State of play (excerpt from the last annual National Report on validtion of Non-formal and informal learning)
It is difficult to say whether there is a national strategy in place or not. What is certain however is that national agencies are very much to the fore in this area. The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland which is a national body has done a lot of work in this area. See www.nqai.ie In the area of VET significant work has been undertaken by the national body responsible for this area i.e. Further Education & Training Awards Council (FETAC) www.fetac.ie and in the area of Higher Education the Higher Education & Training Awards Council have done excellent work also see www.hetac.ie The University sector is automnous and not governed by any of these bodies and each one has its own set of policies and procedures. Perhaps it is fair to say that we do have a national strategy but that its implementation is on a sectoral basis.