Getting into Advertising

advertising and marketing coursesHow many times have you watched a commercial and said: ‘I could do better than that’? How many times have you passed by a billboard and found yourself commenting on the use of colour, model or product. Advertising is an area that many people have an opinion on, but only a small percentage of these commentators follow on these opinions with study and specialisation in this area.

So, which group do you fall into? The couch commentator or the person who professionally wants to play a part in delivering promotions to the public. An advertiser usually hires an advertising agency or a professional freelancer to help them identify prospective customers, create the advertising, buy the broadcast (television, radio) time and print space (magazine, newspaper, and outdoor) to carry the advertising work that consumers see in order to sell their product.

First things first, you have to be creative, articulate, confident and have that ‘outside of the box thinking’ – depending on which section of the advertising business you want to specialise in. If the creative side of advertising is not you – and if you don’t see yourself as a copywriter, a creative director or art director; there are plenty of other types of people involved in a successful ad campaign that don’t actually create the ads. Account executives, traffic managers, media co-ordinators, media directors, researchers and other ‘non-creatives’ work in the advertising industry. These people are just as crucial to a client’s successful ad campaign as the creatives who develop the campaign’s concept. For example: as an account executive, your role is to liaise between the client and the creative department.

At the end of the day, advertising is salesmanship. It can make the difference between business success and failure. It is a cost-efficient way of telling buyers what is for sale and what the product’s features are. Advertising is art and science, show-business and just plain business, all rolled into one. And it employs some of the brightest and most creative economists, researchers, artists, producers, writers, and business people in the country today.

It is well known, that an advertising campaign can make or break a company/product. Think Hunky Dorys, some years ago they ran a serees of ads featuring scantily clad women in GAA colours – even those who weren’t into the product talked about an advertising campaign that captured attention, imagination and controversy. That campaign garnered phenomenal amount of free editorial and radio time for the product – what every advertising agency wants to ensure client satisfaction.

Breaking into the business isn’t easy. Most jobs in advertising require a college degree. Internships and related work experience can be helpful. Retail selling experience is also excellent preparation.

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There are a number of colleges and course providers that you can turn to, in order to break into this competitive world:

The ICI Advertising program designed in conjunction with industry leaders helps you learn the skills you need to succeed in advertising/marketing quickly and conveniently. This is a Distance Learning course which will help you fast track your career into the Advertising Industry

The Communications and Management Institute run part-time diploma programmes offering nationally and internationally recognised awards. The Diploma in Marketing, Public Relations, Sales and Advertising is a highly rewarding course which is designed for individuals with no prior experience in these areas. It is also suited to marketing, public relations, sales or advertising executives who wish to upgrade their qualifications. It is an excellent choice for anybody interested in adding new skills and qualifications to their CV or who wish for a career change or to gain employment.  84% of graduates have gained employment or a promotion as a result of doing the course. Unlike standard courses, this course has double accreditation and successful graduates will receive an International  ICM Diploma in Marketing, PR, Advertising & Sales and a national Marketing Communications FETAC level 6 Component Award.

There are also a number of CAO courses, where Advertising forms part of the programme. One of these is the four year program on offer at the Institute of Technology, Tallaght. The BA (Honours) in Advertising and Marketing Communications is an Honours Degree (NFQ level 8). The content has been designed after in-depth consultation with industry leaders and academic advisors in Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Yes, it’s true, you can make a lot of money working in advertising but not everyone makes the cut! A majority of people working in the field started at the bottom rung of the ladder, interning for free, possibly even making minimum wage just to get their start in the industry. Remember, you might not get that office with a view, straight away.

Having a qualification in advertising could take you into many different fields and exciting careers apart from working for Advertising agencies. You could also gain employment in Public relations agencies, Marketing departments or perhaps work in-house for a magazine or retail chain.

The advertising Industry is one of the most exciting industries to work in – provided of course, that you stand the test of time to make it into your area of interest, and perhaps to a prestigious office with that all-important view!

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Education NewsThe Difficulties Of Choosing the Right Third Level Course
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Recent research has shown a high dropout rate of one in six students within the first year of their third level course (HEA report). The reasons behind this attrition rate are not as clear cut as they seem with many students dropping out not due to lack of ability but due to dissatisfaction with their chosen course. While it is not unknown for students to switch courses mid-stream or decide that third level education is not for them, it appears that student’s discontent with their chosen course is the more pressing concern.

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Stillorgan College of Further Education is a specialist centre for Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) and Further Education courses. It has developed an enviable reputation for its delivery of Further Education and Adult Education programmes. The college is hosting an open day on 9th March for anyone considering PLC courses in South Dublin..

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This distance learning course teaches the key skills to effectively supervise and manage an early childhood education setting. The objective of this QQI accredited childcare course is to provide students with opportunities to acquire the knowledge, skills and attitude necessary to effectively supervise an early childhood education and care facility. The course aims to promote good practice, equality and respect for diversity in early childhood education and care.

