ePrivacy and GPDR Cookie Consent by Cookie Consent

Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Ireland

Irish Academy of Public Relations

The Irish Academy of Public Relations was founded in 1992 by Ellen Gunning, Irish PR Professional. After a number of years teaching Public Relations and Journalism courses in University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC) and Galway Mayo Institute of Technology (GMIT) the Academy branched out into Event Management, Radio and Television Presenting, Grammar, Social Media Marketing and Mobile Journalism (MoJo). The Irish Academy now has partner colleges around the world, and has a range of online courses with audio and video specifically catered to the communications and... See full description.

Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Ireland by City:


About Career Colleges and Vocational Schools in Ireland

Vocational schools in Ireland are schools of secondary education which focus on vocational and technical education.  A Director serves as the operational officer of the school.  The term technical is synonymous to vocational as the student gains expertise in a specific technique.  These vocational schools are managed by Vocational Education Committees, comprised of representatives from the cities and counties of the respective vocational schools.

These schools are funded at the 90% level through block grants.  Vocational schools in Ireland are established by the state.  Course offerings include traditional courses and “further education” courses.  “Further education” (FE) courses are called continuing education classes in the United States.  FE is usually post-compulsory education and includes a wide scope of courses from basic training in an area to Higher National Diploma (HND), which helps gain entry into universities and is regarded as the second year of a three-year university degree course.
The Business and Technology Education Council (BEC), a British Body, awards qualifications known as “BTECs” in vocational subjects to prepare students for jobs applying manual or practical skills.  Often the student is involved in an apprenticeship in a specific trade, occupation or vocation whereby training is enhanced while working for an employee in a paid position.  Basically, the employer helps the student who is called an apprentice learn his trade.  The modern day concept of internship is similar to that of an apprenticeship.

At the post-secondary level, students can take vocational courses at an institute of technology or at a community college.  The “Institute of Technology” (IT) system was formerly called the Regional Technical College system.  IT schools offer sub-degree, degree, and post-graduate level studies and each school has the authority to award its own degrees.  An example of a sub-degree program is a two-year Higher Certificate program, available in a wide range of academic fields of study.  The Higher Certificate (Ardteastas in Irish) replaced the National Certificate, a two-year broad based higher education qualification in a technology discipline.  The student would enter his second year at a four-year university and work towards a Bachelor’s degree.  Or, the first two years would be exempt if the student were to receive a National Diploma (NCert or NC) often in science, engineering, and business.

There are fourteen colleges that use the title of Institute of Technology as of the late 1990s in recognition of high educational standards, including university level research.  These include:

  • Athlone Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Carlow
  • Cork Institute of Technology
  • Dublin Institute of Technology
  • Dundalk Institute of Technology
  • Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Sligo
  • Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology
  • Letterkenny Institute of Technology
  • Limerick Institute of Technology
  • Institute of Technology, Tallaght
  • Institute of Technology, Tralee
  • Waterford Institute of Technology

In addition, there are numerous career colleges in larger populated areas of Ireland.  These career colleges offer courses and programs such as business and office training, health care, childcare training, interior design, fashion design, beautician training, and training in safety and the environment.