QQI and Hong Kong Education Bureau Co-Operation

QQI nad Hong Kong Education Bureau sign MOUQuality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) and the Education Bureau of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region Government (HKSARG) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)for cooperation in the area of qualifications frameworks.

The two agencies are responsible for quality assurance in education and training in their respective countries. Under the terms of the MOU the agencies will cooperate in the development and understanding of qualifications frameworks.

The MOU was signed on 23 September 2016 by the Deputy Secretary for Education, Mr Brian Lo and QQI’s Director of Quality Assurance, Mr Brian Maguire. The signing ceremony was witnessed by the Permanent Secretary for Education, Mrs Marion Lai, and the Deputy Consul General of Ireland in Hong Kong, Ms Isobel O’Connor.

“Today’s signing reflects a high level of mutual respect and confidence between our two organisations and a shared commitment to quality learning experiences for our students. We hope that working together we can increase recognition of qualifications in both countries to facilitate transparency and mobility,” said Dr Maguire.

This MOU will build on the results of a joint project carried out by the EU Commission and the Education Bureau, which compared the Hong Kong Qualifications Framework with the European Qualifications Framework. Understanding how these two frameworks relate to each other, makes it much easier to compare Hong Kong qualifications to those in other European countries. The results of this comparability study were published in March 2016 and can be found here.

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Erasmus Learning Area Launched at Botanic Gardens

erasmus plusUnder the Erasmus Plus Scheme Ireland currently sends over 3,000 students on study and work abroad schemes each year drawn from 35 higher education institutions. In excess of 7,000 students come to Ireland on similar activities each year.

“50,000 students from Ireland have participated in the EU’s study and work abroad programme since 1987” according to Higher Education Authority (HEA) Chairman Michael Horgan. Speaking at the launch of the Erasmus Learning Area at the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin Mr. Horgan added “The Erasmus+ programme has played a vital role in improving the cultural awareness and employability of Irish graduates as well greatly facilitating collaborative opportunities between academic and technical staff in this country and their colleagues across the continent of Europe – all essential elements in the internationalisation of higher education in this country.”

The new facility at the Gardens provides a horticultural learning space mainly targeted at primary school children and is a joint venture between the Erasmus+ National Agency at the HEA and the Office of Public Works. It was officially opened on Friday 23 September 2016 by Mairéad McGuinness MEP and Vice-President of the European Parliament.

Speaking at the event Ms McGuinness said “The Erasmus+ programme is a great example of European cooperation. Young people have the opportunity to get to know their peers across Europe, making connections that last them a lifetime. As the EU comes under pressure, it is programmes like Erasmus+ that remind us of the value of European integration. And we must work to make sure it is as inclusive in practice as in principle. In that regard, I have worked to ensure that the needs of students with disabilities are addressed when participating in Erasmus+.”

Ms Felicity Gaffney of the National Botanic Gardens commented “Having a dedicated space for education in the gardens will help us further develop our education programmes. There is increasing evidence of the disconnect that our young people are experiencing with regards to nature, it is our ambition that with the development of this new garden, we will be able to deliver an expanded education programme which will provide children with a more hands on experience in the gardens and develop a deeper and more meaningful connection with soil and nature.”

For more information about Erasmus Plus visit the Erasmus website at http://www.eurireland.ie/

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Massage Training Courses

massage coursesMassage therapy is an effective drug-free way to reduce stress, promote well-being, to help rehabilitation after injury, and to complement sports training. An increasing number of people are realising the benefits of massage therapy and the demand for massage therapists is on the rise. Therapists are employed with sports teams, in sports and leisure centres, health clubs, hotels and spas, and in all areas of the care industry. Many graduates have also successfully set up their own practice from a private clinic or from home.

Massage courses provide students with a thorough understanding of human anatomy and physiology, the theory of massage, client care, and business and professional conduct. Many of the courses take place in the evenings or at weekends. After completion, graduates are eligible to join professional organisations like the Irish Message Therapists Association for support, and can also continue their education, obtaining additional certification in different massage techniques such as Indian head massage or sports massage.
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Institutes that offer training towards these qualifications include The Natural Healing Centre, The Tree of Life Holistic Centre, Motions Fitness, Image Fitness Training, and the Institute of Massage and Sports Therapy.

In Dublin, Galway and Cork City, Image Fitness Training offers an ITEC level 3 sports massage course. Participants will be equipped to deal with sports and fitness clients and provide massage to aid and speed up recuperation from strenuous sports activities.

