Further Education, The PLC Application Process

how to apply for plc courseFurther Education can be described as education and training which occurs after second level schooling but which is not part of the third level system. Further education providers offer a wide variety of QQI level 5 and level 6 courses often known as Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses. Students mostly enter into these courses following the Leaving Certificate or when returning to education. Most courses require applicants to have five passes in the Leaving Certificate or a pass at Leaving Certificate Applied, however, mature applicants without these requirements are also considered.

Around Spring each year, many further education colleges hold interviews for first round applicants. The interviews are normally conducted by members of the teaching staff who are aware that many students may not have been in an interview situation before. Therefore, questions are not designed to trick students and the interviewers are happy to help applicants if needed.

The purpose of the interviews is to assess if the applicant is suitable for the course and interview questions are based on course content and the applicant’s experience and career plans. Some colleges ask that applicants bring along samples of work, especially when applying for creative courses , however the colleges are only looking to establish the applicant’s level of interest and are not looking for a high level of skill. Colleges may also require a reference from the student’s school or a recent report.

Most further education colleges do not have a closing date for applications and continue to accept applications until all places are filled. However, with the popularity of these courses increasing in recent times, students are encouraged to apply early to ensure they have the best chance of attaining a place.

When applying for a course, applicants are advised to look over the course information and familiarise themselves with the course content. Applicants should also be ready to talk about how their chosen course will fit into their long-term goals i.e. Will they be entering into employment or continuing their studies? Applicants are also advised to mention any relevant work experience they may have and are advised to dress smartly and arrive on time.

Some examples of further education colleges are lsited below.

St. Louis Community School, Mayo, offers PLC courses in areas such as Childcare Classroom Assistant Special Needs (level 5), Nursing studies (level 5) and Business Administration (level 6).

Dorset College, Dublin, offers PLC courses in areas such as Diploma in Accounting and Business, Diploma in Project Management and Game Design and Animation Development.

Portobello Institute is based in Dublin but also runs courses in other parts of the country. It offers PLC courses in topics such as Speech and Language Therapy Assistant, Occupational Therapy Assistant and Advanced Beauty Therapy.

Dun Laoghaire College of Further Education runs a range of Arts, Business, Computing, Design, Healthcare, Media and Animal welfare courses in the South Dublin area.

Rathmines College in Dublin 6 offers further education and PLC courses in the areas of Business, computers, liberal arts, office administration, PR, Journalism and more.

Moate Business College in the midlands caters to a wide catchment area and offers a lot more than business. Students here can choose from healthcare, computer studies, art & design and more.

View PLC and Further Education Courses on Findacourse.ie – https://www.findacourse.ie/further-education-plc-ireland.html

Author: Fiona McBennett

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Get Going for 2017 With An Evening Course

spring evening coursesWhy not get your year off to a good start in 2017 with an evening course? Evening classes can improve your lifestyle, boost your career, or help in discovering a new hobby. Part time courses can brighten up the winter months and get the new year off to a positive start.

The main motivation for engaging in evening courses are personal interest, enhancement of job prospects and gaining qualifications. Trying something new is not only affordable but is easily accessible through a broad spectrum of educational establishments who all offer evening course programmes beginning in January and February.

Prospective evening course students will find that almost any subject is taught in evening courses, although continuing education subjects such as information technology and business administration are prevalent and popular. For every student there is a course to suit and often there are some intriguing and unusual subjects as well as more conventional hobby classes.

Some evening courses form part of a degree program, while other non-credit courses, allow students to learn new skills and brush up on old ones. Evening courses are mostly held on weeknights, although some courses operate at week ends as well.

While some participants have high expectations of professional training, meeting like minded people and gaining qualifications, other participants are happy to explore topics at beginner level. Learning is stimulating for everyone and evening courses provide a great way for those who have been out of education for a while or who missed out on formal education to learn to study again in a relaxed setting. Those who are opting for more serious courses will find the tuition professional and the outcome every bit as successful as if studying on a full time course.

Where to Study
etbs in IrelandEach region in Ireland has an Education and Training Board (ETB) where the objective is to deliver community orientated education and evening courses are a large part of this brief. More information about your local ETB can be found at www.etbi.ie.

Many second and third level colleges offer evening courses in a range of subjects including languages, domestic arts, crafts, yoga and a range of business and administration courses. Contact your local college to see if they run evening courses this Spring.

Private colleges offer a vast array of evening course choices including MBA courses and post graduate offerings as well as other career enhancing courses across the whole range of career options. Courses of this type are ideal for those seeking to gain further qualifications and enhance job opportunities. Third level colleges also offer similar courses and will have similar admission policies to their day time courses.

Most evening courses are short term (usually 8 to 12 weeks) and the cost is based on the subject and the materials required for the course. They can cost as little as 80 euro for a hobby class and in general are cheaper than day time courses which are more focused on accreditation. However even accredited courses can be cheaper when studied by evening, for example, an MBA course is likely to be up to 50% cheaper by opting for an evening part time option.

CMI (Communications and Management Institute) in Dublin, offers evening courses in everything from Fashion Buying and Merchandising to a Diploma in Criminal Forensic Psychology. There are also courses in Management and Team Leadership, as well as a Diploma in Addiction Studies.

Pitman Training offers a large variety of job specific courses, such as a Business Management Diploma , a Medical Audio Typing course and an IT Office Administrator Diploma. Pitman Training have trainings located all over the country in: Carlow, Maynooth, Cork, Dublin, Dundalk, Galway, Limerick, Mullingar, Naas, Sligo, Tralee, Wexford and Waterford.

Moate Business College in Westmeath offers a lot more than just business courses. January evening courses at the college include; Computers for Beginners & Improvers, Millinery, Digital Photography, Train the Trainer, DIY Bike Maintenance and others…

Malahide Community School in Dublin, offers part-time evening courses in subjects including French and computers as well as yoga and ballroom dancing. The classes run on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday nights from 7.30pm- 9.30pm.

