November 2015 E-News

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Education NewsCollege Aware Week, November 2015
Education News
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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Featured Educator Dorset College
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Dorset College offers a wide range of career focused courses. This includes Accounting and Finance, Business and Management, Computers and Information Technology, Multimedia-Game and Animination Development Courses also Web design, Law and Forensic Psychology and Montessori, Childcare and Healthcare courses…

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Advanced Skin Care

Advanced Skin Care , Dublin City – 22 November

Bronwyn Conroy Beauty School in conjunction with Jeanne Brophy are offering a specialist course on clinical skin care for aesthetic professionals. This course is focused on serious skin analysis for therapists/nurses with a passion for creating beautiful skin. The course will empower you to give the best results possible…

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MSC in Software Engineering and Database Technologies

MSC in Software Engineering and Database Technologies, Distance Learning

This programme aims to provide a flexible, part-time, blended learning route for students to gain the necessary professional skills and hands-on experience of software development as a basis for a career in the IT industry. Students also acquire specialised knowledge of specific IT topics, particularly in the area of software development and database systems…

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Category Focus Fitness Training
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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.
Featured Article Sales Training
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Do you see yourself earning hefty bonuses and emptying the company’s warehouse in the course of an impressive selling spree? However bad the economy gets, being a strong sales person will always be in demand. The top people have a deep understanding of their products, know how to relate to their customers and – in all probability – have that charming sales patter down to a fine art. As fans of The Apprentice will know, Alan Sugar simply can’t get enough of people who can swap products for cash, and he’s not the only one.

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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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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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College Costs Causing Stress

college costsThe Union of Students in Ireland (USI) have released survey findings which have shown a high level of students facing financial stress and anxiety due to high college costs. The union held this survey in the lead up to World Mental Health Day on 10th October.

The survey found that 73% of students were stressed or anxious about paying rent, college registration fees, living expenses, transportation costs and general college expenses. USI president, Kevin Donoghue has called on the government to reduce the registration fee of €3000 and to address the student accommodation crisis which affected so many students earlier this Autumn.

Students now account for a significant percentage of those living below the poverty line (15.2% according to NERI) and the recent rise in rents (8.2% over last 12 months) has helped to compound the issue with many students feeling the strain.

The full results of the survey can be viewed below..

•    95.3% of students think the cost of college is too high
•    73.1% of students said the high cost of college causes them anxiety or stress
•    72% of students are struggling financially to stay in college
•    40% are on a maintenance grant
•    If fees go up, 63% of students said they won’t be able to attend college

College Costs Causing Most Stress
•    Registration fee of €3,000 (41%)
•    Rent (23.6%)
•    Food, drink and living costs (17%)
•    Transport (10.4%)
•    Books, equipment and stationary (7.1%)
•    Laptop/Printer (1.4%)

Jill O’ Herlihy from Mental Health Ireland said “Financial struggles affect everybody, especially students. We need to be mindful that when these issues arise, we act upon it instead of sweeping them under the carpet. The most important thing to review is how you’re handling this stress, to make sure everything else in your life reduces it, such as sleeping for 8 hours, eating healthy and exercising”.

For students who are under significant financial strain, the first thing to do is engage with your college. Most colleges have student assistance funds in place for those with legitimate financial issues and will also help by providing advice and options. Simply call in to the college administration office and ask to speak to someone regarding student finances and options available to students in financial difficulty. As the old adage goes “A problem shared is a problem halved”.

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Crafts and Hobby Courses

crafts and hobby coursesCrafts and hobby courses were once seen as a way for people of the older generations to pass the time. People who may have wanted to improve their social life and wanted to meet a few like minded people once a week. The skill did not matter but the social club that the course morphed into did.

Times have changed and this is no longer the case although the social aspect does of course come hand in hand with it. A lot of people now go to crafts courses to learn a new skill for their own personal development. There are plenty of these courses around that allow for any number of skills to be learned.

