News Update May 2013

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News Feature High Hopes for Leaving Cert class 2013

Featured ArticleWith Leaving Certificate 2013 approaching, it will be reassuring for candidates to hear the news that Ireland has the accolade of the largest percentage of higher-level education graduates from all countries within the European Union. A recent report from Eurostat (the EU statistics agency) revealed that 2012 figures showed 51% of Irish residents aged 30 to 34 years achieved degrees at the completion of

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Featured Provider Irish Payroll Association

IPASSFor over a decade the Irish Payroll Association (IPASS) has been the leading provider of nationwide training and education on Payroll, VAT and a wide range of taxes. Established in 2000 it provides the only nationally recognised professional qualifications in Payroll and VAT which are accredited by the Higher Education and Training Awards Council, HETAC Level 6. ..

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Hi-Tech Training Digital Electronics – City & Guilds
(Dublin City)

This City & Guilds (7267-425) Course is designed to enable participants to build, test, and fault-find common Digital Electronic circuits used in computers and computer controlled equipment. Learning Objectives include: – Study and use of popular Digital Electronic gates and more advanced circuits. Building and fault-finding a range of Digital Electronic circuits. Using test equipment including Multimeters, Oscilloscopes, logic probes and pulsers to..

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NEFPC Pilates Class Pilates
(South Dublin City)

The NEFPC Pilates Certificate provides the highest quality education and Pilates training within the industry. The classical philosophy is simple: NEFPC teach how to teach and not just what to teach. Classical Pilates is rhythmic, fluid and focused – connecting one movement to the next to build greater strength, flexibility and endurance, and this coaching model heightens each trainee’s confidence and capability as an instructor.

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Category Focus Drama and Acting CoursesCategory Focus – Drama and Acting

Drama and acting courses can add a whole new dimension to your life, whether interested in some acting or drama in your spare time or perhaps improving presentation and interpersonal skills for your career these courses can be of enormous benefit. Courses in this field include Theatre Performance, Introduction to Drama, Stand Up Comedy, Professional Actor Training and more.. To view our Drama and Acting Category on, use the following link

Featured Education Article e-learningCourses Suited to E-Learning

Education via the internet provides exciting opportunities for both educators and learners. The internet and World Wide Web have made the computer a dynamic and credible force in distance education, providing a new and interactive means of overcoming time and distance to reach learners. Education is now completely accessible, regardless of your age and geographical location…

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Upcoming Open Days Upcoming 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

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Smart Futures Career Week

stem career weekSmart Futures is a national campaign for second-level students in Ireland, the campaign highlights career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) in sectors such as medical devices, information and communications technology (ICT) and energy.

The Smart Futures Career week will run from 29 April to 3 May 2013. Students are invited to submit their career questions to panels of STEM experts ( questions can be sent through the website form on or by using the hash tag #smartfutures on Twitter) and can win prizes for the best career question received. The week is also a chance for teachers and guidance counsellors to get up-to-date information about career opportunities in STEM in Ireland. A specialist panel will answer the questions sent in and the video will be aired on the Smart Futures website from Monday 29th April.

Other events throughout the week include;
•    Monday 29th April: An introduction to working in science, 7pm
•    Wednesday 1st May: An introduction to working in technology, 7pm
•    Thursday 2nd May: An introduction to working in engineering, 7pm

For more information on the events and other details, you can view the STEM week webpage at

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Irish Classes from Conradh na Gaeilge

irish classes from C na GThe range and choice of Irish courses offered by Conradh na Gaeilge in Dublin city continues to expand, and another complete 10-week term of evening classes will start anew in Uimhir 6, Harcourt Street, Dublin 2 from 23 – 24 April 2013 for those looking to boost their skills in the language this year.

Brenda Ní Ghairbhí, Conradh na Gaeilge Course Coordinator says: “Because Conradh na Gaeilge evening classes comply with Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge syllabi, students of our courses can take advantage of the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised qualification in Irish by applying for the TEG exams run by the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, should they wish to add to their CV and job prospects for example. For students who are looking to improve their Irish for personal reasons – whether they have children in the local Gaelscoil or are simply looking to better understand Irish culture – Conradh na Gaeilge’s small class sizes and interactive lessons cater for all learner levels, and offer students a chance to socialise and practise their Irish in Club Chonradh na Gaeilge during the class break each week.”

Conradh na Gaeilge and its travelling timirí teachers are renowned for teaching Irish to adult learners since the organisation’s foundation in 1893, and they’re still offering excellent value on Irish courses 120 years later. A 10-week course costs €180 for 20 hours of tuition, while the discount rate of only €160 is available to OAPs, former pupils, students, the unemployed or to those who recommend a friend to do a Conradh na Gaeilge course this term.