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Platinum Personal Trainer Course

Platinum Personal Trainer Course, Dublin, Cork, Galway – March 28th

The Platinum Personal Training package is designed for those who want a complete package to work in any gym or travel the world. The aim of this program is to give you all the tools needed to get the head start in interview and get you working as soon as possible. This course package takes 17 weeks + one week examinations. Two days per week. 10:00 – 4:30pm. (Evening options also available) 3 qualifications received.

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French Level 1

French Level 1, Dublin City, March 7th

For absolute beginners (students who have no previous knowledge of the language). The Sandford Language Institute has been running courses in French since 1989. The tutors are native speakers and qualified teachers, teaching the communicative use of the language and making it as relevant as possible to every day situations. All of the main language skills of Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking and Use of language (Grammar) are developed in class.

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Java Programming Certificate Part Time, Dublin City – 5th March

The Certificate in JAVA Programming Special Purpose Award is designed to produce graduates with detailed knowledge and understanding of intermediate and advanced concepts in procedural and object-oriented software development and Java programming. Upon successful completion the programme, students are awarded the QQI level 7 Award: Certificate in Java Programming. (Special Purpose Award)

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In 2013, FETAC (now QQI) introduced a wide range of major awards with new features, many of which provide links to higher education through the CAO. These awards are part of a national awards system for further education and training known as the Common Awards System (CAS). A major award reflects a significant amount of learning and creates an opportunity for progression to higher education.

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The Difficulties of Choosing The Right Third level Course

third level choicesRecent research has shown a high dropout rate of one in six students within the first year of their third level course (HEA report). The reasons behind this attrition rate are not as clear cut as they seem with many students dropping out not due to lack of ability but due to dissatisfaction with their chosen course. While it is not unknown for students to switch courses mid-stream or decide that third level education is not for them, it appears that student’s discontent with their chosen course is the more pressing concern.

Education at higher level is now viewed as necessary for a successful career. Aspirations have changed throughout the years and while it was once common place for education to cease at secondary school level or even before, participation in third level education is now available to most students completing secondary level. While many socio economic circumstances have contributed to secondary level attrition rates, non-completion of third level education has in the past, largely been ascribed to lack of ability and poor performance rather than to any deficits in the course suitability.

Third level education entry criteria were traditionally based on an elitist model that benefited some students to the exclusion of others. The CAO points system means that only the highest performing students on points allocation will achieve places in the most popular courses. This also allows colleges to be selective about the students they enrol. By selecting high performing students on sought after courses, there is a good probability that those students will succeed on that course as demonstrated by their grades and CAO points. This however fails to take into account the suitability of these courses for those high points scorers. Whilst it is important to demonstrate the ability to study and succeed in exams, it is also important to have a genuine interest and ‘leaning’ towards the course chosen for third level study.

For a universal system, individual aptitude as well as ability needs to be taken into account to direct the student to the right course that suits their skill set and is meaningful to them. Students who are following the course that suits them are far less likely to drop out as their satisfaction levels and motivation will be high. A framework that guides students towards the right course and evaluates the skills learned along the way is essential to directing the student toward completion of third level education. If a student does decide not to progress with a given course, the framework should assess and validate the skills learned to date and guide the student towards a more beneficial course within or between colleges.

The Further Education sector seems to achieve more than the Higher Education system in terms of suitability and progression options. Students are eligible for a wide range of level 5 courses on successful completion of their Leaving Cert. They can study this course for one year with progression routes then available to several similar level 6 courses. Work experience is usually included so that students can ‘test the water’ before progressing further with their chosen area of study. Students can then decide whether they wish to enter the labour market or progress onto Higher Education. Progress to third level from further education can be either through advanced entry into the second year or through the CAO system into first year. This alternative route to third level is helpful to students who may not achieve enough leaving cert points for their chosen course, or are returning to education as a mature student. However it may also be a good route for those who wish to try a particular area of study for a year before continuing with studies either in this area or switching to an alternative route.

For students choosing third level courses the plethora of options may lead to some rash decisions. The important thing to remember is that satisfaction with area of study should play a large part in any decision making. It will be more rewarding to succeed in studies that mean something rather than continuing the points race onto third level and beyond. If undecided where study interests may lie then perhaps consult a guidance counsellor or complete some online aptitude tests to help in deciding the direction of interests and abilities. Always place your favourite courses at the top of the list regardless of your predicted points tally, as Nelson Mandela once said ‘May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears’.

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Third level education is viewed as the conventional route towards a successful career, but there are other routes to fulfilling careers as defined by a recently launched report. The new National Skills Strategy brings a long overdue alternative path to career options by setting ambitious goals of 50,000 training and apprenticeship places before the decade’s end. Bringing the vocational and apprenticeship path into the 21st century will ensure Ireland is aligned with other countries who have established high status vocational options in education.