Crafts and hobby courses are usually held at local colleges and may be either a day or night course. There are usually several time slots to cater for different lifestyles so that you have a variety to choose from. The course range offered is usually diverse and may include cake decorating, creative writing, knitting, crocheting, the basics of drama, sewing, dressmaking, painting, sculpting, sketching, English literature, flower arranging and a whole host of others.

Arts and Crafts courses, painting courses

Some courses are relatively obscure, but the majority teach popular skills that come in handy in everyday life. These skills may not be career oriented, but they are extremely useful and can be integral in ensuring an individual’s personal development!

Crafts and hobby courses are excellent space fillers for individuals that have a hectic schedule because they are often only on once or twice a week. The majority of courses last between one and two hours, usually depending on whether they are scheduled on one or two days of the week, but very few last longer than that. Some may even be over the course of a weekend. The length of the courses varies from college to college. Some may last six weeks, others may last twenty to thirty weeks. The shorter courses do not tend to give a qualification at the end, whereas the long courses may give a National Certificate or similar.

The course itself will obviously have a set curriculum, but each one will often deal with a different area of the art or craft every week. There may be examinations at the end of the course, but that is unlikely because arts and crafts courses usually only have a practical exam, if indeed they have one at all.

In terms of advancing a person’s career, crafts and hobby courses are generally taken for pleasure but they can lead to a passion that sparks a future business idea. There are businesses that were born out of a short course at a local college so the idea that they are just for fun and otherwise useless is often far from accurate. Many individuals use them to enhance their existing careers because a hobby or crafts course can act as a stress reliever and may lead to a person doing better at work as a result.

Findacourse.ie lists a range of Crafts and hobby Courses so why not check out our listings.

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Weekend Film and Film Production Courses with Underground Films

weekend film production coursesDo you want to work in the film business? Do you have what it takes to make your own film? If you answered yes then good news, award-winning Irish production company Underground Films is offering a comprehensive weekend course that acts as an introduction to the business of film and film production.

Underground Films are best known for their feature documentaries The Pipe, Tana Bana, and One Million Dubliners, but have also produced award-winning feature films, like Terry McMahon’s Patrick’s Day, as well as acclaimed short films, such as Sandboy, Home, and 4 Queens.

The course will be presented by experienced producers, and includes insight on Practical Production Skills and what to expect on a shoot, from the basics, to the art of pitching your film.

It will also cover areas such as Script development, Cast and Acting, Crew Locations, dealing with Gear, Action Vehicles, Stunts, Media, Budget, Legal requirements, Insurance, Clearances, Archive material, Contracts, Music & Music Licences, Accounts, Film Paperwork & Reports, Schedules, and Transport.

The Introduction to Producing will cover:

  1. Working relationships between Writer, Director and Producer
  2. Story and Script Development
  3. Financing your Film
  4. Production
  5. Marketing, Distribution and Film Festivals

The first Weekend Course starts on Saturday September 19th (10.00-17.00) & Sunday September 20th (10:00-17:00), and will be based in Dublin City Centre.

To Book or for more information, contact Underground Films on (01) 444 9064 or email training@undergroundfilms.ie

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Postgraduate Study Options

postgraduate courses in IrelandA postgraduate course is a qualification after a degree, such as a higher diploma or a masters. The Postgraduate Applications Centre (www.pac.ie) website allows students to make applications for postgraduate programmes at higher level education institutions across Ireland. The website links to many third level institutions, including UCC, NUI Galway and DCU, and offers applications to courses such as Higher Diploma in Midwifery and Public Health Nursing.

To make an application for a postgraduate programme through the pac.ie website, each applicant must register to the PAC system. Once logged in successfully, applicants may browse courses and select a suitable programme. Applicants are asked to fill out an application form, where some personal information such as qualifications and experience are requested.

There are many postgraduate courses on offer in third level and private collegeswith a range of colleges offering diverse and exciting postgraduate options. Below is a list of some and examples of the courses they offer.