The Sandford Language Institute in South County Dublin offers language courses for all levels. Dutch, Chinese, Arabic, Russian and Italian are just some of the languages available to study in the institute.

NUI Galway offers a range of certified part-time courses, including the evening certificate course in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). Classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from 7pm-10pm and coursework includes fifty hours of supervised teaching practice.

View Evening Course Listings on Findacourse.ie

Some colleges have enrolment evenings for the courses which are a great way to see what is on offer and resolve any questions before signing up. Other courses accept online enrolment. Once enrolment is complete, attendance begins on the course start date.
The best way to find an evening course that is suitable is to investigate the facilities in the local area using a reputable course finder website where all facilities in the area offering courses will be identified along with all the courses on offer. This is by far the most efficient way to research evening courses rather than rely on local press notices.

So many people have experienced improvements in their personal and professional lives through evening courses, sometimes leading to new adventures and careers. It is never too late to learn something new.

Author: Denise Colebrooke

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Fota Island Health and Safety Conference – 1st February

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A conference at Fota Island Resort, Fota Island, Cork – 1st February 2017

The conference will allow a panel of distinguished speakers to consider how to work together to assess risks under a range of different scenarios.  They will provide practical and current advice and consider some of the pitfalls of risk assessment.

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The speakers include some leading academic and industrial specialists as well as practicing consultants and experts from the Health and Safety Authority and the British Occupational Hygiene Society (BOHS).

The conference has been primarily designed for: process owners, safety engineers/specialists, consultants, contractors, health & safety officers, academics, trainers, technicians, supervisors, managers, occupational hygienists, facilities personnel and team leaders. In fact anyone with risk assessment responsibilities and duties will benefit from the conference. It has been approved by Engineers Ireland and those who attend the event can record their attendance as CPD.

The event will appeal to a wide range of industries and organizations, including: multi-nationals right down to SMEs and state and semi-state agencies. One of the aims is to bring together a number of leading subject specialists and experts in Risk Assessment to address various aspects of quantitative and qualitative risk evaluation, control and management.

A trade exhibition will also be held in conjunction with the conference, presenting networking opportunities for delegates and allowing specialist suppliers to showcase key products and services.

Additional information and booking details are available on the website: www.env.ie

View Moloney and Associate Courses on Findacourse.ie at: www.findacourse.ie/moloney-associates-acoustic-cg360.html

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Art Classes – Are They For You

art classesThere aren’t many pocket friendly hobbies that you can take up, that are not only affordable but also therapeutic. Let’s face it, how much does it cost to buy some pencils, pastels or paper? Another added incentive is that your work could make you some cash or lead to progression into Higher Education.

Aspiring and established artists study art to learn new techniques used with the different forms of artistic media. The fantastic and interesting thing about Art is that it is never stagnant, because people don’t stay the same. Your work reflects often your state of mind and life in general sometimes!

All over Ireland, there are Education and Training Boards (ETBs) who run adult learning centres alongside their secondary education facilities. Most of these run part time art courses. There are also numerous further education colleges and private education providers who run part-time and evening art courses. These courses can run from six weeks to one/two years (if it is QQI accredited).

The costs for part time art courses usually range from 100 euros to 200 euros. Means tested PLC Maintenance Grants are available to students who are progressing to a QQI Level 5/6 Award or equivalent and who have not previously studied for such an award.

Malahide Community School, as part of their Adult Learning programme, run a ten week evening Art course. This course provides an introduction to drawing and painting using the various applied arts mediums and encourages pupils to discover their own creative skills. Beginners and more experienced are welcome to attend.

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Find more art classes by searching our Media Art and Design Courses at – www.findacourse.ie/media-art-design-courses-c2.html

Many of those who attain QQI accredited qualifications in Art can progress to Higher Education courses, similar to those on offer in the Art & Design Department of GMIT. A number of places are reserved on most Higher Level Art courses for QQI applicants. This is a restricted-application programme. As well as the minimum requirements for programmes in GMIT, entry to this programme is by interview/portfolio assessment. Graduates may proceed to the Level 8 honours degree programmes in Fine Art or Textile Design in the Department of Art and Design at GMIT or to other institutions nationally and internationally.

It is important to enquire from course providers what course materials are required to participate in their course. Some providers charge an additional fee to cover course and class materials. Others will ask you to have some basic materials to begin with. Essential requirements for beginners could include: a good quality wire backed A3/A4 size sketchpad, three graphite pencils, B, 3B, 5B and a soft plastic-type eraser.

Our various life experiences affect us in different ways, and our responses to those experiences affect our mood and behaviour. Art is an ideal way to express yourself in an entertaining and constructive way. Art also lets us express our passions and our hopes. With a new year, many of us make resolutions to take up a hobby. Drawing, painting or sculpting is a great hobby whilst being personally beneficial for the participant. You never know, you could discover the Da Vinci in you!

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Giving the Gift of Learning

courses as christmas giftsSome people dread the ‘C’ word but no matter where you hide or how hard you resist; Christmas is fast approaching. Many of us are left wondering: what do you buy somebody who just about has everything and lets face it; most of us have seen enough gift basket sets to last us a life time. There are many of us who want to buy gifts with purpose.

A novel idea for a gift is to buy somebody a course in an area they have expressed an interest in. With the large numbers of people signing up to part-time courses and distance learning courses; it is apparent how popular part time study has become – often not just for personal or leisure reasons but to increase employability or help initiate a change of direction in career.

Some popular part-time and distance learning courses in Ireland include areas related to Sports & Fitness programmes, Train the Trainer courses, Floristry, Style & Image courses, and Languages.

If you or somebody on your gift list is interested in any of these areas, a good starting point might be to contact a reputable course provider and enquire about gift vouchers or specials they may be running this time of year.

Litton Lane Training run a part-time/evening Fitness Instructor Course. This course allows you to become a fully qualified and recognised ITEC Fitness Instructor. On completion of this course, the participant is highly trained and ready for a career as a Fitness Instructor. Litton Lane Training are based in Dublin, for other locations view our fitness training courses page.