Motions Health and Fitness Training in Dublin offer the ITEC diplomas in both Holistic Massage and Sports Massage. The ITEC diploma in Sports Massage teaches massage for injury and training. Each of the diploma programmes are offered on a part-time basis at the Palmerstown Sports Complex in Dublin and take place on Wednesday nights starting in October and finishing with examinations in May.

The Institute of Massage and Sports Therapy in Annacotty, County Limerick and Galway City offers the ITEC Diploma in Holistic Massage as well as several others including a Sports Injury Therapy Course and a Sports Equipment Diploma. All courses are run on a part-time basis, from September to June for two years, running on Saturdays or Sundays in Galway and Annacotty.

The National Training Centre (NTC) offers a national qualification to provide full body holistic and relaxation massage to the general public. Students study the foundational concepts of massage including: posture, draping, positioning, hygiene and massage techniques. The course is run in mornings and also as an evening course for those with busy schedules.

For other massage training and fitness training options, check out our Sports Massage course listings on Findacourse.ie

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Taking a Gap Year

gap yearA gap year is a deferred year of study, usually taken between second and third levels of education. However it can also be taken during a college course for reasons such as lack of funding, accommodation issues or other reasons. Sometimes a gap year taken during a college course allows a student to catch up on areas of the course they may be struggling with or to gather funding to enable them focus more completely on study for the remainder of the course without financial struggles.

A Gap year before embarking on third level can be that necessary bridge to enlightenment and maturity for young adults before hitting college life. It can also be used if CAO choices did not work out as planned and the student wishes to choose an alternative CAO course for the following year. For students who may have financial worries, a year out may be a good opportunity to set aside funds for education in the years ahead. Whatever the reason, good planning is a must and with the right plan in place, it could one day be the talking point to get you that much sought after position and sometimes it reveals to ‘gappers’ a career that is for them as opposed to their subsequent ill-thought out one. A gap year can be a positive addition to your C.V as it often demonstrates independence and diligence (if you fill the year well).

A gap year can include a multitude of activities and experiences. Generally gap years will take the form of either travel, volunteer work (charity work), paid work or supplementary study (for example a one year pre-nursing course might be advantageous if planning to go the nursing route). A gap year can give the opportunity to take time out to do something that might not normally be possible. Some students may be forced into looking at taking a gap year if the offers are not taking them in the direction they are looking for. This is preferable to taking a course that might not be suitable and lead to drop out. With high drop out rates on many courses in first year of college, it is preferable to take a year out before college and reapply for a course that will hold more interest for the student. If a student does drop out in first year, they will not qualify for any funding if applying again so it is important to bear this in mind.

Of course, being away from education can be frowned upon and there are those that might never go back to a formal education setting after taking a year out – but they would be in the minority.

Why take a Gap Year?

  • Working in Ireland or abroad can be a good opportunity to raise cash to be more financially secure when entering college as the registration fees, book costs, living expenses are rising each year (and college grants do not cover everything).
  • A chance to help those less fortunate or worthy causes. Whether helping children, animals or rainforests, just one individual can make a big difference.
  • A chance to travel and experience new cultures. Living and working alongside local people will really let you into the heart and soul of any country. This might be a good time to try teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL).
  • A gap year can promote self-confidence and self-esteem if used wisely.
  • A chance to reassess CAO options and reappply for courses more suiting to interests and points achieved, It might also be wise to look into UCAS options for the year ahead if taking the year out for reapplication reasons.

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With agencies available to plan your gap year, many parents/guardians see both the safety surrounding them and the benefit of the year out in the long term. If you do source an agency to help you plan your gap year; ensure that the work they do is genuinely helpful, or is it just a profit-making venture? The huge growth in the gap-year market has given rise to some spurious schemes that can do more harm than good, according to Voluntary Service Overseas, an international-development charity. VSO has warned that badly planned, so-called ‘voluntourism’ schemes could have a negative impact on young people and the communities they worked with. One reputable agency is European Voluntary Service (EVS), funded by the European Commission, offers young people the opportunity to do voluntary work in other European countries. Unlike many other gap-year schemes, the scheme does not require volunteers to pay a fee.

There is always the option to spend your gap year in Ireland and to work here. Some students take on paid jobs in order to get work experience and to make themselves financially secure before going into college. As they say on the underground in London when disembarking: “Mind the gap”. Three words of caution that are worth taking on board if taking a year out.