NUIG : NUI Galway has established a reputation for high quality education and offers a wide selection of courses for postgraduates. The courses on offer include Master of Arts in Adult Learning and Development and Practice Based Play Therapy (P Cert/ Dip)
www.findacourse.ie/nui-galway-adult-cg179.html

IADT : The Institute of Art, Design and Technology in Dun Laoghaire offers a large range of interesting courses with a career focus. Postgraduate studies include MA in Public Culture Studies and Msc in Cyberpsychology.
www.findacourse.ie/dun-laoghaire-institute-cg271.html

CMI : Communications and Management Institute in Dublin city centre offers many business training courses which are career and industry focused. Postgraduate options include Management Postgraduate Diploma level 9 and HR Advanced Diploma Course.
www.findacourse.ie/cmi-communications-management-cg109.html

PCI : PCI College was founded in 1991 and is Ireland’s leading provider of courses in the field of counselling and psychotherapy. Braches are located in Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny and Athlone. Postgraduate courses include a Postgraduate Certificate in Psychology (level 8).
www.findacourse.ie/pci-college-cg308.html

IPA: The Institute of Public Administration is the management development agency for the country’s public sector. IPA offers a range of training programmes for the public, private and voluntary sectors, such as a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Management and Master of Arts and Postgraduate Diploma (and Master of Economic Science) in Policy Analysis.
www.findacourse.ie/institute-public-administration-cg403.html

Ulearning: Ulearning Skillnet is a collaborative project programme that links academia and industry. Ulearning focuses on meeting the needs of industry in the areas of Engineering, Science and Technology. Postgraduate courses on offer include Msc in Technological Development and Masters in Software Engineering and Database technologies. www.findacourse.ie/ulearning-cg393.html

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September 2015 E-News

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Education NewsStudent Housing Crisis
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So the hard work is over, a difficult Leaving Cert year of study plans and stressful choices has paid off and a college placement awaits… well maybe not, for many students, there is still plenty to do before they can be assured of starting college this Autumn. The student housing crisis has become a popular news feature this time of year and is now worse than ever, with some of the more popular destinations charging exorbitant rates for student housing.

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Featured Educator Malahide Community School
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Malahide Community School Situated just a quarter of a mile from the beautiful village of Malahide has been offering adult education classes since 1977 and has an extensive adult education programme which runs on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7.30 to 9.30p.m. This Autumn there is an extensive range of evening courses in subjects ranging from Arts and Crafts to Yoga..

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Addiction Studies Level 5

Addiction Studies Level 5, Dublin City

Ever thought of working in Addiction Counselling? An important part of working in addiction counselling is identifying strategic responses to the various types and stages of addiction. CMI have introduced a new QQI level 5 Addiction studies course which will teach you the causes of addiction, and models of treatment. You will learn to identify patterns of abuse and be equipped to work in various setting..

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BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and Physical Education

BSc (Hons) in Sports Science and Physical Education, Croke Park

In Ireland the demand for skilled, highly trained graduates in this specialised area is at an all time high. Knowledge and understanding of Sports Science and Physical Education is developed through an integrated programme of lectures, tutorials, practicals and laboratory based sessions, and through the guided use of student centered learning activities such as problem solving exercises, case studies, directed reading and e-learning.

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Part Time BA

Part Time BA, NUI Galway

The Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway has an exciting new course starting on 11th September.The new part-time Diploma/Bachelor of Arts (Humanities and Social Sciences) will be delivered in an innovative way using Online Lectures and Blended Learning techniques. This course will suit those working full-time and/or with family commitments. The flexible, broad-based curriculum allows you to choose a degree pathway that reflects your individual interests and career objectives. The curriculum includes specialisms in Archaeology, Economics, English Literature & Drama, History, Training & Education Management and Modern Languages.

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ITEC Hairdressing 18 month Diploma

ITEC Hairdressing 18 month Diploma, Wexford

This ITEC 18 Month Diploma Course (level 2 and 3) intense program requires great commitment and is suited to those who have serious career ambitions. If you are interested in hairdressing and have a creative flair, this is your chance to gain the skills necessary to start your career in hairdressing.At Mags Browne Hairdressing Academy the mission is to provide students with the most intensive professional hairdressing school training, focusing on the technical, behavioral and service skills to ensure the graduates are truly prepared to enter into any professional salon environment and have a prosperous, rewarding career in hairdressing.