A Train the Trainer course is an ideal course to equip learners with excellent transferrable skills that graduates can bring to many employers. Griffin College devised this course in response to a consistent demand for trainer courses along with a realisation that employers like to have staff on board who can train new staff and up-skill existing staff. This course provides skills to develop training programmes that are both effective and productive.

The International Career Institute run a Floristry course via Distance Learning. This course assists learners in using their creativity to brighten people’s lives with flowers. For more distance learning courses view the following link – Distance Learning Courses Ireland

An ideal gift for the loved one in your life may well be the part-time Fashion Stylist and Personal Shopper course from Colour and Image Academy. This academy has locations in Cork and Limerick and provides inspiring and comprehensive training that is designed to equip learners with all the relevant skills to become successful in this glamorous industry. On completion, their comprehensive courses give a qualification in the following areas: colour consultations, styling according to shape, make-up application & make-overs, seasonal fashion advice, bridal service, men’s image, and personal shopping.

Language courses are on offer from Sandford Languages Institute in Dublin City. They run evening courses in Dublin City in a wide variety of languages and their Spring term will be starting in early 2017. Personalised gift vouchers are available from the college for some or all of the course fee. Other language courses can be viewed on our languages course page.

CMI College in Dublin have a wide range of courses starting next Spring in subject areas such as; Business, Management, Child Psychology, Environmental, Criminal Psychology, Journalism, Marketing, Health & Safety and more.. Spring deadline is 15th January for application and a pre-Christmas discount is currently being offered.

Course providers throughout the country are more than happy to discuss a tailored gift for you while keeping in mind the interests of the recipient and the budget you have to spend on such a gift. There are courses that range in price from 100 euros to 1000s of euros and they can range in duration from 1 day to a few weeks to a distance learning course that can be completed at the participants own pace.

The gift of education can be life changing and has the potential to greatly improve somebody’s present and future life. It will certainly have more longevity than a bottle of bath salts!

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Book Store: Workplace Tutor

tutor teaching a classThe Workplace Tutor is designed for anyone who is responsible for the delivery of training in the modern workplace. The workplace could be a commercial business, a government agency or a community organisation.

The Tutor could be someone who is employed in the Training Department of the organisation or a skilled employee required to deliver training in his or her skills or an employee of a training company contracted to deliver training within a different workplace.

It is a practical book referring to theory only where necessary, but placing the role of training within the historical developments that have taken place over the last 300 years.

To purchase the book – simply fill out the form below and you will receive payment link. When payment has been made the book will be sent to the address supplied below..

Cost: €20 (including postage & packaging)

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CPD with NUI Galway

cpd courses in GalwayThe Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development at NUI Galway offers a wide range Continuing Professional Development (CPD) courses. These courses are modules that are taken on a separate, standalone basis. Many of these courses are commencing in January 2017.

These modules are industry focused and provide an ideal opportunity to up-skill in a profession and add to a CPD portfolio.

Modules are offered in a wide range of subjects such as those shown below..
Community Education

  • SP184: Understanding Conflict
  • SP147: Youth and Society
  • SP139: Community Health

Early Childhood Studies

  • Effective Leadership for the Childcare Sector
  • Promoting Inclusion in Early Years Care and Education
  • The Child and Family in Irish Law
  • Promoting Inclusion in Early Years Care and Education
  • Psychology – The Developing Child 1
  • Management Skills for Childcare Environments
  • Implementing the Early Years Curriculum
  • Management Skills for Childcare Environment
  • Management Skills for Childcare Environments
  • Implementing the Early Years Curriculum
  • Creative Development in Early Childhood

IT Online

  • Object Oriented Programming
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Object Oriented Design
  • Graphics Programming


  • MK5106: Digital Marketing Strategy and Management
  • MK5104: Marketing Analytics

Social Care

  • SC4222: Social Care Management and Leadership in Social Care Settings

Technology Management (Level 9)

  • Managing Technology Projects
  • Technology, Finance & Capital
  • Improving Business Processes
  • Technology, Innovation & Entrepreneurship
  • People Management for Technology Organisations
  • Six Sigma

Training and Education

  • Management of Training & Education
  • Understanding Communities
  • Management of Innovation
  • Project Planning, Management & Evaluation
  • Negotiations & Negotiation Skills
  • Course Delivery
  • Problem Management & Creativity

Science & Technology – Diploma Cycle (Level 7)

  • Maths 1
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Physics 2
  • Biology & Biotechnology 1
  • Biology & Biotechnology 2
  • Intro to Environmental Science
  • Science, Technology & Innovation
  • Database Applications
  • Intro to Management Science
  • Analytical Chemistry
  • Design of Engineering Systems
  • CAD Modelling

Science & Technology – Diploma Cycle (Level 7)

  • Environmental Impact Assessment
  • Sustainable Energy
  • Quality Science & Six Sigma
  • Enterprise Modelling & Simulation
  • Biocompatibility & Device Design
  • Medical Device Science
  • Project Management
  • Regulatory Compliance
  • Research Methodology

Visit the NUI Galway website for a full list of CPD courses: http://www.nuigalway.ie/adult-learning/cpd/

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November 2016 E-News

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Education NewsTaster Days – What Are The Benefits?
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It can be very beneficial to gain some experience either working or studying in a field related to a chosen career path or course of study. This has been made easier with the growth in popularity of ‘Taster Days’.What is a Taster Day?Taster Days are events held by colleges, whereby the student gains hands-on knowledge and experience of a particular course or area of study. The students are usually shown the facilities, the type of course material they will be studying and sometimes the work of professionals who have qualified in that area of study..

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The National Training Centre (NTC) offers professional industry based qualifications in the areas of Fitness Instructor Training, Personal Training, Pilates Instructor Training, Neuromuscular Physical Therapy and a range of other health fitness related courses. NTC provides students with the opportunity to study part time for a Masters Degree in Exercise and Nutrition Science and a Masters Degree in Neuromuscular Therapy. There are a wide range of courses to choose from and all courses are offered part time in various locations.

