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Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology

Global Gold Success for Cork Institute of Technology How you can help your 'Scared Kids' - David Coleman interview We are all knowledge workers now | Apprenticeships Young people and alcohol | Legal education scholarships Field trips and school tours | Suppliers Guide | Reviews

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4 News: Pisa 2018 finds Ireland’s students among top performers in reading literacy; 5 News: 8,229 purpose-built student bed spaces completed by autumn 2019; Competition to win solar panels for schools 7 News: DCU in pilot project for next-generation e-scooter technology; Teaching Council awards 24 bursaries to teachers engaging in research and innovation 9 Blackrock Further Education Institute 11 Developing agriculture, food science and human nutrition leaders at UCD 13 Opening legal education to all 14 Tourism – a world of opportunities in a global industry at LYIT 17 Join the best Biomedical Sciences Master’s in the Netherlands! 19 Study at University of Debrecen

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40 FEATURE: We are all knowledge workers now 42 Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Irish schools 44 Accounting apprenticeships 46 Join our team - careers in the Irish Defence Forces 48 What is Social Care? 50-58 COVER STORY: Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology International Golden Success for Cork Institute of Technology 60 FEATURE: Young people and alcohol 63 Solas - time for further education and training to shine 64 Training Services at Kilkenny and Carlow ETB 66 See your career going places with the ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme 68 FIT - Tech Apprenticeships are championed by more than 90 employers

20 Ever wondered what it might be like to be a Nursing or Midwifery student in Trinity?

72 Chef apprenticeship honoured at the European Vocational Education & Training Awards

22 FEATURE: How you can help your 'Scared Kids' - David Coleman interview

75 News: Key features of PISA 2018 77 The County Museum Dundalk relevant, fun and interesting

24 It's your choice - SCFE students make their mark

79 National Museum - Proclaiming a Republic - the 1916 Rising

26 A broad range of further education opportunities at Crumlin College

80 The Pearse Museum and Rathfarnham Castle

29 Make a positive mental health connection today with IACP

82 Presenting the story of Michael Collins' life

30 Beauty training at Pembroke College

83 Kilkenny’s Medieval Mile Museum

31 News: Jones Engineering donates €1m TU Dublin centre of excellence; Design & Construct at TU Dublin

87 News: A snapshot of some of the PISA 2018 results

32 Instituto Italiano di Cultura Dublino 34 Want to go to college? Not enough points? Sorted...come to DFEi

85 Walking through 1916

89 Include the elderly in your TY Enterprise Initiative or Social Responsibility Initiative 91 Scala - creating a quiet and reflective retreat experience

37 Inchicore College - your future starts here

93 Reviews - recently published books

39 HPV Vaccine - protect our future

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CORK Institute of Technology Multidisciplinary student team StrydeTech – Global First Place Technology Gold Award Winners at the Global Student Innovation Challenge Finals 2019 at i-CREATe, the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, Canberra, Australia represented by Muireann Hickey (team leader) and Kevin Hayes ( product advancement coordinator).

The StrydeTech team and developing enablement device also won the First Place National Award - the UDGC 2019 Enterprise Ireland Universal Design Commercialisation Award - at the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design National Disability Authority Universal Design Grand Challenge Awards National 2019 Finals and the Gold Award, 3rd Level Spinout Category, at the National Startup Awards 2019.

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Pisa 2018 finds Ireland’s students among top performers in reading literacy THE eagerly awaited PISA 2018 results have been revealed showing Irish students significantly above average in reading, science and mathematics The results show Ireland’s 15 yearolds are among the best in reading literacy and are performing significantly higher than the OECD average in mathematics and science. PISA takes place every three years and aims to measure how well 15 year-old students are performing in three areas – reading, mathematics and science. PISA 2018 is a computer-based testing format. About half of the 5,000 plus Irish students who sat the tests had previous experience in this type of testing. Computer-based testing was first introduced in PISA 2015. This allowed PISA to test students’ ability to apply scientific investigative skills in virtual

experiments. In 2018, the proportion of such items was increased, reflecting a growing emphasis on measuring students’ ability to apply scientific skills, rather than their knowledge of scientific facts. Only 2% of the Irish students taking the PISA 2018 test had experienced the new science curriculum. The 2021 round of PISA will provide a better estimation of the extent to which the Junior Cycle changes in science are effective. Other findings from PISA 2018: • Ireland has a lower percentage of low-performing students in all three domains than on average across OECD countries. • Girls perform better than boys in reading, a difference of 23.2 points. • Ireland has a lower than average number of low performing students in science.

The key findings of the 2018 assessments include: ✔ Ireland ranks 4th out of 36 OECD countries and 3rd out of 27 EU countries for reading literacy. ✔ Ireland ranks 8th out of 77 countries/regions involved in PISA 2018 for reading literacy.[1] ✔ In reading, Ireland has significantly fewer lowperforming students (11.8% below level 2) and significantly more high performers (12.1% at levels 5 & 6) than the OECD average. ✔ PISA results show the difference in performance between schools in Ireland is lower than the OECD average. ✔ In Ireland, the difference between schools in student performance in reading literacy is less than half of what it is, on average, across OECD countries. ✔ Post-primary schools in Ireland can therefore be considered relatively equitable, as well as having above average performance in the three assessment domains. Statistics from the Department of Education & Skills

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8,229 purpose-built student accommodation bed spaces completed by autumn 2019 OVER 8,000 purpose-built student accommodation (PBSA) bed spaces have been completed to the end of the third quarter on 2019 according to figures released by the Government. The provision of newly built student accommodation has met with criticism for its expensive rents and the tax reliefs for builders. Some student accommodation had not been covered by the rent pressure zone regulations but some of these regulations have since been reformed. As of the end Q3 2019: • 8,229 PBSA bed spaces had been completed since the launch of Rebuilding Ireland • 5,254 further bed spaces were under construction • 7,771 additional bed spaces had planning permission

granted • 2,395 were at the planning permission application stage Affordability Naoise Crowley, welfare officer at UCC Students Union, criticised recent developments in Cork, with some apartments setting students back close to €10,000 for a 38-week academic term, according to the Irish Examiner. "The proliferation of this trend towards accommodation that is unaffordable to the vast majority of the students we represent is massively concerning. "We recognise that there is a significant shortage in student accommodation in Cork, however, this accommodation isn’t a feasible option for most students," said Mr Crowley.

Competition to win solar panels for schools

Pictured is Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O'Connor TD and the new Chair of Eirgrid Brendan Tuohy with (l to r) Alex Mac Seóin (Coláiste Naomh Eoin Inis Meáin), Aoibhín Dolan (St Colmcille’s Community School), Jack Fleming (St. Colman’s College) at the launch of the Friends of the Earth Solar Schools competition. Winning schools will receive solar panels designed and installed on the roof of their school with a 90% grant, allowing them to generate clean, free, renewable electricity to power their whiteboards, photocopiers and computers right from their roof. Schools all over the country are invited to take part by coming up with an idea for a local project on Climate Action. Photograph: Sasko Lazarov / Photocall Ireland

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DCU in pilot project Teaching Council awards 24 bursaries to for next-generation teachers engaging in research and innovation e-scooter technology DUBLIN City University is playing a key role in the testing of next generation technologies for the micromobility industry following confirmation that the university's Glasnevin campus will act as a test-bed for the deployment of technologies devised by the Luna consortium on electric scooters (e-scooters) provided by US company Blue Duck. Luna is a telematic device, which will enable scooter operators to pinpoint the exact location of their scooters within 5cm level accuracy. As of now, all operators rely on legacy GPS which only provides meterlevel accuracy. It was established on the premise that while GPS is suitable for most modes of traditional transport, its meter-level accuracy does not enable scooter operators to pinpoint the exact location of its scooters meaning that it's impossible for operators or authorities to stringently enforce rules and policies for scooter usage in cities. This has led to many safety problems, such as trip hazards, trespass and pedestrian collisions.

The Teaching Council has awarded 24 bursaries to teachers and others engaged in a range of education-related research projects as part of the first public service wide Innovation Week. The bursaries, totalling more than €86,000, are being awarded under the third cycle of the John Coolahan Research Support Framework - a key element of the Council’s CROÍ (Collaboration and Research for Ongoing Innovation) research series. Through the Research Support Framework, and CROÍ more broadly, the Council highlights the fact that research, innovation, and collaboration are at the heart of teaching and learning. The Framework is designed to support teachers’ ongoing professional growth through their engagement in and with research, and the sharing of learning from that process.

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"The value of life-long learning and social inclusion, while difficult to quantify are also important roles for PLC colleges"

Paris Competition. At last, the concept of PLC as PreUniversity courses has gained traction. Regardless of the number of CAO points gained, not all Leaving Cert students are immediately ready for the challenges of Third Level studies. Vast campuses and anonymity among large numbers can be daunting. Each year some excellent students simply drop out; they become disillusioned about their subject choice; others have not yet developed the necessary skills of critical and independent thinking. Valuable preparatory step A PLC course was often dismissed as merely a contingency. Now, there is a growing realisation that PLC offers a valuable preparatory step between Post Primary and Third Level. For those short of CAO points, it offers an alternative pathway to Third Level. For all, a PLC course offers the opportunity to develop the skills of time management, selforganisation and the practicalities of effective reading, writing and study – at an extremely modest cost. Anecdotal feedback strongly suggests that PLC students are often better equipped to succeed. BFEI recognises the importance of the “College Experience” and actively encourages events and

activities that help create friendships and promote teamwork. The Erasmus+ programme offers potential for European exchange. In 2019, BFEI Beauty Therapy students completed three weeks work experience in Tenerife in 4 and 5-star spas and salons. Computer Science and Network Security students were placed in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Both groups received excellent feedback and Europass certification. Ambitious plans to further enhance these links for the 2019/2020 academic year were recently approved. Upskill or reskill It is difficult to identify the typical PLC student. As the acronym suggests many are in the 18-25 age bracket. However, there are significant numbers of more mature students that wish to upskill or reskill. The value of life-long learning and social inclusion, while difficult to quantify are also important roles for PLC colleges. Remember all are welcome. If studying in Blackrock Further Education Institute is of interest, the next Open Day is Wednesday 15th January 2020, 10am to 4pm. Google Blackrock Further Education or go directly to www.bfei.ie for further details and apply online. Education 9


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UNIVERSITY College Dublin (Ireland’s Global University) is Ireland’s largest university and is ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. The School of Agriculture and Food Science is one of UCD’s largest Schools with over 1,800 students registered across twelve undergraduate programmes. Agriculture and Food is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry, employing over 165,000 people. Our focus at the school is to develop the next generation of agriculture, food and human nutrition leaders. The school is the NUMBER ONE destination of choice in Ireland for students who wish to study agriculture, food science and human nutrition and is ranked number one in Ireland, nineteenth globally and fifth in Europe for agricultural science (U.S. News & World Report rankings November 2019). There are two distinct underg r a d u a t e d e g re e p a t h w a y s , a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (BAgrSc) and a Bachelor of Science (BSc), which are both four-year, level 8 honours degrees. The programmes offered at UCD’s

School of Agriculture and Food Science are highly regarded nationally and internationally and are designed to equip students with the necessary scientific, technical and business skills required for future career opportunities. Through a global curriculum, students study a range of subjects central to many of the major global challenges of today including food production, food security, non-food land uses, environmental sustainability, rural development, nutrition, health, business and economics. Graduates have an excellent record in obtaining challenging and fulfilling employment in a variety of sectors. Professional Work Experience (PWE) is a required component on all undergraduate programmes. Students have the opportunity to take their PWE either in Ireland or abroad with 29% of students travelling overseas in the last academic year. Rachel White, Sales and Marketing Manager (MENA), with Ornua and a graduate of Animal Science at UCD says “The benefit of having PWE built into our degree is priceless, it instantly makes you more employ-