Author: Catriona Lowry

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Stepping onto The National Framework of Qualifications

National Framework of Qualification - NFQIf you are a student progressing onto third level or perhaps you are a mature learner who is thinking of returning to learning to either up-skill or take your training to the next stage; the National Framework of Qualifications is there to assist you – making both education and training easier to understand in terms of qualifications and progression. The National Framework, which is in place since 2003, is also recognised by employers and it assists them in understanding your level of learning and training. In addition, this framework provides a mechanism to compare and contrast qualifications. It has the added benefit in ensuring that whatever course you undertake that quality is guaranteed and that it is recognised both at home and abroad.

At the centre of the NFQ rationale is the learner. It allows you the learner to formally position yourself and your current level of educational attainment onto this frame, whilst indirectly encouraging you to progress further ‘up the framework’. Simply explained; the NFQ is a ‘fan diagram’ and it is made up of ten different levels. Each level stands for certain standards of competencies in terms of skills, training and knowledge acquired. This 10 level structure comprises qualifications gained in the workplace, the school, the community, training centres, colleges and universities, from basic to advanced levels of learning. On completion of any level, a specific award is made at that level of learning. The National Qualifications Authority of Ireland (NQAI) overlook the Framework and its’ development.

Everything from the Junior Cert, The Leaving Certificate, QQI awards, are all included in the Framework. All qualifications in the NFQ are quality assured, ensuring that you ‘the learner’ can have confidence that your course and the institution at which you are studying, are continually monitored. Quality assurance is intended to ensure that all learners have a high quality learning experience regardless of what college or training provider you are studying with – therefore setting a certain standard that has to be met by educators and trainers in the delivery of programmes.

There is also a very important European and International dimension to the NFQ, which is very important from a learner’s perspective. All qualifications in the NFQ are recognised at home and abroad. It is essentially akin to an educational passport with your qualifications on this framework recognised internationally. The NFQ is used to compare Irish qualifications with foreign qualifications. It acts as a mechanism for Irish citizens travelling abroad who wish to use their Irish qualifications in the pursuit of employment, for example. In addition, those travelling to Ireland with qualifications gained abroad can use the NFQ to have these qualifications measured and recognised.

As an employer and/or recruiter, the NFQ is there to assist you in the comprehension of the education and training system in Ireland, so that you can employ and develop a workforce that possess the necessary skills needed for your own business success. In fact the NFQ is a workplace resource, which can help you to;

  • Stipulate the level of  competencies required for vacancies in the recruitment process
  • Evaluate qualifications presented: the NFQ can widen the amount of suitable applicants as individuals with comparable qualifications to those required and those with comparable foreign qualifications can be considered for positions
  • Avail of a free of charge service called ‘Qualifications Recognition’, which provides employers with a way of comparing and contrasting foreign qualifications with qualifications within the Irish system. The European and International dimensions of the NFQ, and its connection to the European Higher Education Area & the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) help you make sense of foreign qualifications

The NQAI hosts the National Europass Centre in Ireland, which is an initiative that aims to help people state their skills and qualifications clearly in a way that is universally understoodnfq

The 10 levels of the NFQ are based on specified learning outcomes. Learning outcomes and the clarity provided by the NFQ regarding progression opportunities helps you to plan your educational needs and objectives. With the NFQ overlooking quality assurance along with supporting the development and certification of all learning wherever it takes place including the workplace; the learner is put at ease regarding their course or training that they are undertaking. It is also a welcome to know that even in-company training can lead to nationally and internationally recognised qualifications and therefore employees are rewarded for their participation in continuous professional development programmes.

Returning to education or training can be challenging, but with the National Framework of Qualifications as your starting point, you will be reassured knowing that you are about to undertake a course that is both recognised and quality assured.

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Catriona Lowry

 

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Courses Suited to E-Learning

courses suited to e-learningEducation via the internet provides exciting opportunities for both educators and learners. The internet and World Wide Web have made the computer a dynamic and credible force in distance education, providing a new and interactive means of overcoming time and distance to reach learners. Education is now completely accessible, regardless of your age and geographical location. Points or previous educational attainment is not necessary for entry to the majority of courses on offer.