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ICM Certificate in Freedom of Information for Decision Makers

ICM Certificate in Freedom of Information for Decision Makers, 23rd November – Dublin

Freedom of Information (FOI) is now an established and fully accepted feature of all Government departments and offices and many public or publicly-funded bodies in Ireland (now known as “FOI bodies”). The Freedom of Information Act 2014 establishes the following statutory rights for the public: – The right to be granted access to records held by FOI bodies, subject to exemptions and exclusions set out in the Act…

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Manual and Computerised Payroll Award

Manual and Computerised Payroll Award, Nationwide Locations – 7th November

Provides participants with the knowledge and skills in understanding the concepts of manual payroll and implementing a computerised payroll system. A manual assessment will be undertaken as a project/case study which can be completed at home and must be submitted at the end of the course. Graduates will be awarded QQI Certificate Level 5, component module 5N1546

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From Arabic to Vietnamese, our languages category page offers a wide range of courses from languages for beginners to more advanced course options for improvers. Check out our Languages Course Listings for more information and our Languages Articles for language learning tips and information.
Featured Article CPD Courses
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CPD or, Continuous Professional Development, refers to lifelong learning or continuing education. It is the means by which people advance their skills and knowledge related to their professions. In today’s competitive and rapidly changing world, taking part in a CPD course can be essential to ensure continued employment and career advancement.

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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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Travel and Tourism Courses

travel and tourism courses in IrelandEven during the global economic downturn, travel and tourism remained an industry with an extensive and diverse market to cater for. Here in Ireland, the tourism industry is about encouraging international tourists to come and spend their time and money sampling Irish products and services. It is also about making Ireland attractive to Irish holiday makers and encouraging ‘staycations’.

This is an industry that incorporates a number of different jobs, including: accommodation, leisure activities, food and drink providers, tourism service providers, events and conferencing facilities, tourist attractions and the transport and travel trade. The travel industry also specifically deals with the actual logistics of transporting clients/customers from one destination to another and the promotion of these services.

Areas of work in the travel industry include travel agencies/consultancies, tour operators, individual/group handling agencies and destination management companies (DMCs). Many general tourism roles could also be available to graduates of travel industry programmes.

Some examples of graduate jobs in the tourism and travel industry are:
•Travel consultant
•Tourism officer
•Reservations agent
•Tour guide
•Tourist Information Centre manager
•Tour operator
•Operations manager
•Cabin crew
•Heritage officer

Business support roles, such as HR, finance and IT, are also available in all areas of the tourism and travel industry.

The main employers include Fáilte Ireland, Tourism Ireland and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board. Outside of these bodies there are positions with tourism information centres, regional tourism bodies, local authorities, travel companies and tour operators, travel/transport authorities and providers, interpretive centres, heritage sites. There are also specialist tourism areas such as eco-tourism, sustainable tourism, food and drink tourism, agri-tourism and adventure tourism have also grown in recent times. With an increasing awareness of health issues and the importance of fitness – many people want to combine a holiday with out-door activities like kayaking or mountain climbing. Cruise line companies are also well worth considering as a potential employer as this is one of the few areas of this tourism/hospitality sector which has shown significant growth in recent years.
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To get a job in the tourism and travel sector you will typically need a third-level qualification or training, often to degree level.

Tralee IT offer an honours degree programme in Travel & Tourism Management. This course is designed to prepare students for a wide variety of career opportunities in the Travel and Tourism Industry.
On completion of this programme you will have developed management skills in:
• Tour guiding
• Travel agency practice
• Communication and language
• Information Technology
• Business (marketing, human resources, management, enterprise development)
• Business Planning/Project Management
• Event management
• Research methods.
This is an opportunity to study a unique travel and tourism management programme in Kerry, Ireland’s premier tourism county. Students benefit from the wide range of tourism facilities and attractions in the area and the close links the college has with industry. GMIT also offer potential students a degree programme in Tourism studies.

There is also the option of attaining a QQI Level 5 qualification in Tourism and Travel. Portobello Institute run such a course, as does Moate Business College. With the internationally recognised certifications from Portobello Institute (including travel agent certifications) you could choose to establish a career anywhere in the world. You will study about tourism awareness, customer service, cultural studies, marketing practice, and tourism enterprise. This course, like others, include a work placement.

QQI courses (available throughout the country) are designed to provide students with a broad range of skills and knowledge in preparation for travel related careers. The course in Moate like many other PLC/Further Education courses also covers Computer skills, Office and Business Administration. Graduates will receive certification in ECDL, QQI level 5 in Office & Business Administration and QQI level 5 in Tourism & Travel.
The course content consists of:
*  Tourism and Travel Services
*  Tourism Awareness
*  Customer Service
*  Tourism Enterprise
*  Reception
*  Heritage
*  Profile of Rural Tourism

Graduates of Further Education Tourism and Travel courses have found employment with:
*  Airlines-Cabin Crew or Ground Stewards
*  Tour Guide
*  Ferry Travel
*  Holiday Representative Abroad
*  Airline Reservation Sales
Holders of a QQI award at level 5 may apply for degree courses under the Higher Education Links or via the pilots Link Scheme (where specific courses accept certain QQI qualifications).

There are also specific skills in the travel and tourism industry that you can be certified in. The Galileo Reservations Certificate is one example. The International Career Institute run such a course. This certificate is often necessary if you are interested in working in a Travel Agency, with a Tour Operator or in an Airline Reservation Department. It would also be useful for those already working in the industry, who wish to obtain qualification through home study.

Regardless of whether you come into this industry sector via distance learning, further education or the CAO system, it is important to remember that this is a service industry, first and foremost, so you must have patience, flexibility and excellent interpersonal skills. Cultural sensitivity and awareness are critical, as tourism professionals deal with different countries and cultures.

The tourism industry will continue to change as both the global economy changes and various new destinations come on board as tourist destinations. An obvious trend is the increase in Internet service and increasing competitiveness. The Web has created new and different career options for those interested in travel/tourism careers. Individuals can work for travel web-sites and/or go on to write for travel and tourism publications on-line and in print.

