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DIFE awarded Best Further Education Provider for a second year


DIFE Principal, Davy McDonnell, and Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee

DIFE Principal, Davy McDonnell, and Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee

DIFE Principal, Davy McDonnell, and Minister for Justice, Helen McEntee


Drogheda Institute of Further Education has been awarded Best Further Education Provider in Ireland, recognising the college’s outstanding overall performance and excellence at the 2021 Education Awards.

This is the second consecutive year the college has been named as the overall winner in this category. This award highlights excellence in the provision of further education and is open to all providers of further education and training in Ireland. 

Applicants are judged based on a set of criteria including innovation, learning outcomes, infrastructure, teaching and research standards, student experience, employment statistics alumni relations, and development. 

Principal of DIFE, Davy McDonnell said, “winning this award for the second year is an amazing achievement. It is a great recognition of the hard work and dedication of our wonderful teaching staff in DIFE. Our ambition is to be the leading provider of further education in Ireland and our teachers work tirelessly each year to ensure the best educational experience and outcomes for our students.”

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DIFE offers over 50 full times further education courses, with nearly 1,000 students in its Drogheda, County Louth campus. DIFE is a dedicated FET college, established in 2003 and is the largest provider of Post Leaving Certificate courses in the North East Region providing Further Education courses to school leavers and adults returning to education. 

Courses on offer range from Art, Design and Technology, Business Humanities and IT, Sports, Leisure and Tourism, along with Applied Science and Community and Healthcare. The college has also launched nine new courses for the prospective year, with further information provided on their website. 

An influx of people are choosing to study a one-year full time course in DIFE, enabling them to up-skill and gain relevant industry qualifications, allowing them to progress to apprenticeships and degree courses in University, or alternatively permitting them to progress directly to employment. 

A major benefit to DIFE courses is the opportunity for students to go out on work placements, allowing students to make an informed career decision and network with local employers in the region. 

Applications for the 2022/2023 academic year are currently open. Check out their website, www/dife.ie for further information on college courses and how to apply.