The courses consist of 2-hour classes one night a week in Conradh na Gaeilge, and there are a total of eight class levels to choose from on either Tuesday or Wednesday nights. In addition to its adult evening courses, Conradh na Gaeilge is also running an intensive day course to prepare primary education candidates for their Irish interview as part of the application process.

Ní Ghairbhí explains: “This Conradh na Gaeilge day course offers great value to all participants; it only costs €100 and includes a mock interview with personal feedback, handouts, pointers on the most common mistakes and an emphasis on relevant topics, useful terms, pronunciation and interview skills. Participants will receive guidance and a chance to practice and improve their spoken Irish by means of group work and role-play, all under the capable direction of a qualified Conradh na Gaeilge teacher.”

You can register for any Conradh na Gaeilge course online at or by contacting Máire Ní Dhuiginn at / +353 (0)1 4757401 for more information and to book your place. Additional Irish classes are also available through Conradh na Gaeilge in Ennis, Galway, Limerick, Mayo and across the country.

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Open Days for April and May

upcoming open daysOpen Days can be a great way of “trying before buying” and will often equip the prospective student with the knowledge needed to decide on whether to proceed with a particular course or college.

Course tutors will most often be available to discuss the content taught throughout the course and the methods of teaching used. It is a good idea to have a list of questions prepared beforehand so that you can get the relevant information and make the most of your time at the event. It is also a good idea to have checked out the website or prospectus of the college in question so that you are not asking questions that are already answered elsewhere. Getting to the event early is a good idea so that you don’t miss out on any demonstrations or offers that might be on offer.

Some upcoming open days and information events for the weeks ahead are listed at the link below. Included in the event holders are Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art and Design who are holding an open evening this evening (18th April), Hi-tech Training and Pitman Training Swords who are both hosting open days on the 1st of May and NUI Galway who are hosting an information evening for adult learners on 14th May.

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German Language Courses – Sprechen Sie Deutsch?

courses in GermanSprechen Sie Deutsch? If not, you may want to consider learning German. While Ireland is deep in a recession, the German economy is in recovery and on the upswing. Unfortunately, for Ireland this means immigration will probably increase, but it also means that Ireland will be doing more business with Germany. So whether you end up in Munich or Mullingar ein kleines bisschen deutsch may come in very handy.

Germany is the world’s second biggest exporter, fifth largest economy in the world, and the largest in Europe. Employment is on the rise and German wages are forecast to rise. In short, jobs prospects for German speakers are very good right now. But that doesn’t mean you have to pack up and head to Hamburg, there are plenty of jobs in Ireland that call for knowledge of German, and given the growing strength of the German economy, this seems likely to continue.

It’s much easier to do business with and help people when you both speak the same language. Knowing German can be a significant competitive advantage in fields such as business, technology, research, media, teaching, tourism and international affairs. In the Irish workplace there is demand for German in all these areas and in particular teaching, translation and computer services such as web design and call-centre help desks and tech support. Any Irish companies wanting to sell in the German market will most definitely be looking for German speakers, and German is more important now than ever in the Irish financial services, accountancy, and banking industries.

Job prospects are one reason to learn German, but the other benefits are just as important, if not more so in the long run.  Learning a language stimulates the mind and has been shown to improve memory and cognitive skills. But it also connects people in a social and cultural way. Learning German makes travelling in German-speaking countries much easier and pleasant. By speaking German you are more likely to be treated better because the locals see that you’ve made an effort to learn their language.

This makes a difference in the way you see the world and other people. Of course knowledge of a foreign language is not guaranteed to end with a night at the pub with the native speakers of the language, but language study helps to understand people in a different country. On top of that it’s just more fun to vacation somewhere when you know the language. This connection and understanding also occurs culturally, and Germans have made massive contributions to art and science, for example, Gutenberg’s printing press, Beethoven’s music, and Einstein’s physics.

So how to learn German? There are many part-time or evening courses offering German language courses. A language school like Sandford Languages Institute is a good place to start. They offer courses at beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels. Beginners’ classes offer an introduction to the language with a focus on both written and conversational ability. Common content includes pronunciation exercises, addressing objects, addressing others, and learning to speak in simple sentences. Intermediate classes focus on language structures, functions, and different ways of expressing ideas. Advanced focus on complex forms and more advanced vocabulary.

The benefits of learning German are immense not only professionally but for the opportunity to connect with people personally. To search for German courses simply view the following link –

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French Courses – Voulez-Vous Apprendre le Francais?

french classesFrench is spoken by over 200 million people and is an official language in at least one country on every continent. Knowing French will help not only in France but also in Canada, the Caribbean, Africa, and other countries in Europe. It is a key language to know for business and for travel.

