Considering your post leaving cert options? Listen to this.

Considering your post leaving cert options? Listen to this.

Considering your options for after Leaving Cert 2021? Further education and training has plenty!


From PLCs to Traineeships, and from accounting to media studies., there is an option for you. Whether you’re unsure about what career area you would like to go into, or would like to get paid as you learn, further education and training has lots of paths to help set you on your career path.


Andrew Brownlee, CEO of SOLAS which oversees further education and training in Ireland spoke to  RTÉ Drivetime’s Studyhub last Thursday to discuss the different routes available to students across Ireland after Leaving Cert. Did you know that there are 30,000 post-leaving certificate courses available. This includes PLC courses, Traineeships & Apprenticeships.


You can listen back to the interview here


Courses are available in a vast array of areas like fashion design, engineering, TV & radio, animal grooming, property auctioneering and so many more. Further education and training can:

  • Be the direct route for you into an exciting career;
  • Provide you with a platform to go on to higher education as a ‘backdoor’ into the course you want; or
  • Provide you with an opportunity to try out different areas, if you’re unsure what route you want to take following your leaving cert.


FET can be a steppingstone, giving you the opportunity to take a moment and see what you want to do long-term, or a direct path to your chosen career.


Andrew points to just some well-known further education and training graduates including TV and Radio presenter Lottie Ryan, entrepreneur Harry McCann and Ireland’s top commercial photographer Al Higgins as just a few examples of how further education and training can provide a route to a great career.


You can listen back to the interview here


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