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Want to return to education? Visit the Campus at Jobs Expo

17 August 2017
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The Campus is Job Expo's dedicated education, upskilling and retraining area. It features a range of education providers in the West, offering everything from short courses to postgraduate degrees.

The days when education ended with the Leaving Cert or your third-level graduation are long. As our economy grows and changes, more and more Irish people are returning to education, retraining or upskilling.

Huge amounts of Irish people undertake educational courses every year. A survey by our sister site conducted in January found that nearly half of our respondents took a course in 2016 and that 29 percent were planning on studying again this year. The two biggest reasons people gave us for this was to enhance their knowledge (38%) and for career enhancement (37%).

The Campus at Jobs Expo will allow you to explore your educational options, speak to educational professionals and find the right course for you. Here are some of the educational providers taking part.

 NUI Galway

NUI Galway is amongst the top 2 per cent of universities in the world. The university teaches over 60 disciplines across 16 Schools and five Colleges. In addition, NUIG is home to a number of internationally recognised research centres and institutes. NUIG's Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development offers professional, part-time and evening courses. These cover subject areas such as Business & Management, Science & Technology, Arts & Social Sciences, Community Education, Early Childhood Studies and Training & Education – as well as short courses, CPD courses, Springboard courses and online courses.

Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board

The Galway and Roscommon Education and Training Board (GRETB) is one of the largest training facilities in the West. The GRETB Training Centre provides full-time day courses and evening courses, as well as apprenticeships. In addition, they offer community training programmes and blended learning. Course options include programmes that provide the skills necessary for employment. QQI, City & Guilds, Microsoft and Cisco as well as other industry-recognised awarding bodies accredit their courses. Furthermore, all courses have a strong work placement element.


An agency of the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS and aims to create a world-class, integrated Further Education and Training (FET) sector in Ireland that answers the needs of learners as well as the economy. SOLAS manages, coordinates and supports the delivery of FET courses by the Education and Training Boards. They also promote FET courses that are relevant to learner and national needs. is Ireland’s leading online education database offering part-time and evening classes as well as adult education courses. Their database has course options from hundreds of educational institutes across Ireland. They link students to courses, colleges and educational institutions and streamline the course search process. As well as Ireland’s biggest selection of courses, also offers information on colleges, expert guidance and advice.

Peter Mark

Peter Mark opened its first salon on Dublin’s Grafton Street in 1961. Since then, the company has grown into Ireland's best-known hairdressing brand. They are also one of Europe's most successful hairstyling groups with 71 salons nationwide. The company recruits as well as trains all their own staff at their training centres in Belfast and Dublin. As well as a range of benefits, Peter Mark offers an exceptional and unique 4-year world-class styling training system.

The Radio School

Since 1995, the Radio School has run part-time courses and training in radio broadcasting. They also offer media studies from beginners to advanced level. Students learn with a team of experienced professionals. In addition, guest lecturers teaches specialised areas of the course. Students gain real world radio experience and skills and, as a result, are workplace ready. Because of their involvement in the industry, the Radio School can prepare students thoroughly for a career in this dynamic area.

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