With one of the world’s biggest economies France is also renowned for its innovative high tech and biotechnology companies. For Irish job seekers this means that knowing French can be a significant advantage in obtaining well-paid, interesting, and dynamic employment. All areas of sales and call-centre help desks and tech support are looking for people with French skills, and in particular, web developers and software specialists with French are in high demand. In a tough economy, knowing French can also increase chances in highly competitive areas of marketing and communications. French is an official language of many international organisations and is crucial for careers in international affairs.

The French have long history of outstanding creative and cultural works; French novels, cuisine, films, painting, and music are among the most original works of art produced. But even if you not tempted to read Balzac over a plate of foie gras, making an effort to learn the language at the very least will help to make trips to Marseilles, Montreal, or Morocco more rewarding and fun.
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There is an abundance of French courses all across Ireland, so much so that it might be wise to ask yourself some questions before plunging into a course. First consider what level of French you want to achieve. If you’re learning French for a holiday, you might only need conversational French, or if you are learning it for business reasons, a tailored course for business specifically is probably the most appropriate, or perhaps you want to be fluent. Next consider in what way you learn best: by yourself, in a group, or with a teacher face-to-face. Other points to consider include; how much time you want to devote to studying, and how much are you prepared to pay.

The Cork Institute of French offers a wide range of French courses at all levels for Leaving Certificate students, adults, business specific classes, and relocating to French-speaking areas. French courses for adults focus on general and conversational French and cover some essential grammatical concepts. Ten week courses (€140) start in a few weeks, and fifteen week classes (€210) start a few weeks later.

The Sandford Language Institute in Dublin offers a wide variety of French classes, from beginner to advanced levels. These classes focus on reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. All classes are 14 weeks in duration, and are offered in both Milltown Park and Merrion Square and cost €220 each.

Conversational classes allow students to learn necessary parts of a conversation, rather than the traditional method of learning via language and grammatical structures. Conversational classes focus on building vocabulary related to the particular topic. Topics can be as varied as selling computer parts in Haiti to sampling wine in Bordeaux. Usually students start with books to refer to and then as confidence grows, the book can be placed to the side.

If you would like to learn in your own time Kilroy’s College offers distance education classes in conversational French and preparation courses for the Leaving Certificate examination in French.

Regardless of why and how, learning French can be an incredible opportunity professionally and personal. To search for French courses simply view the following link –

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Coping with Unemployment

unemployment optionsThe trouble with unemployment is that ‘the minute you wake up in the morning you’re on the job’. This saying ironically reflects how overwhelming and wearing being unemployed can be, both on a physical and emotional level. Work ends at some stage of the day, unemployment only ends when you actually become employed again. As if the unemployed don’t have enough to deal with, there are a whole range of social stigmas that come with being unemployed. Like everything else in life, it is your reaction that will determine how well you survive being unemployed. Research has shown that a positive and proactive reaction determines how long unemployment lasts.

If you have recently become unemployed, it is vital that you normalise your feelings. As with any loss, we go through grief, an emotional response to loss. Grief brings with it four different emotional states; some experience all four, and others one or two. Remember, Grief is a natural process that produces a range of emotions to help people deal with their losses and their fears. Those emotional states are: Denial, Anger, Depression and Acceptance and Hope.