Once, you are qualified in this sector, it is recommended, to continually up-skill, in order to climb that travel and tourism career ladder.

Find travel and Tourism courses on Findacourse at the following link – www.findacourse.ie/travel-tourism-courses-c7.html

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IADT Open Days 24th to 26th November

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The Institute of Art, Design & Technology in Dun Laoghaire, County Dublin is a dynamic Institute which offers a wide array of courses that are both creative and innovative. This November there are a number of open days catering to both undergraduate and postgraduate students.

24th November Postgraduate Open Evening – 4.30 to 7.30 pm

This event includes a range of workshops and talks about the wide range of postgraduate courses on offer at the Institute. More details about these workshops and a timetable of events can be viewed at the following link; http://www.iadt.ie/news/open-evening-for-mature-students

25th and 26th November Undergraduate Open Days

Friday 25th November | 2pm – 8pm
Saturday 26th November | 10am – 4pm

These open days include a wide range of workshops and events scheduled throughout the day on the IADT open day timetable page. To view more details of the timetable and the open days, view the following link; http://www.iadt.ie/news/open-days

What you can expect from Open Evening at IADT:

  • Walk about the campus and get a sense of the campus and facilities
  • Listen to talks about courses + how to apply
  • Find out how to prepare your portfolio
  • Talk to students and lecturers from IADT courses
  • See where students work and study by visiting labs + studios

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Entrance to the campus is only via the Media Cube entrance (blue squared building). The entrance to the Atrium building, where information stands are located, is at the campus roundabout.

If you have any queries in relation to Open Days + Open Evening at IADT please email info@iadt.ie or call Ruth Wilkinson on (01) 239 4400.

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Alternative Medicine

alternative medicine coursesOne of the principal goals of alternative medicine and natural healing is to break the cycle of dependency and allow people to be more in control of their own lives. A growing number of people are turning to alternative medicine and natural healing. Even mainstream doctors have begun to recommend natural drugless therapies’ to treat both everyday complaints and serious illnesses.

If one was to pick up tablets or a formula for indigestion or acid reflux, the basic ingredients often come from peppermint and ginger. Both natural ingredients, that can be taken, without the chemical formula attached. Dietary modifications, for instance, has become the weapons of choice against a number of diseases that would have been treated mainly with prescription drugs a generation ago. Heart disease, cancer, weight problems, arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure – they can all be treated to some degree with foods. Natural therapies found in alternative medicine are actually much older than Western treatments such as surgeries and antibiotics. Experts estimate that herbal remedies and Ayurveda, the traditional medicine of India, has been around for 5,000 years.

Ayurvedic medicine is a very comprehensive system that places equal emphasis on body, mind, and spirit and uses a highly personalized approach to return an individual to a state where he or she is again in harmony with their environment. Ayurvedic medicine uses diet, exercise, yoga, meditation, massage, herbs, and medication and, despite its long lineage, is as applicable today as it was 5000 years ago. For example, the seeds of the Mucuna pruriens plant have long been used to treat Parkinson’s disease in India; it is now receiving attention in conventional circles.

Today, many people are attracted to the alternative physician’s emphasis on treating the whole person – body, mind and spirit. Most importantly some physicians, like homeopaths, use intensive counselling to help patients find out whether aspects of their daily lives, such as job stress, marital problems, diet or sleeping habits might be behind their symptoms. In this age of managed care and impersonal group practices, patients find this individualized approach of alternative medicine particularly appealing.

Even those who battle with something as debilitating as depression, are looking to exercise, diet and natural remedies to fight it. The results are not just impressive, but they highlight the inadequacies of conventional medication in the absence of any lifestyle change, especially when it comes to the well-being of the mind. Many celebrities have come out and spoke about how exercise helped them combat low moods and depression.

Even traditionalists, who saw their local GP as the equivalent to a medical God, are now turning to their local health food-store, for remedies. Some burn oils to alleviate stress, whilst others attend reiki/homeopathic practitioners to alleviate any upset in their lives. People are beginning to realise how important it is to keep well, and prevent illnesses from occurring in the first place. Prevention is better than the cure, is becoming a daily philosophy for many today in the western world.

Unfortunately, GPs are often prescription pushers, because the medical model that frames their practice resorts them to this. Within the alternative health world, there are any number of practitioners that we can turn to – depending on our need/ailment. It is not a ‘one size fits all’ model of practice unlike conventional medicine.

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There are now an endless amount of alternative health practitioners who provide many different services and alternative remedies. A few of the most popular include:

Reiki Therapy: It uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of complementary and alternative medicine and is sometimes classified as oriental medicine by some professional bodies. Through the use of this technique, practitioners believe that they are transferring universal energy (reiki) in the form of ki through the palms that allows for self-healing and a state of equilibrium.

Osteopath: Most people associate osteopathy with bones but osteopaths look at the whole body including the bones, muscles, ligaments, fascia and internal organs. As they do this assessment, they use their well-trained eyes and hands to find the problem areas that are causing that individual their pain. By doing this, Osteopaths are looking for and treating the root of the problem rather than just treating the symptoms.

Acupuncture: is a major part of Traditional Chinese Medicine. It is used to treat a wide range of conditions including back pain, sciatica, muscular injuries, arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome(IBS), menstrual disorders, infertility, sinusitis, asthma, hay-fever, skin problems, smoking addiction, stress, fatigue, insomnia, and migraine.

Aromatherapy: is the practice of using volatile plant oils, including essential oils, for psychological and physical well-being.

Massage: relaxes the mind and body, increase circulation, treat injuries, and boosts the immune system. A variety of styles are available including Aromatherapy, Swedish, Reflexology, and Indian Head Massage.

Homeopathy: is a powerful yet gentle system of medicine that treats the person by stimulating the body’s own natural healing response. The aim of the treatment is to get to the root of the problem, rather than simply masking symptoms short term. Homeopathy can treat a wide range of illnesses such as infertility, period problems, menopause, pregnancy issues, migraines, skin complaints, allergies, hay-fever, IBS, depression, stress, anxiety, sleep problems. Homeopathy is suitable for everyone – babies, children, and adults.

