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29 July, 2020 - Minister Foley welcomes positive response of Minister van Engelshoven to registration of Irish students to Higher Education Institutions in the Netherlands

Irish students receiving Leaving Certificate Calculated Grades results will be able to register to attend higher education in the Netherlands this year

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27 July, 2020 - Government approves over €375 million support package and publishes Roadmap to enable safe return of schools

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16 July, 2020 – Ministers Harris and Collins launch Further Education Strategy for next five years

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD and Minister of State for Further Education Niall Collins TD have today launched the National Further Education and Training Strategy.

The strategy sets out a five-year roadmap for the sector which is built around three key pillars of building skills, fostering inclusion and creating pathways and aims to address the economic and societal challenges faced over the coming years.

Click here for a copy of the strategy (pdf)

   

Junior Cycle Class of 2020 and eligibility for access to National Craft Apprenticeships

Cancellation of the 2020 Junior Cycle Examinations due to COVID-19 pandemic

As part of the response to COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland, following recommendations from an advisory group of stakeholders as part of planning for the State Examinations, a decision was made by the Minister for Education and Skills to cancel the 2020 Junior Cycle Examinations, with Adult Learners to be given the opportunity to take final examinations in Autumn 2020.

Instead of sitting the Junior Cycle examinations students will receive the following:

  • A State Certificate of completion of Junior Cycle from the Department of Education and Skills, to be issued in Autumn 2020. The Certificate will confirm completion of the Junior Cycle programme of study, including the list of subjects, short courses and/or priority learning units studied and the level at which the subject was studied.
  • A School Report setting out the learning achievements of students in Junior Cycle. Students will receive a written report from their school on the broad range of learning that they have achieved in each subject, short course and/or priority learning unit at the end of Junior Cycle. This assessment of their learning will be provided by their teachers. Schools will have autonomy in how this assessment is to be arrived at and the format in which the report is provided.

Eligibility arrangements for Craft Apprenticeships

Within National Craft Apprenticeships, eligibility for apprentices is, at a minimum, to hold Grade D (Junior Certificate subjects) or Achieved (Junior Cycle subjects) in 5 subjects at the Junior Certificate/Junior Cycle award or approved equivalent. Given that the Junior Certificate/Cycle examinations will not now take place in 2020, and to avoid any unfair disadvantage for young people wishing to access craft apprenticeship, it has been determined that the 2020 State Certificate and the School Report provided to Junior Certificate students will be deemed to be an 'approved equivalent' as per the eligibility requirements.

Apprentices may present their 2020 State Certificate and accompanying School Report to employers, training providers and SOLAS Authorised Officers confirm their eligibility for a craft apprenticeship. To note: The above requirements are deemed to be the minimum entry requirement for craft apprenticeship. Employers may require prospective apprentices to have achieved a higher level of award than the Junior Cycle.

This arrangement specifically applies to those learners who were due to complete the Junior Certificate/Cycle in 2020. It does not apply for learners who complete or completed the Junior Certificate/Cycle in any other year.

For reference: Extract from Statutory Instrument No. 168/1997 - Labour Services Act 1987 - Apprenticeship Rules 1997 on eligibility for craft apprenticeships

"4. A person entering employment as an apprentice shall have the following, as a minimum—

( a ) Grade D in five (5) subjects in the Department of Education's Junior Certificate examination, or approved equivalent, or

( b ) Completed to the satisfaction of An Foras an approved pre-apprenticeship course, or

( c ) Completed to the satisfaction of An Foras a course for persons with disabilities at a Centre approved by An Fóras, or

( d ) In the case of persons being over 25 years of age who do not meet the requirements under (a) not less than three years work experience acceptable to An Fóras in a relevant designated industrial activity.

In respect of (b), (c) and (d) above applicants must undergo a structured assessment interview approved by An Fóras and achieve a minimum standard to be specified by An Fóras from time to time."


For more information on apprenticeships go to www.apprenticeship.ie

 

Leaving Certificate 2020 - Calculated Grades Student Portal

Before you Start guide – Please read this guide in full before you commence the Registration Process

The Minister for Education and Skills announced on 08 May 2020 that the Leaving Certificate 2020 examinations were to be postponed and to offer students a system of Calculated Grades to allow Leaving Certificate students to receive State certification. Students will also have an opportunity to sit all or some of the leaving Certificate Examinations at a date in the future when it is considered safe to hold the examinations. Further information about this decision can be found here.

The Leaving Certificate 2020 –Calculated Grades Student Portal has been developed to support the delivery of calculated grades.

In this initial stage, the portal will open at 10 AM on Tuesday 26 May and close at 10 PM on Thursday 28 May. In this time period students MUST do the following:-

Leaving Certificate Applied Students: Need to register ONLY
All other Leaving Certificate Students: Need to register AND confirm their subject levels

You must complete the Registration Process, and if applicable, Confirm your Subject Levels before 10 p.m. on Thursday 28 May.

Before continuing make sure you have read the Before you Start Guide AND you have everything you need to complete the Registration process.

If you have any difficulties consult the Before you Start Guide. If you don't find the answers you need after reading this guide you can contact the helpdesk at 1800-111135 or 1800-111136. Please note that due to COVID19 restrictions the helpdesk phonelines will ONLY be available between 12 pm and 5 pm on Tuesday 26 May and between 9 am and 5 pm on Wednesday/Thursday 27/28 May. Outside of these hours you can email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

   

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