How to cope well:
Prepare: The most important thing when you are unemployed is preparation. Prepare your day; prepare a plan for your day; prepare how you will deal with questions from family and friends, and prepare how you are going to manage your finances. For example, the well-meaning questions of friends and family can bring up emotions such as embarrassment and questions from your bank can trigger panic and further stress.
Be proactive rather than reactive. This will leave your feeling empowered. Yes, change is difficult and fear that change can bring leaves us immobilised. Lose the fear, which comes from suddenly being made unemployed. Whilst it is important to ‘feel the feelings’, it is vitally important to talk about those feelings. What is even more important is to start rebuilding yourself and putting into place the building blocks for your new future also. This instils the last stage of the grief process – acceptance and hope. Even if you don’t feel like doing it – make yourself. Being unemployed is one part of your world – not all of your world.
Structure: It is easy to lie in bed, hoping ‘Duvet Land’ will magically create a new job or opportunities. The only thing that bed gives us is rest or restless nights. Your day as an unemployed person should be just as busy as somebody employed. Your new temporary role is: ‘Finding a job’. It is easy to fill a day searching the numerous on-line job recruitment pages and reading the job section of a newspaper. Once your daily search is over, look at how you can contribute to your community in a voluntary capacity. There are now volunteer centres around the county that can help place you as a volunteer where your skills can be utilised. Avail of courses on offer to you via the various government initiatives. Now is the time to identify the gaps in your skills and fill the gaps.
Talk and Walk: It is really important to keep your mind and body in shape during a period of unemployment. No man is an island so ensure you have somebody to confide in or avail of free counselling services. Exercise is key to that feel good feeling. When we exercise the body releases feel good hormones. There will be no release if you sit in front of a television all day, watching Doctor Phil fixing a strangers problems. So, find a positive outlet for your frustration – work out or write it out. Whatever you do, find a way to channel the bad feelings you’re going to have, because they can build up and do terrible damage to you and the people around you if you don’t.
Re-evaluate: Given the current recession and lack of opportunities perhaps in your area of expertise, you might have to re-evaluate your employment goals. We can’t be as choosy as we could be seven years ago. Ensure, you are applying for all the jobs you could potentially do? Perhaps, a short-term course could give you that one skill you are missing.
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It is somewhat reassuring that the government is responding to unemployment in a number of ways. New training and education programmes which provide upskilling and retraining measures have been introduced. The number of places on some programmes (e.g. the Back to Education Initiative) has been increased. A number of changes have also taken place with the dismantling of FÁS, the establishment of SOLAS, the establishment of NEES (the National Employment and Entitlements Service) and the reconfiguration of programmes in different departments, which also means the movement of staff across departments.

The National Employment Action Plan (NEAP), operated by the Department of Social Protection and FÁS is the main activation measure for jobseekers. Under the NEAP, everyone who is approaching 3 months on the live register is identified by the Department of Social Protection and referred to FÁS for interview with a view to assisting them enter or re-enter the labour market. This will include information on the latest training and education options available to you.

The Department of Social Protection also provides jobseekers with one-to-one assistance through its facilitator service. Jobs Facilitators work closely with FÁS and other agencies at a local level and help jobseekers develop individual progression plans to develop their skills with the aim of improving their employment options.

The new Pathways to Work programme was introduced in February 2012. Speaking at the launch, the Taoiseach said: ‘Pathways to Work is all about people and making sure that, when economic recovery comes, those who lost their jobs in the recession are not left behind. We are completely overhauling the way the State supports jobseekers by introducing best international practice. Pathways to Work will introduce a new code of rights and responsibilities where, in return for welfare support, jobseekers must actively seek employment or engage with employment or training services. When new job opportunities come we want unemployed people to be at the front of the queue. Pathways to Work is fundamentally linked to our Action Plan for Jobs.’

The VEC Adult Education Services offer a number of accredited education and training options for adults, many of which are relevant to the labour market. Each VEC has an Adult Education Officer, who co-ordinates the provision of education and training for adults. A range of options is available to suit everyone, from adult basic education, right through to the Back to Education Initiative, which offers flexible learning opportunities for people in employment.

Springboard is a third level intervention for people who are unemployed. Applicants are generally required to already have a qualification at level 5 or more. This initiative which is ideally suited to people who have substantial work experience but who need a third level qualification to upskill or retrain in growth areas such as ICT, the Green Economy or the Food and Beverage Industry.

FÁS currently co-ordinates a number of training measures which respond to the learning needs of people who are unemployed. Courses available include anything from short courses, to blended learning options which include an online element, to specific skills training relevant to particular industries or sectors. Courses are run at different times in the day and may also lead to FETAC accreditation. Some of the courses provide a training allowance, as well as a contribution towards travel, meals and accommodation.

Some other options if you are unemployed for a longer period of time include:
VTOS (The Vocational Training and Education Scheme) – VTOS offers a range of full time second chance educational opportunities, from basic education right through to vocational education. You must be at least 21 and in receipt of social welfare for at least six months.
Community Employment – Community Employment schemes funded through FÁS offer part time training and work experience opportunities for people who are long term unemployed. Qualifying criteria vary, but in general you must be in receipt of a social welfare payment for at least a year.
FÁS recently joined forces with the Library Council to set up a new e-learning initiative. Learners can now avail of a number of learning opportunities from the comfort of their local library and learn at their own pace. There is no fixed date to sign up for a course and learners have the support of a facilitator who will be present at the library. There are currently no entry requirements, no allowances paid and no charges to those participating. Contact your local library to see if this service is available.
NALA (The National Adult Literacy Agency) recently developed as a distance learning resource which can help people achieve a FETAC Award at Levels 2 or 3 through a blended learning approach.
JobBridge (the National Internship Scheme) is a government intiative which offers internship places to people who have been on the live register for more than 3 months. An internship can last from 6 to 9 months. You will receive an internship allowance equal to your current social welfare allowance plus an additional €50 a week top up which will be paid by the Department of Social Protection.