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Category Focus Crafts and Hobby Courses
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Crafts and Hobby courses are more than just a way to pass the time. They can be a doorway to a more fulfilling and rewarding lifestyle. Whether its Art or Woodworking these courses offer a chance to enhance your creative and productive skills. For more info view our Crafts and Hobby course listings or view our article feature about crafts and hobby courses..
Featured Article Autumn Evening Courses
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For those of us looking back on younger days, Autumn was mainly associated with the return to school. 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 a new learning experience. Attending a part-time evening course is a great way to enhance a CV, to socialise and make friends, as well as learn something completely new. The abundance of courses available means that there is something to suit everyone.

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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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Student Housing Crisis

college accomodationSo the hard work is over, a difficult Leaving Cert year of study plans and stressful choices has paid off and a college placement awaits… well maybe not, for many students, there is still plenty to do before they can be assured of starting college this Autumn. The student housing crisis has become a popular news feature this time of year and is now worse than ever, with some of the more popular destinations charging exorbitant rates for student housing.

Dublin City University (DCU) is experiencing one of the worst years ever in terms of student accommodation. There the Students’ Union Vice President for Welfare, Domhnaill Harkin, described how it had been inundated with calls from students and parents searching for suitable housing. The union has had to ask staff of the university to consider renting out rooms to future students. While the college does have a number of on-campus accommodation options, these can only accommodate 1,100 students and with student numbers in excess of 10,000 there is lots of competition for the other available options.

With increased demand, landlords can increase rents and this is the scene in many of Ireland’s student hubs at the moment. An Irish independent survey of prices and availability found that rooms on offer close to colleges such as Trinity College ranged in price from €500 up to €2000 per month. Outside of the city centre this does fall a little but students can still be expecting to pay between €500 to €800 in the south of the city. The north of the city offers lowest rates at between €350 and €975. In Galway the survey showed prices up to €560 and in Cork up to €575. The real challenge is finding decent quality housing for a good price, when housing shortages occur the standards tend to drop with many students having to settle for poor quality housing with hygiene, sanitation, heating or other issues.

There is also the problem of prejudice. Accurate or not, students have a reputation for a party lifestyle with many property owners unwilling to rent out rooms to college goers. Conor Clancy, Trinity College Students’ Union Welfare Officer described this issue as ‘discrimination’ saying that the issue has become endemic in recent years. Students have been sharing stories of unanswered calls and emails from prospective landlords who can afford to choose their tenants carefully due to the housing shortage. Many students face the prospect of lengthy commutes to their morning lectures as they are forced out of city centre locations to the suburbs.

So for those who may have got late offers or who have left it late in sourcing their accommodation for the year ahead it looks like slim pickings in the more sought after locations, some students will be sharing cramped conditions even resorting to sleeping on the sofa of a friends house until something more appealing arises. If the worst happens and nowhere is found then a deferral may be the only option, if this is the case be sure to contact the college and explain the situation and have it agreed in writing that a deferral has been arranged.

As the student housing crisis seems to be worsening year on year it would be hoped that the government will start taking a more pro-active role in finding a solution to the problem. A spokeswoman from the HEA has said that forthcoming HEA report would consider actions to support accommodation for students. Hopefully this report will lead to action and students will not have to face the housing crisis for years to come.

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New Apprenticeship Options

new apprenticeships IrelandThe apprenticeship system in Ireland has been long due an overhaul and this has been announced recently by Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan.

25 new apprenticeship schemes have been agreed between industry and training agencies, including trainee positions in software development, medical devices, financial services, accountancy, logistics and hospitality. Further positions are also being considered from a total of 86 possible schemes which were identified by the Apprenticeship Council, following an 8 month evaluation process.