Bio-Energy: alleviates a wide variety of conditions, physical, mental and emotional. This is a very powerful and effective healing therapy. It is a safe and non-invasive therapy which helps the body’s natural energy and capacity to heal unaided.

If you want to pursue a career in Alternative Health Care, a good option might be to start with a brief introductory course like the one on offer in GMIT: Complementary & Alternative Health Care (An Introduction). Every week a different approach to Complementary Health Care is covered. Some classes are delivered as lectures (Homeopathy &Nutrition); others are ‘hands on’ classes (Reflexology, Indian Head Massage, EFT & Qi Gong). This course is designed to give the participant an overview as well as a basic understanding of various forms of complementary and alternative therapies. At the end of the course participants will be able to apply some of the techniques at home or may decide to study one or more holistic therapies in more depth with a view to certification.

There are a number of QQI/ITEC accredited courses in Alternative Health Therapies including the one offered by Plunket College. On completion of the course, participants are awarded the ITEC Diploma in Complementary Therapies and a QQI Level 5 Record of Achievement. This course also includes a module in starting your own business.

Alternative medicine is not to simply take the place of mainstream medical practice. One should complement the other. No matter how much we fly the flag for alternative remedies; there are some diagnosed conditions that rely on the medical model and prescription drugs to normalise behaviour or to keep people alive and free of pain. Alternative and conventional medicines can in-fact work side by side.

There are numerous advantages to Alternative medicine. Whilst conventional medicine prefers patients to be passive, and accept their treatment without too many questions; alternative medicine, in contrast, prefers and indeed, in many cases, requires the patient to take a highly active part in both prevention and treatment. Practitioners of alternative medicine treat each patient as an individual and do what, in their opinion, is best, rather than what is specified in a “rule book”.

In an age where people are cutting back on Health Insurance, the demand for credible Alternative Health Practitioners will continue to grow!


To view alternative health care courses on Findacourse.ie, view the following link – https://www.findacourse.ie/alternative-therapies-courses-s5-25.html

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Time:  9.30am – 4.00pm

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In order to obtain certification it is necessary to undertake a computerised assessment on day 5 of the course.  The duration of this is 2 hours and will assess the computerised component of the course.

A manual assignment will be undertaken as a project/case study which can be completed at home and must be submitted at the end of the course.
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Education Budget Includes 2,400 New Teaching Posts for 2017

education budget 2017Minister for Education and Skills Richard Bruton has announced that over 2,400 extra teachers are to be hired in 2017. Work is to commence immediately on a new multi-annual funding model for higher and further education, to build on the recent announcement of the first significant additional investment in higher education in a decade – €36.5million in 2017 and €160million over the next 3 years.

“Budget 2017 represents the start of a major programme of reinvestment in education, and the first phase of implementation of the Action Plan for Education, aimed at becoming the best education system in Europe within a decade”, said Minister Bruton.

The Department of Education and Skill’s budget will increase by €458 million (5.1%) in 2017 compared to the allocation for 2016 announced in last year’s budget. More than 2,400 extra teachers will be hired in 2017 – a 3.5% increase – as a result of the additional measures announced in Budget 2017. The total education budget for 2017 will be €9.53 billion, in excess of 16 per cent of total spending. Minister Bruton announced the details of the Education estimate for 2017 at a press conference in government buildings.

Key items in the Budget include:

Additional posts in schools: 2,515 additional posts in schools in 2017, including 900 additional resource teachers and 115 additional Special Needs Assistants. The remaining 1500 posts are additional mainstream teaching posts arising from various initiatives.

Higher education: An initial additional €160million in total current funding is committed to higher education over three years, the first significant expansion in Government spending on higher education after a decade in which such spending was cut by 33%, with measures in 2017 including:

Over 3000 students from disadvantaged groups will benefit from an additional package of €8.5million to support more disadvantaged students, including lone parents and Travellers, to attend higher level. This includes the introduction of full maintenance grant (worth almost €6000) from September 2017 for 1100 postgraduate students in the lowest income category.

New targeted initiatives to provide skills, and additional flexible learning places
Funding to commence a New Frontiers Research Programme and a new initiative to attract world-leading researchers in the context of Brexit

For the first time in recent years, specific additional funding is being allocated for 2017, 2018 and 2019 to cover the impact of increasing enrolments. Funding for 2017 will support 179,000 full-time enrolments

Provision for expansion in apprenticeship
Provision to implement the new International Education Strategy and increase the value of the sector by €500million per year and attract 37,000 additional students by 2020

On top of this initial three-year funding commitment, the Government will work with the aim of putting in place a new comprehensive and ambitious multi-year funding package for the sector from 2018. As part of this, the Department will undertake a review and consultation with the aim of developing a multi-annual funding model for higher and further education and training. This will include consideration of an Employer-Exchequer investment mechanism and will complement the Oireachtas Committee’s consideration of the Cassells report

School leadership: a new package of support for this crucial area, including additional deputy principal posts for larger second level schools and middle management posts for primary and post-primary schools. The commencement of restoration of middle management posts as part of an agreed distributed leadership model means that we will now be able to lift the rigidity of the longstanding moratorium on these posts at primary and post-primary levels. This recognises the key role school leadership has in promoting a school environment which is welcoming, inclusive, accountable and focused on high quality teaching and learning.

Additional capitation: Capitation investment for an estimated 11,000 additional students, to keep pace with demographic growth.

Disadvantaged Schools: Provision to implement the new Action Plan for Disadvantaged Schools will be announced before the end of the year, including additional measures in areas like school leadership, teaching methods and clusters to improve the outcomes for students in these schools

Guidance –The equivalent of 100 additional guidance posts by September 2017. The 400 guidance posts which have now been restored (out of 600 which were previously cut) will be allocated separately and transparently and outside of the quota on the schedule of posts.