Unemployment has to be taken very seriously when it happens to you. It can trigger serious mental health difficulties along with causing relationships to break down. You can negate against the negative effects of unemployment by formulating a plan to beat unemployment. Remember, failing to plan is planning to fail.

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NAS Offers Free Defibrillator Training Courses in Waterford

NAS waterfordA Waterford company which is the driving force behind the provision of AED and CPR training in the city has teamed up with the Solas Centre, the South East’s cancer support service centre, to provide training in the use of AED (Automated External Defibrillators).

Throughout May NAS Training Centre will deliver a series of free training courses to the Solas Centre on AED instruction and practice along with adult and child CPR.

According to Ray Power, General Manager NAS Training Centre, the importance of AED and CPR skills can never be underestimated. “In Ireland approximately 10,000 people die each year from cardiovascular disease (CVD), coronary heart disease, stroke and other circulatory diseases. Proficiency and knowledge about what to do if this situation ever arises is paramount.”

“We offered these informative and practical courses to the volunteers, clients and staff at the Solas Centre in order to allow them to deal competently and capably if ever such a situation arises and also because we greatly admire and respect the work of the Solas Centre.”

Ray added, “The course is designed for those with a duty to respond to an emergency in the workplace environment and the participants will learn by practicing all the steps of AED and CPR under the guidance of a qualified instructor.”

Each year 2,000 people are diagnosed with cancer across Waterford, Wexford, Tipperary, Carlow and Kilkenny. Since opening its doors at Ardkeen over three years ago, the Solas Centre has provided support services, such as counselling, relaxation therapies and group support services to over 1,000 people affected by cancer and anticipates that the numbers visiting the Centre in 2013 will continue to rise.

Mick Nevin, Manager of the Solas Centre is delighted that the staff and volunteers will undertake such a practical course. “At the Solas Centre our staff and volunteers receive the highest level of training in all relevant disciplines and we are delighted that NAS invited us to partake on these AED and CPR courses which will give our staff and volunteers the knowledge and skills to deal any cardiac or circulatory emergencies.”

“The philosophy of the Solas Centre is manifold; to provide cancer patients and their families with a safe place to talk things over and to help them cope with living with cancer. It also will work closely with the hospitals of the region in promoting and supporting patient-focused, cutting-edge cancer research and continues not only to educate people about cancer prevention, but also to change our mindset around cancer,” Mick added.

For further information about courses available at NAS Training Centre call 051 333960 or visit For information about the Solas Centre and the services it provides call 051 304604 or visit

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WebActivate Information Event

digital marketing programmeWebActivate is a free programme for the long term unemployed which is operating under the new government Momentum Scheme.

The programme aims to teach participants how to become self-employed web publishers and digital marketers who will service local businesses or to become employees in the digital marketing and web publishing fields.

WebActivate runs for eight months and includes the following topics of study;
• Web Publishing
• Digital Marketing
• Web Authoring Tools
• Writing for the Web & Content Management Systems
• Information Architecture & Content Strategies
• Digital Photography & Graphics
• Project Management & Self Employment Business Skills
• Professional Skills for the Workplace

Work placement is provided during the course of study and participants will receive a laptop, software and 3g broadband access.

The final information event for the WebActivate program takes place this week in Dublin on April 12th at the Digital Skills Academy on Crane Street in Dublin 8.

To book your place and to be eligible for a place on the WebActivate program you can email admin@digitalskillsacademy

To find out more you can visit the WebActivate website at

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Alternative Therapies

alternative therapiesAlternative and complementary therapy includes herbs, vitamins, minerals, and physical exercise and massage for use in healing the mind, body, and soul. An increasing number of people are realising the benefits of these alternative therapies, and the demand for services is growing. Therapists are employed in sports and leisure centres, health clubs, hotels and spas, among other areas of the care industry. Many graduates have also successfully set up their own practice from a private clinic or from home.

Reflexology is a type of massage that relieves tension by applying pressure to parts of the feet, hands, or ears, and is based on the belief that there are reflex points in these areas that are connected to every part of the body. The Natural Healing Centre in Cork specialises in reflexology and has been training students for over 25 years. The Reflexology Course trains students to professional therapist level and is recognised by the BCMA, allowing graduates to practice in Ireland and the UK. The course is compromised of a theory module, in which students study both health sciences and client care, and a practical module, in which various reflexology techniques are put into practice. The course takes place over 14 months on a part-time evening course basis. Classes are twice a month, on a Monday and Wednesday evening of the same week from 7.00-10.00pm.

