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Gerry Ryan, a native of Clonmel, is a graduate of the Irish Military College and served in the Army, retiring in 1969. He obtained a B Comm and M Econ Sci from UCD. He was a staff member at AnCO, and later of Fas, and managed training centres in Waterford, and an Ballyfermot, Dublin.

He headed an AnCO team, set up in 1972, which carried out the first major review of the Irish apprenticeship system, and was manager of AnCO's Apprenticeship Services Division from 1975 to 1986.

He took part in the development of the Youth Employment Agency's 'Youthreach' programme, and had charge of the first 'Jobsearch' programme.

He was appointed by Fas International to two teams which acted as training consultants to the Czech, Slovak and Bulgarian Republics.

Following his retirement in 1989, he completed a comprehensive study of the history of apprenticeship in Ireland, at University College, Maynooth, for which he obtained his PhD.

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