A career academy is a private school that offers professional coaching, technical education and training to students and staff from the age of 16.
It also offers opportunities for pupils to attend university or study a trade, such as medicine, law or business.
The academy has the backing of the government, the Department of Education and Skills and the National Association of Schools and Colleges.
The National Academy of Career Academies, a trade association that represents some of the country’s top companies, said in a statement that it had received a call from the Department asking for support.
The statement said the National Academy was “disappointed that the Government’s proposal to restrict the availability of GAA career academy schools is on the table at the moment”.
It added that it was “troubled” that it would be “premature” for the government to provide support for a program that was already “in place”.
The association said it had not been consulted about the proposed restrictions, which it said would be a “major blow” to vocational training.
It has urged the Government to make sure the GAA was a “career centre of excellence”.
The GAA has faced criticism for not following the profession’s own codes of conduct and standards of behaviour.
A review of the current policies by the Institute of Career Development, which is the body that oversees the GAB, found that they were not adequately protecting the interests of the profession.
It said the GAE was “no longer a fully accredited career school, nor has it maintained an accreditation status for more than a decade”.
In May, a senior GAA official told the GIB’s annual conference that the institution was “absolutely focused on delivering a service that delivers the best outcome for the future of the sport in Ireland”.
“Our focus has been on getting the right people through the doors, making sure that we are providing the right quality of coaching, so that we have the right coaching and education to develop the best young people in the country,” the official, who asked not to be named, said.
The official added that the current system was “inhumane”.
“It is no longer a profession in the way that it is today, it’s a service,” the GIA official said.