The Institute of Technology Tralee, Kerry Education Service and FÁS recently announced their first collaborative publication ‘Kerry Adult Education and Training Course Directory 2012’. The comprehensive directory lists the adult and further education and training courses in Kerry for the upcoming academic year 2012/13. The first publication of its kind in Kerry, it’s an excellent example of locally based public service reform and efficiency, as well as effective interagency collaboration between the three organisations.
In 2010 the Kerry Learning Forum Future Skills Task Group published its first Kerry Future Skills Report. This was a major piece of work by the Forum, which was established by the Kerry County Development Board in 2007. One of the key recommendations of the Kerry Future Skills Strategy was the annual publication of a joint directory of all education and training available in the county. The process of developing the directory has been very helpful in paving the way for the integration of Kerry Education Service (the VEC in Kerry) and FÁS who together are due to become the Kerry Education and Training Board.
In line with the OECD 2011 and FORFAS 2012 recommendations, many courses are closely aligned with the labour market and provide occupational specific skills. Other courses are more generic education programmes which enable learners identify and analyse their strengths, their creativity and to broaden their own horizons.
Commenting on the publication Ann O’Dwyer, Acting CEO of Kerry Education Service said, ‘It’s great to see this publication become a reality. For many years we have all been aware that despite the vast array of courses, it can be challenging for the public to find out about what education and training opportunities are open to them. It can be even harder to know which route to take. This directory is set out thematically and provides a variety of options and opportunities for learners as well as information on fees and funding’.
Dr. Oliver Murphy, President of IT, Tralee, said ‘I am delighted to see the publication of this collaborative Education and Training for Adult Learners Directory. It is an excellent example of our commitment, along with Kerry Education Service and FÁS, to provide learners in the region with an extensive suite of programmes across all levels of the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). The Institute of Technology, Tralee is committed to providing a high quality and relevant education service to all our students and a portfolio of programmes that meet the needs of employers in the region. With skills at a premium and stiff competition for jobs in many sectors of the economy, there has never been a better time to get back into education and improve your marketability’.
‘It gives me great pleasure to jointly introduce this brochure which provides the people of Kerry with an outline of the Adult Education and Training opportunities provided by our organisations. We hope that by using this guide learners will find an educational or training path that matches their needs. The Service Plan for FÁS Training Provision 2012 provides market led programs with industry relevant qualifications which will provide people with the necessary skills to compete for jobs in the current and future market place and also allow for progression routes within FÁS and with our partners, added Owen O’Donnell, Acting Manager Tralee FÁS Training Centre.
The directory is freely available from all three organisations as well as available on line at www.cokerryed.ie, www.fas.ie.