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The Institute of Art, Design and technology in Dun Laoghaire offer a range of interesting and career focused programmes in a range of creative and technology based subject areas. The college offers a wide range of evening courses in addition to the large selection of third level and postgraduate options.

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The medical profession is a challenging sector where discretion, patience, sensitivity and an unwavering eye for detail are essential skills. This Medical Secretary Diploma is a comprehensive training course that will teach you all the vital skills you need to act as a link between patient and doctor. On the medical secretary training course you’ll learn to integrate the theory of highly technical medical terminology and complete a complex array of administrative and technical tasks.

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Irrespective of the business of a company or organisation it has a statutory obligation under the Safety Health and Welfare at Work Act 2005 to organise its operations to ensure the safety, health and welfare at work of its workforce.This one-day course will enable participants to identify the implications of the Act and the associated General Application regulations and understand the nature of their health and safety responsibilities.

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Part Time Beauty Therapy Diploma, Galway City

This Part Time Beauty Therapy course starts on 6th February 2016. It will be held every Saturday from 9.30am – 4.30am. This course leads to qualifications with international examination bodies ITEC and CIBTAC. Georgina Price offers this course three times per year – February (Saturday) – May (Monday) – October (Monday, choice of full day or Monday and Tuesday evening).

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The demand for high quality childcare continues to increase in Ireland and graduates in this sector are entering a flexible career with a wide range of placements to choose from. A level 5 Fetac award in Childcare could facilitate employment in creches, nurseries, playgroups and similar. For more details about Childcare courses view our Childcare Courses Category on Findacourse.ie or view our Childcare Articles Page at the following link – Childcare Articles
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With 7 universities, 14 Institutes of Technology, 5 Colleges of Education and various Independent Colleges to choose from; the CAO list of colleges can be overwhelming when you are trying to make a decision. Let’s have a look at some things to remember when you are making your decision that will help make the process of choosing that bit easier.

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Advancing Skills – New Apprenticeship Opportunities

new apprenticeships IrelandThird level education is viewed as the conventional route towards a successful career. However there are other routes to fulfilling careers as outlined by a recently launched report. The new National Skills Strategy brings a long overdue alternative path to career options by setting ambitious goals. These include 50,000 training and apprenticeship places before the decade’s end. Bringing the vocational and apprenticeship path into the 21st century will align Ireland with other countries who have established high status vocational options in education.

Historically, Irish apprenticeships have been mostly within the construction sector. During the Celtic Tiger boom times, there were almost 30,000 apprentices within this sector. Needless to say the ensuing crash caused a huge reduction in apprenticeship opportunities.

The overhaul of the system is timely considering that a recent Irish Times Report showed that one in six students are not progressing beyond the first year of third level education. Clearly, this contributes to the youth unemployment statistics of 20%. While there has always been a very high level of successful graduates from third level, over 40% of them are working in areas unrelated to their chosen college course.

At the same time, in an improving economy, there is a growing emphasis on skills to push the recovery onward. Widening the scope of the apprenticeship and vocational options will be one strand that can aid progress and provide attractive opportunities in areas such as IT, Science and Engineering.

Significant input and support from industry will be required and there must also be access routes back into education for the students following the apprenticeship options. One of the key points from the report is a recommendation for more alignment across further education and higher level education.

A new National Skills Council is aimed at bringing education and industry together. Directors will be appointed soon and this set up along with the other changes will align the worlds of education and industry more closely together.

The Further Education and Training Authority (SOLAS)) has reviewed the successful Swiss model of apprenticeship where the participation of 15 to 19 year old’s in apprentice schemes is 70%. However, this is a very different situation to Ireland, where a change of mind-set will be required. Traditionally, children from more affluent areas have progressed to third level courses regardless of whether they are suited to that level of education.

The decline in apprentice numbers from circa 30,000 in 2007 to just over 5,000 in 2013 shows that confidence has been lost in apprenticeships as a viable option. The message to be delivered is to demonstrate the clear cut progression of career development and academic achievement that can be attained with the new schemes. Apprenticeships are to be addressed not as internships or on-the-job training but as concentrated learning for specific occupations.

SOLAS are hoping that apprenticeships, by giving students learning and work experience, will result in a reduction of ‘dropouts’ from college. To support apprenticeships, there is a fund of €10 million, but there is also a need for sustained stakeholder investment which will include educators, central government and employers. Guidance counseling will be critical in schools to encourage the take up of the new opportunities. In the short term, an extra two hours per week per 100 students is to be implemented.

Apprenticeship Changes

Apprenticeships are associated with practical and technical careers in various areas: engineering, motoring, construction, electrical and printing. This year, new apprenticeships across 25 industry sectors will be launched. Software development, catering, travel, medical devices, warehousing, and plastics are just some of the options available. Apprenticeships will also be on offer at third-level as well as training and further education establishments.

Apprenticeship vs College

Many of the new apprenticeships will include college-based lectures. The higher education pathways will have intensive off job training, therefore the differences between apprenticeships and college courses will not be so marked.