Homeopathy is a medical treatment that uses very small doses of natural substances, called remedies, to stimulate a person’s immune system. The British Institute of Homeopathy is located in Cork and Galway and offers a wide range of introductory and specialised courses in homeopathy including courses tailored for pharmacists, dental practitioners, and midwives. The Introductory Course concentrates on the fundamentals of homeopathy. The course is taught by distance education and takes place over 4-6 weeks.
For students who are interested in a career in homeopathy The Advanced Practitioner Diploma is a four-year professional course, the first 2 years of which are provided through distance education, while the last two years focus on clinical training. The British Institute also offers many specialised courses for medical professionals and homeopathic practitioners, for example the Diploma Course in Homeopathic Pharmacy that is 6-9 months in durations.

Acupuncture is used to treat pain and disease, and involves strategically inserting fine needles into points on the body’s surface. It is based on Chinese traditional medicine and stimulates the production of natural painkillers. The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM) in Dublin offers the professional Acupuncture Practitioner course over 3 years part time on weekends in Dublin starting in October 2011. The syllabus includes the history and philosophy of Chinese Medicine, specific theories of Chinese Medicine, principles and methods of diagnosis and treatment of diseases, and clinical techniques and procedures. Graduates are automatically eligible for membership of the professional body that sets standards for Acupuncture training in Ireland.

Qigong, another type of Chinese Traditional Medicine, is the forerunner of Tai Chi. It is a meditative practice that uses slow graceful movements and controlled breathing techniques to promote the circulation of qi within the human body. Qi means energy and Gong means to gather with skill, thus Qigong is to gather energy with practiced skill.

This is just a sample of training courses on offer; each school offers many more courses for both the novice and the expert. In addition, the Health and Fitness courses category on contains details of the many nutrition and massage training courses on offer around Ireland –

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Acupuncture Courses

acupuncture courses IrelandWe can accept that any therapy practice that has survived thousands of years is guaranteed to deliver benefits and results. Acupuncture, which originates from China, is such a practice, and it continues to grow in popularity in the Western world.

Acupuncture is an alternative medicine which involves the insertion of very thin needles to various depths through the patient’s skin at specific acupuncture points on the body. Traditional Chinese medicine works on the premise that by stimulating these points, the practitioner can correct imbalances in the flow of qi through channels known as meridians. Whilst difficult to comprehend at first – acupuncture is quite easily explained.

Chinese medicine believes that the yin and yang in your body must be balanced. Balance ensures that the body is maintained in a healthy state but if they are not in balance then your vital energy flows are being blocked. This vital energy is also known as qi and when it is not allowed to flow freely through specific body channels called meridians, you are experiencing different health problems or illnesses. By inserting acupuncture needles in certain points on your body along these meridians you can unblock the qi and restore your overall balance.

Your first visit to an acupuncturist will involve him/her making a diagnosis; this can be done in a number of ways. It will most likely involve measuring your pulse and asking a number of questions to ascertain and build up a picture about your lifestyle and health. The acupuncture practitioner may also check your tongue, stomach or facial skin for certain indicators of bodily ills.

Once the diagnosis is made, the therapist will choose specific acupuncture points (at least five) on your body and insert sterile needles in them. The insertion points may be far away from the area of discomfort or pain, for example, if you are suffering from neck pain, the acupuncturist may use some points located on your hand. The needles are solid and very thin – ensuring that your treatment is pain free. They usually remain inserted in the patient’s body for about 20 minutes and after they are removed the therapy has ended.
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Like any other alternative therapy – you must be patient with this treatment. Most people report feeling energised and feeling a sense of calm straight away. This gives a sense of immediate belief in this treatment – which is part of any therapy working. However, more than likely you will require several treatments.

Whilst, it is not quite known how acupuncture works scientifically; it does have some excellent therapeutic benefits. People use it to relieve any bodily pain and for therapeutic reasons – relieving nervous tension and mental health issues. The World Health Organization states that acupuncture is effective for treating 28 conditions, and possibly many more.

The Western world has been familiar with this type of treatment only for a few decades but it has already become quite popular there. With prescribed medicines and treatments often not working and people wary of chemical intervention in disease, there is a willingness and interest in trying out alternative Chinese therapy.

Given the demand for credible practitioners; it is little surprise that there is an increasing amount of people becoming acupuncture practitioners. Accreditation and proper training is very important if you want to establish yourself in this business.

The Irish College of Traditional Chinese Medicine (ICTCM) offers an excellent three year course which can be undertaken on a part-time basis. The Acupuncture and TCM professional qualification is the Licentiate in TCM (Lic.TCM). Other courses can be viewed at the link below.

