Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) was
established in November 2012 as a new integrated agency (replacing the
Further Education and Training Awards Council, the Higher Education and
Training Awards Council and the National Qualifications Authority of
Ireland and incorporating the functions of the Irish Universities
Quality Board). It is responsible for the external quality assurance of
further and higher education and training (including English language
provision) and validates programmes and makes awards for certain
providers in these sectors. QQI is also responsible for the maintenance,
development and review of the National Framework of Qualifications
(NFQ). Contact: John O Connor (Tel. 353-1 9058100). Irish Business Employers Confederation - IBEC
Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC) represents and
provides economic, commercial, employee relations and social affairs
services to companies and organisations from all sectors of economic and
commercial activity. IBEC represents members' interests to Government,
state agencies, the trade unions, other national interest groups, and
the general public. It is a member of the Union of Industrial and
Employers Confederations of Europe - UNICE. Tony Donohoe is the Irish
employers’ representative on the Governing Board of Cedefop.
Contact: Tony Donohoe (Tel. 353-1 605 1613) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Irish Congress of Trade Unions - ICTU
is the central authority for trade unions in Ireland, functioning both
in Northern Ireland and in the Republic. It represents the interests of
workers in respect of economic, employment, taxation and social
protection issues, especially with government. Congress plays a major
role, along with the other social partners, in influencing the
Government's economic and social policies through direct contacts and
via the National Partnership process. Congress is the sole Irish
affiliate of the European Trade Union Confederation (ETUC), the
representative body for trade unions at European level. The ICTU
representative on ReferNet, Peter Rigney, is a former Chairman of the
Governing Board of Cedefop.
Contact: Peter Rigney (Tel. 353-1 889 7750) Email: email@example.com Léargas
is the National Agency in Ireland for the management of national and
international exchange and cooperation programmes in education, youth
and community work, and vocational education and training. European
programmes managed by Léargas include: Comenius (schools), Grundtvig
(adult and further education), Leonardo da Vinci (vocational education
and training), Study Visits (for professionals in the education and
vocational training fields) and Youth in Action (youth, community and
voluntary work). The National Centre for Guidance in Education (http://www.ncge.ie/
) operates under the aegis of Léargas.
Contact: Fionnuala Broughan (Tel. 353-1 873 1411) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Teagasc - Agriculture and Food Development Authority
provides integrated research, advisory and training services for the
agriculture and food industry in Ireland. It provides a full range of
training courses for the agricultural sector from certificate to degree
levels in training centres and colleges.
Contact: Tony Pettit (Tel. 353-51 644400) Email: email@example.com
Trainers Network brings together trainers and learning facilitators
from all sectors, public and private, specialist and mainstream, to
share learning and experiences in relation to best practice, recent
innovations, quality standards and continuing professional development.
Network members have contributed to and participated in over 50 local,
regional, national, and European networking and learning opportunities.
Contact: Nora Byrne (Tel. 353-1 462 2281) Email: firstname.lastname@example.orgResearch Organisations: Economic and Social Research Institute - ESRI
mission of the ESRI is to produce high quality research, with a core
focus on Ireland's economic and social development, in order to inform
policy-making and societal understanding.
Contact: Seamus McGuinness (Tel. 353-1 863 2000) Email: email@example.comEmployment Research Centre, TCD
Employment Research Centre (ERC) comprises researchers at Trinity
College Dublin with backgrounds in sociology and economics. The Centre's
research is focused mainly on employment policies and practices in
Ireland and Europe.
Contact: James Wickham (Tel. 353-1 896 1875) Email: firstname.lastname@example.org