Paper Versus Computer Screens

books versus computer screens for learningComputers and the internet play a huge part in learning nowadays. Online courses, online lecture notes for students and research material for essays are just some of the reasons behind the rise of computers in education.

But is our increased use of computers affecting our quality of learning? Would we be better sticking to traditional books and paper? Researchers at the Children’s Digital Media Centre in LA set out to answer these questions in a series of studies and the results were interesting.

The studies, based on sixty six students, examined three questions; what medium the students preferred to work with, if their memory and reading comprehension was better on paper or screen and which medium was better for critical thinking when essay writing.

Sixty of the sixty six students said that they preferred to study with paper than on the computer but when scientists tested this, the results showed that there was no difference in reading comprehension skills or memory after reading on paper or on screen, even when the students were allowed to multitask. Multitasking, however, did mean that the students took longer to read.

The scientists also found that there was no difference between reading source materials for essay writing online or on page. Even though the students felt that their essays would be better when they had researched on paper instead of the internet, the quality was the same for both paper and online research.

These results were only applicable to when the students did not have access to the internet, once the students went online and multitasked, the results went down. However, when students took notes from the internet using a pen and paper, results improved again.

While the internet and computer screens do not appear to hamper our learning dramatically, the way we read on the internet could be affecting our quality of reading. Cognitive neuroscientists have warned that humans are beginning to develop ‘digital’ style brains that skim through information and are unable to read slowly.

In the US, at the time of the study, time spent online was expected to be around five hours per day for the average adult; a three hour increase from the previous year. It is this time spent on the internet and on social media that has trained our brains to skim sentences for buzz words and has left us unable to read long pieces of writing as we are scrolling and scanning through pieces instead of reading.

This habit of jumping through text is bad news for studying, as we need to be able to absorb what we are reading in order to be able to learn. Maryanne Wolf, a cognitive neuroscientist at Tufts University, recommends having a balance between reading from books and on screen and advocates taking breaks from the computer to have time to read a book slowly.

So, when it comes to absorbing what we read, it appears that having a balance of both the computer and books is advisable.The old fashioned method of jotting down key points onto paper from online or digital sources is a good way of merging old and new, and try to stay away from social media when studying as this encourages the skimming style of reading mentioned above (feel free to use it to share this article though).

Author: Fiona McBennett

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What is VTOS?

vtos coursesIf you are over 21 years of age, unemployed and have been getting certain social welfare payments for at least 6 months you can apply for the Vocational Training and Opportunities Scheme (VTOS). The VTOS scheme provides a wide range of courses to meet the education and training needs of unemployed people. It gives participants opportunities to improve their general level of education, gain certification, develop their skills and prepare for employment, self-employment and further education and training. VTOS is operated through local Education and Training Boards and is aimed in particular at unemployed people who are early school-leavers.


What kinds of courses are available?
The courses range from basic education and training to advanced vocational training and there is a wide choice of subjects. The courses are full-time, about 30 hours a week (for example, 6 hours a day for 5 days) and can last up to 2 years. Many courses lead to qualifications such as the Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate and awards at Levels 3, 4, 5 and 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. You can find a list of VTOS courses on your local ETB (Education and Training Board) website. Find your local ETB at


You may qualify for the VTOS scheme if you are aged 21 years or over and you are:

  • Getting, Jobseeker’s Benefit or Jobseeker’s Allowance or signing for credits for at least 6 months or
  • Getting One-Parent Family Payment, Disability Allowance, Illness Benefit* or Invalidity Pension for at least 6 months or
  • Getting Blind Pension, Deserted Wife’s Allowance/Benefit, Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Contributory Pension, Widow’s, Widower’s or Surviving Civil Partner’s Non-Contributory Pension or Prisoner’s Wife’s Allowance for at least 6 months (conditions may apply in the case of these payments) or
  • A dependent spouse, civil partner or cohabitant of an eligible person
  • A person who received statutory redundancy but who has not been in receipt of a qualifying payment for the required period.

Periods spent on FET training courses, Community Employment Schemes, Job Initiative, Youthreach programmes and time in prison can count towards the qualifying period.
* If you are claiming Illness Benefit, you should contact your local social welfare office about exemption/entitlement to continuation of your Illness Benefit payment.


There are no fees for VTOS courses and you will get free books and materials at the start of the course. Depending on your individual circumstances you may be eligible for the following:

  • Meal allowance
  • Travel allowance
  • Free childcare place for children under the Childcare Employment and Training Support (CETS) scheme,
  • A training bonus payment, if you have been getting an eligible social welfare payment for at least 12 months before starting the VTOS scheme. It was announced in Budget 2014, from 1 January 2014, the €20 bonus payment to long-term unemployed VTOS participants will end. This only applies to new participants.
    More detailed information about the rates of payment for VTOS participants is on the Department of Social Protection website.

How to apply

Students can participate in a chosen VTOS course as one of the following;

  • A core VTOS student attending a VTOS centre or adult education centre or
  • A dispersed VTOS student, usually attending a Post-Leaving Certificate course in a further education college.

