Changes to CAO website a 'game changer'

Further education, training and apprenticeships available for the first time ever

The promotion of further education options and apprenticeships on the CAO website will be a game changer for school-leavers, a Fine Gael Minister has said.

Minister for Social Protection and Rural & Community Development Heather Humphreys, said the announcement from Minister Simon Harris earlier this week is hugely significant for school leavers across counties Cavan and Monaghan.

“For the first time ever, the full range of options will be available to school-leavers when they log on to the CAO website,” Minister Humphreys said.

“This will include further education, training and apprenticeships for the first time ever. We know there are lots of opportunities out there, but sometimes it is hard to get a clear picture of what might suit you. These changes will help address that.”

The CAO website went live with approximately 430 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.

Further changes will be made next year to allow students apply directly through the CAO website.