Whilst there is much qualitative and quantitative research that indicates the benefits and success rates in e-learning. The most recent research concluded that students’ learning styles were statistically significant for knowledge performance. Indicators do show how e-learning is more suitable for those with a certain learning style. Yes, some of us learn better in the traditional ‘chalk and talk’ setting, whilst there are others who can learn independently and don’t necessarily need the interaction and environment that the typical classroom provides. We call these students ‘thinkers and doers’. Learning styles do determine how we learn best.  It doesn’t necessarily mean you won’t be able to cope with an e-learning course if you are a ‘traditionalist’. However, you might have to put in that little bit of extra work though, to stay focused, interested and motivated. Regardless of the findings – testing yourself is the key to ensuring that new information goes into the long-term memory!

There is another issue when it comes to e-learning courses and the individual learner. There are some courses that are more suited to e-learning compared to others on offer. If a course heavily relies on demonstration or practical work – then you might want to consider the practicalities of doing the course on-line. This should not prove vital in the majority of courses as nearly all e-learning courses are supported with visual components for the course; videos, animations, on-line tutor support etc.
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There are a lot of employers and managers who value e-learning and what it can offer their workforce. For example, many directors of corporate training believe that web-based learning is the future method for their training programmes. They believe that if you want to improve the skills, knowledge and performance of your employees, e-learning offers an excellent opportunity for consistent and reusable learning resources for employees. E-learning can have a key role to play in management training, especially for those who are already experienced in their role. Those with confidence in their abilities are able to learn best when they can progress at their own pace. Click here to view some online management training courses on Findacourse.ie.

There is no doubt that e-learning plays a huge part in providing up-skilling when there is a skills deficiency in the workforce or if you want to equip yourself with certain knowledge/skills if you are going for a new position and you lack one certain skill. An example of this is: if you are going for a teaching position with a requirement to have knowledge of challenging behaviour – Portobello Institute have a range of such courses (click here to view examples) you can do an e-learning course with Portobello Institute via their eportobello.com department of their Institute.

With legislation constantly changing in areas like health & safety and in relation to childcare; e-learning allows you to complete relevant modules as required and as they are up-dated. Currently in Ireland the minimum qualification required to work in childcare is QQI Level 5. If you are not in a position to commit to a full-time course – an e-learning course might be your only option to give you essential knowledge and documentation to gain employment in this area. If you are an existing child-care worker but you do not have the official accreditation, choosing to do an on-line course is ideal for you, as you are already aware of specific terminology and practices that will make up the course content.

The QQI Level 5 Care Provision and Practice course from CMIT is an excellent example of a course translated into a credible e-learning course. The course is ideal for all people who currently work within childcare, residential home care or institutional care for adults. Students have 24×7 access to CMIT eLearning for the duration of the course. This includes a comprehensive Course Manual, Video, Quizzes and personalised Tutor Support. The course documentation for this QQI certified course is detailed and easy to read. You will also be able to upload assessments online and receive online feedback. You can use the eLearning system from any computer that has internet access. Click here to view other distance learning Childcare courses on Findacourse.ie.

ICT and computers is another area suitable to e-learning. The most suitable, are those that are quite basic to teach and are very structured to ensure learning is possible. There are also more advanced courses suitable for those with knowledge of IT systems but be aware of the level you are at before attempting an advanced IT course online. These courses are ideal for those competent in IT, who would not have a problem coping with extensive technical language specific to this area. Click here to view some online computer course listings.

Hair and Beauty is another category of training suited to online learning. There are many skills and new techniques that can be displayed online via videos and images. These can be practiced at home and are especially suited to those starting out in the industry or looking to pursue a hobby in this area. Some of the online courses available include, beauty therapy, nail technician courses, fashion styling and hairdressing. Click here to view some examples of online hair and beauty courses.

Remember, an e-learning course can add power to your CV and open up a world of employment opportunities. It shows your current or future Prove employers that you have the commitment to study and to up-skill. It shows committed to developing your role. It allows you to meet and exceed the requirements for job vacancies and hopefully stand out from other job applicants.

The following link provides more information on e-learning courses and training providers – www.findacourse.ie/courses/distance-learning

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September 2016 E-News Bulletin

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Education NewsAutumn Options for Part Time Learners
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Autumn is largely associated with the return to school. Many of us remember the apprehension of giving up our freedom enjoyed during Summer holidays to return to school corridors and routines. If your school days are behind you, it might be time to replace those experiences with more positive ones. September and October are jam-packed with exciting opportunities to sign up to new learning experiences with many evening courses and part time classes on offer throughout the country.