Contact the VTOS co-ordinator at your local ETB centre to find out more about the VTOS courses available.



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Online Degree Courses

online degrees irelandDistance learning has become increasingly popular in recent years, however, the idea of distance learning is not all that new; there have been distance education programmes available in Ireland for over 25 years. These courses were print-based at the beginning, however, today it is easy to enrol in an online course, with the selection of subjects, colleges and courses, including degrees, greater than ever.

Doing a degree online is a convenient way for those with busy lives to study and work at the same time. The benefits of online classes, online tutor-student support and forums for discussion with classmates, provides a college experience without the commitment of having to attend a college every day for lectures.

There are many places to choose from when considering e-learning at degree level. Below are just some of the colleges in Ireland that offer degree courses online.

NUI Galway
NUI Galway offers online , blended and modular learning programmes. The same education is provided online as in a classroom setting and the programmes offered range from level 7 to level 9 in the NFQ. Degree programmes typically take 4 years to complete and are assessed through assignments, learning journals and online contributions and examinations. Courses on offer include a BA in Social Care, a degree in Early Childhood Studies and Practice and a BSc in Rural Development.

Hibernia College
Ireland’s first wholly online provider of third level degrees, Hibernia College was established in 2000 and is best known for providing postgraduate primary school teacher training courses. It now trains more teachers than the all of the traditional teacher training colleges put together. Hibernia now offers a postgraduate course in second level education as well as degrees in computing and business.

Sligo IT
Sligo IT has seen a 15% rise in their number of online students and this has brought their online student population up to nearly 1,300. The majority of courses are 2 year part-time and range from certificate to postgraduate level. Fees for a 2 year course vary from €4,000 for a level 6 certificate to €9,000 for a level 9 post graduate course.

Dublin City University offers a selection of online degree programmes through Oscail, where students can interact with their tutors online once they have paid their fee and registered. DCU’s virtual learning environment provides students with the opportunity to ask questions through online forums and attend live online tutorials. Each student has a tutor to help them with their studies and there are face to face meet ups on campus also. A BA course with Oscail costs €9,000 and students over 23 with no previous qualifications can apply.

UCD Online has been developed as a response to growing student demand as well as recent advances in online learning. Based on 150 years of experience in developing courses, UCD Online provides students with the same quality material and support as campus students but with a flexibility that allows students to work in a way that suits them. Students are assigned a personal tutor and many of the courses are taught through modules that are delivered on demand. Methods of assessment are specific to each module and each module is assessed separately. Courses on offer include a Bachelor of Business Studies.

Ulearning at the University of Limerick was established in 2008 and works to connect industry and academia by focusing on individual and corporate skill gaps. Degree courses such as Bachelor of Science in Supply Chain Management as well as a Masters in Software Engineering are on offer.

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: Fiona McBennett

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PCI College, 2017 Open Days

pci college open daysIf you are considering a career in counselling, or want an amazing personal development course to enrich your own life and understanding of others, then why not go along to one of the PCI College Open Days! You can find out more about the courses, and be entered into a draw to win a free place on the spring Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy, starting in February 2017.

The Open Days will be held in each of the course venues, and you can meet Lecturers, Admissions staff and Graduates to answer all your questions, from course content to timetables, qualifications, fees and teaching approach.

Open Days Venues & Dates

  • Saturday 21st January 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Dublin City Centre, College House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2
  • Saturday 21st January 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Cork, Cork Education Centre, Western Road, Cork
  • Saturday 21st January 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Dublin West, Corrig House, Old Naas Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22
  • Tuesday 24th January 2017 1.00pm – 7.00pm – PCI College Kilkenny, Butler House, Patrick Street, Kilkenny
  • Thursday 26th January 2017 1.00pm – 7.00pm – PCI College Dublin City Centre, College House, Townsend Street, Dublin 2
  • Saturday 4th February 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Athlone, Athlone Education Centre, Moydrum Road, Athlone
  • Saturday 4th February 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Belfast, Inspire (NIAMH/Carecall) Central Office, Lombard House, 10-20 Lombard Street, Belfast, BT1 1 RD
  • Saturday 4th February 2017 11.00am – 6.00pm – PCI College Limerick, Limerick Education Centre, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick

These Open Days are Free of Charge – Please Register your interest and let us know what time you plan to attend the Open Day. You can see more details here.

The Certificate in Counselling & Psychotherapy (starting February 2017) is a 100 hour introductory course in counselling & psychotherapy, which introduces you to the three main elements of Counselling & Psychotherapy – personal development, counselling skills and theories & approaches. It meets the entry criteria for the BSc honours degree, and is a fulfilling and energising personal development course which can benefit anyone.

If you want more information now, or have if you have questions about the Open Days or our courses, call us (ask for David or Adam) at 01-464 2268 or email and we’ll get in touch.

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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.

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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

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.

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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:

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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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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:

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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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Featured Educator National Training Centre
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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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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.

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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;

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;

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 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!


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