Payment

Employers are responsible for paying apprentices and will set their own pay scales. Industry norms increase as the apprenticeship progresses and more details on some of the various industry norm rates can be viewed at – http://www.fas.ie/en/Allowances+and+Grants/Apprentice+Wages.htm

Application Process

This is currently a work in progress with the first apprenticeships under the new scheme due to come on stream in September 2016. Information will be rolled out to schools and guidance counselors alongside a proactive campaign.

The prospect of improving the available skill sets to industry via new types of apprenticeships is an exciting one and will broaden the options for those students who are not entirely suited to a purely academic education. The opportunities are ideal to encourage entrepreneurship, innovation and a desirable skill set for the growing economy.

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College Progression Rates Favourable But Low in Some Sectors

college progression ratesIn the fourth of a series, a new HEA report A Study of Progression in Irish Higher Education published in early January this year, focuses on the progression of students from their first year of study in 2012/13 to their second year of study in 2013/14.

The report shows that 84% of full-time undergraduate new entrants in 2012/13 progressed to their second year of study in 2013/14 – 16% did not progress.  This compares favourably internationally and it is also noteworthy that that this proportion has remained stable since 2007/08.  Overall, this is testament to the resilience of a sector which has accommodated rising student numbers while staff numbers and budgets have been cut substantially.  However, the fact remains that over 6,000 students did not progress.

Progression rates varied across the sector ranging from 26% and 28% at level 6 and 7 respectively compared to 11%, 17% and 6% at level 8 in universities, institutes of technology and colleges respectively.

Of particular concern are the above average non-progression rates in the fields of Construction and Related, Services, Computer Science and Engineering. Computer Science has the highest rate of non-progression at level 8 but this varies greatly between universities (15%) and institutes of technology (26%) as well as between institutions.

As was the case in previous reports, females have higher rates of progression than males across all levels and sectors.

The report confirms that there is a significant relationship between prior educational attainment (based on Leaving Certificate points) and progression rates.  While the overall non-progression rate is 16%, this rises to 34% for students who obtained between 255 and 300 points.  Only 7% of students who obtained between 555 and 600 points did not progress to the following year of study.

Mr Tom Boland, CEO of the HEA commented that ‘While the figures are stable over time and comparable with competitor countries, they are a source of concern. Further research into the issues surrounding student retention is necessary so that by understanding the causes we can deal with them. Issues of particular interest include the connection between academic preparedness of students and student engagement with college.  The impact and effectiveness of career guidance also merits attention as do the personal issues and experiences of students that contribute to drop out.  National policy already requires that a whole post second level approach is necessary, with a strong focus on the transition from school to college; more information to students and parents on the options available in further education as well as clear pathways from further to higher education’.

The full HEA report can be viewed at http://www.hea.ie/sites/default/files/hea-progression-irish-higher-education_final.pdf.

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January 2016 E-News Update

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Education NewsSpring Evening Classes
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Why not get your Spring off to a good start in 2016 with an evening course? Evening classes can improve your lifestyle, boost your career, or help in discovering a new hobby. The main motivation for engaging in evening courses are personal interest, enhancement of job prospects and gaining qualifications. Trying something new is not only affordable but is easily accessible through a broad spectrum of educational establishments who all offer evening course programmes beginning in January and February.

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Malahide Community School are offering some 50 Spring time courses to get 2016 off to a good start. All the courses that were popular last September are available once again. Upholstery and Pottery are re-appearing after an absence of a few years. Early booking is strongly advised for Woodcarving and Cookery classes as these courses are usually full well in advance of the walk-in enrolment night.

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Management Graduate Diploma

Management Graduate Diploma, Distance Learning

85% of people in the workplace using business skills need to think strategically and coordinate resources to maximise the potential in every task. Are you interested in acquiring strategic skills to help improve the way you currently work?. The new Management Diploma part time course at CMI allows you to take the next step in your career and realise your full potential

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Jewellery Making Course

Jewellery Making Course, Dublin

Designed and delivered by Irelands most successful Jewellery Course provider, Stacey Kemp Neilson. This 10 week jewellery course is packed full of on trend jewellery pieces to create and take home.Learn all the tricks of the trade to make, beautiful accessories, earrings, necklaces and bracelets. Try your hand at Loom Work, Bead Embroidery, Wire Work, Fine Bead Work and much more.

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Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness

Certificate in Exercise and Health Fitness, 1st February

This full time course is based in Energie Fitness, Clarendon St, Dublin 2.. It is one of the best fitness facilities in the City Centre and students get a unique educational, vocational and commercial experience in this venue. The course takes place on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday each week from 9.30am to 4.00pm. The next course starts 1 February 2016, The full time course is 4 months in duration.

