Education News 2014
The next vital phase of economic recovery won’t happen without pay restoration in all sectors of the Irish economy, according to IMPACT deputy general secretary Kevin Callinan. He said wage recovery was essential to improve reduced living standards and encourage domestic spending, which would in turn create more jobs.
IMPACT members who work in education and training boards (ETBs) will be taking limited industrial action from Monday (16th June) in a dispute over management’s failure to reach agreement on issues arising from the establishment of the new bodies and the transfer of services previously delivered by FÁS and currently managed by SOLAS.
Education Division meet Danish delegation
Kevin Callinan and Lars Olsen, leader of a delegation from the University College of North Denmark on the occasion of its visit to the IMPACT Offices today to meet with the members of the Education Division Executive Committee and the IoT Branch.
VEC branch renamed
IMPACT’s VEC (vocational education committees) branch has changed its
name to the NETB branch. The rebranding reflects the fact that VECs have
been merged into new Education and Training Boards since last July.
Branch chair Ger Lyons said the name change was backed unanimously at
the branch’s most recent annual general meeting.
Ireland needs to change its approach to vocational education and training, including apprenticeships, to establish “parity of esteem” with degree courses, according to Dublin MEP Emer Costello. “Apprenticeships should be made more widely available – including in growth sectors like health care, communications and green technology – and made more attractive, including to girls,” she said.