QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland) is a state agency established by the Quality Assurance and Qualifications (Education and Training) Act 2012 with a board appointed by the Minister for Education and Skills. QQI now carry out the functions previously conducted by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC). QQI is the national body responsible for awards and standards in Ireland. One of its areas of responsibility is the further education sector. QQI (FETAC) awards offer more opportunities than ever to learners, opening doors to new and better jobs or to further and higher education and training through a vast array of learning and training programmes. QQI (FETAC) awards are placed within the National Qualifications Framework which means that QQI awards are nationally and internationally recognised thereby affording QQI holders more opportunities to access, transfer and progress into higher education institutes and universities.