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Minister Harris launches new one-stop shop for people seeking to retrain or upskill - 18 January 2021

Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris TD has today launched a new online portal for people seeking to upskill or retrain.

The online portal – gov.ie/therightcourse - is a one stop shop for businesses, employees or unemployed persons and outlines the third level options available to them.

This can be a short part-time course, a course for an individual in employment or an option to return to third level.

Speaking today, Minister Harris said:

"There are so many options out there for people but the system is complex and can overburden some people.

"This online portal offers people a clear picture of what is on offer, how they can access it and the supports available to people also.

"Ireland is a small country. We cannot afford to have untapped talent and we cannot leave any person locked out of society because of a lack of skills.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to confront many of the skills shortages we have. We must ensure our people have access to the skills they need to succeed in life; and Irish business has the people with the skills they need to grow. This is also critical to securing our recovery and ensuring Ireland's people share in that recovery."

The one-stop shop outlines the further education and training places and the courses in higher education on offer, and information for those on a social welfare payment.

Business owners are also encouraged to explore the range of upskilling options available from Skillnet Ireland including enterprise-led business supports, targeted upskilling opportunities for employees in businesses, free online training programmes and virtual job placements.

Minister Harris added:

"If you are unemployed temporarily as a result of COVID-19, now could be the time to do a short course. You can still retain your social welfare payments while undertaking the course.

"Or if you are in employment but want to improve your skillset, there are options available to you too.

"This new portal will be a valuable tool to help each person identify the most suitable upskilling option for themselves and their teams. It will be great at showcasing the diversity of upskilling supports available from formal accredited programmes, apprenticeships to practical work-based learning from all of the agencies.

"It is never too late to learn something new and now is the perfect time to start."

Minister of State for Skills and Further Education Niall Collins TD said:

"We have so much on offer but it can be a very difficult system to navigate.

"This website outlines all of your options – apprenticeship, traineeship, a short course, a degree, a Masters. And it offers supports for businesses too.

"So, please log onto gov.ie/therightcourse."

Log onto gov.ie/therightcourse for further details.

 

 

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Minister for Education Norma Foley TD today provided a further update regarding the plans to fully re-open schools.

With some schools beginning to re-open next week, the Minister acknowledged the enormous work being undertaken in school communities and the commitment of everyone involved in providing a safe environment for the return of children to our schools.

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Significant progress is being made towards a full reopening of schools since the publication of 'The Roadmap for the Full Return to School'. Schools are using the resources and grants provided by the Department effectively, to plan their re-opening.

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07 August, 2020 - Update on Reopening Our Schools: The Roadmap for the Full Return to School

The Minister for Education Norma Foley TD has today provided an update on her Department's work to realise her Department's plans to reopen schools fully at the end of the summer. The Minister, along with Taoiseach Micheál Martin TD and Minister for Special Education and Inclusion Josepha Madigan TD, last week published a detailed plan Reopening Our Schools: The Roadmap for The Full Return to School, along with details of a financial package of over €375 million to support its delivery.

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