The Financing of Vocational Education and Training in Ireland. Financing Portrait. CEDEFOP Panorama.Report as inadecuate

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In Ireland, funding of vocational education and training (VET) has been affected by economic change, changes in government vocational training policy, and legislation. Expenditure on initial VET is considerable and has been growing as young people stay longer at second-level school and a greater proportion attend post-school training. Apprenticeship expenditure has risen with the rapid increase in number of employer-recruited apprentices. The majority of funding for continuing training comes from the private sector. Both in employee training and adult education, the role of state funding is relatively small, in contrast to the preeminent role of state funding in training for unemployed people and initial training, a reflection of both national priorities and public policy. Six programs for unemployed people can be grouped into these two broad categories of training: continuing training for unemployed people and reintegration training and training for the socially disadvantaged. The vast majority of funding for VET for the unemployed is public. Three future trends are increased level of payments to training participants, additional incentives for training, and reduction of European Funding support. (Appendixes include acronyms and abbreviations; list of legislation; and 11-item bibliography.) (YLB)

Descriptors: Adult Education, Apprenticeships, Developed Nations, Disadvantaged, Educational Finance, Employment Services, Federal Aid, Foreign Countries, Government Role, Higher Education, Job Training, Postsecondary Education, Secondary Education, Unemployment, Vocational Education

CEDEFOP, PO Box 22427, Thessaloniki, GR-55102 Greece, Tel: 30 31 49 01 11, Fax: 30 31 49 01 02; e-mail: info[at] (5107 EN; free). For full text: ama/5 107_en.pdf.

Author: Fox, Roger; McGinn, Kathy


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