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able and was key in many students, including myself, securing positions in leading agri-businesses after college.” Students also have the opportunity to study abroad for one semester at one of thirteen partner universities in the USA, Australia or New Zealand. “The highlight of my college career was the semester I spent at Cornell University. I couldn’t pass on an opportunity to study at a worldrenowned Ivy League university in N e w Yo r k . “ J o a n n e O ’ K e e ff e , Graduate Animal and Crop Production. Graduates from the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science obtain a holistic education giving them the capacity to contribute significantly to the Irish and global agriculture and food industries. You can find out more about the 12 distinct undergraduate programmes available at the UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science programme by visiting www.ucd.ie/agfood or by contacting the School via any of it’s social media channels @ucdagfood. Education 11


UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran We want to help ensure that members of all communities in Ireland can study law. We believe that social diversity in the legal professions will mean that lawyers can better represent clients and help all voices to be truly heard. UCD law graduate Peter Sutherland said that “the rule of law underpins the cohesiveness and prosperity of society, making a sound legal education one of the most important we can deliver�. UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran will provide financial resources for students from under-represented groups to pursue a career in law, thereby helping to realise that vision. For more information, please contact: Kevin Hoy Chair +353 1 614 2124 khoy@mhc.ie

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Helping to open legal education to all The scholarships are open to anyone studying law, whether exclusively or as part of a combined undergraduate degree UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran is an exciting new initiative, which has at its core the ambition of developing more outstanding lawyers by broadening the socio-economic circumstances of those who can obtain a legal education. Why UCD? It is the largest, and some would say the best, producer of law graduates in the country. Recent UCD graduates who benefitted from the access programmes are already making their mark in further studies for the Bar, as trainee solicitors and elsewhere. A passionate advocate Why Sutherland? Peter Sutherland was a passionate advocate of excellence in education. He championed the Erasmus programme while European Commissioner for Education in 1985. His belief was that Ireland, as a small country on the periphery of Europe, needed to develop an elite of the best of its citizens regardless of gender, religion or economic background if the country was to compete on the world stage. Why MHC? At Mason Hayes & Curran we have inclusion and diversity in education at the heart of our corporate social responsibility endeavours. This is based on a belief that we will all prosper if more have better opportunities. The origin of our participation lies in a conversation between Jacqui Mahon of UCD Foundation and our Chair, Kevin Hoy, at a UCD Alumni Awards dinner. Kevin explained that our CSR programme concentrated on education. Jacqui and Professor Imelda Maher, Dean of the Faculty

of Law, designed a programme which would match our focus. As the founding supporter, Mason Hayes & Curran has committed €750,000 (€150,000 for five years). Most of the funding will go towards 10 MHC Cothrom na Féinne Scholarships each year, worth €12,000 per student during the four year undergraduate course. The scholarships are open to anyo n e s t u d y i n g l a w, w h e t h e r exclusively or as part of a combined undergraduate degree. As well as providing additional financial resources, the scholarships give recipients the endorsement that we believe in them as well as challenging them to realise their potential. Mason Hayes & Curran regards this spend as an investment, not a charitable donation. Rising access UCD, through the UCD Access programmes, has produced impressive results already. The percentage of those starting first year who have entered college through the UCD Access programmes has risen from 10% to 21% in two years. UCD Sutherland Opportunity supported by Mason Hayes & Curran has a number of outreach programmes including moot court competitions for DEIS schools. Delivering Equality of Opportunity in Schools (DEIS) is the Department of Education and Skills action plan for inclusion. Showing pupils in DEIS schools that a career in law is an option will sow the seeds of ambition for the future. At a time when rents are at an alltime high, the reality of student life can be very long commutes (daily

three hours in some cases), multiple part-time jobs as well as full-time work during holidays. That leaves little if any time to really become part of university life. UCD can trace its roots back to St John Henry Newman who wrote about the importance of university "At Mason in developing the adult: Hayes & “A university educates the intellect Curran we have inclusion to reason well in all matters, to reach out towards truth and to grasp it”. and diversity Students need time to develop in education at their skills of active listening and the heart of our corporate critical thinking. Hopefully, the financial support from Mason Hayes & social Curran will help them to do this. responsibility endeavours, Share the vision due to a belief At the opening of the new law that we will all school building in 2013, Peter prosper if Sutherland stated that: more have “The rule of law underpins the better opportunities" cohesiveness and prosperity of society making a sound legal education one of the most important we can deliver”. All the more reason to increase the chances of success for those who otherwise might not get to do so. In the autumn of this past year, 19 qualifying students applied for the first set of Mason Hayes & Curran Cothrom na Féinne Scholarships. Ten were successful, two received Frank Scott scholarships which left seven without additional financial backup. If you share the vision of Newman and Sutherland and wish to help a law student to optimise their time in college, then contact Jacqui at jacqueline.mahon@ucdfoundation. ie. You too can invest in the law stars of the future. Education 13


Tourism – a world in an exciting and LYIT School of Tourism, formerly the Tourism College Killybegs, is the oldest campus outside Dublin dedicated to education and training in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Operations and Management, and Tourism. Established in 1969, and celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the campus has produced graduates who are renowned all over the world, ensuring that today’s graduates will be recognised as having received the education and training required to reach the top levels of the industry. Our education offering is expanded through a range of academic partners throughout Europe, where students can choose to study or complete an internship for a semester, supported through Erasmus+. We have partners in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Romania and Turkey, and we are constantly enlarging our network to benefit our students. Our US industry partners visit Killybegs every year to recruit for Summer placements, Internships and Graduate Programmes. To facilitate our expansion plans we have just completed a renovation project to include a new state-of-the-art training bar, collaborative learning room for group work and a new library / research facility in time for our 2019 intake. Minister for Education, Joe McHugh TD announced in August 2019 an additional fund of €1.8M for additional work in Summer 2020 in preparation for our expanded programme offering. On completion of a programme of study at the

School of Tourism, you will be perfectly placed to take the first step on your career, which will inevitably be exciting and fulfilling. Tourism – a world of opportunities in an exciting and global industry Tourism is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry employing 230,000 people nationally, one in every ten of the labour-force. The industry is twice the size of agriculture and far bigger in employment than the construction industry, the IT industry, or the financial services sector. It crucially cannot be outsourced or off-shored and its economic benefits are felt both in our cities but also throughout rural Ireland. 10% of the workforce in Ireland is employed in the tourism industry, and this rises to 14% in rural locations. On a global scale, growth in tourism is most significant outside of our normal markets of Europe and the USA, with significant business growth in Asia and Africa. Tourist profiles are changing and those working in tourism now require a set of skills that reflect the global nature of the industry. Why study a programme in Hospitality, Tourism or Culinary Arts? Career opportunities, both here in Ireland and abroad, are almost limitless in the sector. The structure of all our programmes allows students to undertake work placements and internships at home and over-

Graduate case study - taking opportunities available GIRTS Mihalkins graduated in 2016 with a BA in Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management. As a student he stood out as a consummate professional, displaying a flair for perfection in practical settings. He gladly took the opportunities available to compete in a range of national and international competitions, winning gold medals and acclaim from industry mentors. This extra-curricular activity allowed Girts to work with the Capella group, at home, but also for his third year internship, at their Washington DC property in the USA, managing their rooftop bar operation. He returned to Donegal to take up the position of Assistant Conference and Banqueting Manager at Co Donegal’s only 14 Education

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of opportunities global industry seas, so that they are best placed to enter the world of work on graduation. The School of Tourism continues to develop its professional network to facilitate and support students in selecting their career paths. When choosing a career in the tourism industry, you are setting yourself apart from the many thousands of individuals who work in the industry on a casual basis, either while studying for other careers or while between jobs. Graduates of specialist programmes are destined for senior career roles, many of which are new to the industry. Non-traditional roles such as Digital Media Managers are now as common as traditional roles such as Food and Beverage Director, Revenue and Reservations Managers or Destination Travel Executives, and programmes are designed to open up opportunities in a range of industries with links to tourism, from Finance, IT, Media and Marketing and Outdoor / Extreme Travel Experiences.

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A WORLD OF OPPORTUNITIES AWAITS YOU! LYIT School of Tourism, Killybegs, Donegal has been providing world-class education and training for the tourism industry since 1969. Today it is a thriving specialist campus offering a range of full and part-time programmes in hospitality, tourism and culinary arts.

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Study in the heart of Europe THE University of Debrecen is one of Central Europe’s top educational institutions and offers a wide range of internationally recognized academic courses in Medical, Business, IT and Agricultural programs among many others to its 28,000 students - 6,300 of which are foreign students from 120 countries. The university was established in 1538. Debrecen is a charming and fastgrowing town of around 200,000 habitants in the heart of Europe with an international airport as well as train connections and direct highways to other European cities like Vienna, Krakow and Prague. Teaching hospital The university is proud to be the only institution in the region that is certified to organize the Kaplan USMLE Step 1 Preparatory Course, and the MCCQE1 Preparatory

Course which are held each summer. The campus is home to the largest teaching hospital in Hungary with more than 2,900 beds. The university offers medical programs with worldwide accreditation, i n c l u d i n g t h e Wo r l d H e a l t h Organization, the New York State Education Department, the Medical Board of California and the Medical Councils of Israel, Ireland, Iran and Norway. “Studying at the University of Debrecen is much more than acquiring knowledge. Just during my first year I already made life-long friendships, got to play handball with the Medical faculty team and was able to experience research first-hand. "The facilities are well equipped to fully deliver the lectures and practices which makes learning easier and straightforward. The com-

"Our campus is home to the largest teaching hospitals in Hungary with more than 2,900 beds. We offer medical programs with worldwide accreditation"

Why choose University of Debrecen ✔ 28,000 students – 6,300 international students ✔ 14 faculties on 7 campuses, including ✔ One of the most beautiful campus in Europe, since 1538 ✔ Internationally recognized medical programs ✔ Kaplan USMLE Step 1 and MCCQE1 Preparatory Courses at the University of Debrecen

munity life and the support from the senior students are also a strong point at the university.” Felipe Salignac Brasil, Brazil, Medicine, MSc “I chose the University of Debrecen because I think it’s one of the best universities in Europe. The opportunities offered at the Faculty of Pharmacy were really above and beyond anything else that I had seen before. "The beautiful campus, top-notch professors and great facilities in laboratories are some of the best things about this university.” Sepahizia Sina, Iran, Pharmacy, MSc “Teachers and staff at the Faculty of Dentistry are very experienced, humble, friendly and they are keen on sharing their knowledge, give students practical advice and talk to students like a friend. "We have been able to attend a fair amount of lab classes since first year which has greatly enriched my hands-on experience and sharpened my manual techniques." Huang Zhishan, China, Dentistry, MSc Visit the university's website at www.edu.unideb.hu Education 19


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Ever wondered what it might be like to be a Nursing or Midwifery student in Trinity? WE asked 3rd year student Ida Lis about her experiences as a Children’s and General Nursing student. Why did you apply to nursing in Trinity? Ever since I can remember, I have been interested in healthcare and wellbeing. All courses on my CAO were nursing related. TCD is the top ranked nursing school in Ireland and it places in the top 50 in the world, which I found impressive. TCD’s location was also a huge factor I considered as I commute to college daily. Children’s and General Nursing in TCD was my first choice as I absolutely love working with children. What was it like on your first week in Trinity? It was incredibly exciting! The atmosphere in the front square during Freshers Week was electric. I was delighted to be starting college. Trinity College has an amazing Student2Student mentoring programme where every first year class group gets assigned two or more mentors from more senior years. 20 Education

They gave us a tour of the campus and were available to help us settle in. They kept in touch for the whole year and we could reach out if we had any issues or questions. Looking back now, I joined way too many societies in first year! The majority of them were healthcare and science related. Getting involved definitely helped me settle in and feel more a part of the college community. Now that you are well into your course, what are you enjoying most and why? My favourite part of the course is definitely applying theory to practice. It is the moment on clinical placement when I remember covering a topic in lectures and can use that knowledge to provide care. It reminds me exactly why I chose to study nursing in the first place and makes the experience an even more rewarding one. What opportunities have you availed of outside of the curriculum? Trinity has provided me with some

Ida Lis

"My favourite part of the course is definitely applying theory to practice."

incredible opportunities in the last two years. I became a first year mentor, the student representative for the faculty of Health Sciences in the Student’s Union and was a founding member of the Dublin University Nursing and Midwifery Society (DUNMS). Getting involved in extra-curricular activities has enriched my experience in Trinity. Last year, I was fortunate enough to be awarded a full scholarship to represent my school in Duke University, North Carolina. There, I completed a summer programme called “Exploring Global Patterns of Health and Illness” and interacted with nursing students from different parts of the world. It was unforgettable and I will always be grateful for such a wonderful experience. I have also participated in the school’s conferences as a Student Ambassador. These experiences have introduced me to incredible people and have allowed me to grow as a person. I truly believe there is something for every student in Trinity.