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Featured Educator Dorset College Dublin
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Dorset College Dublin offers a wide range of Academic and Career focused courses. These courses are Accredited by QQI (Quality and Qualifications Ireland). The courses include Business Studies Degree Programmes Level 6, 7 and 8, BSc in Computing and Multimedia level 7, JAVA Programming Special Purpose Award at Level 7, Computing and IT Essentials Special Purpose Award at Level 6.

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BA in Community and Family Studies

BA in Community and Family Studies, Distance Learning – October 1st

Interested in the community and voluntary sector? Then this part-time course could be for you! The BA in Community and Family Studies is a four-year, part-time distance learning course. Students are awarded a Diploma in Arts (NFQ Level 7) in Community and Family Studies upon successful completion of the first two years of the course. After four years, students are awarded a Bachelor of Arts in Community and Family Studies (NFQ Level 8).

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Administration Courses

Administration Courses, Swords, County Dublin

Administration is a popular career choice for people of all ages and backgrounds. It is a rewarding career choice with a variety of routes for progression, and it’s a simple industry to enter with no previous experience. What counts in administration is having the right skill set and understanding to dive straight into your new role. Which is why career training courses are a highly popular option for those looking to kick-start their administrative career.

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Event Management QQI Level 6

Event Management QQI Level 6, October 2016

The Diploma in Event Management is 11 weeks in duration. Classes are held once a week, off dame street, Dublin 2. Course is also offered through Distance learning. CMI have been delivering Event Management courses since 2004 and bring over 40 years of event management experience. Many past students now successfully work in event management, festival organising, wedding planning, and conference management.

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Manual and Computerised Bookkeeping Award using QuickBooks

Manual and Computerised Bookkeeping Award using QuickBooks, Galway – 26th September

This course provides learners with knowledge of manual bookkeeping systems and procedures. It aims to equip the learner with the skills to set up and maintains a computerised accounts systems. This course can be delivered using QuickBooks, Sage or Big Red Book Accounting software.

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Category Focus Fitness and Health
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Interested in becoming a Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer or Nutritionist? If so then why not check out the Findacourse.ie Fitness and Health Course Listings Page. Fitness and Health features and articles can be viewed on our Fitness Features Page.
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Many of us associate the word ‘Java’ with coffee and coffee houses. However, if one was to scan through any number of job sites – Java is a frequently occurring word in the list of job vacancies. So what is Java? Created in the early 90s for Sun Microsystems, it is the underlying technology that powers state-of-the-art programmes including utilities, games and business applications. You might not know this, but Java actually runs on more then 850 million personal computers worldwide..

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Open days can be a great way of evaluating a college and getting a flavour of what you can expect in term of facilities, location and class tutors. See a selection of upcoming open days and open evenings on Findacourse.ie

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Part Time TEFL Course with NUI Galway, October 2016

nui galway tefl courseThe Centre for Adult Learning & Professional Development is offering a one year part-time Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

This course is suitable for:

  • Individuals who hold a degree and who would like to teach English as a foreign language abroad
  • Individuals who wish to teach English as a foreign language in ACELS recognised centres
  • Teachers who wish to teach English as a foreign language
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This course is designed to give students the necessary skills for effective TEFL teaching for a range of levels and student populations. It provides theoretical information in TEFL methodologies and language learning, practical language teaching skills through classroom activities, peer-teaching and observed teaching practice sessions with English as a foreign language (EFL) learners.

The course is delivered part-time, through blended learning. Teaching and learning methodologies consist of a broad range of activities, including: classroom-based lectures, practical workshops, online discussion groups, e-tivities, directed study, microteaching, project based learning, assignments and portfolio development. Throughout the course the methodologies of adult education are employed and emphasis placed on an integrative approach to both teaching and learning. All classroom activities take place on the NUI Galway campus.

To apply for this course, visit: http://www.nuigalway.ie/courses/adult-and-continuing-education-courses/tefl-pcert.html

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PCI College – Free Taster Days – September 2016

counselling open daysAre you interested in pursuing a career as a counsellor / psychotherapist? Have you always wondered if counselling is the profession for you and been keen to learn more about the process, the theories and skills of therapy? Or are you interested in personal development and keen to learn more about yourself; to understand how you have become the person you are through life’s experiences?

If so you can enrol now for the Counselling Taster Day which is an informative and fun way for you to explore PCI College and courses. Through experiential learning, you will be introduced to the three main elements of Counselling & Psychotherapy – personal development, counselling skills and theories & approaches to counselling. This Taster Day will also enable participants to get a flavour of the teaching style and environment on offer at PCI College.

