FET): ‘FET graduates succeed – they are focused, prepared and have developed a strong work ethic. They are ready for work or for the next step in education. They have reached a high academic standard and have had excellent, practical work experience. If you are unsure what path you want to follow post Leaving Certificate this day is for you. Our EXPO is designed to make this an easy and fun experience. School students, school leavers and anyone interested in returning to education are welcome to come and see for themselves.’
If you are not yet ready for Higher Education a Links scheme exists which enable PLC students to apply directly for Third Level entry through the CAO. Many PLC colleges have special arrangements with Colleges and Universities both within the Republic of Ireland and the UK offering advanced entry to second or third year of degree programmes. The record of students who progress is exemplary. Having studied for one or two years in an FE college, students are better prepared for Higher Education – they understand what’s needed in order to get a good degree. This is shown in their results with almost all of the students who progress obtaining an honours degree. The students have developed confidence and know what they want.
PLC courses also lead directly to jobs. If your interests are in areas, for example, like media, horticulture, travel and tourism, social care or sports PLC might be your first choice because of the practical element and the overall reputation the course has developed.
Maureen Conway, CDETB Acting Director of FET explains : ‘Travel and Tourism Students have a very high success rate in obtaining employment. Childcare students get the jobs they love in crèches and working with children. Social Care graduates work in self-fulfilling roles with those in need. Every single Animation student gets a job. Not everyone wants to go to Third Level and there are huge opportunities in Further Education which prepare people for the world of work. ETBs are delivering on the need for a well-qualified and well prepared workforce.’
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