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What do you want to do when you graduate? My plan has always been to continue with my studies. I have always had a huge interest in research. Over my time in Trinity, I have been inspired by my Professors and lecturers to eventually pursue a PhD. Trinity College will definitely be my first choice for my postgraduate study because I feel at home here and I know that I would receive the best possible education and best support. Finally, can you give any advice to a secondary student who might like to do nursing or midwifery at TCD? Trinity opens doors for nursing students by providing outstanding teaching and excellent placements. TCD’s nursing and midwifery degrees are recognised and respected world-wide. There is a great sense of community here where the students can thrive.

"I have always had a huge interest in research. Over my time in Trinity, I have been inspired by my Professors and lecturers to eventually pursue a PhD. "

FIND OUT MORE: For more information about the School and our courses log on to www.nursing-Midwifery.tcd.ie Contact Jeni Ryan on (01) 896 3860, email ryanjen@tcd.ie to arrange a tour of our facilities, arrange a lecturer to deliver a talk to your class or find out about our transition year programme and open days.

SCHOOL OF NURSING & MIDWIFERY Ireland’s leading School of Nursing & Midwifery delivers a comprehensive range of nursing & midwifery courses for students entering the profession whilst also offering lifelong learning opportunities for qualified health care professionals. Undergraduate courses include: • Bachelor in Science (Nursing) / B.Sc. (Cur.): • General Nursing (CAO codes, TR091, TR093) • Mental Health Nursing (CAO code, TR095) • Intellectual Disability Nursing (CAO code, TR097) • Bachelor in Science (Integrated Children’s and General Nursing) (CAO code TR911) • Bachelor in Science (Midwifery) / B.Sc. (A. Obs.) (CAO code TR913) The School also delivers a wide range of postgraduate and research programmes for qualified health care professionals and those in related fields. School of Nursing & Midwifery, University of Dublin, Trinity College, 24 D’Olier Street, Dublin 2 +353 (0)1 608 2692 nursing.midwifery@tcd.ie Further information on all our courses is available at www.nursing-midwifery.tcd.ie The School of Nursing and & Midwifery, Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin is ranked 1st in Ireland and in the World’s top 50 in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2019.

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How you can help your 'scared kids' A course for anybody who either lives with children, cares for children or works with children. Niall Gormley spoke to David Coleman, the designer of a new online course to help tackle the issues surrounding anxiety in children. YOU don't have to be a clinical psychologist to become a parent, or to be a parent, or to succeed as a parent. But, given the pressures on parents and children these days, having one to hand could prove very useful. A new online course by well known psychologist and broadcaster David Coleman aims to help people, and not just parents, get to grips with many of the things that cause anxiety in today's teenagers. The course is called "Scared Kids - Helping Children Cope with Anxiety" and aims to deal with a broad swathe of the issues facing children. It's available on all the usual computer and smartphone platforms and can be completed at a pace that suits the user. Course background I asked David who the course is designed for and where the demand for this type of information and support is coming from. "The course is specifically designed for adults who are living or working with children who may be experiencing anxiety, to give the adults a better understanding of childhood anxiety, " he says. "We have a whole host of strategies and tools that they can use to help children deal with their own anxieties. It's designed as a course 22 Education

for adults but with the goal of helping children to deal with their anxieties." David says that the view that children are experiencing new levels of stress and anxiety is borne out by referrals to psychological services, both public and private. He has seen a large increase in the number of children with anxiety being referred to him by their parents. He thinks that there is definitely a stronger sense that children are worried about things that in the past they wouldn’t have been as conscious of, or as concerned about. In turn, parents are worried that these symptoms may be part of a bigger mental health problem for their children. Some parents might be reacting to what could be normal childhood worries and if the parent begins to panic, that just increases the level of anxiety that children feel. Emotional well-being Are there trends in society that are causing more anxiety for children, including the role that technology and social media are playing? He thinks that there is probably a greater focus on children's emotional well-being anyway. Adults are more aware of the issues and so they are better at spotting problems now. He says that there are also more

"The course that David has built is based on a cognitive behavioural approach to dealing with anxiety, dealing with the way that children think, the way that they feel, the way that they act and their physical selves."

families that are socially isolated, living away from traditional community supports that were there in the past. These parents are more stressed themselves and that is transferring to children. "And yes, the internet has had an impact. There are a lot more kids who do a lot less socially and are exposed to a lot less of the normal rough and tumble challenges of life. Therefore, when challenges come their way, they don't have the emotional resilience and their anxieties spike." The course that David has built is based on a cognitive behavioural approach to dealing with anxiety, dealing with the way that children think, the way that they feel, the way that they act and their physical selves. "Those four key elements are all interconnected and interrelated. So we can see that anxiety has a very physical component to it, there's adrenaline and so on. There's a lot in the course about the way that children might be thinking in terms of their cognitions," he says. What children do in response to anxiety is also very relevant, so the course structure breaks these elements down, looking at the role of the brain and how it responds to risk and danger. The course looks at the four key areas and outlines what we


'Scared Kids - Helping Children to Cope with Anxiety' is a new online course written by David Coleman in collaboration with Anokha Learning.

can do as adults to influence those key areas. Course format The course is broken into eight modules and each module takes about 20 to 30 minutes. The learner can start and stop within each module. Usefully, the course is designed so that it doesn't have to be completed sequentially and the user can target the areas they have a particular interest in. "For example, some people might be very conscious of the physical reactions of their child, they might be worried that their child gets butterflies in their tummy or is visibly tense," says David. "That parent can go straight to the module on physicality and then, hopefully, they can pick up that there may be more to the issue than the physical signs. They can then pursue the other modules and see that if you can relieve some of the physical symptoms, then you can work to shift the child into a more positive way of thinking." The course is a combination of powerpoint-type presentations combined with videos covering the more physical aspects such as breathing exercises. There's also an e-book that can be downloaded and printed for people who prefer a traditional learning environment or who want

reference material as they progress. The course includes an 'Adult Stress Management Diary and Guide' to help adults to cope with their own stresses and strains. David says that keeping a diary is a great way for adults to be mindful of the key stress times during the day. It could be about getting kids out in the morning or about getting homework done in the evening. Teachers well attuned David believes that the education system is doing quite well with regard to the emotional wellbeing of students and that teachers are well attuned to the needs of the children in their care during the day. In fact, he thinks that many parents pass the responsibility over to schools in things like sex education and the SPHE areas. This is his first foray into the world of online learning and he was quite surprised at the amount of background work required to build the modules and the course material. As an author, he found it similar to writing a book in building up the meaningful components of the course and getting the various parts to work together.

"The learner can start and stop within each module. Usefully, the course is designed so that it doesn't have to be completed sequentially and the user can target the areas they have a particular interest in"

FIND OUT MORE: The Scared Kids course costs €200 and is available at anokhalearning.com/helping-children-cope-with-anxiety

DAVID Coleman is a practicing Clinical Psychologist and an Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Psychology in UCD. He specialises in working with children, teenagers and their families. He is best known for the range of tv programmes he has presented dealing with childhood struggles, teenage angst and other aspects of family life. He is author of 'Parenting is Child’s Play' a guide to raising young children. His second book is a guide for parents of teenagers, 'Parenting is Child’s Play: The Teenage Years'. His third book is 'The Thriving Family'. David write for the Irish Independent and is also a regular contributor on the ‘Sean O’Rourke Show’ on RTÉ Radio 1. Education 23


It’s your choice - SCFE students make their mark FOR over 50 years, Sallynoggin College of Further Education has been steadily building a well deserved reputation as a centre of excellence in the area of Further Education. SCFE College has a truly diverse range of courses on offer, including our newly introduced courses Pre University Primary and Post Primary Teacher Training, Inclusive Education and Training including Disability Studies and Special Needs Assistant, Early Childhood Care and Education with Montessori, Early Childhood Care and Education with Special Needs Assisting, Yoga and Pilates Teacher Training and Musical Theatre and Dance. Choose what’s right for you, and the staff of Sallynoggin College will be there to help and support you on every step of your journey. Former SCFE Students Making Waves SCFE students have bright futures ahead of them as demonstrated by former Fitness and Leisure student Harry Austin (pictured below) who was awarded The Times Higher Education award for best STEM project, relating to research carried out as part of his PHD study on Characterization and engineering of a plastic-degrading aromatic polyesterase. Another former Fashion student making waves is designer Sarah Murphy whose custom designed dress was worn by fashionista and advocate Sinead Burke (pictured right) when she appeared on the Late Late Show in November.

"In the ever changing world of learning and work, at SCFE we’ve made it our business to keep moving too, ensuring that all our courses are at the cutting-edge of industry and employment demands"

The Student Experience: According to the recent CSO evaluation of the Further Education Sector students who complete a PLC course and progress to third level education are less likely to drop out and generally perform better in their degree programmes. With this in mind SCFE supports a holistic approach to education with students becoming involved in many learning experiences above and beyond the curricular requirements. Our Yoga Teacher Training students recently planned Wellbeing Wednesday to coincide with the college Open Day. Students, visitors and members of the local community were treated to sessions in meditation, yoga and Indian head massage. Activities and advice on supporting positive mental health, building resilience and healthy eating were also available. The students raised over €800 for their chose charity Suicide or Survive during the event. Our Social Studies including Criminology and Addiction Studies students held an event to promote diversity and inclusion as part of Stand Up Awareness Week Students on our Personal Training with Strength and Conditioning and P e r s o n a l Tr a i n i n g a n d S p o r t s Massage Therapies courses are encouraging other students to become more active with a December hike up the Sugar Loaf Mountain and a pre-Christmas run and splash in the sea on the last day of term!