The new types of apprenticeships are very flexible, ranging in duration from two to four years, and will be offered at Levels 5 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications (previously the highest qualification was a diploma at level 6). The sole level 9 apprenticeship scheme is at master’s level and is an apprenticeship as an executive chef through IT Tralee’s school of culinary arts. The expectation is that 50-100 apprentices will be taken in under each scheme, creating as many as 2,500 places each year.

Speaking at the announcement, Minister O’Sullivan said: “I want to thank the Apprenticeship Council for all the work it has done in bringing us to this point. It represents an important milestone in what has been a concentrated effort to improve the options available to those who wish to participate in apprenticeships, whether they are employers or prospective students.”

Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD said “If Ireland is to be both competitive and innovative we need a highly skilled workforce. Apprenticeships offer a tried and tested method of developing highly skilled workers using a powerful mixture of course work and practical on the job learning. I am delighted we are now about to double the number of Apprenticeship Schemes to better serve the needs of a whole new range of industry sectors.”

The 25 new apprenticeship schemes are listed below..

Training Provider
Apprenticeship Title
Accounting Technicians Ireland Higher Apprenticeship in Accountancy
Association of Craft Butchers of Ireland Butchery and Fresh Food Retail
Combilift OEM Technician
Dawson Travel Travel Professional
Donegal ETB Advanced Craft Welder
Donegal ETB Craft Welder
Eircom Telecommunications Field Technician
Fasttrack to IT Network Engineering
Fasttrack to IT Software Developer
Financial Services Ireland IFS Generalist
Financial Services Ireland IFS Advanced Specialist
Financial Services Ireland IFS Specialist
Flour Confectionary and Bakers Association Baker
Irish Hotels Federation & Restaurants Association of Ireland Commis Chef
Irish Medical Device Association Manufacturing Engineer
Irish Medical Device Association Manufacturing Technician
Irish Road haulage Association HGV Driver
IT Tralee Sous Chef
IT Tralee Chef de Partie
IT Tralee Commis Chef
IT Tralee Executive Chef
Limerick IOT Field Service Engineer – Electrical Technology
National Institute of Transport and Logistics Warehouse and Distribution Operative
Plastics Ireland Polymer Processing Technician
Zurich Insurance General Insurance Practitioner

When training as an apprentice, generally the first off-the-job training phase will take place in an Education and Training Board (ETB) Training Centre while the subsequent off-the-job training phases will take place in an Institute of Technology. For more information contact your local ETB or SOLAS centre.

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The apprenticeship system in Ireland has been long due an overhaul and this has been announced recently by Education Minister, Jan O’Sullivan. 25 new apprenticeship schemes have been agreed between industry and training agencies, including trainee positions in software development, medical devices, financial services, accountancy, logistics and hospitality.

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Featured Educator Pitman Training
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Pitman Training provide a wide range of “job-specific” courses in areas such as Secretarial, Computers, Accounts, Business and Personal Development. These courses can enhance career prospects, whether you’re climbing the career ladder or want a complete career change. Pitman Training offer a flexible style of training which allows you to choose lesson times that suits your busy schedule – day, evening and Saturday times available.

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Spanish Level 1

Spanish Level 1, Dublin City

Absolute beginners (for students who have no previous knowledge of the language). An introductory Course for students who are beginners in Spanish. The Sandford Language Institute has been running classes in Spanish since 1989. Tutors are native speakers and qualified teachers, teaching the communicative use of the language making it as relevant as possible to every day situations.

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Media Studies Level 5 PLC

Media Studies Level 5 PLC, Westmeath

Certificate in Creative Media (5M5048). This course is designed to afford students the opportunity to become fimilare with the various fields of media, photography, games studies and image design. Excellent career and promotional prospects for successful graduates. Content – Media Analysis – Games Analysis Design – Desktop Publishing – Image Processing – Digital Photography – Advertising – Image Processing – Work Experience – Communications

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Category Focus IT Training and Computers
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From PC Basics for those unfamiliar with computing, to typing skills and Microsoft training for those wishing to advance their IT skills, onto Web Design, Programming, e-commerce and more for those who wish to pursue or further a specialist career in Information technology. Why not check out our IT Training Course Listings for a full list of courses available in this field or see some Computer Training Articles in our articles section
Featured Article Postgraduate Study Options
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A postgraduate course is a qualification after a degree, such as a higher diploma or a masters. The Postgraduate Applications Centre (www.pac.ie) website allows students to make applications for postgraduate programmes at higher level education institutions across Ireland. The website links to many third level institutions, including UCC, NUI Galway and DCU, and offers applications to courses such as Higher Diploma in Midwifery and Public Health Nursing.