Curriculum Reform – provision for our programme of curricular reform in 2017, including Leaving Certificate economics, politics and society, and physical education. Provision is also being made for the allocation of individual professional time for teachers of Junior Cycle, where the new framework is being fully implemented, and the appointment of 550 additional teachers.

Capital – €690million total capital allocation for 2017, an increase of €95 million on 2016 allocation announced in last year’s budget, to deliver up to 20,000 additional school places. This investment will support almost 8,000 construction related jobs.

Small primary schools – Initial changes in this area including an extra teacher for all one-teacher island primary schools; and capacity for one-teacher mainland schools to apply to the staffing appeals board for an extra teacher where the single teacher has children across 6 or more class groups.

Industrial relations: Among other measures in this area, the Minister welcomed the allocation of funding implement the recent agreement reached with the TUI and INTO on salary increases for new entrants since 2012. TUI and INTO. The Minister again indicated his willingness to conclude a similar agreement with ASTI to benefit newly qualified ASTI teachers, within the Lansdowne Road Agreement.

Minister Bruton said: “Today’s education budget will have a big impact. It will lead to 2,500 additional posts in schools. We will underpin ongoing reforms by providing funding for curricular and junior cycle reform. Strong leadership in schools is a vital ingredient to achieving excellence and innovation. That is why we will be increasing the number of Deputy Principals and restoring middle management positions.”

While the budget goes some way towards restoring the education system towards pre-recession levels, some are not satisfied that it goes far enough, one of those is ASTI General Secretary Kieran Christie.

“In 2006 the OECD Economic Outlook: Report on Ireland provided strong evidence for investment in education in Ireland,” said Mr Christie. “Instead of investment, second-level schools endured years of savage cuts which have had a significant negative impact on the running of schools and the delivery of education services to young people. Now that we are being told the economic crisis is over, it is only reasonable that the cuts to personnel, funding and services would be restored in full. The additional teachers announced in Budget 2017 is noted, albeit many for demographic reasons, however the reality is that much more needs to be done.”

ASTI notes the gradual restoration of the ex-quota guidance counsellor provision for schools (which was abolished in Budget 2012), however the union expressed disappointment that full restoration has not been achieved. “ASTI research has demonstrated the destructive impact which the abolition of ex-quota guidance counsellors has had on school and students. As a result of this particular cut many schools have had to reduce students’ access to one-to-one counselling and other guidance services. If we are to value our young people, then schools must be given the resources needed to support health and wellbeing,” said Kieran Christie.

He also pointed out that Budget 2017 does not address the inadequate capitation grant for second-level schools. “Actual investment in each second-level student’s education in Ireland is less than the OECD and EU average.* The inadequate capitation grant leaves many schools in the position of having to operate on a shoe string with endless fundraising activities. This is not addressed in Budget 2017.”

*Education at a Glance 2016 finds that the cumulative expenditure for each second-level student (for their entire second-level education) is €63,054 in Ireland. The OECD average of €70,810 per student while the EU average is €75,209 per student. 

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Skills Shortages Highlighted in Latest Skills Bulletin Report

skills shortages reportThe National Skills Bulletin 2016 is the latest in an annual series of reports, produced by the Skills and Labour Market Research Unit (SLMRU) in SOLAS. The Bulletin provides an overview of the Irish labour market at occupational level. The objective of the Bulletin is to inform policy formulation in the areas of employment, education/training, career guidance and immigration. The Bulletin also aims to assist students, job seekers, persons returning to the labour force, investors and employers in making labour market decisions.

Some findings of the report are outlined below..

Employment Statistics
Overall employment rates increased by 1.6 percentage points to 63.3% annual average (1.98 million persons employed in Q4 2015). This brought down the annual average unemployment rate down to 9.5%. Long term unemployment rates were placed at 4.7%. It is worth nothing that emigration will have accounted for some of the decline in unemployment figures, with over 11,600 more leaving the country than arriving here. The unemployment rate remained high for certain segments of the labour market including the under 25’s (19%), former construction workers (16%) and persons with lower secondary or less education(15%).

Employment by Sector
In 2015, the strongest employment growth was seen in the construction sector (8.5%). Employment increased in most sectors except financial where it declined, education and agriculture remained almost unchanged. During 2015, shortages were observed in an increasing number of occupations and sectors compared to recent years.

The skills in short supply related to experienced candidates associated with the pharmaceutical, pharma, and food innovation industries. In particular there was a demand for scientists with experience in compliance, regulatory affairs and new product development.

At professional level, shortages of engineers, typically for roles in pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing, have been identified. The demand relates largely to those who lack experience, 5 years in industrial settings. Job titles in short supply include;

  • Process/bioprocess engineers
  • Automation/validation/commissioning engineers
  • Quality/QC/QA engineers & other regulatory affairs professionals
  • R&D engineers: (e.g. gene and stem cell therapy; biologics, etc.)
  • Chemical/chemical process engineers
  • Mechanical engineers: with skills in polymer engineering & injection moulding
  • Electrical engineers
  • Global and industrial managers and engineers

At technician level, shortages have been identified for:

  • Quality assurance technicians
  • Injection moulding technicians
  • Polymer engineering technicians
  • Biotechnology technicians
  • Extrusion technicians
  • Process technologists
  • Maintenance technicians.

ICT (Information and Communications Technology)

Shortages of the following skills have been identified in the ICT sector:

  • Programming and software development:
    programming languages (Java, .net, C++, Python, PHP, Scala, AKKA, Ruby on Rails, VBA); operating systems (iOS, Linux); mobile applications development; web development (CSS, HTML)
  • Cloud computing: MS Azure, AWS (amazon web services), cloud architect
  • InfoSec (IT security): IoT (internet of things), BYOD (bring your own device), data/information security; IT internal audit
  • Web design (niche areas only): particularly web related applications focusing on enhancing users’ online experience (UX) and supporting user interaction (UI)
  • DevOps engineering (developing/testing, process re-engineering and communication skills)
  • IT project management
  • Networking and infrastructure: networking engineer
  • IT business analysis: business intelligence and search engine optimisation
  • Database administration (DBA), big data analytics, data architecture (ETL – Extract, Transform and Load – a process in database usage/data warehousing) and data warehousing: SQL, Hadoop , Hive, Apache, PIG and Cassandra
  • Testing and troubleshooting: software testers; automation test developers; automated performance testers
  • Technical support: user support with foreign language skills (German, Nordic).