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SCFE International learning with Erasmus+ SCFE recognises the importance of valuable work experience and the potential of the Erasmus+ programme to enhance learning for all. The college has established a partnership with KVT College in Trondheim Norway where our Advanced Early Childhood Care and Education students will travel to undertake a two-week work experience placement in Norwegian early years education services. As Norway is considered a world leader in the provision of early years education this opportunity will really enhance our students’ expertise in their field. Another group of students from the Advanced Hospitality, Travel & Event Management course will complete a three-week work placement in top hotels and resorts in Tenerife. Tenerife is one of the leading tourist destinations in Europe guaranteeing that the students get the best international experience available in the tourism sector. SCFE is continuing to expand the international aspect of our programmes by promoting partnerships with other European colleges. In December SCFE will welcome a group of teachers from Estonia and in March 2020 SCFE will welcome a group of Early Childhood Education students from KVT Trondheim to study at the college. What a student is saying about SCFE "Sallynoggin College is a Gem of a place. Upon entering the door, you are greeted with a welcoming vibe. I found the teachers to be extremely supportive, encouraging, knowledgeable and could not do enough for each student. "Trips were organized for us and different learning strategies were applied. I gained valuable skills during my time there as well as making lifelong friends. Sarah O’Donovan, Early Childhood Care and Education


Applications now open for September 2020 Upcoming OPEN DAY 16th January 10am to 2pm OUR OPEN DAY is the one to look forward to on Thursday 16th January 2020 from 10am to 2pm. There will be a range of presentations, demonstrations and exhibitions and col-

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learning difficulties. The college, located within walking distance from Dun Laoghaire, is well served by public transport and free secure parking is available to students.

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A broad range of further CRUMLIN College of Further Education has been offering educational services in South Dublin for over 60 years. Located on Crumlin Road, its close proximity to Dublin Bus and Luas services makes it an ideal location for students. A range of QQI courses are offered at Level 5 and Level 6 in the schools of Hairdressing, Beauty, Fashion, Sports, Information Technology, Business & Accounting, To u r i s m , C a t e r i n g , S a l e s & Administration. In addition, a range of night courses are offered at its Evening School. Here’s just a flavour of what’s on offer at Crumlin College… Fashion The Fashion Department in Crumlin College offers industry focused courses that reflect the current and future staffing requirements of the business and creative sectors of the fashion industry. Students can choose between the QQI Level 5 course in Fashion Buying & Merchandising or Fashion Styling with Design. Both courses offer students a comprehensive understanding of their chosen field as well as a rounded perspective on the fashion industry as a whole. The college has established close links with a network of professionals

within the fashion industry and students benefit from visits by a variety of guest speakers. Research fieldtrips for college assignments are organised throughout the academic year and are enjoyable and valuable learning experiences. Students have the opportunity to get hands-on experience through the college’s work experience programme. There is also the possibility to apply for college-organised internships and work-experience placements in major international Buying and Merchandising offices. Through the college’s industry links with some of Ireland’s leading fashion designers and fashion stylists, there are frequent opportunities to apply to gain practical hands-on experience in fashion design studios or in assisting in the styling of fashion shows and photo shoots. Upon successful completion of the QQI Level 5 course, many graduates have successfully gained employment in the fashion industry as Trainee Buyer & Merchandisers, Assistant Stylists or Design Studio Assistants. Through the QQI progression routes, graduates may also apply to third level courses. Crumlin College graduates have progressed to successfully complete the BA in Visual Merchandising & Display in DIT.

"The college has established close links with a network of professionals within the fashion industry and stu- dents benefit from visits by a variety of guest speakers"

There is also the option to progress onto the QQI Level 6 course in Fashion Management in Crumlin College and this will appeal to students who wish to develop a career in the business, managerial and retailing side of the fashion industry while actively developing imagination and flair for design, buying and selling. The dynamic and industryfocussed courses offered by Crumlin College’s Fashion Department equip graduates with a well-rounded and practical skill-set desired by prospective employers in the fashion industry and prepares them for study at third level institutions. Beauty The School of Beauty is located in a separate building in Captain’s Road, Crumlin. Crumlin College offers a one or two year Diploma in Beauty Therapy. The Diploma in Beauty Therapy includes accreditation from QQI, ITEC and CIDESCO. The course provides intensive practical and theoretical training in a various aspects of Beauty Therapy and leads to an internationally recognised qualification. Successful graduates can work as a beauty therapist in range of industries including Cruise Liners, Beauty

New Courses on offer at Crumlin College of Further Education Business Studies with Sport and Fitness This course is ideal for prospective Students who are interested working in the growing area of business and sport. Students will achieve an international gym instruction qualification along with a QQI Major Award in Business Studies Level 5. On completion of the course, students will be ideally equipped to start their own business within the fitness sector or gain employment in the growing number of related areas such as sports marketing, National Governing Bodies of Sport and local councils sporting and fitness projects. Students will also have the option of progression to Higher Education options in Institutes of Technology where we have direct links. IT Sales and Digital Skills There is a growing demand in the marketplace for personnel who possess practical IT sales and digital skills. This core aim of the course is to provide the opportunity for 26 Education

Students to acquire and practice the skills necessary to pursue an exciting career in working with, promoting and selling these new innovative technologies. Students will also undertake relevant work experience in order to develop their skills. On successful completion of the course, graduates will be equipped to embark on a career in a wide range of online business and ICT-related fields. eBusiness with Computer Applications Many businesses today have an online arm to their operation. This in-demand course offers prospective Students an excellent opportunity to acquire and practice the cutting-edge eBusiness and ICT applications skills essential in today’s online commercial world. Students will also undertake relevant work experience in order to develop their skills. Students may progress to eBusiness and ICT-related degree programmes at participating higher-level institutions.


education opportunities Salons and Health and Leisure centres. Beauty and Retail Sales may be taken as a one year course at QQI Level 5 or a two year course at QQI Level 6. The course also includes ITEC accreditation in manicure, pedicure, make-up and beauty specialisations. Practical and theoretical knowledge is enhanced through work experience in the beauty and retail sector and through the running of pop-up salons within the college. Culinary Arts Students have the option of choosing the Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) Programme or Commis Chef Apprenticeship programme. The Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) is a one year course at QQI Level 5 with the possibility to progress to a second year at QQI Level 6. Students get a solid grounding in the practical side of Culinary Arts and participate in a work experience programme which allows them to further hone the skills acquired in class. On successful completion of the course, students may progress on to a range of higher certificate and degree courses in Institutes of Technology or Universities. A l t e r n a t i v e l y, t h e y w i l l h a v e acquired the necessary skills to take up employment in a broad range of hospitality organisations, a sector of industry where suitably qualified applicants continue to be in high demand. The Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme is geared towards apprentices who are employed in the catering industry. Crumlin College is just one of two colleges in Dublin offering the apprenticeship programme. The course is full time and students time is divided between industry and college. The course allows participants to build on their practical culinary skills and techniques by attaining a professional qualification. Applications are now invited at www.apprencticeship. ie for the next intake of students in 2020. Information on these and all courses offered at Crumlin College of Further Education can be accessed at www.crumlincollege.ie

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32 years expert training in beauty and body therapy LOCATED in the heart of Limerick City the Pembroke College is one of Ireland’s leading International Schools of Health, Beauty and Body Therapy. It has been established since 1987 and is a licensed CIDESCO, CIBTAC & ITEC College. Through constant dedication to training and development it is now regarded as the most prestigious school in the South and Mid West of Ireland. The principal and managing director of the college Helen O Sullivan Quinn is a former student of the college who continued her training with Steiner in London before working as a therapist on the Cruise Ships in the Caribbean. Helen has been the prime motivator in the successful development and supervision of training programmes at Pembroke for the past 15 years. Contact us now to arrange a time for your free consultation with Helen who as a former Pembroke graduate herself will be able to help you with any queries you may have. FIND OUT MORE: Tel: 061 410628 | E: info@pembrokebeautycollege.ie www.pembrokebeautycollege.ie

Open Days 2020 Feb. 5th Wed. 10am - 3pm March 12th Thurs. 4pm - 7pm April 21st Tues. 4pm - 7pm May 20th Wed. 10am - 12noon All our courses range from QQI(FETAC) levels 4, to levels 5 and 6. They are accredited by Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI). They are qualifications in themselves but can also be used to progress onto Third Level. We welcome all ages from school leavers to Mature students.

PLC Grants; Back to Education Allowances; Vocational Training and Opportunities scheme (VTOS) are available. If you are an early school leaver, unemployed, wanting to upskill, seeking to go on to Third Level-we offer you a platform. We are situated 5 minutes from Killester Dart Station which is two stops from Connolly Station.

HERE IS A TASTE OF WHAT WE OFFER: PRE UNI SCIENCE | PHARMACY ASSISTANT | HORTICULTURE ANIMAL SCIENCE | BUSINESS | COMPUTER NETWORKS & CYBER SECURITY CHILDCARE | MONTESSORI | SNA | CARE SUPPORT PRE UNI ARTS | LOGISTICS 30 Education


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Jones Engineering donates €1m TU Dublin's Design & Construct centre of excellence JONES Engineering Group has announced a €1 million donation to Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) to support the building of Design & Construct, Ireland’s first centre of excellence for construction education at TU Dublin in Broombridge, Cabra. TU Dublin is Ireland’s largest provider of education and skills to the Architecture, Engineering and Construction sector with over 7,500 undergraduate and postgraduate students, 1,000 trade apprentices and 120 doctoral students. Details of the donation were announced at the presentation of the inaugural Jones Engineering Scholarships to Engineering and Performing Arts students at TU Dublin. Five scholarships were presented in total - three to engineering students and two to students from the University’s Conservatoire of Music and Drama. Speaking at the Jones Engineering presentation, the President of TU Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick said: “As Ireland’s first Technological University, TU Dublin is leading a transformation in Higher Education, encouraging deeper collaboration with industry for the advancement of knowledge and innovation, and developing key skills through practice-based educational opportunities.” J i m C u r l e y, C E O , J o n e s Engineering Group said: “As a graduate of Bolton Street, I am delighted that Jones Engineering Group is supporting TU Dublin as it establishes this world-class campus here in Broombridge. "The centre of excellence for construction education being established by TU Dublin is an important initiative for the future of Ireland’s construction sector. Mr Curley said that he was particularly pleased that this multidisciplinary centre will break down the traditional silos that can exist between the creative and engineering disciplines and will ensure that future leaders in the construction sector have the skills which will deliver greater innovation and lead to more Irish construction and architectural firms competing successfully

on the global stage. “At Jones Engineering, we firmly believe in ‘STEAM’, the integration of science, engineering and the arts to generate new ideas and deliver innovative solutions. "As Irish people we have a natural creativity that allows us to be good communicators but also to look through a more creative lens to projects. The multidisciplinary approach to construction education being developed at TU Dublin will be a game changer in construction education”.

A new partnership: With Jones Engineering Group were Jim Curley (CEO, Jones Engineering), Molly Mew, Gearoid Cronin and President of TU Dublin, Professor David FitzPatrick.

Design & Construct at TU Dublin RESPONDING to the needs of the architecture, engineering and construction sector TU Dublin is developing Design & Construct, a centre for collaborative, multidisciplinary education that will drive performance in the Irish construction sector through talent and technology. Building on a century of delivering applied and practical education for the construction sector Design & Construct will leverage TU Dublin’s expertise to address the key challenges of 21st century construction including the building performance, energy efficient design and the digitisation of the construction process. Design & Construct is a new way of teaching for the AEC sector and therefore requires a new type of space. A flexible, adaptable facility that can be changed and altered to meet the sector’s needs. The types of activites planned require for large unencumbered floor space, triple height, clear span, with wide openings for easy RIRO (roll in, roll out) of equipment and to allow for the construction indoors of large learning environments. The building will be

‘living’ construction laboratory, an exemplar for the sector encompassing best practice in sustainable design and construction. TU Dublin Broombridge TU Dublin purchased a 3.25-hectare site at Broombridge in 2011 to complement the TU Dublin campus in Grangegorman. The site is located immediately adjacent to the new Luas cross-city terminus at Broombridge just luas two stops from the Grangegorman campus. TU Broombridge currently accommodates a full size all-weather, floodlit sports pitch. The site at Broombridge also includes a large scale, derelict warehouse to be repurposed to Design & Construct. On completion Design & Construct will offer 6,200m2 of high-tech, flexible and adaptable space. Realising the Vision Over the next 3 years, TU Dublin Foundation will raise €6 million from individual and corporate donors to support the delivery of this significant initiative for the Irish construction sector.

