Galway Peoples' Resource Centre

Tel: 091 – 564822, Email:

Further Education

There are many options available to people wishing to continue education, acquire further training and develop new skills. If you are unemployed and seeking employment there are a number of education and training courses available to you. Courses funded by FÁS, the vocational educational committees (VECs), and various Government departments and agencies. These offer a wide range of full-time and part-time options so you can choose the one that best suits your circumstances. Eligibility conditions for training allowances vary from provider to provider so it is essential to carefully check the details of each course.

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Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI)

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was established on 6 November 2012. The new Authority is being created by an amalgamation of four bodies that have both awarding and quality assurance responsibilities:

• Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC)
• Higher Education and Training Awards Council (HETAC)
• National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI)
• Irish Universities Quality Board (IUQB)

The new Authority will assume all the functions of the four legacy bodies while also having responsibility for new or newly-statutory responsibilities in particular areas.

Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) will continue to make awards based on standards developed by the Further Education and Training Awards Council and the Higher Education and Training Awards Council while it develops its own award standards and processes.

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The CAO acts as an administration center for the processing of applications nationally to undergraduate courses in institutions of higher education in Ireland. CAO does not determine whether or not applicants will be offered a place on a program. The education institutions make independent decisions on admissions.

Details of the CAO applications process are published in a handbook available from the CAO, Tower House, Eglington Street, Galway. Tel: (091) 509800; Fax: (091) 562344; Applicants are encouraged by the CAO to use the online application, via the CAO Website

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