The value of a good education

The general secretary of the Irish Vocational Education Association believes that VECs are one of the key elements in rebuilding the Irish economy, writes Martha Kearns

2nd May, 2009

Many of those joining the country’s dole queues, which have almost doubled in a year to 386,000 unemployed, are turning to further education provided by the country’s Vocational Educational Committees (VECs).

Traditionally, the statutory education and training committees catered for lower-skilled workers and those who were long-term unemployed and hoping to return to the workplace. However, the profile of those availing of the VECs’ Adult Guidance Services is now dominated by professionals,...

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