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Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today (Thursday 19 March 2020) announced the cancellation of oral and practical performance tests of the state examinations which were originally scheduled to take place from Monday 23 March to Friday 3 April 2020.

Click here for the full press release

 

Information on the Coronavirus / COVID-19

  1. The HSE is the authoritative source of information and advice on the situation regarding the virus in Ireland. The latest updates can behere.
  2. Department of Education and Skills website provides regular upates specifically aimed at the education and training sector.

Gov.ie provides the latest updates, health advice, travel advice, Ireland's response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), welfare advice for employers, employees and the self-employed and information from across government.

Important Resources for Training and Education Providers

COVID-19 - Updates from QQI  https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/COVID-19---Updates-from-QQI.aspx

 

Important Changes to User Accounts on Qualifax - Protecting Your Data

As you will know, Qualifax, Ireland's National Learners Database offers comprehensive information on further and higher education and training options in Ireland and further afield. This is widely recognised as a valuable resource for students, learners, parents and guidance counsellors throughout the country.

While Qualifax will continue to provide its full range of services to approximately half a million users throughout the country, in order to enhance security measures around data retention and protection, we are obliged to make the following changes to the user accounts facility on Qualifax.

Until now, visitors to the Qualifax website had the option to create user accounts in order to save course searches, interest assessment results and points information to their account. The platform provides an alternative option to save searches without creating a user account which requires the user to share personal data.

We are, therefore, making the following changes to the site to protect your security online:

• From Monday 10th February 2020, the facility to create new accounts will no longer be available.
• From Friday 13th March 2020, users will no longer be able to access existing accounts.

For Existing Account-holders

All accounts will be deactivated, and the associated personal data will be deleted from our systems on Friday 13th March 2020. We recommend you print or download your saved information before then by following the steps in the attached pdf (Qualifax Accounts – Saving Your Information).

All other features of the Qualifax service will continue to be available as usual, including Course Search, Tagging Courses, Events Calendar, Points Calculator and Interest Assessment. These services all operate independently of the accounts facility.

We apologise for any inconvenience caused by these changes, however, our priority is to provide greater online security for the users of our service and to ensure Qualifax continues to meet its obligations in handling personal data.

Should you have any queries in relation to the changes, feel free to contact us at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

We would also invite you to share your experience of the functionality of user accounts by completing this short questionnaire.

Angela Lambkin
Head of Information Services, Quality and Qualifications Ireland

   

Education: Getting Ireland Brexit Ready

The withdrawal from the EU of the UK will bring change to many aspects of Irish life.

Many of the arrangements in place regarding education relate to the Common Travel Area with the UK. Where this is the case, no changes to these arrangements are expected.

Further information on what is expected to change and what is expected to remain the same after Brexit is below. For more information on Brexit please see Gov.ie/brexit

Students in both the UK and Ireland regularly receive some or all of their education in either country. This is one of the features of the Common Travel Area that the UK and Ireland enjoy. You can read more about the Common Travel Area here.

This notification is intended to give your school some information about the impacts of Brexit on our education system.
 
For Practical Advice on:
 
  • Primary & Post-Primary Education that includes Cross Border Travel 
  • Higher Education - including Applications, Fees and Student Support
  • Further Education
  • Erasmus+
  • Recognition of Professional Qualifications

Go to  https://www.education.ie/en/The-Department/Brexit/education-getting-ireland-brexit-ready.html 

QQI - Getting Brexit Ready

Important information in relation to quality and qualifications in a post-Brexit scenario

This notification is intended to give you some information about the impacts of Brexit on QQI's area of responsibility - quality assurance of higher and further education and training, QQI awards and recognition of qualifications at home and abroad - in the event of a 'no-deal' Brexit scenario.

For information go to  https://www.qqi.ie/Articles/Pages/QQI-%E2%80%93-Getting-Brexit-Ready.aspx

 

new europass

The new Europass is a set of web-based tools and information to support individuals in managing the different stages of their career and learning. These tools and information will be made available on a new online platform that is being developed by the European Commission; Regular updates can be followed at https://ec.europa.eu/futurium/en/europass/news

   

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