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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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Fitness Open Evening, Red Cow, Naas Road

Motions Fitness DublinMotions Health & Fitness are holding an open meeting this Thursday 23 July at 7.30pm for anybody interested in the Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness courses in Dublin. It is taking place in the Red Cow Hotel, Dublin 22. This is just off the M50 and on the Luas Red Line.

The Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness is a leading course in Ireland for people who wish to become fitness instructors/personal trainers. This qualification is accredited by a University (U.L) jand it has the highest industry recognition (EQF 5 and Reps Level 5).

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The meeting will feature information on the course, the qualification, job prospects and career development in the fitness industry. There will be an opportunity to talk to the tutors and discuss all aspects of the course.

For more information about Motions Fitness and their courses view the following link – www.findacourse.ie/motions-fitness-cg334.html

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Additional SNA Posts from September 2015

SNA - special needs assistant coursesThere has been a recent cabinet decision to approve up to 610 additional Special Needs Assistant posts from September 2015. The additional allocation follows a significant increase in assessed need, following which the Minister for Education and Skills, Jan O’Sullivan, has requested a review by her Department and the NCSE to ensure the SNA scheme is sustainable in meeting its objectives.

According to Minister O’Sullivan, “Every child with an assessed care need will receive access to SNA support. This is an important principle and will continue in the 2015/16 school year. To achieve that goal I today received sanction from Cabinet for up to an additional 610 SNA posts for allocation to schools from September.  The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) will provide details of the allocations later today which can be accessed on www.ncse.ie”

Last year the Government provided for an additional 220 SNA posts for 2015. In advance of the school year starting in September the NCSE reviews the number of valid applications received and in recent weeks has reported an additional requirement of up to 610 posts above the October 2014 estimate. Approximately 55% of the additional posts will be provided to support students in mainstream classes while 45% of posts will serve students in special classes in mainstream schools or in special schools.

The Minister also announced that a review of the SNA scheme will be carried out to ensure that it is meeting its objectives and that best use is being made of the significant resources invested. Among the issues to be examined will be the reasons behind the significant increase in demand evident this year and how the timing of applications and allocations can be better aligned with the school year.

Click Here to View SNA and Childcare Courses on Findacourse.ie

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July 2015 E-News

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Education NewsStudents Urged to Consider ICT Options
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The Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, has advised students to consider a career in technology. Vacancies in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector have increased by 89% since the start of 2011. Commenting in June in relation to CAO choices, the Minister said: “There are currently over 6,000 job vacancies in the ICT sector alone and salaries have gone up by 15% since 2011.

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Featured Educator Institute of Public Administration
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The Institute of Public Administration (IPA) is the Irish public sector management development agency. Founded in 1957 by a group of public servants, its aim is to promote the study, and improve the standard, of public administration; to develop a sense of vocation in public servants and to foster understanding between the public and public servants.

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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. A Gap year does not have to be a ‘doss year’; with the right plan in place, it could one day be the talking point to get you that much sought after position or sometimes it reveals to ‘gappers’ a career that is for them as opposed to their subsequent ill-thought out one.

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Students Urged to Consider ICT Options

ict courses IrelandThe Minister for Skills, Research and Innovation, Damien English TD, has advised students to consider a career in technology. Vacancies in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector have increased by 89% since the start of 2011.

Commenting in June in relation to CAO choices, the Minister said: “There are currently over 6,000 job vacancies in the ICT sector alone and salaries have gone up by 15% since 2011. Over 44,000 job vacancies are forecasted for graduates with technology skills over the next three years. These vacancies will arise in the ICT sector and in the wider economy, and there are many different types of roles to suit different interests and talents.

