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Leaving Cert Numbers up and more jobs for leaving cert students

Posted by Sally O'Brien, on 04/02/2015. Leaving Cert Numbers up and more jobs for leaving cert studentsTags: Education And Politics Teachers

Pupils sitting Leaving Certificate examinations now over 90%.

This positive news comes as figures released yesterday by Dept of Education show the number of pupils completing their Leaving Certificate has risen three years in a row, with now over 90% completing their examinations.

Welcoming the figures Minister O’Sullivan said:

“These are positive figures that show a modest and continued increase in the number of students completing the Leaving Certificate. Ten years ago 83.6% of students completed the Leaving Certificate- that now stands at 90.6%.

“I would like to acknowledge the role that school leaders, teachers and parents have played in encouraging students to continue in secondary education. Across Europe the average number of adults aged 20-24 who have completed secondary education is 81%. We are significantly ahead of that figure and have the 8th highest secondary school completion rate across the 28 member states.”

In more good news for Leaving Cert students, Eircom has announced that it will be hiring over 300 candidates as part of an Apprentice Program, which will be open to students who have passed their Leaving Certificate.

In a press release yesterday, Eircom Group said that the Apprentice Program will run over five years, recruiting 60 apprentices per year and is open to candidates who have passed their Leaving Certificate.

According to Eircom:
“Applicants will have the opportunity to work as Customer Service and Assurance Technicians where the primary focus will be on the maintenance and repair of equipment in eircom’s network to provide the highest levels of service to our customers,” a statement said.
“The structured two-year programme will provide on-the-job learning, one-to-one coaching and formal classroom training.

“Successful applicants will also receive a Level 6 FETAC Telecommunications Access Networks Technology Major Award.

Meanwhile, a further 75 people are to be taken on as part of Eircom’s ‘Graduate Programme’.
That scheme will also run over the next five years, with the first new entrants starting in September.

According to the company, the participants will be divided into Eircom’s general graduate programme and its ‘specialised finance graduate programme’.
“Following the successful completion of the training programmes, top performers in both programmes will be offered full-time roles with eircom,” the company’s statement added.
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