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Istituto Italiano di Cultura Dublino CURRENTLY active across the major cities of the five continents, the IIC network provides crucial meeting points for artists and intellectuals where intercultural dialogue is fostered in a vibrant and stimulating environment. Italian has been central to the history of Europe and is the language of a plethora of precious humanistic and scientific texts. Students are willing to learn a language that opens up a wealth of opportunities to attend excellent schools, universities and academies. Managers, Photo by F. Taurisano investors, technicians and artisans are often crossing path with the language from a country with high-end industries and crafts. Tourists and travellers are often keen to enhancing their experience of visiting a place with extraordinary architectural and natural sites by being able to interact with local businesses and residents. The IIC Dublino hosts language courses that will help students develop listening, reading, speaking and writing skills in a structured and gradual manner. Our teachers are Italian graduates with extensive experience and special qualifications in the teaching of Italian as a foreign language. By promoting the Italian language in Ireland, the IIC in Dublin is key in ensuring that Irish citizens interested in Italian culture can get authentic insights into the country’s history and heritage, as well as its contemporary art, music and literature. Our events are mainly free and everybody is welcome to partake in the cultural activities hosted within our premises in Dublin Georgian quarters. Do not miss out on our rich programme of lectures, perforPhoto by F. Taurisano mances, concerts, seminars, and exhibitions!

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WELL THAT’S SCHOOL OVER AND DONE WITH NOW WHAT? At Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute you don’t need CAO points. We have small class sizes and an excellent range of courses with industry standard resources. The perfect place for a pre-university gap year or pre-employment course.

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Sorted... WHEN summer is over, seaside towns have more to offer than icecream cones and candy floss, and the Victorian seaside town of Dún Laoghaire is no exception. In the quiet end, bordering on leafy Monkstown, a restrained revolution is playing out in a modest building on Cumberland Street. The warriors are students and teachers carrying the banner for that educational sector that does not receive the same media attention as other educational sectors; extraordinary when you think that it is Further Education colleges like DFEi that are very real channels into third level institutions for school leavers who are disappointed with their Leaving Certificate results, and mature students who are looking to improve their prospects. It’s what a casual observer would call a win, win situation in the educational stakes. Personal missions So, let’s dust off our imaginary satchels and go inside the building where we will be met by a veritable ant colony – stairs and corridors filled with students of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, each focused on their own very personal mission. The short-term mission might be getting a seat in the canteen; the longer term one will, of course, be getting a place in a third level college or finding employment; but students always work better on a full stomach, so, while the queue for the canteen moves at its own pace let’s take a quick tour of DFEi. IIf you are lost, Kieran at reception will point you in the right direction, so don’t hesitate to ask him. Perhaps you would like to see the Learning Centre, and why not? It is a very bright and attractive space, specifically designed as a study hub replete with banks of computers. It is also 34 Education

on this corridor that you will get that recognisable smell of newly sawn wood. If you dream of designing and making your own furniture, or making and repairing musical instruments, this is where you need to fulfil that dream. Or perhaps you look at the bigger picture – the buildings that house the furniture and the musical instruments. If this is the case, you need to look at DFEi’s Architectural Te c h n o l o g y & D e s i g n o r Construction & Engineering Technology courses. STEM cells It may seem insincere to say that STEM is a ‘no brainer’ but when you think about it, it’s true. Courses related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics have proven to be reliable and sustainable routes to gainful employment. DFEi’s Pre-University Science courses in Laboratory Techniques and Food Science & Nutrition are the perfect first steps to a STEM career. Indeed, the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs has identified a dearth of graduates to fill available scientific jobs. If you are more attracted to the binary than the organic, a bit ‘nerdy’ perhaps, or a fan of the IT Crowd, you need to check out DFEi’s Computing & Electronic Technology or Software Development courses. These courses are supported by FIT (Fast Track into IT); a unique IT led initiative giving students the opportunity gain the skills that lead to employment. It’s true then; STEM is a ‘no brainer’. ‘Front of house’ roles Of course, while the STEM people are beavering away in the background, other personality types like to be ‘front of house’, or managing situations. If you fall into this category you should consider DFEI’s courses in Marketing & Event

Management, Business Studies with Law, or Police & Security Studies. If your desired theatre of action falls into the medical sphere, DFEi’s Community & Social Care course will get you started on the path that will enable you to work with dementia sufferers, or people with disabilities, mental health or social issues. If your heart is set on the nursing profession, you need to consider DFEi’s very popular Nursing Studies course. The success rates from this course are very high for progression to third level nursing degree programmes in Ireland and the UK. Some people are attracted to the unconditional love of animals; and where would the world be without domestic pets, farm animals and wildlife? Delivered by practicing professionals, DFEi’s Animal Health Care courses boast state of the art facilities and provide regular field trips. On occasion, you might be surprised by a preponderance of dogs around the building; probably a clue that the animal grooming class has gone ‘live’ or the canine obedience class needs willing woofters. You will be relieved to learn that the large farm animals do not stalk the corridors of DFEi but are instead receive visits from the animal care students. Going digital The doings of humans, animals, and machines make for an interconnected machine in a complex world; a world that needs to be interpreted, entertained, investigated, and reported on. We’ve got it all covered at DFEi with courses in TV & Digital Film, Digital Radio Production, Journalism for the Digital Age, Sound Production, and Music Production. The Higher National Diploma in Music Production is taught by working professionals. On each of these courses you will use industry standard equipment and software. You can do your own


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come to DFEi recording in the sound studio, broadcast your own show in the radio studio, or edit your own programme in the TV studio. Why not tune in to 107.8fm and listen to DFEi’s very own radio station, The Wave? You will find an archive of accomplished documentaries. Of course, nothing goes unnoticed by journalists, and the journalism students in DFEi are given every opportunity to report on the doings of the humans, animals and machines that make for that interconnected machine in a complex world. Having visited the Criminal Courts of Justice and listened to the evidence in a murder trial, sat in on a Dail debate, or grappled with the spectres of Brexit and Trump, the journalism students have plenty to write about.

will be taught basic research skills, referencing systems, and general academic conventions across all courses. Experience at DFEi has taught us that every student does not learn in the same way or at the same pace. If you have particular learning support requirements, they will be met at DFEii. A tried and tested way DFEi’s quality assured courses are open to anyone who is seeking the knowledge, skills and competencies to enhance their employment opportunities or educational progression. If you did not get enough points for your chosen third level course, consider spending a year in DFEi. It’s another tried and tested way to get a place in college, as incidentally, is our legendary Arts, Culture & History course – an excellent founda-

"The academic life of DFEi is punctuated by a vibrant calendar of social events showcasing the talents of the students. If you like an audience, there’s a captive one in DFEi.

tion for pursuing an arts degree in NUI. With subjects like archaeology, folklore and local history, this course is perfect for those of you who want to use your fascination with the past to propel your academic career forward. The formula is simple – eight QQI Level 5 or Level 6 modules with as many distinctions as you can get. But it takes work on your part. You need to come to class, complete assignments on time and prepare for exams. The teachers are there for you every step of the way if you are there for them. Find out more Look at our website on www.dfei. ie; it’s really rather attractive and the menu is quite tempting; our brochure is not bad either. We don’t offer ice-cream or candy floss but we do offer a fine education.

Showcasing talent The academic life of DFEi is punctuated by a vibrant calendar of social events showcasing the talents of the students. If you like an audience, there’s a captive one in DFEi. Sound Production students compose their own material to audition for the annual college album release. The skills of the Event Management, Office Administration and Security students are always sought for college events. Gigs, concerts, and talent shows are enjoyed by both students and staff, usually in the canteen, also known as The Hub, which as well as providing hot food, is equipped with a stage, sound booth and acoustic panelling. Ladder to a third level DFEi’s courses are designed to meet current industry standards. Students are taught the fundamental skills and survival techniques that will put them on the ladder to a third level qualification. You will be taught how to present work in written and oral format. You Education 35


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Your future starts here INCHICORE College is a leader in further education. Renowned for our friendly and welcoming atmosphere and our excellent range of innovative courses, studying with us will take students to the next level of their education and/or career pathway. With courses in the Creative and Performing Arts, Business & Computers, Sport, Nursing and Healthcare, Childcare & Education, Theatre, Tourism, Dance, Costume & Make Up our graduates have gone on to achieve outstanding success in both employment and higher education. As a college, we are committed to the personal and professional development of all our students. Employers value graduates who have both professional knowledge but also skills such as team work, flexibility, decision making and creativity. Our courses empower students to develop all of these skills and our graduates are much sought after in an ever-changing employment market. Many of our students go directly into employment on successful completion of their courses where they are highly regarded for their work ethic. A dedicated team All our courses have a dedicated team of highly qualified staff with vast industry experience and who retain close links with their fields. Therefore, students can be sure that the education they receive is of a high quality and meets their individual needs. For example, our small class sizes and flexible teaching methods allow for greater participation and students can learn in ways that best suit them. Our students are central to our purpose and we are committed to their success. Inchicore College graduates go places. We have an outstanding track record for student progression to higher education. For example, every year, graduates from our Nursing Studies course perform exceptionally well in achieving CAO nursing places via the higher education links progression system. Students also gain advanced entry to higher education in many Irish educational establishments and many progress to study in the UK through our well-established links. For instance, graduates from our Assistant Occupational Therapy course have advanced to degree level study in Scotland. The Erasmus+ programme At Inchicore College, our Erasmus+ programme is second to none. Shortlisted for the 2019 Education Awards, this highly regarded work placement programme offers students the opportunity to work and study in countries such as Sweden, The Netherlands, Spain, Austria, Finland, Italy and France. For students who are considering their educational choices for 2020, Inchicore College of Further Education offers the very best of courses with proven pathways to employment and higher education. Look no further.

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Protect our future What is the HPV Virus? HPV stands for ‘human papillomavirus’, which is a group of more than 100 viruses. The HPV virus is very common; most people will be infected with a form of HPV in their lifetime. The majority of HPV infections do not cause any symptoms and infection is usually cleared by the body’s own immune system without the need for other treatment. However, each year in Ireland about 530 people will be diagnosed with a HPV associated cancer. The HPV virus causes: • almost all cervical cancers • 9 out of 10 vulval cancers • 8 out of 10 vaginal cancers • 9 out of 10 HPV-related anal cancers • 9 out of 10 incidences of genital warts.

Research has shown HPV infection is also associated with cancers of: • the mouth and throat (oropharynx) • the back passage (the rectum) • the penis The HPV Vaccine In 2010, the HPV vaccine was introduced in Ireland for girls in first year in secondary schools. Since September 2019, the HPV vaccine is also being offered to boys in first year in secondary schools, as research shows that the HPV virus can cause cancers and conditions that affect boys as well. In September, Ireland joined over 20 countries including Australia, the UK and Italy who already give HPV vaccine to boys and girls. International research has shown that the

HPV vaccine is very effective. In Australia, studies have shown: • a 77% reduction in the types of HPV responsible for most cervical cancers; • an almost 50% reduction in the incidence of high-grade (significant) cervical abnormalities in girls under 18 years of age; • a 90% reduction in genital warts in heterosexual men and women under 21 years of age. The more boys and girls vaccinated the better we can control the spread of the infection. For more information visit www.hpv.ie #ProtectOurFuture Education 39


We are all knowledge workers now Dr Robbie Smyth is the Deputy Head of the Journalism and Media Communications Faculty at Griffith College Dublin.