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IT Customer Support

IT Customer Support, 16th January

This City and Guilds IT Customer Support – Customer Care (7267-402) Course is designed to enable candidates provide routine customer support to a range of Computer users. Learning Objectives include: – Providing technical information and customer support and customer service in response to customer care requirements Identifying potential improvements in the customers use of resources…

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Medical Secretary Diploma

Medical Secretary Diploma, Nationwide Locations

The medical profession is a challenging sector where discretion, patience, sensitivity and an unwavering eye for detail are essential skills. Our Medical Secretary Diploma is a comprehensive training course that will teach you all the vital skills you need to act as a link between patient and doctor. On this course you’ll learn to integrate the theory of highly technical medical terminology and complete a complex array of administrative and technical tasks

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Waste Management & Resource Minimization

Waste Management & Resource Minimization, March 2016

Many companies are unaware of the true cost of waste to their business. Implementing a structured waste minimisation programme saves on costs, in terms of wasted raw materials, energy, effort, waste disposal and handling and potential fines, as poor management can land an organisation on the wrong side of the law. It also improves the quality of the environment and an organisation’s business and public profile and heightens competitiveness.

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Are you interested in becoming an Accounts Technician? Maybe you would like to learn more about Credit Control or pursue a career in Human Resources. If so then check out our Business and Accounting Category for courses in these and other Business and Accounting related areas. For more information on business and accounting courses view our Business articles on Findacourse.ie
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Distance learning has become increasingly popular in recent years, however, the idea of distance learning is not all that new; there have been distance education programmes available in Ireland for over 25 years. These courses were print-based at the beginning, however, today it is easy to enrol in an online course, with the selection of subjects, colleges and courses, including degrees, greater than ever.

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Health and Safety Courses

health and safety coursesIt may come as a surprise how beneficial a health and safety course can be both to existing employees and job seekers. Every workplace has a legal requirement to provide qualified health and safety personnel, and if it comes down to you and another candidate for a job, the expense saved on that particular piece of training might well nudge the decision in your favour. Of course, it’s a logical thing to have under your belt, too: you never know when it may be of use.

There are several areas of safety that can be studied. Depending on the size and nature of a work place, there are legal requirement in place in Ireland governing first aid, stress management, manual handling and fire safety, so these are perhaps the primary ones to consider. First aid courses are readily available through organizations like the Irish Red Cross – www.redcross.ie or the Order of Malta – www.orderofmalta.ie. Depending on the course, you might spend an afternoon learning the basics of ABC first aid and the recovery position, or you might go into much more depth, qualifying to deal with a wide range of worst-case scenarios. Of course, the longer and stronger the course, the further it’s going to get you in the workplace, though it’s always worth checking the reputation of an institution and its certification, too.
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Manual handling is only necessary for jobs in which you’ll regularly be lifting, and teaches how to do so with a minimal risk to yourself and those around you. In fire safety, you’ll quickly learn how to identify the source of a fire, and so respond in an appropriate way, while ergonomics deals with issues relating to how your body is positioned, and how this may cause repetitive strain or joint problems, as well as how best to avoid them.

It’s even possible to train in these areas without leaving your home (or office), with plenty of online courses available in traditional safety issues like chemical awareness, manual handling and food safety as well as more diverse and specialist topics like office ergonomics and bullying. There are a number of good places to go for online options (which, while generally less respected and – inevitably – less practical, do teach the basics well, and are much more affordable), such as Phoenix Safety – (www.phoenixsafety.ie) or Safety Ireland (www.safetyireland.com).

Many workplaces have more obscure issues to deal with, too, and it’s possible to train (or even bring in a consultant such as occupational health and safety services in issues like noise pollution, chemical exposure and even how to build your entire office within the legal restrictions, should you need to.

Health and safety courses have developed largely off the back of legislation requiring companies to comply with regulations, but there’s no reason for individuals or companies not to make use of the necessary qualifications to self promote, push staff to think in a different way, or just to make their workplace a safer place. After all, if something goes wrong, first aid training could literally be a life saver!

Use the following link to view a wide range of Health and Safety and First Aid Courses on Findacourse.ie

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Education NewsChristmas Revision Courses
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‘Tis the season for more study! For Leaving Cert & college students the holiday season can be a double edged sword. While looking forward to time off, family reunions & festive fun, there is also the need to study, revise and complete any Christmas exams that are looming on the horizon. For Leaving Cert students, some will contemplate the plentiful Christmas revision courses on offer throughout the country.

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Become a certified Fitness Instructor, Personal Trainer and Group Instructor with the National Elite Professional Certificate from Image Fitness Training. After getting together with eight of Irelands top Fitness educators and innovators, the NEFPC has launched a revolutionary curriculum of industry-leading EHFA Accredited courses..

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Business Management QQI Level 6 Component

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This distance learning course equips Managers (and those new to Management) with comprehensive skills to improve their organisational and people management abilities. Students will learn how to: (1) organise company structures/teams, (2) complete internal and external organisation reviews, (3) effectively lead and manage staff, (4) manage their time more effectively, and (5) learn how to be more organised as Managers.