“Technology is here to stay in our lives, and to meet the demand for ICT skills, higher education institutions around the country are offering a range of ICT courses. It’s a win-win for industry and students.

“So what I’m saying to students is: don’t rule it out until you check out the courses and careers on offer. Anyone not applying through the CAO process can consider courses on offer through Springboard+.”

Over 3,500 free ICT course places are on offer via Springboard+, with part-time and full-time conversion options available. A survey of Springboard+ ICT conversion graduates nationally recorded that 87% of respondents secured employment in the industry over the past 18 months.

A dedicated website, www.SmartFutures.ie, is also available to support people in the career decision-making process. The site features real life career stories and video interviews with people working in a range of diverse industries including space technology and cybersecurity.

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CAO Change of Mind – Are You Sure about your Choices?

cao change of mindNow that the leaving certificate is finished, the dog-eared books full of highlighter marks that have been many student’s constant companions for the past year, will be stuffed away into cupboards to gather dust. Notes will be thrown out and pencil cases that had been crammed with lots of spare pens and tippex for the exams will be left lonely for the summer, as students all over the country will celebrate the freedom of having completed one of the biggest and most important exams of their lives.

While it’s most definitely tempting to forget about the exams altogether and enjoy the relaxation of being exam free, it is important to have a look back over the choices you made in the CAO now too. You have up until 5.30pm on July 1st to review and change the choices you have made and it is well worth your while making sure that you are fully happy and certain with your decisions. The exams themselves are obviously a big deal, but it’s the choices you make on your CAO that will ultimately decide your future at the end of the summer.

Earlier in the year, after research into various courses and career paths, you picked up to twenty courses and listed them in your order of preference. These courses have probably been swimming around in the back of your mind when you sat your exams; reminding you why every point you could get was vital and, more importantly, how there would be life after your exams. However, even if you were certain at the time of what you wanted to do, now is still a good opportunity to make sure that you are completely happy with how you have planned out your future.

Firstly, it is important to make sure that the choices you have made are yours and yours alone. It’s easy to be swayed by those around us; from parents, teachers and friends, but at the end of the day, they will not be the ones doing your course and living your life in the college years to come. Just because all your friends are going to do the same course or going to the same college, doesn’t mean that it’s right for you. Parents obviously only want the best for their children but what they might think is interesting may not be what makes you tick at all. Just remember that you will be the one attending the lectures, doing the exams and ultimately, working in the job.

Going with a choice that you are not fully certain of will only cause you a lot more hassle down the line and more money too. If you are not fully interested or committed to what you are studying, chances are you will not enjoy the lectures and find the exams difficult too. When you enjoy what you’re doing, you are always more motivated and, in turn, more successful than those who are forcing themselves through the motions. If college is a struggle then working in that field will only be worse and no one wants to spend their life in a job they hate.

Sure, there are plenty of options these days and people drop out of and change courses all the time, but I’m sure if you asked those people, they would tell you that they would’ve preferred to have known what they wanted to do at the start. It costs money to change to a new course, money that most of us these days just don’t have. Even if you decide to stick with a course that you don’t really like, chances are you will find the course more difficult than if it had been something you enjoyed and this may lead to failing exams and repeating years which again means more money.

One more thing to bear in mind when reviewing your choices; don’t let exam doubt creep in and change your mind for the wrong reasons. If you had a certain course chosen and you feel an exam didn’t go well and that you won’t have enough points as a result, best to put those doubts away with your school books and old notes. We are all our own worst critics and it is quite possible that the exam went better than you imagine. Aim high and make sure your chosen courses really spark a genuine interest in you.

So really, is it that much of an inconvenience to check and review your CAO choices over the next few days when the alternative is much more stressful and complicated? Right now you have the exciting opportunity to create your future and pick the career that you will have. Take a look through your list, take a look through the courses on this website and make sure you have put down courses that will almost make you look forward to dusting off that pencil case at the end of the summer.

Author:
Fiona McBennett

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