AONTASAONTAS is the National Adult Learning Organisation, a voluntary membership organisation. It exists to promote the development of a learning society through the provision of a quality and comprehensive system of adult learning and education which is accessible to and inclusive to all.
Career DirectionsCareer Directions can help you explore your career options in two ways; you can choose to access the careers database or the careers matching program.
Citizens InformationThis site provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland. It is provided by the Citizens Information Board.
European Credit Transfer
and Accumulation System (ECTS)ECTS makes teaching and learning in higher education more transparent across Europe and facilitates the recognition of all studies. The system allows for the transfer of learning experiences between different institutions, greater student mobility and more flexible routes to gain degrees. It also aids curriculum design and quality assurance.
FETAC Access, Transfer
and ProgressionThe FETAC website contains information on level 5 and level 6 FETAC awards, which enables progression routes to third level (higher education links scheme), as well as information on progression opportunities for holders of Advanced Certificate - Craft
Forfas Skills OpportunitiesSkills Opportunities Identified by Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). The National Skills Bulletin 2009
confirms that while the Irish labour market took a sharp negative turn in 2008, with all
labour market indicators disimproving, there are still some areas of job opportunity.
HETACHETAC (the Higher Education and Training Awards Council) was established on 11 June 2001, under the Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 1999. It is the successor to the National Council for Educational Awards (NCEA). HETAC is the qualifications awarding body for third-level education and training institutions outside the university sector.
Institutes of TechnologyInstitutes of Technology Ireland, was incorporated in June 2005 as a not-for-profit organisation with charitable status. It enables the Directors/Presidents of the 13 Institutes of Technology established under the 1992 RTCs Act to co-ordinate the work of the Institutes nationally and it resources the Management Teams of the Institutes in the discharge of their duties towards their respective Institutions.
Local Employment Service (LES)
NetworkLocal Employment Service Networks provides a range of services to the local community focusing on the provision of practical support, advice, guidance and information relating to employment, training and return to work and welfare rights options. We have been operating since1996 and to date over 280,000 people have registered with us to use our services.
QualifaXQualifaX is Ireland’s National Learners’ Database. It is the "one stop shop" for learners. We provide the most comprehensive information on further and higher education and training courses.
Protection FacilitatorThe National Development Plan (NDP) 2007 -2013 provides for the Social and Economic Participation Programme involving an investment of 50m in a new initiative by the Department of Social Protection. The programme is specifically targeted at encouraging and supporting those on social welfare to make the transition from passive welfare payments to active participation in employment.
Student FinanceThis website is a convenient and user-friendly source of information on financial support for further and higher education.