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Part Time Beauty Therapy Course

Part Time Beauty Therapy Course, Galway

This course leads to qualifications with international examination bodies ITEC and CIBTAC. The course offers this course three times per year – January (Saturday) – May (Monday) – October (Monday, choice of full day or Monday and Tuesday evening). For more details please contact Gergina Price to set up an appoinment with someone from the college and discuss the course in more detail and to view facilities.

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From Arabic to Vietnamese, our languages category page offers a wide range of courses from languages for beginners to more advanced course options for improvers.Check out our Languages Course Listings for more information and our Languages Articles for language learning tips and information.
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Personal development courses can make a big difference to your employment prospects as well as greatly increasing the chances of achieving job fulfillment. When they were first introduced, they were perceived as inessential. Now, with such fierce competition for many jobs, these courses have become increasingly popular and an important consideration in career progression. It is not only the lack of jobs and fierce competition that make personal development courses a good option..

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Christmas Revision Courses

Christmas revision courses‘Tis the season for more study! For Leaving Cert & college students the holiday season can be a double edged sword. While looking forward to time off there is also the need to study, revise and complete any Christmas exams that are looming on the horizon. For Leaving Cert students, some will contemplate the plentiful Christmas revision courses on offer throughout the country.

For parents, this option may seem a step too far, coming as it does during a financially stressful time of year. There are also concerns about the “Grinds Culture”  which promotes inequality between those students who can afford this option and those that can’t. Criticism in recent years has come from teachers, principals and also the National Parents Council. Some critics argue that these courses are nothing more than a shortcut in the points race and lead to skewed results. Inaccurate points scores can increase the dropout rates in college for those who have over-achieved in the Leaving Cert and can’t continue this level of performance into third level.

Despite the criticism, thousands of students will sign up for these courses in the weeks ahead in the hope that it will improve results or help them catch up if they are lagging behind in certain subjects. For those students that may have missed class time due to injury or illness, courses like this could help them bridge the gap. There are also students who may regard teachers in some subjects to be less open to questioning for those lagging behind or less skilled at imparting their knowledge to their students. For these students intensive revision courses in these subjects could be beneficial.

Otherwise the general consensus seems to be that Christmas is a good time for taking a break with time for some study & revision in spare time as required. For those that are finding difficulties in certain subjects, more benefit might be had by revising the parts of these subjects that they are comfortable with (and other subjects of course) over the Christmas and investing in some one-to-one grinds for the areas of difficulty in 2016.

Some prices and resources for Christmas revision courses are listed below..

Bruce College Cork offer a one week intensive Leaving Cert revision course costing €195 per subject. The course runs from Dec 28th to Jan 2nd (excluding Jan 1st). The college also offers one day intensive revision courses. More information about this college can be found at Brucecollege.ie.

Limerick Tutorial College offers a 4 day intensive Leaving Cert preparation course. This course costs €185 per subject but offers discounted rates for extra subjects with 5 subjects costing €400. Each subject is covered for 1 & a half hours per day (6 hours total). More details about this college can be found at www.limericktutorial.ie

Yeats College have 2 colleges in Waterford and Galway. They offer a one week revision course running from Dec 28th to Jan 2nd (excluding Jan 1st). Each subject costs €150 with discounts applied for multiple subjects (5 subjects costs €480). More details can be found on their website at www.yeatscollege.ie.

The Dublin School of Grinds in Stillorgan are offering free preparation courses for Leaving Cert students. Students can attend up to 3 such courses (3 different subjects) as an introduction to the Schools techniques and courses. While the courses are free & may therefore not be as intensive as other Christmas revision courses, the notes and tips on offer may be of benefit even for those not continuing further with the school.

The Institute of Education on Leeson Street, Dublin 2 offers a 5 day course from 29th December to January 2nd (including New Years Day) Classes here cost €295  each (the most expensive option reviewed by far) with discounts offered for multiple classes. More information can be found at www.instituteofeducation.ie

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Ireland’s Ageing Population Demands More Care Assistants

caring coursesWith the increasing longevity of Ireland’s population, the demand for care assistants is high and demand is expected to continue increasing. Limitations in health authority budgets means there is more emphasis on home care rather than in residential care homes, with much health authority work outsourced to the private sector offering in-home care. Besides the elderly, other groups of people also require care assistants. People living with disability, special needs, those convalescing or suffering life limiting physical and mental illnesses, all need additional care in the home.

Care assistants provide basic social and personal care combined with emotional support to those people that need help with everyday tasks. The role of the Care Assistant is to help people keep as independent as possible and to be as physically and socially active within the constraints of their particular restrictions. Care assistants are found in hospitals, residential and respite centres, and private homes. Many care assistants have a list of clients they routinely visit in the course of a working week.