Business and financial

Shortages have been identified in the following areas for business and finance:

  • Accounting: accountants and tax analysts with experience (5 years+) in niche areas (e.g. cost, fixed assets, solvency, international and/or manufacturing settings, languages (German & Nordic)
  • Compliance & risk: experienced (5 years+) regulatory affairs and insurance compliance professionals; auditors
  • FinTech: business and financial professionals with skills in specific software packages and experience (inc. international)
  • Business intelligence & data analytics: experienced (5 years+) statisticians; entry level and experienced revenue managers (specific sectors, e.g. hospitality); financial systems analysts; economists and data scientists (big data, data visualisations and quantitative modelling)
  • Fnancial management/financial analysis: trustee managers; deposit managers; payroll managers
  • HR managers and recruitment specialists
  • Fund accounting/fund administration: mostly entry level or with some experience
  • Multilingual financial clerks: credit controllers; accounts payable/receivable; payroll specialists; fund accounting and transfer pricing specialists.

Construction professionals

Shortages of the following skills have been identified in construction:

  • Construction and quantity surveyors with BIM (building information modelling, CAD)
  • Construction project managers with experience.

Construction craft Shortages have been identified in relation to the following roles:

  • Curtain wallers
  • Glaziers
  • Steelfixer, steel erectors
  • Pipelayers
  • Shuttering carpentry
  • Shift managers and supervisors.

Other craft

A shortage of TIG/MIG welders continues to persist, with demand expected to remain strong particularly due to the growth in the construction and metal fabrication/machining (e.g. high tech manufacturing) industries.

The new proposed apprenticeships – advanced craft welder – are expected to alleviate the shortage in the medium term.

A shortage of tradespersons with expertise in making highly complex precision tools continue to persist. A number of new courses and modules have been introduced in recent years, including new manufacturing apprenticeships proposed by the Irish Medical Devices Association (IMDA), which in addition to the increased in output from FET (Further Education and Training) courses and apprenticeship is expected to alleviate the shortage in the medium term.

Arts, Sport and Tourism

A shortage of chefs continues to persist, although a recent increases in the training output and the proposed new apprenticeships are expected to alleviate the issue over the medium term.

While the supply is sufficient to meet the demand for lower skilled hospitality roles (waiters/bar staff and catering assistants), the availability of persons willing to take up those roles is expected to be negatively affected by the greater availability of job opportunities across other growing sectors.


Shortages continue to persist for the following healthcare occupations:

  • Medical practitioners (especially locum and non-consultant hospital doctors, registrars and medical specialists (e.g. general and emergency medicine, anaesthetists, paediatricians, consultant radiologists)
  • Nurses: advanced nursing practitioners (e.g. intensive care, operation theatre, theatre nurse managers), registered nurses (e.g. general nurse, cardiovascular care, elder persons’ care, children’s care; intellectual disability care, mental health care) and clinical nurses
  • Radiographers (clinical specialists, MRI and CT radiographers)
  • Niche area specialists (radiation therapists, audiologists, prosthetists, orthotists, cardio-technician)
  • Health service managers; nursing home directors.


Although no shortage of teachers has been identified overall, issues continue to exist in relation to sourcing teachers (in both second and third level) with a high level of expertise in specific fields, such as science and mathematics. As the economy recovers further, the ability to attract persons with science and maths skills into teaching may become more challenging given that such skills are also in demand in other sectors (e.g. IT, biopharma, financial).


Shortages of skills relevant to supply chain management have been identified; these include transport management, warehouse management, materials management, raw materials forecasting/planning (junior roles), inventory control/planning, freight sales, and freight forwarding (air & ocean); the demand is particularly strong for those with experience, industry specific knowledge (e.g. high tech manufacturing, FMCG), foreign languages and relevant technical skills (e.g. SAP BI and analytics).

Difficulties have been identified in relation to sourcing suitable candidates for a number of driving skills including:

  • Fork lift drivers
  • Articulated truck drivers/heavy goods vehicle (HGV) drivers
  • Reach truck drivers
  • Rigid truck with Certificate of Professional Competence (CPC).

Social & Care

While there is no shortage of nursing aids and healthcare assistants, geographical mobility and a lack of attractiveness of the job have been identified as issues in relation to the availability of some healthcare skills.

Given the high level of turnover, as well as the high volume of job vacancies advertised and job ready job seekers, it is recognised that some employers may be experiencing difficulty in attracting and retaining qualified care and childcare workers.

Sales & Customer Care

Shortages of the following skills continue to persist:

  • Technical and product/service knowledge (e.g. pharmaceutical, medical devices, Software B2B, SaaS products, etc.)
  • Communication skills, cultural awareness and foreign languages (especially German, French and Nordic)
  • Marketing expertise required to lead product strategy development and management continues to exist.


Shortages of the following operative skills have been identified:

  • Qualified CNC (computer numeric control) operatives, particularly in high technology manufacturing and engineering
  • Production operatives.

While there is currently no shortage of construction operatives, evidence points to an increasing demand for experienced tower crane operatives and pipelayers.

The report is positive overall, indicating that the employment rates are increasing. Skilled, qualified and experienced personnel are in high demand in a broad range of professions. There are many job opportunities for those seeking new employment or career changes in various sectors. The education institutes are now offering many qualifications and training courses, both part-time and full-time, to enable job seekers to up-skill and qualify for these employment opportunities. Employment providers are also benefitting from a skilled and plentiful labour market in Ireland and abroad. However it remains to be seen how the UK’s exit from the EU will affect the Irish economy and if this will have further knock on effects on some of the sectors highlighted above.

The full report can be viewed online by clicking here.

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