Venues & Dates

Monday 5th September 6.00pm – 9.30pmPCI College, Dublin West, Corrig House, Clondalkin

Monday 5th September 6.00pm – 9.30pmCork Education Centre

Saturday 10th September 9.30am – 1.00pmPCI College Dublin City Centre, College House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2

Monday 12th September 6.00pm – 9.30pmButler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny

Wednesday 14th September 6.00pm – 9.30pmCarecall/NIAMH, 80 University Street, Belfast

More details about the counselling taster Day are available online at – http://www.pcicollege.ie/Counselling-Taster-Day

If you want more information now, or have if you have questions about the Taster Day or PCI College courses, call PCI College (ask for Lynn or Adam) at 01-464 2268 or email enquiries@pcicollege.ie

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Bronwyn Conroy Scholarship Programme

beauty courses dublinThe Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School has been at the forefront of beauty therapy training in Ireland for over 40 years and is renowned for the quality and professionalism of its students. The high esteem in which the Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School is held ensures that all graduating students are much sought after by employers within the beauty industry. It is no surprise that many past pupils have gone on to open highly successful beauty salons and schools, not only in Ireland but also across Europe, USA and as far afield as Australia and New Zealand.

Bronwyn Conroy are now once again offering a completely new Beauty Training qualification.  This is for Beauty students who are interested in obtaining the highest International Beauty qualification combined with the latest in advanced skin treatments. The Advanced skin care course combines all of the regular CIDESCO/CIBTAC qualifications combined with Advanced skin care consultation and processing, advanced chemical peel’s, micro-needling and culminating in the Level 4 Laser & IPL NVQ with VTCT.

“These combined qualifications offer the student unrivalled opportunities from a career viewpoint and ensure that upon leaving the College they are amongst the most highly qualified Beauty Therapists in the country,” said Anna Keely, Principal of Bronwyn Conroy. “Bronwyn Conroy are continually asked for advanced skin-care therapists by recruiters. 90% of our graduates will enter the workforce immediately after the 10 month programme and for that we are very proud.”

Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa – Scholarship & Full Time Position

Bronwyn Conroy are delighted to announce a new partnership with Powerscourt Hotel Resort & Spa, Enniskerry. ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel, which is managed by a Bronwyn Conroy graduate, have offered a wonderful opportunity for one CIDESCO student. Upon graduation, Powerscourt Hotel will offer a full-time position to one of the students and they will also refund 50% of the Course fees paid. This is a very unique offering for a Private Beauty College in Ireland and it demonstrates the recognition that Bronwyn Conroy students receive within the Beauty Industry in Ireland.

Commenting on the partnership, Kellie Ann Hayden, Spa Director at Powerscourt Hotel Resort and Spa said today: “We are delighted to launch this exclusive scholarship programme in conjunction with the Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School. We see this as a very unique opportunity to recognise the hard work, commitment and dedication of the most successful Bronwyn Conroy student, with an exciting career opportunity at ESPA at Powerscourt Hotel and a scholarship which includes a 50% refund of the course fees”

At Bronwyn Conroy the aim is to nurture passion for beauty while guiding students towards fulfilling, exciting employment. For a full list of classes on offer view course listings at – https://www.findacourse.ie/bronwyn-conroy-beauty-cg544.html

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August 2016 E-Bulletin Update

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Education NewsTax Free Incentive For Renting to Students
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Irish homeowners who rent a spare room to students can earn up to €12,000 tax free. Under Irish law, homeowner’s don’t have to pay tax on rental income from digs unless passing the cap of €12,000 in any tax year. The incentive has the potential to make a difference in the recent accommodation shortages which have plagued students trying to find housing in the capital and other high population areas.

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Featured Educator Irish Payroll Association
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For over a decade the Irish Payroll Association (IPASS) has been the leading provider of nationwide training and education on Payroll, VAT and a wide range of taxes. Established in 2000 it provides the only nationally recognised professional qualifications in Payroll and VAT which are accredited by the QQI( Quality Qualifications Ireland) , Level 6.

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Diploma in Computer Studies

Diploma in Computer Studies, Distance Learning

The Diploma in Computer Studies is a part-time programme of training and education leading to a professional qualification in Information Technology. The course is offered through distance learning supported by attendance at weekday tutorials at the IPA in Dublin.

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ITEC Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma

ITEC Level 3 Sports Massage Diploma, Galway, Limerick, Kilkenny

The main aim of the ITEC DIPLOMA in Sports Massage is to enable learners to gain the practical and theoretical skills necessary to provide Deep Tissue Massage and Sports Massage Therapy. Apply before 30th August 2016.