EVEN if it is pre-emptive to describe the current phase of economic disru pti on a s a f our t h i n d u s tri a l revolution as heralded by the World Economic Forum’s Klaus Schwab in 2016, there can be no doubt that the fundamentals of how we work are changing and that how we prepare students for a professional career outside of college must be cognisant of that. An ever evolving process Across the media faculty in Griffith College we have for over 20 years sought to surf the waves of change. Our reel to reel radio editing equipment gave way to mini discs and then a range of digital online recording and production tools emerged so that the first edits can now be done on a smart phone. Similar changes have happened in film and photography, while the ways we use words in articles in print, online, in tweets and hashtags is an ever evolving process. While our industry was one of the 40 Education

first to be massively disrupted, the power unleashed by that fourth industrial revolution is all encompassing and every sector has had to accommodate change. The third level sector was, I believe, well prepared in one way for the social, economic and technological change of the last half century. This is shown in the growth of new programmes and the steady increase in degree level qualifications for a wider variety of disciplines. Higher Education Authority figures released in January registered a record number of third level students in Ireland. There were 231,720 students registered in Irish colleges. We have been successful in attracting students, but the next steps in creating the right learning environment are more complex. Virtual learning environments No matter the field of study or the discipline level we have learners in classes where they have often have

"We have been successful in attracting students, but the next steps in creating the right learning environment are more complex"

a laptop, tablet or phone in lectures. They have access to virtual learning e n v i ro n m e n t s l i k e M o o d l e o r Blackboard, that link to class notes, readings and online journals. When you add the almost unlimited power of the internet to service research needs of students it would seem all the bases are covered. Some students have blended learning options also. In Griffith College, our recent programmatic reviews, which involve consultation with industry and alumni, have shown the need for very specific general skills on top of the discipline related knowledge students acquire as they progress through a programme. Reading as a skill To expand on this let me explain from a personal example. With hindsight there were key elements that featured during my third level undergraduate experience as an arts student in University College Dublin. They defined my future career. Only


two of these were directly related to the tuition provided and even here there was an element of chance. A part time job in the library stacking books forced me for an hour a day to actually be present with the key texts for acquiring knowledge. Stacking journals day after day and reading the abstracts was an invaluable skill. I was learning how to focus my attention. This is a key skill of the busy distracting workplace, not to mention the absorbed digital lives we live. We could all benefit from a master class on this from Nir Eyal. We have rethought our study and academic skills modules in Griffith but this attention issue is becoming more critical. Knowledge worker Being put in front of a computer in both economics and political science in the mid 1980s was the defining point of my time in UCD. In the programmes we run at Griffith, I and my faculty colleagues have

"The future of work is one where graduates are not just technologically sophisticated and adaptable but can also talk, engage and discuss their disciplinerelated knowledge and skills with colleagues and customers"

always endeavoured to ensure the latest relevant technology is front and centre for learners. The last two years it has been mobile journalism, the so called MoJo. Learning various aspects and approaches to data analysis in economics, politics, philosophy and psychology became a critical skill. Peter Drucker was so right when he predicted the emergence of the knowledge worker in 1966. We are all knowledge workers now and the ability to gather, assess and interpret the data of your work is critical. Simple communication skills Finally two related skills that are so important today and were the common element in all our industry feedback. It was presentation and interview skills. My second part time college job was a two hour stint in the university restaurant. Every day I had to interact with demanding chefs, their

support staff and over the years take the food orders and related queries of thousands of hungry students, as well as a few tricky lecturers, professors and deans too! Little did I know that simple communication skills would be a critical workplace skill. We have built them into all of our modules, and each semester our students have to present and discuss their work with their peers. There can be no better introduction to the workplace. Attention The future of work is one where graduates are not just technologically sophisticated and adaptable but can also talk, engage and discuss their discipline-related knowledge and skills with their colleagues and customers. To succeed in the future a worker needs the three elements. They are cutting edge technical knowledge of your discipline, sophisticated communication skills and a habit of critical analytical focussed attention. Education 41


Promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Irish schools WALK in My Shoes is a mental health awareness and education campaign run by St. Patrick’s Mental Health Services. The campaign focuses on promoting mental health awareness in schools across Ireland. Develop a Positive Mental Health Culture We can all experience high level of stress as part of modern living, and this can lead to feelings of anger and anxiety, lowered self-esteem and self-confidence and depression. And as young people spend up to a fifth of their week in school, if the school environment develops a culture of positive emotional health, then young people learn that they can talk about and express emotions in a culture of respect. With this type of foundation in mental and emotional health, there is a strong chance that these young people will carry that learning throughout their lives. And learning about mental health from a young age will help

If the school environment develops a culture of positive emotional health, then young people learn that they can talk about and express emotions in a culture of respect

reduce the stigma associated with mental health which can be a needless barrier to accessing treatment. Walk in My Shoes Initiatives Walk in My Shoes runs a number of initiatives throughout the school year that are designed to promote positive mental health in schools. These initiatives include: • Mission Possible; School Achievement Awards recognises schools from all over Ireland for their effort and contribution to tackling the stigma surrounding mental health both in the classroom and in the wider community. • Frame of Mind short film competition is open to secondary school students. To enter Students, create a 2-3-minute-long video that tells a story they feel portrays a positive mental health message. • Transition Year Programme – we run five-one week long programmes every year that focus on various aspects of mental health as well as the career options available in this sector. • #MindYourSelfie Day aims to promote awareness of our free MindYourSelfie resource packs. We ask everyone to take a ‘selfie’ and post it on social media using the hashtag #MindYourSelfie. Walk in My Shoes Resources MindYourSelfie activity packs are free to use resources that have all been developed to promote a positive mental health. These packs include the following resources: • Our range of short mindfulness audio and video pieces are an effective way to introduce mindfulness and meditation into your classroom. These exercises not only help to improve students’ mindfulness but function to relax the tension and tightness that has built up within the body and mind. • Mindful colouring asks students to focus on how they choose and apply colour in a design to bring their awareness to the present moment. The classroom mindfulness colouring activity can help students feel more relaxed by paying attention to the present moment. • Our mental health and wellbeing calendar comprises daily actions that students can complete to promote positive mental health and mindfulness. • With our Selfie ‘Steem activity students share positive messages about one another. • Wellness Journals provide young people with a template to record their feelings and thoughts as a once off assignment or as a daily activity. Visit WalkInMyShoes.ie/mindyourselfie for more information about our great, free to use, mental health resource packs. And join our mailing list for reminders about our competitions and closing dates.

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Apprenticeship option opens a gallery of opportunities "The practical nature of the programme, the salary and the fully-funded fees make the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship particularly appealing to School Leavers who prefer learning by experience to full-time college education" THE wonderful environs of Dublin’s National Gallery have become the workplace of an accountancy apprentice thanks to a programme which allows students earn while they learn. The gallery houses an amazing collection of European art spanning the 14th to the 20th-century. And now it’s the place of work of Katie Haverty, who has recently finished her first year of the Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) programme. Supportive Student Katie (20), from Finglas started with the ATI apprentic eship after becoming disillusioned with a full-time college course, joining nine finance staff at the Gallery. “I began an arts degree, but there was only 12 hours of study across the whole week and I had to travel to the college for only one hour a day,” she said. “I deferred the course for a year and began working as a pay role clerk, which I loved, so I when I saw the apprenticeship course online I 44 Education

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practice after they qualified. “But this course enables the student to apply what they have learned straight away, which makes the academic side easier for them. “The balance between theory and practice is brilliant. “Classes are small and the college monitors both the student’s work and checks on the employer also. “I would highly recommend the course to any employer, especially as there are no recruitment or course fees involved.” Applications for the apprenticeships, which will be based in Dublin, Wicklow, Cork, Waterford, Limerick, Galway and Monaghan are now open. Leaving Cert students and mature learners can apply for the programme through Accounting Technicians Ireland. A real alternative This apprenticeship provides a real alternative for Leaving Certificate students who prefer practical training to a full-time college programme, or for students who may have


Head of Finance at the National Gallery of Ireland, Mary Leane (l) and Katie Haverty, who has recently finished her first year of the Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI) programme at the Gallery. Pic: Fintan Clarke

The practical nature of the programme, the salary and also the fully-funded fees really make the A c c o u n t i n g Te c h n i c i a n Apprenticeship particularly appealing "This to School Leavers who prefer learnapprenticeship ing by experience and work to provides a real full-time college education, accordalternative for i n g t o G i l l i a n D o h e r t y, C h i e f Leaving Operations Officer at Accounting Certificate Technicians Ireland. students who prefer practical In-demand accountancy training to a “When students complete the full-time apprenticeship programme, they will college have a strong, in-demand accountprogramme" ancy QQI Level 6 award, two years of solid work experience and the opportunity, if they wish, to progress Progress on to further study across accountancy, Successful graduates of the business or finance,” said Ms apprenticeship programme may then Doherty. progress on to full Accountancy with “This is a pan-sectoral programme Chartered Accountants Ireland or which meets the needs of industry, one of the other professional practice and the public sector, and accountancy bodies. graduates enjoy exemptions from FIND OUT MORE: the full range of professional Visit AccountingTechnicianApprenticeship.ie accountancy bodies including (apprenticeship) or accountingtechniciansireland.ie Chartered Accountants Ireland, CPA, (college route) to register your interest ACCA and CIMA.” embarked on a college course and found that it didn’t suit them. It is also an attractive option for existing employees and mature learners who would like to pursue a career in accounting. Large accountancy firms such as Grant Thornton, smaller high street practices as well as organisations in industry and the public sector have embraced the new apprenticeship programme. Their apprentices work in the office four days a week and study in a local college one day a week during the two-year programme, which begins in September.

