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Improvement of the Quality of Training Provision

This programme consists of these measures:

Vocational Training Infrastructure
The objective of this scheme is to assist in the provision of the infrastructure necessary to implement the education and training programmes supported under the Community Support Framework 1994-1999.

The scheme supports the investment by the Department of Education in infrastructure development at second and third level; the provision of teachers centres for in-service training of staff at the first and second levels of the system and investment by FÁS and the NRB in training facilities.

Training of Trainers
This is a measure to improve the standard of training by improving on the standards of people providing the training.

This in-career development measure at first and second level will be administered by the Department of Education, Science and Technology through the schools, Vocational Education Committees and Teacher Centres. At third level the programme is managed by the Higher Education Authority, the Regional Colleges and the Dublin Institute of Technology based on a criteria laid down by the Department of Education, Science and Technology with the aim of improving the knowledge and skills of future trainers.

TEASTAS - the Irish National Certification Authority has been established to develop, implement, regulate and supervise the certification of all extra-university third level and all further and continuing education and training programmes to ensure the delivery of high quality, efficient, market-led vocational training programmes through the development of comprehensive national assessment and certification arrangements. The existing certifying bodies - the National Council for Education Awards and the National Council for Vocational Awards - will be reconstituted as sub-boards of TEASTAS.

Promotion of Equal Opportunities
The objective of this scheme is to combat gender stereotyping and promote equal opportunities in education and training in order to increase the participation of women at all levels of Irish industry.

The scheme is implemented by the Department of Education and FÁS. It includes such areas as pilot projects in schools, the provision of guidance action to promote access by girls to non-traditional subject areas and support for voluntary or community women's education groups. FÁS has introduced a programme aimed at equal opportunities. "Women in Focus" which sets out to recognise and address the particular needs of women in the workplace.

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