The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn, TD has announced 1,000 new Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) places as part of the Government’s Jobs Initiative Scheme.
The additional places will be spread out over various VEC centres in Ireland and will bring the total number of PLC places to 32,688. These will allow for the training and up-skilling of the unemployed and form part of the 16,000 educational places provided for under the current employment scheme.
Commencing in September 2011, the new places are being funded through a combination of departmental savings and an additional €2 million from the Exchequer.
PLC courses provide students with a level 5 or 6 qualification and can act as a gateway into third level colleges for Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA) students.