in Ireland is concentrated in the following areas - skills developments
and employment forecasting, the evaluation of publicly-funded education
and training programmes, collection and analysis of statistics on training
and other policy-oriented research into particular groups. The main organisations
involved are FÁS-Training and Employment Authority and the Expert
Group on Future Skills Needs.
is some research undertaken in the area of education and training, with
the emphasis on education (access and curricular issues), and on qualifications.
With the establishment of the National Qualifications Framework in 2003,
emphasis is now on importing existing courses into the various levels of
the framework and on promoting the mobility of learners through the mutual
recognition of awards.
organisation and national competitiveness are other areas with a marginal
relation to vocational training, the National Council for Partnership and
Performance directing most of this area of research. Little research is
undertaken on training pedagogy issues, though work has been ongoing on
curricular issues regarding educational provision for migrants.
in Ireland is focused in general on policy rather than practice and the
intention is to support Government decision-making on programmes and allocation
of resources. It is also focused on ensuring that the VET system provides
the skills required by the country for future economic and social development.
are no networks of VET researchers in Ireland, though a seminar held on
the eve of the ECER 2005 Dublin Conference and attended by Irish and European
employment/VET experts, aimed to stimulate interest in the field. As regards
participation in research programmes, organisations have taken part in
Leonardo programmes as partners but have not taken the lead or co-ordinating
role in any of the Research Material, Procedure C strand projects. There
has been limited involvement with the TSER programme by the Employment
Research Centre of Trinity College Dublin.