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Retail Pharmacy and Retail Sales Assistant

Retail Pharmacy and Retail Sales Assistant, September 2016 – Dublin

The emphasis for this course is on providing learners with specialist knowledge on over-the-counter medicines, beauty products, nutrition, customer services and retail selling. Learners are also provided with an opportunity to acquire skills in make-up application.The Medicines Counter Assistant (Heathcare and Babycare Products) is certified by the IPU. IPU exam takes place in April/May.

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Medical Secretary Diploma

Medical Secretary Diploma, Nationwide Locations

The Medical Secretary Diploma is a comprehensive training course that teaches all the vital skills needed to act as a link between patient and doctor. Students will learn to integrate the theory of highly technical medical terminology and complete a complex array of administrative and technical tasks, in the most accurate and timely manner.

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Category Focus Management
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If you are considering a career in management or perhaps feel that you are ready to take on more responsibility in your current position then a management course could help you learn some valuable techniques and set you in the right direction. There are a wide array of courses ranging from project management, event management, HR management and more. For more details view our Management Training courses page at www.findacourse.ie/management-courses-c25.html
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Are you looking for a career change? Making up lost time? Do you need a slip of paper to get that promotion, or maybe you want a new hobby, or to develop your language skills? Whatever your aims, you probably have too many responsibilities to drop everything and head off back to college.

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College Open Days
Open days can be a great way of evaluating a college and getting a flavour of what you can expect in term of facilities, location and class tutors. See a selection of upcoming open days and open evenings on Findacourse.ie

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Tax Free Incentive For Renting to Students

student accommodationIrish homeowners who rent a spare room to students can earn up to €12,000 tax free. Under Irish law, homeowner’s don’t have to pay tax on rental income from digs unless passing the cap of €12,000 in any tax year. The incentive has the potential to make a difference in the recent accommodation shortages which have plagued students trying to find housing in the capital and other high population areas.

This tax relief comes under the rent-a-room scheme and was introduced with the aim of increasing the availability of rented residential accommodation for students. Research has shown that more and more students are deferring college because they can’t find a place to rent.

What are the facts on the tax relief for digs?

Homeowners cannot avail of tax relief for digs on private rental accommodation, only in the place of primary residence. There is no tax relief for digs on short term leases. For instance, renting the room out to a student over the course of a college year is covered but taking different people in every weekend is not.

Homeowners are exempt from paying tax on any rental income for digs unless passing the cap of €12,000 in any one tax year.

Rent-a-room relief will not affect mortgage interest relief or any exemption from Capital Gains Tax (CGT) if selling the home.

For students who may not consider digs as suitable accommodation it does have it’s benefits as highlighted by Cian Casey below..

“For the last three years I have been living in digs. For me digs was a great experience. For a student who was in and out of rented housing for two years previous it was a nice change. The reason I changed to digs was because no other type of landlords in Dublin were offering a college-year lease (c.9 months). I kept having to take a year-long lease. Until I discovered digs. The family I was living with were familiar with the student timetable so it worked out cheaper than rented accommodation. Simple things like having a conversation at the dinner table about the football matches at the weekend also added to it. As I go into my fourth year in digs, I feel happy recommending this kind of housing and hope that more people consider opening up their homes to students.”

To find out more information on Rent-A-Room Relief check out Revenue.ie.

To add a room on Homes.usi.ie click here – homes.usi.ie is an introductory service, matching students who need homes with people who need lodgers.

To list a room on Daft.ie click here.

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Apprenticeship Opportunities

apprenticeships in IrelandThe apprenticeship sector is currently undergoing a much needed overhaul, resulting in the establishment of the Apprenticeship Council and many new apprenticeship fields (More details of new apprenticeship fields at this link). The Construction Industry Federation have also recently launched a new website promoting opportunities in the construction industry. The website is called  www.apprentices.ie and gives detailed information about what a construction apprenticeship involves, whilst also allowing young people who are interested in seeking an apprenticeship, to create a personal profile that can be viewed by employers seeking to employ an apprentice.

Construction apprenticeship vacancies will be advertised on the site and there are presently a number of well established companies offering positions leading to successful careers in this sector.