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April 2013 Update
News Feature Leaving Certificate Reform for 2016

Leaving Certificate ReformThe Leaving Certificate points system has survived for twenty years in the belief it is transparent and fair but major plans for change in the entry procedure for college and the Leaving Certificate look set to be in place for 2016. The points system to date has worked particularly well for students blessed with great memory, an aptitude for revision and study with the ability to draw deep on their memory banks to withdraw the right information on exam day.

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Featured Provider Motions Fitness

Motions FitnessMotions is a course provider offering the highest standard of professional qualifications in fitness instruction and sports massage therapy. The fitness courses are accredited by the University of Limerick and they are the only university accredited fitness qualifications in Ireland. The Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness is a professional qualification with graduates qualified to teach in fitness centres, gyms or work as self-employed personal trainers or instructors..

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Leaving Cert Reform for 2016

leaving cert reformThe Leaving Certificate points system has survived for twenty years in the belief it is transparent and fair but major plans for change in the entry procedure for college and the Leaving Certificate look set to be in place for 2016.

The points system to date has worked particularly well for students blessed with great memory, an aptitude for revision and study with the ability to draw deep on their memory banks to withdraw the right information on exam day. Private grinds and extra-curricular tuition to fine tune learning skills are the ultimate in exam and revision technique for those who are able to afford them. These elements leave fairness a debatable point. However, irrespective of the student, performance pressure is on all Leaving Certificate students.

Shake up and reform of the second to third level transition is happening now. A concerted effort by all agencies involved across the second to third level platforms are addressing and attempting to correct the inherent problems in the existing system.

The Department of Education and five other bodies including the, Higher Education Authority (HEA),and the Irish Universities Association (IUA) are collaborating.

This first ever modification of the CAO system is focussed on improving teaching and learning quality to reduce the pressure and stress for Leaving Certificate students who currently are involved in a race to chase college places on highly contested third level courses. There is a series of cross-agency measures and work is being finalised to reform the process for the year of 2016 Leaving Certificate students.


Three priority areas have been identified for reform:

  1. There are currently 946 CAO Level 8 degree courses and this number will be reduced. The result will be programmes with a broader base across fewer courses for first year students.
  2. Cuts to the unwieldy 14-point grading bands A1 to NG (no grade) in the Leaving Certificate.
  3. Removal of predictability in examinations.

Reduction of Level 8 Courses

Concerns were raised about the significant increase in the number of CAO courses introduced over recent years. Changes now mooted are set to reduce the numbers of multiple courses of the same subject, this will prevent students from over-specialising in branch areas of a main subject too early in their studies. The belief is that when students have the option to specialise at an early stage, they become uncertain and the bottle necks for the main subject degrees with limited places leads to the situation where unnecessarily high points are required for these over subscribed courses.

Some courses will not be included in the changes and these include such programmes as medicine. However, consideration is being given as to whether the courses in the healthcare professional arena and others of this type should be open only to graduates.

Technology Institutes have also committed to review Level 8 programmes to ensure there is a mixed portfolio of courses with denominated and generic entry.

Leaving Certificate Grading Bands

Changes to Leaving Cert grading will see a reduction from 14 bands. Ireland currently has the most grading bands from all nations for examinations of similar type. The present points system was first introduced in 1992 as universities were concerned at the increased use of random selection for college students on similar or equal points.

While the intention was good to have more differentiation between applicants, the system bears blame for the extremes of pressure put upon students to push them to achieve maximum points, often seeing the course of their choice slip away as the popularity of the course increased the entry criteria. Anyone who has seen the devastation of a student missing his or her first choice course for the sake of a few points will welcome the reform. The pressure on teaching staff and students has meant the traditional curriculum relies on teaching students to pass exams and learning information by rote rather than promoting the ability to think critically and achieve deep-seated learning.

Predictability of Examinations

Teaching staff and students alike second-guess the examinations trying to predict what topics will come up in the Leaving Certificate examination for a given year. The teaching is then focussed on topics that have not featured for a few years. It is a gamble that often pays off but also has left students adrift when the examiners have not been predictable as forecast. Removing this element from examinations will lead to a broader based knowledge and the necessity to learn all of the modules in the subject area.

The reforms have been welcomed by Irish Business groups and IBEC said if the new reforms were properly implemented it would improve teaching, shift the emphasis away from old fashioned rote learning and assist students in making better and well-informed choices when it comes to choosing a college course.

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Evening Courses

evening coursesAre you looking for a career change? Making up lost time? Do you need a slip of paper to get that promotion, or maybe you want a new hobby, or to develop your language skills? Whatever your aims, you probably have too many responsibilities to drop everything and head off back to college. Entering full time education can mean hefty debts, a struggle to make ends meet and disconnection from a successful career path: a serious lifestyle commitment. Evening courses, on the other hand, might take up a small chunk of free time and a little cash, but don’t require you to drastically change your life.