Work Activities

The type of care provided depends on the age, self-sufficiency, and health of the patients. They help people with the tasks they are unable to perform unaided. This could mean helping someone getting up from bed, assisting them with washing and bathing and making something to eat for them. Typical duties include helping with eating, toileting, dressing and mobility, Care assistants under supervision may also be responsible for routine medical tasks such as changing dressings.

Qualifications

A career as a Care Assistant can be developed while working on the job or by completing qualifications first. While there is no formal requirement yet for care assistants, there have been indications that new legislation this year will make a formal basic qualification mandatory. Some employers will require a Leaving certificate and most will require some experience of caring for people.

Training in this area is highly recommended, as there are many aspects of this caring profession that require knowledge of best practice and health and safety procedures when it comes to assisting patients and taking care of their personal needs.

Care assistants as a rule are over 18 years of age and it is a career with no upper age limit. In fact, it is an ideal career choice for those who have families and can only work part time or around school hours and it is also ideal for those who are returning to the workplace after raising families.

Formal Training

There is a wide range of courses available in Ireland and the QQI Level 5 awards are comprehensive and the gold standard training for Care Assistants and Healthcare Assistants. Broken down into different learning modules, it is possible to complete all of the modules with full time study to gain a QQI major award, study part time or to study individual modules to achieve relevant minor awards – Safety and Health at Work for example. The responsibility of working with people who are dependent means formal expertise is a necessary tool for anyone working in the sector and will be an advantage to anyone wishing to follow this career path.

Common Modules for both Care and Healthcare Assistants are Safety & Health at Work, Care Skills, Care of the Older Person, Communications, and Care Support. Specific modules for Care Assistants are Nutrition and Food Safety & HACCUP. Healthcare Assistants have Team working, Palliative Care Support and Work Experience modules.

Benefits

Candidates who are working as a Care Assistant or who wish to pursue a career as a care assistant should look at the advantages and benefits that gaining a formal qualification can bring. Care assistants need to be vigilant and having the right training leaves nothing to chance and gives employers and the families of patients confidence the care worker will know what to do in a given situation. There may be a crisis and without any formal training, a care worker could be in a situation where they are unable to take the right course of action, particularly in the home environment.

Working as a Healthcare or Care Assistant is a rewarding career with opportunities to specialise in different areas such as care of the elderly or palliative care. Individual learning modules are designed to be carried out by distance learning and in a workshop setting for the practical skills modules. There are also elective modules available to suit the particular field of the candidate.

This growth area is an ideal opportunity suited to men and women looking for a career where there is a high demand for workers. Care work is a career that offers flexibility to suit different lifestyles and is ideal for those who want to work part time or outside of the regular business day.

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Denise Colebrooke

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Short Term Courses

short courses IrelandThere are many of us who shy away from the idea of books, classrooms or lecture halls; even more so if we have sacrificed years of earning potential to get that ‘essential’ degree under the belt. In recent times, many of us are faced with the harsh reality that our qualifications are defunct in today’s cruel employment market.

There are endless recommendations on how to make yourself more employable or current these days with conversion courses being one option (a conversion programme is a highly intensive course undertaken over a few months which converts your current qualifications into another qualification). It is suggested that the average person will change careers six times in their lifetime (not always by choice), so the flexibility and broader knowledge base gained from conversion courses are huge assets in the jobs market.

What do you do if you aren’t ready to convert? If you are reluctant to commit to a full-time or part-time course; there are short courses you can complete in a day that entail no long term commitment but yet will furnish you with a certificate of completion and a statement of skills acquired from a recognised trainer. Yes, that gap in your qualifications/skills base could be addressed in 1 day.

There are a number of employees in the workplace that often fake familiarity and competence in certain areas, but fear being found out. There are also a number of people who are prevented from applying for new positions as they might lack one essential skill. The advantage of taking a course in a day is that it can be done in confidence without anybody knowing if that is your wish or it can quickly bring you up to speed in areas you lack confidence in.

Pitman Training runs a number of courses that require less than a day out of your life to complete. As an example: if you’re familiar with Windows and confident with a mouse, but find it difficult to navigate your way around the internet; they have a course just for you. Their internet course will introduce you to all the basics you need when it comes to using the internet and email. This course covers using Internet Explorer, search providers, using search, favourites and history, online transactions, webmail, email etiquette and more.  As part of this day course you will work your way through and produce a personalised workbook. Pitman stands for excellence in training and this name on your CV will ensure that your employer or future employer will be assured of the credibility of the course completed. You can also do Word or Excel courses with Pitman, amongst others, which will equip you with essential skills to optimise your performance in the workplace.

Griffin College run a comprehensive day course in Conflict Handling and Resolution Skills. These skills are extremely valued in the workplace and certainly do add to your transferable skills. The aim and purpose of this course is to assist participants to identify possible causes of conflict, key conflict denominators, barriers to resolutions and possible solutions. This course is extremely relevant and sought after in today’s workplace. As an employee you could possibly save your employer a substantial fee engaging profession conflict mediators.

