The inclusion of information on further education and apprenticeships on the CAO Portal doesn’t address the real issues facing the sectors.

That’s the view of Mayo Sinn Fein TD Rose Conway Walsh, who says government has acted as if the main problem facing them is one of perception rather than real barriers and policy failures.

The Sinn Fein spokesperson for Further and Higher Education added that further education needs multi-year funding and greater freedom to provide the courses people want and need.

The Erris-based Td says it’s simply not good enough that less than 5% of almost 4,000 students who do pre-nursing in further education colleges get access to degree courses afterwards.

Deputy Rose Conway Walsh told Midwest News that the crisis in waiting lists to access off-the-job training must be addressed as a matter of urgency.

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