CAO website now includes Further Education and Training options

9 November 2021 

Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science Simon Harris TD has announced enhancements to the Central Applications Office (CAO) website to include Further Education and Apprenticeship options for school leavers

The CAO website went live on Friday 5th November at 12pm and for the first time options across the third level system will be visible to school leavers and other applicants from there.

Speaking at the launch Minister Harris said “For the first time ever, the full range of third level options will be visible to school-leavers from one single platform. This will change the conversation at kitchen tables across the country – one that reflects education is for everyone and there is no right or wrong choice, just different ones."

There will be more than 650 PLC courses available via the weblink and a one-stop-shop for information and guidance on national apprenticeships will be available via a link on with information on how to become an apprentice, what you will earn while you learn, and the qualifications you will achieve. 

All applications for further education and apprenticeships will continue to be made through the traditional channels, though applicants will be able to navigate to these channels from the CAO website.

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