Around a third of adults who took up fulltime further education with the Kerry Education and Training Board went straight into employment.
That’s according to a major telephone survey carried out with almost 700 people engaged with Kerry ETB as part of National College Awareness Week.
Kerry Education and Training Board was established in July 2013 following an overhaul of the sector to include training previously delivered by FAS.
Kerry ETB has over 10,000 adult learners and more than 3,000 full time students enrolled in eight second level schools and post leaving certificate colleges.
This study shows that participation in further education is getting people jobs, especially in rural Kerry, as well as places on university and institute of technology courses.
Close to a half of all Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) students go on to further or higher education.
Tralee had the youngest population, while a quarter of PLC learners in Listowel were over the age of 40 and in Caherciveen half of all PLC learners were over 40 years, reflecting the demographic makeup of the county.
The study also found that young males under 26 were more likely to enter employment whereas as females of this age were more likely to progress to further or higher education.