Recently I got an insight into practical training for manual work in the empire that was FAS. An acquaintance with Leaving Cert education laid off from general construction work told me about his experience of participating in a FAS welding training programme. You would assume this would involve a lot of welding demos,with trainees learning by doing actual welding. Instead,the instructor talked most of the time,only allowing the trainees to do tiny bits of welding which in my acquaintance's opinion were totally inadequate to gain experience. His opinion is partly based on experience of doing small amounts of welding in the past. He and others quit the course very early on. Is this a reasonable assessment or am I missing something?
The welding programme is pointless anyhow as he says there are hardly any apprenticeships available. If so,why is FAS bothering with welding training?
When FAS is divided between the Department of Social Welfare and the VECs,let's hope they do a better job with the huge billion euro FAS budget and take control quickly so that a zombie FAS doesn't continue like the zombie health boards for years after the HSE's creation.