The lifelong learning path

Degree holders are four times more likely to participate in lifelong learning, which needs to be promoted further in Ireland to widen participation

19th February, 2017
Niamh O’Reilly, chief executive of AONTAS

EU-wide, Ireland’s record in education and training stands up to favourable comparison in certain categories, but in the area of adult participation in lifelong learning (age 25-64) we fall well short of the EU average. According to Eurostat, in 2015 the participation rate in Ireland was 6.5 per cent, whereas the EU average was 10.7 per cent.

The European Commission’s Education and Training Monitor 2016 reported emerging skills shortages in certain sectors of the Irish economy,...

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