Accounting Technicians Ireland THE ATI is the leading professional body for Accounting Technicians on the island of Ireland. We educate, support and represent over 10,000 people working in the profession. Established in 1983, we pride ourselves on providing an internationally recognised business qualification and on promoting the highest educational, technical and ethical standards to our members. Our qualifications differ from many other academic programmes as they combine professional exams with practical work experience. Members are entitled to put the letters MIATI after their name. We are a partner body of Chartered Accountants Ireland and an associate member of the International Federation of Accountants. We have offices in Dublin and Belfast and links with local networks throughout Ireland. Education 45


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Careers in the Irish Defence Forces THE Irish Defence Forces is the military of Ireland. We encompass the Army, the Naval Service, the Air Corps and the Reserve Defence Forces. The Army is a standing force and provides the primary capabilities for joint military operations at home and combined military Peace Support Operations abroad. The Naval Service is the State's principal seagoing agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements. It is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles. The role of the Air Corps under the Defence Act is to contribute to the security of the State by providing for the Military Air Defence of its airspace. Defence Forces personnel lead a "Life less Ordinary". No two days are the same in the lives of our personnel. All aspects of military life are varied and for each member of the Force each day may bring a new challenge. WHO WE LOOK FOR? General Service Recruitment The Irish Defence Forces are looking for motivated, physically fit, team orientated individuals to enlist as General Service Recruits. As a recruit, you will train to become an infantry soldier. On completion of the initial training program, successful recruits 46 Education

are promoted to the rank of Private 2*. Following a second period of basic training, applicants are promoted to the rank of Private 3*. Applicants should have: • The ability to work in disciplined military environment. • The ability to work with others in a team. • The ability to work well in a high pressure and physically demanding environment. • Be willing to serve aboard for extended periods of time. • Be a minimum of 18 years of age and under 25 years of age on the date deemed as the closing date for applications. On qualification recruits take up a position as a three star private in one of the following Service Corps — Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Supply & Transport or Communications Information Systems. After basic training, opportunities exist to undertake further training as anything from a heavy vehicle driver, to a chef, vehicle mechanic, armourer, IT technician, combat engineer, emergency medical technician and many other roles. Officer Cadetships The Defence Forces are also looking to enlist Officer Cadets. A Cadet is a Military Officer in training. Officers are the leaders, decision makers and managers of the

"The Irish Defence Forces are looking for motivated, physically fit, team orientated individuals to enlist as General Service Recruits"

Defence Forces. They are the platoon commanders in our Army, the pilots in our Air Corps, and the navigators and engineers in our Naval Service. An Officer leads, directs and motivates our frontline troops. The role comes with very real mental and physical challenges, with Officers being expected to lead from the front in all situations. Officer Cadets engage in 15 months training in the Military College, Curragh Camp, Kildare, covering many basic and practical soldier skills and military fields of study before taking up an operational appointment in the Permanent Defence Forces. The Defence Forces is looking for people who have the potential to: • Plan, prioritize and organise. • Analyse problems, in order to generate appropriate solutions. • Be clear, concise and with effective communication skills. • The ability to motivate others and work with a team. Can you do all of this while working in a very high pressure, mentally and physically demanding environment? After completing Officer training, cadets are commissioned into a Service Corp — Infantry, Artillery, Cavalry, Supply & Transport or Communications Information Systems. As a young Officer many more opportunities for development,


growth, variety and responsibility will come your way. Applicants must be 18 years of age or over and under 26 years of age on the date mentioned in the notice for the current competition. Trainee Military Aircraft Technician We also look to enlist Trainee Military Aircraft Technicians. The successful applicants will serve a 4 year apprenticeship program and will become Aircraft Technicians in our Air Corps. Technicians provide the maintenance and servicing of Air Corps aircraft, their engines, systems, equipment and weapons. The Air Corps is looking for young, enthusiastic and technically minded individuals who are looking for the opportunity not just to learn a new trade but also to practice it in chall e n g i n g s i t u a t i o n s . Tr a i n e e Technicians undergo their academic training at the Technical Training School, located in Casement Aerodrome, the home of the Air Corps. All Candidates must be 18 years of age and less than 23 years of age on the closing date for receipt of applications. WHEN DO WE RECRUIT? We normally recruit General Service Recruits in March and September. We advertise the Cadet Competition in January/February for induction in September. We also advertise for Air Corps Trainee Military Aircraft Technicians in January/February for induction in September WHEN AND HOW TO APPLY? All applications are made by completing the online application on our website. The online application is only available when we are running a recruitment competition. We do

NOT accept applications outside these times. WHAT IS THE TRAINING LIKE? General Service Recruit The training for General Service Recruits is initially for 15 weeks. The Recruit Training Syllabus is designed to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Two Star Infantry Soldier with basic military skills. Recruit training is foundation military training. It is followed by 3 Star training and at a later stage by Trained Soldier Specialist Training courses. Recruits may be required to complete their training in any Defence Forces location and following their training, may be posted to any Defence Forces location subject to Defence Forces requirements. Once training is successfully completed the fully trained soldier will be sent to their allocated unit. Cadetships Cadets train for a total of 15 months. The training is conducted in the Military College, Defence Forces Training Centre, Co. Kildare. The purpose of cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility in the cadet. To benefit from that training, which is conducted in an environment of strict discipline, the cadet needs mental acuity and physical agility. During training an Army Cadet masters basic military skills, such as rifle marksmanship, as well as developing the leadership skills required of an Army Officer. Air Corps and Naval Service Cadets also undertake leadership and foundation military training before specialising as pilots, navigators or engineers. On commissioning the new Officer takes up a leadership position in one of the Army Corps.

"The Recruit Training Syllabus is designed to produce a physically fit, disciplined and motivated Two Star Infantry Soldier with basic military skills"

"The purpose of cadet training is to develop character and leadership skills and instil a sense of duty and responsibility in the cadet"

Third Level Education Personnel of the Army, who were inducted as an Officer Cadet and successfully completed their Officer Cadet training and who have not previously attained an Honours Bachelor Degree (Level 8 of the National Framework of Qualifications) or equivalent may be assigned to a course of study leading to a degree at National University of Ireland, Galway or a course of study leading to a degree at some other third level college of education. On completion of the first year of training, Naval Service cadets spend the second year of the cadetship studying for a degree at the National Maritime College of Ireland. Trainee Military Aircraft Technicians Tr a i n e e M i l i t a r y A i r c r a f t Technicians initially complete basic military training of seven months duration before commencing their technical training. In total their training takes approximately 4 and a half years and is completed at the Air Corps Technical Training School, Casement Aerodrome, Baldonnel. The Air Corps Technical Training School is EASA (European Aviation S a f e t y A g e n c y ) a p p ro v e d a n d approved by DIT (Dublin Institute of Technology) to deliver the Bachelor of Engineering Technology Degree in M i l i t a r y Av i a t i o n Te c h n o l o g y. Through these programmes the trainee technicians will be instructed in all disciplines of aircraft maintenance including fixed and rotary wing aircraft, power plant and avionics. The EASA modules (Theory and Workshop Practical’s) and their associated examinations are completed entirely, prior to the trainees’ advancement through advanced access onto the Bachelor Engineering Technology Degree in Military Aviation Technology.

For more information on careers in the Irish Defence Forces visit www.military.ie/en/careers/army-careers/how-to-join/ Education 47


What is Social Care? SOCIAL care is a profession where people work in partnership with those who experience marginalisation, disadvantage or special needs. Social care workers professionally guide, challenge and support those entrusted to their care toward achieving their maximum potential. Social care workers may work, for example, with children and adolescents in residential care; people with learning or physical disabilities; people who are homeless; people with alcohol/drug dependency; families in the community; older people; recent immigrants to Ireland; and others. Social care has been defined by IASCE – the Irish Association of Social Care Educators - as: “A profession committed to the planning and delivery of quality care and

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other support services for individuals and groups with identified needs.” In addition to a strong academic background, Social Care Workers should have certain personal attributes such as reliability and trustworthiness; altruism, selfawareness, empathy, compassion, ability to work as part of a team and maturity. Social care work can be very challenging - emotionally and physically – and can mean working in some very difficult environments - but it can also be uniquely rewarding. What qualifications do you need to be a Social Care Worker? IASCE member colleges offer a range of social care qualifications at Level 6 Higher Certificate, Level 7

“A profession committed to the planning and delivery of quality care and other support services for individuals and groups with identified needs.”

Ordinary degree, and Level 8 Honours degree. Some programmes are delivered on both a full-time and part-time basis. For further details on specific college offerings, please refer to the contact list at the end of this article. A course of study in Social Care typically includes subjects such as sociology, psychology, social administration and policy, principles of professional practice, law, creative skills (art, drama, music) and research methods. A key element of studying to be a professional social care practitioner is involvement in a number of supervised work practice placements of several months’ duration. Social Care students are challenged to develop academically through deepening their knowledge, professionally, by learning and practising social care skills, and personally, by developing a capacity to look at their own strengths and weaknesses in relation to the work. In line with the Health and Social Care Professionals Act 2005 (as amended) the Social Care profession is moving towards regulation and social care programmes across Ireland will have to be validated in the near future to comply with these statutory regulations. CORU (Health & Social Care Professionals Council) is the body responsible for regulating health and social care professions, with their main role to protect the public by promoting high standards of professional conduct, education, training and competency. All social care workers, once qualified, will be required to register to enable them to practice in the sector.


What’s the difference between a social care practitioner and a social worker? Social care workers will typically work in a direct person-to-person capacity with the users of services. They will seek to provide a caring, stable environment in which various social, educational and relationship interventions can take place in the day-to-day living space of the service user. The social worker’s role, on the other hand, is typically to manage the ‘case’, for example by arranging the residential child care placement in which a child is placed, coordinating case review meetings and negotiating the termination of a placement. It is possible for those with a degree in social care to qualify as a social worker via the postgraduate route. A number of Irish universities accept holders of the BA(Hons) in Social Care and BA(Hons) in Applied Social Studies onto postgraduate social work courses.

Institution

Contact Person

Contact Details

Athlone Institute of Technology

Dr Ollie Hegarty

ohegarty@ait.ie 090 644 2530

Cork Institute of Technology

Dr Aoife Johnson

aoife.johnson@cit.ie 0214326178

Carlow College

Dr John McHugh

jmchugh@carlowcollege.ie 0599153200

Carlow Institute of Technology

Susan Barnes

susan.barnes@itcarlow.ie 053 9185828

Dundalk Institute of Technology

Patricia Rahill

patricia.rahill@dkit.ie 042 9370200 Extn: 2948.

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology

Dr Davy Walsh

davy.walsh@gmit.ie 094 9043280

Institute of Technology Sligo

Caroline Costello

costello.caroline@itsligo.ie (071) 915 5222 O'Neill.Sheena@itsligo.ie

Sheena O`Neill Institute of Technology Tralee

Dr Patrick McGarty Aisling Sharkey

patrick.mcgarty@staff.ittralee.ie 066 7191660 aisling.sharkey@staff.ittralee.ie 066 7191662

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

Dr Louise McBride

louise.mcbride@lyit.ie 074 9186308

Where do Social Care Workers gain employment? S o c i a l c a re w o r k e r s m a y b e employed in public sector organisations for e.g. TUSLA and Health Service Executive, voluntary organisations, community based organisations and the private sector.

Limerick Institute of Technology (Moylish Campus)

Dr. Carole Glynn

carole.glynn@lit.ie 061 293 209 Jennifer.ogrady@lit.ie

Open Training College

Dr Noelín Fox

noelin.fox@opentrainingcollege.com 01 2988544

Technological University Dublin, Blanchardstown campus

Emmett Tuite

Emmett.Tuite@tudublin.ie 01 885 1161

Further Information You can obtain further information about social care courses and qualifications by contacting any of the institutions below.

Technological University Dublin, Grangegorman campus

Dr. Dave Williams.

david.williams@tudublin.ie 01-4024107

Technological University Dublin, Tallaght campus

Marian Connell

Marian.Connell@tudublin.ie 01 -404 2816

Jennifer O’Grady

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Universal Design at Cork Institute of Technology

Universal Design at Cork Institute of Technology

Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology International Golden Success for CIT CIT's StrydeTech Team Win Technology Gold Award at Global Student Innovation Challenge 2019 at i-CREATe International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Great Hall, Australian Parliament House, Canberra, Australia AT THE Great Hall, Australian Parliament House, Canberra, Australia on August 29th 2019 at the Global Gala Awards Ceremony of the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology 2019, the Global Winner of the Technology Gold Award of the Global Student Innovation Challenge 2019 was announced as the StrydeTech team of Cork Institute of Technology. The Princess of Thailand - HRH Princess MAHA Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand – presented the StrydeTech multidisciplinary team, represented by Muireann Hickey and Kevin Hayes, with the prestigious Overall First Place Technology Gold Award at the glittering awards ceremony before a hugely appreciative international audience of medical experts and innovators in rehabilitation engineering and assistive technology.

