Government Launches Action Plan for Education 2019

9 March 2019 

Launching the plan Minister Joe McHugh said: “The Action Plan is underpinned by a drive to prepare people in a balanced way for life and work. It emphasises the need for young people and students to aim high and to fulfil their potential while developing the skills to think critically and to adapt and innovate with a resilience and wellbeing.”

Some of the actions that will be delivered this year include:

  • Implementing Languages Connect, Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education 2017-2026
  • Increasing the number of post-primary schools in the Foreign Language Assistants scheme and uptake of the Erasmus programme
  • Progressing implementation of the STEM Education Policy Statement 2017- 2026 and the Implementation Plan 2017-2019, including developing a work plan to increase the numbers of women participating in STEM
  • Launch a STEM advertising campaign aimed at pupils and students, teachers, school leaders and parents to promote and drive participation in STEM subjects

Mid-West Regional Skills have in partnership with Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Action Plan for Jobs and regional industry launched the Mid-West STEM alliance in 2017 to help develop closer formal relationships between post primary schools and industry. 

The plan also seeks to establish an on line apprenticeship marketplace similar to the Mid-West apprenticeship App to facilitate greater awareness of alternative learning pathways for those who choose not to attend third level colleges. The full plan which has 280 deliverable actions can be downloaded by clicking here