Short term Courses give you an opportunity to learn something completely new or enhance your current skills. These courses will ensure that you are keeping up with your continuous professional development. They may be short but they are extremely focused and current regarding workplace skills. Those sought after skills you need might just be 1 day away – thanks to the credible and professional training providers in Ireland who see the relevancy in offering such courses.

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Catriona Lowry

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Acupuncture Information Event, December 12th, Dublin

cofea acupunctureThe College of Five Element Acupuncture (COFEA) are hosting a free information event about their training options for those seeking professional acupuncturist qualifications on Saturday 12 December 2015 in the Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross, Dublin 13 from 2.30pm to 5pm.

The Schedule for the afternoon is listed below. It will be a great learning opportunity for those interested in the Five Elements and this ancient system of medicine, those wishing to study at COFEA, and current acupuncture practitioners who wish to know more about Five Element Acupuncture and its practice.

Participants can also enjoy doing five element Qi Gong Exercises on the day to relax and energise.

Schedule

  • 2:15pm – Arrival/Registration
  • 2:30pm – How you work
  • 3:15pm – Tea/Coffee
  • 3:30pm – Five Element Qi gong movements and exercises
  • 4:30pm – Balancing energy on both sides of the body
  • 5:15pm – Questions and Closing

Pre-registration is required for this free event and can be gotten by emailing info@cofea.ie

The college principal, Declan Rothwell, welcomes participants and can be contacted at info@cofea.ie or by calling (01) 833 0865. More information about the course can be viewed on the COFEA Findacourse.ie page – www.findacourse.ie/college-five-element-cg389.html

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College Awareness Week (CAW) will take place from November 23rd to November 29th 2015. This is the second year of the CAW initiative which aims to highlight the options for school leavers in further and higher education and to advise students on preparing for college life. CAW is aimed at providing students with informed choices to pursue the course best suited to their interests, abilities and future plans, whether that is a PLC qualification, an apprenticeship or a university degree.

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Lean Training

lean trainingLean Enterprise Institute is a non profit organisation that carefully develops ideas about ‘lean’ thinking that benefits businesses. But what is Lean? Lean is a production practice that considers the use of resources for any goal other than creation of value for the customer to be wasteful. Value is defined as any action or process that a customer is willing to pay for and lean thinking is always concerned with the perspective of the customer.

Lean is mainly concerned with preserving value but with less work; a management philosophy derived from the Toyota Production System (TPS). TPS is known for its focus on reducing the original Toyota ‘seven wastes’ in an effort to improve overall customer value. The steady growth of Toyota from a small company to the world’s largest car manufacturer has highlighted the company’s successful business model.

Lean organisation describes itself as a ‘do tank’ rather than a traditional ‘think tank’, with one of their main aims; “…to answer the simple question of every manager, ‘What can I do Monday morning to make a difference in my organization?’’. Lean Enterprise has created a strong community through websites, public events and teaching events.

There are five principals of Lean.

1. Specify value from the standpoint to the end customer by product family

2. Identify all the steps in the value stream for each product family, eliminating those steps that do not create value

3. Make the value creating steps occur in tight sequence so the product will flow smoothly toward the customer

4. As flow is introduced, let customers pull value from the next upstream activity

5. As value is specified, value streams are identified, wasted steps are removed and flow and pull are introduced , begin the process again and continue until a state of perfection is reached in which there is no waste and perfect value is created.

There are many management training courses that teach people how to actually go about implementing these principals including; Lean Leadership Workshops, Lean Concepts and Tools Workshops, Lean Specialized Workshops, Lean Healthcare Workshops as well as Lean online education. In these workshops, that have a reputation for practical and comprehensive content, you learn step-by-step how to use lean principals and how to make the leap from the traditional business model, that focuses on individual processes, to the lean model; which focuses on optimizing the flow of value in a company. In the current economic climate, who wouldn’t want to see more productivity in their company while cutting back on excess and wasteful expenditure?

One of the most popular lean training courses on offer today is Six Sigma. The Six Sigma are a set of tools and strategies that were originally developed by Motorola and today they are used in many different businesses. Six Sigma aims to improve the quality of process outputs, by identifying and removing the causes of errors, as well as minimise variability in management processes. It uses a set of quality management methods and creates groups of people known as Green Belts, Black Belts etc. that are experts in the Six Sigma methods.

There are many benefits in taking a Lean training course. The training teaches a better use of resources; meaning that the cost of operations, materials and time will be reduced. It improves an employee’s CV and employability as well as building confidence; as the skills learned in the training can be easily used and built upon. The training can also improve a company’s reputation and build shareholder confidence, as well as improving business partnerships. In the fragile economical times we are currently living in, there is no better time to embark on a Lean training and add value to your company or CV.

View more Lean Training courses on www.findacourse.ie/lean-training-courses-c48.html

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Fiona McBennett

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