Evening courses might not require the same sacrifices as going full time, but that doesn’t limit what you can achieve: it’s possible to spend your evenings doing anything, right up to becoming a doctor, though it’ll take a little longer than the intensive route. Another major benefit of an evening education is an entirely different learning environment. With many students having been out of formal education for significant periods of time, group classes tend to produce a more mature atmosphere. Students understand each other’s apprehension when it comes to learning, and many describe their classmates as supportive and dedicated. Many late night time students arrive after a full days work, have limited time to complete assignments and juggle numerous other responsibilities in their lives, but still enjoy complete courses, and do so successfully. Students tend to come from a much wider range of age groups: age, as they say, is no barrier to learning.

If you’re looking to gain a high level qualification you’ll have to plan ahead, as most providers of university-level courses run their evening courses on a similar schedule to the universities themselves, commencing in September or January each year. You’ll also need to think carefully about your long term future, as undertaking a high level evening course may require you to live near to the learning centre for a substantial amount of time. When studying in the evening, for example, PhDs regularly take at least 6 years to complete. Most universities now run a few of their regular courses with night time options, so your local university is a great place to start the search. By signing up with a major university, you’ll gain access to the extensive facilities (and perks) available to the full time students, and benefit from the universities reputation. Most courses at this level require prior lower level qualifications or extensive relevant experience, though if you’re doing something with a business focus, decent management experience is often more than enough.

If you want that advanced qualification, but the universities are just too far away (or you prefer to move at your own pace) there’s always the Distance Learning option. This market is dominated by the likes of the Open University, whose courses include almost anything that can be done without extensive onsite tutoring. Advanced photography, design and innovation, criminology and even a PGCE (teaching qualification) are all available. Whilst there are some time restrictions, courses run by centres like the OU are by far the most flexible, as you’ll able to do everything from your own living room, largely as and when you want to. You might not ever meet your tutors, but they will act as useful hands on guides via the Internet. Should it all get too much, you’ll even have the option to leave it alone for a few months.

For most people, the thought of a full on diploma, let alone masters or PhD, might be too much to contemplate. If you’re looking for something a little less long term and a little less strenuous, commonly available options include short courses, many only a few weeks in length, these cover subjects such as languages (at all levels), writing (a subject in which the Irish Writer’s Centre in Dublin attracts particularly prestigious evening lecturers), philosophy, music, child care and film studies. Universities are an equally valuable resource in these kind of areas, though you may find that smaller, private schools and specialised centres offer more flexibility when it comes to schedules and course length. For subjects like languages and music, private tutors (check the local papers) can produce tailor made classes at affordable prices, especially if you can form a group to study together.

Dublin is an obvious centre for Ireland’s evening courses, offering a huge variety of topics at varying levels over dozens of institutions, large and small. Elsewhere, the better known colleges in Galway, Limerick, Cork and Dundalk all offer impressive evening options, as do private schools in Waterford, Sligo and Roscommon (amongst many other areas). If you’re based in a more remote area, you may be able to find more limited courses on offer at local schools or through private tutors, but will have to travel or enrol on a distance learning course to experience more in depth and intensive subject matter.

Just for fun, or as an exercise in CV building and personal development, the large and varied selection of evening courses on offer around Ireland are likely to fulfil your educational needs without interfering with your career. From cheap, large-group courses lasting a few weeks to a full on doctorate that can take several years, there’s plenty on offer to please everyone.

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Family Fun Technology Day

lit technology dayLimerick Institute of Technology are hosting a family friendly IT and gaming event later this month. The technology day has been organised by the colleges event management students in conjunction with Coderdojo and Dell and will take place on March 29th (Good Friday) 12pm to 5pm.

The Coderdojo Generation Game’ will offer something for everyone – vintage games for adults, coding workshops for 7 to 17 year olds and fun games for the under sevens. The Generation Game is a charity event and offers a unique gaming experience incorporating vintage and modern gaming. Introductory coding workshops for children will run during the day as well as seminars for parents on technology awareness. participants will get the chance to meet new and upcoming games designers or just chill out and play some classic consoles and iconic games.

There will be a choice of three coding workshops; Scratch, Arduino and HTML. These aim to develop a general understanding in the basic building blocks for making websites, games and programmes.

Cyber bullying seminars will aim to tackle some of the technology issues parents are faced with, and will bridge the gap for parents and IT.

Tickets for the event are on sale for €5 with family tickets available for €10(includes 4).To find out more about the event and book your workshop visit:

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