CAO is not the only way to go!

Great post from colleagues about the alternatives to the CAO route

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With so much attention on the CAO, you may be forgiven if you have overlooked the fact that there is a wealth of careers that can be accessed outside the CAO system…

SOLAS– http://www.solas.ie :     The new Further Education and Training Authority. It offers training and further education programmes to both jobseekers looking for employment and employees wishing to improve their skills. Part-time, full-time, day and evening courses for jobseekers. In addition, specific skills training for industry and the Traineeship programme, which combines formal training with workplace coaching, are also available.

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Apprenticeships – http://www.fas.ie/en/Training/Apprenticeships/default.htm :     You can train to become a plasterer or electrician. While you are training, you work with an employer learning the necessary skills and receive a wage. Most apprenticeships last 4 years. Apprentices must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or…

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