Other recent apprenticeships being advertised include a new Financial Services Apprenticeship with Financial Services Ireland (FSI). 220 apprenticeships will be offered this September and FSI expects to deliver 1,000 placements by 2020. More details can be found at http://www.fsi.ie/Sectors/FSI/FSI.nsf/vPages/Training_and_skills~ifs-apprenticeships?OpenDocument

Another new apprenticeship option is the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship. Successful apprentices will be qualified accounting professionals employed throughout all levels of finance across the public sector, industry, private accountancy practices and self-employment. They will perform a wide range of roles including:

  • Bookkeeping
  • Financial Accounting & Budgeting
  • Costing & Credit Control
  • Payroll Administration
  • Tax Returns

More information about this opportunity can be viewed at http://www.accountingtechniciansireland.ie/Get_Started/Higher_Level_Apprenticeship_Programme/

To be eligible for an apprenticeship, applicants must be at least 16 years of age and are expected to have a minimum of grade D in 5 subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent exam. Alternatively applicants can also register as an apprentice with an employer subject to the following conditions:

  • Completion of an approved preparatory training course followed by an assessment interview. There is a specific preparatory training course available for people with disabilities
  • Over 18 years of age and posessing at least 3 years of relevant work experience, in which case applicants will also be asked to do an assessment interview.

Apprentices are paid the agreed Industrial Apprentice Wage Rate by the employer (the actual rate paid may vary depending on the occupation and employer). On successful completion of an apprenticeship an apprentice may be offered continued employment by the apprenticeship provider. Apprentices are also eligible for consideration for entry into related degree programmes provided by the Institutes of Technology providing he/she also meets other special entry requirements. Details of the higher education institutes offering progression from QQI Advanced Certificate – Craft to levels 7 and 8 are available on the QQI website. QQI.ie

 

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Part Time Courses

There are numerous options out there in terms of part-time education. Universities, Institutes of Technology, ETB’s, private college’s and various organisations throughout the country all run part time courses in some shape or form. The first thing to do is to decide if you want to do a course purely for interest purposes, or to improve your CV and gain a qualification.

part time courses, evening classes, Ireland

Part time courses usually run for 6 – 10 weeks and cost in the region of 60 – 120 euro. Don’t despair if you’ve missed the last round, there will usually be other courses on offer again soon, and some organisations run classes all year round.

If you are looking for a course to improve your skills or develop your career, there are also plenty of alternatives. Most Universities and Institutes of Technology offer adult and continuing education courses from Certificate to Degree and Post Graduate Level. In addition there are numerous private colleges throughout the country offering courses in anything from law to counselling to computing.

Modes of study and attendance will vary, depending on the college but most are designed to accommodate people in full-time employment and usually offer evening or week-end classes. If you don’t want to attend at all then another option is online or distance learning. Check out Kilroys College or CMIT to name just a few.

It’s all about second chance education these days, so most colleges are flexible in terms of meeting part-time student needs. To that end many courses are offered on a credit basis, which means you get a certain amount of ‘points’ for each section or module of a course you complete. With this method of learning you can progress at your own pace, and work towards your qualification bit by bit. This option is often known as the ACCS mode (Accumulation of Credits and Certification of Subjects) and allows students to study a portion of a full-time programme in a part-time mode.

Another study mode worth noting is the APL mode (Accreditation of Prior Learning) which is a method of assessing a person’s prior learning in relation to particular modules in a course. Basically a college will look at what you have already done in previous studies or through work experience, and decide if you are eligible for credits or exemptions on the course you want to study.

Chances are that no matter what and how you want to study, there will be a college willing to accommodate you. There are a couple of things worth bearing in mind though:

Part-time education costs money – an ECDL for example costs upwards of €500 while a degree will generally cost much more. There is little state funding or grants available for part-time education, though college fees are tax deductable. If you are hesitant at the idea of paying full fees, consider it as an investment in your future. Also, shop around for options – some colleges for example offer courses which are part funded by Solas.

If you are looking for a course to improve your career options, make sure the qualification you receive upon completion is nationally recognised. There are many courses and qualifications out there which are only recognised by the college offering them. Whilst this can be useful if learning for personal benefit it may not be so beneficial for further study or career progression, therefore it is always a good idea to ask who accredits the course.

Follow this link to find Evening courses and Part time education on Findacourse.ie

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The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, NUI Galway, offers an extensive range of professional, part-time and evening courses. Anyone interested in part time learning is invited to the NUI Galway Information Evening on Wednesday 15th June (5:30-7:30pm) in the Orbsen Building on NUI Galway campus.

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