Third-level education viewed as a way out
WITH THE RECESSION taking its toll on unemployment levels in the country more students than ever are looking at third level education as a good opportunity in order to achieve a new qualification, which they envisage will be of use when the situation improves.
Speaking to The Wicklow People this week Principal of Arklow Community College Andrew Bolger said that almost all sixth year students have filled out their CAO forms and many have done so way ahead of schedule which indicates that third level training is very much on their minds.
‘Nearly all the students have been very keen to get their forms in and have as many options as possible open to them. They are looking at third level education as a good opportunity as there are so few jobs. By the time things turn around they are hoping to be qualified in their chosen fields.’
Mr. Bolger adds that the students are taking the situation very seriously and have become more aware of the impact of the recession on the job market from a number of Career Guidance talks and meetings with the Career Guidance teachers at Arklow C.C.
Aside from secondary school students, Arklow Community College also offers a number of Post Leaving Certificate Courses which are attracting parents as well as school-goers.
‘We have noticed that parents who seek to retrain or up skill are signing up for our third-level courses. They are very suitable as they are based on the school campus in Arklow and can be used as a stepping stone for further courses also.’
According to Mr. Bolger, the lack of teaching jobs is also evident from the large number of applications received for substitute positions.
‘We find that now it is much easier to source teachers for certified sick leave cover or in-service days.
Also we are getting a lot more fully qualified teachers dropping in CVs to the school who are hoping to get work,’ concluded Mr. Bolger.
More students, and parents, are interested in third level education as a means of securing their economic future.