A platform to encourage students

i-CREATe, the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology, was co-hosted in 2019 at the National Convention Centre in the Australian Capital Canberra by Assistive Technology Australia and Independent Living Charitable Trust New Zealand. The Global Student Innovation Challenge held at iCreate provides a platform to encourage students from all over the world to compete in developing creative and innovative devices or solutions to improve the quality of living of the elderly and people with disability. The global challenge GSIC showcases the talents and abilities of these students while providing an opportunity to work with clients and clinicians to develop these innovative ideas. GSIC also facilitates cooperation and networking among the students and gives them an opportunity

By Professor Sean F. O’Leary Department of Mechanical, Biomedical and Manufacturing Engineering, School of Mechanical, Electrical and Process Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology

"The global challenge GSIC showcases the talents and abilities of these students while providing an opportunity to work with clients and clinicians to develop these innovative ideas"

to listen to speakers from across the world. The unprecedented international success of Ireland and Cork Institute of Technology’s StrydeTech team is a quite remarkable global achievement for the CIT multidisciplinary developmental student team of Muireann Hickey (Team Leader and Biomedical Engineering Development), Kevin Hayes (Team Product Advancement Coordinator), Cian O’Leary (Team Mechanical Design Specialist) and Jonathan Mullane (Team Technological Design Specialist). The international achievement follows on earlier 2019 national achievement for the CIT StrydeTech team at the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design National Disability Authority Universal Design Grand Challenge Awards in the Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin on 23rd May 2019, where StrydeTech won the First Place National Award - the UDGC 2019 Enterprise Ireland Universal Design Commercialisation Award - with commercial feasibility grant access, the value of the funding up to €15,000. The StrydeTech team were represented in Australia throughout the week of global competition, presentation and exhibition by Muireann Hickey (team leader) and Kevin Hayes (product advancement coordinator), supported by team mentor Professor Sean F. O’Leary. Equally important to achieved success has been the great contribution and support from Cork of StrydeTech team members Jonathan Mullane (team technological design specialist) and Cian O'Leary (team mechanical design specialist).

Extremely high standards

The standard of the 48 international finalist teams at the global finals was extremely high with many advanced novel and most worthy rehabilitative and assistive devices developed by in many cases PhD and post-PhD research teams on display. Muireann and Kevin performed excellently throughout the intense week of global competition - in exhibition and prototype demonstration and question

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and answer to a very demanding and rigorous adjudication international panel of distinguished judges. StrydeTech's excellent stand, featuring their working prototype, attracted continued and significant interest from the large and appreciative attendance at the International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. Muireann and Kevin demonstrated great passion and dedication and rose admirably to the challenge of competing at this esteemed level amongst the cream of the cream of postgraduate teams globally - a great testament and tribute to these worthy students. The StrydeTech product was lauded to great acclaim by the distinguished adjudication panel of international medical engineering / clinician experts for novelty and innovation in addressing a global need. A measure of this acclaim was that StrydeTech won not just the Overall First Place Technology Gold Award at the Great Hall, Australian Parliament House, but also won two further international convention awards - the Best Presentation Global Award and the Delegates Choice Global Award - earlier in the competition week. StrydeTech has indeed won three significant awards at the Global Student Innovation Challenge 2019 in Canberra: ■ The Overall First Place Gold Global Award presented at the Great Hall, Australian Parliament House by the Princess of Thailand - HRH Princess MAHA Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand ■ The Best Presentation Global Award - a really quite remarkable achievement for Muireann and Kevin following an arduous 35 hour outward journey and under the bright lights of Australian National TV Live Recording during the Adjudication ■ The Delegates Choice Global Award This award has been emphasised by the organisers of the Global Student Innovation Challenge as a hugely significant award as it was viewed as the independent convention industrial / biomedical / clinician / healthcare delegate validation of the international judge's gold award


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priate design calculations and advanced finite element analysis was undertaken to find suitable geometries and materials for this mobility device. The StrydeTech student team’s participation significantly advances Cork Institute of Technology and Ireland’s profile on the international stage. The short-listing and show-casing of Stryde Tech is a great achievement on the world stage for the students, their department, their institute and their country.

Embassy support

The Embassy of Ireland Canberra has been hugely supportive of the StrydeTech team throughout their visit to Canberra for the Global Student Innovation Challenge, iCreate International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology. On arrival in Canberra, the StrydeTech team members Muireann Hickey and Kevin Hayes and mentor Professor Sean F. O’Leary were greatly honoured to be invited to the Embassy Residence to meet with Irish Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Mr Great Hall, Australian Parliament House, Canberra, Australia. Presentation by Her Royal Highness, Eamonn Robinson and Second Secretary, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Kingdom of Thailand of Global Student Innovation Award First Place Dr. Harriet Sexton Morel. Technology Gold Award to CIT and Ireland’s StrydeTech team members Muireann Hickey and Kevin Hayes The StrydeTech team were presented Left to Right : Jonathan Ladd -Chair Assistive Technology Australia; Robyn Chapman CEO Assistive Technology with Irish/Australian flag lapel badges, Australia; Her Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, Kingdom of Thailand; Global Student which the StrydeTech team and mentor Innovation Award First Place Technology Gold Award Winners Muireann Hickey and Kevin Hayes; Karen Beardwore with the greatest pride throughout Greer CEO Independent Living Charitable Trust New Zealand Photo Credit - Bradley Cummings Photography the week of global competition, presentation and exhibition. The Embassy of Ireland’s great support, The developing Stryde Tech mobility Cork Institute of Technology and Ireland counsel and aid to the StrydeTech team can be truly proud of the Stryde Tech team. device helps people to get from the seated continued throughout the global competiMuireann and Kevin are a great credit to position independently, a feature absent tion week in Canberra including VIP visits themselves, their families, their Institute from normal walking frames. The devices by Mr. Robinson and Dr. Sexton Morel to and their country, performing to the high- handles lower to the users seated waist "The multithe very popular StrydeTech stand at the est standards at all times throughout this height and raise to provide helpful upward disciplinary most exhausting and testing time at the force when standing up. National Convention Centre and attendstudent Global Student Innovation Challenge 2019 ance and support at the iCreate Gala StrydeTech at iCreate, the International Convention on Awards Ceremony at the Great Hall, Independently stand up Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Australian Parliament House, where Her The core Stryde Tech concept encapsu- team based on Technology here in Canberra. Royal Highness, Princess Maha Chakri lates a mobility devices handles lowering personal to a user’s seated waist height allowing inspiration and Sirindhorn, Kingdom of Thailand presented them to independently stand up from any motivation have the Global Student Innovation Award First Huge interest in StrydaTech Place Technology Gold Award to CIT and There was huge interest in Canberra in type or height of chair. An iterative systematic design approach developed their Ireland’s StrydeTech team members Cork Institute of Technology's and Ireland's Muireann Hickey and Kevin Hayes. StrydeTech stand at the Global Student was adopted when developing the optimal enablement Innovation Challenge 2019. The stand was design for the concepts requirements. project from visited by HRH Princess MAHA Chakri Conceptual designs were generated by concept through University Startup World Cup Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand, the hand and by using CAD packages to Further international success in the field design iteration Irish Embassy Chargé d’Affaires, Mr develop the device in a structured manner. of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technology Eamonn Robinson and Second Secretary, A full scale power driven prototype was /optimisation to wa s a c h i e ve d by Co r k I n s t i t u te o f manufacture of Technology multi-disciplinary MacGlas Harriet Sexton Morel and many other VIPs manufactured to prove the concept. Biomechanical gait analysis and experi- a functional test Team, who won the global USWC19 and distinguished guests. The StrydeTech team has also over the mentation was conducted to test the real prototype University Startup World Cup Contribution week of the global finals forged great world suitability of this device. The successAward at the University Start Up World Cup friendships with many of the 48 global ful testing demonstrates the reduction in 2019 Finals held in Copenhagen, Denmark. ankle, hip and knee moments by 37%, 78% finalist teams. MacGlas of Cork Institute of Technology, StrydeTech provides an advanced inno- and 32%, respectively and forces in the a Novel Vision Aid Development Company vative novel technical solution to a global ankle, hip and knee by 69%, 36% and 59%, were represented by Team Leader Elaine societal need in assistive technology and respectively while standing up. Leahy and Design Lead David O'Donovan The potential of a user powered device rehabilitation engineering. at the global finals. T h e m u l t i - d i s c i p l i n a r y s t u d e n t with a mechanism that required no power From 1,500 Business Plans submitted StrydeTech team based on personal inspi- supply was also advanced from conception from 40 Countries to the University Startup ration and motivation have developed to the prototyping stages. The improved World Cup 2019, CIT’s MacGlas Team were their enablement project from concept power driven design was then manufacshort-listed to just 40 Finalists for the through design iteration /optimisation to tured with a leadscrew mechanism Global Competition Finals in Copenhagen, manufacture of a functional test prototype providing the adjustment to the height of Denmark, which took place from October - a quite remarkable achievement for an the handles. 29th to November 1st 2019. Throughout the design process, approundergraduate project. MacGlas were the only Irish team shortlisted at the University Startup World Cup Finals and represented their country and Global Student Innovation Challenge Gold Award Winners StrydeTech attracted great interest also institute with the greatest honour and from international media throughout the week long global competitition and have been centrally distinction throughout the week long featured on Australian and Thailand TV National News Programmes: finals in Denmark. See Link for Australian TV Six O Clock News Segment Featuring Australian and Irish Global Finalists: The achievement of this global award tinyurl.com/rqgqd28 the USWC19 University Startup World Cup The 10 minute Thai TV Programme may be viewed at: tinyurl.com/w744fz6 Contribution Award – is a quite remarkable result for the undergraduate multi-discipli-

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USWC19 University Start Up World Cup Contribution Award Winners MacGlas - Novel Vision Aid Development Company represented by Design Lead David O'Donovan and Team Leader Elaine Leahy nary team MacGlas. Elaine and David competed with great passion and belief in the hugely prestigious and highly competitive world cup, facing up against 40 international teams at Masters, PhD, and Post PhD levels from the most prestigious colleges worldwide and presenting projects at extremely high technical level and very advanced commercialisation stages.

World finalists

All 40 world cup finalists were indeed to an exceptional standard with remarkable groundbreaking novel work being undertaken to the highest levels in biomedical innovations and advancement. Projects included a new wearable diagnostic sleeve combined with machine learning software for quantification of Parkinson’s symptoms, an automated 2D echocardiography software to help clinicians save time with AI, the global exclusive silk protein artificial bone and ligament consumables manufacturer, preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections with UVC light, artificial intelligence in diagnosis of diseases, the development, preparation and application of graphene, combined with internet+and smart and of course a novel vision aid for the western world’s leading cause of blindness - macular degeneration. The University Startup World Cup is the leading university startup program and competition, where the most promising university talents, corporates, business professionals and entrepreneurs get together for a one-week program in Copenhagen. The goal is to co-create a platform for inspiration, development and knowledge sharing of sustainable business ideas.The United Nation's 17 Sustainable Development Goals constituted the theme of this year’s University Start-up World Cup Finals. The 20 countries competing as global finalists in the University Startup World Cup Finals 2019 included: Germany, United Kingdom, Canada, United States of America, Denmark, China, India, South Africa, Sweden, Estonia, Slovakia, Pakistan, Portugal, Romania, Ukraine, Democratic Republic of Congo, Finland, Lebanon, Lithuania and of course Ireland. "MacGlas is a novel vision aid designed to help people suffering from Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in the western world, which results in the progressive loss of central vision.

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"By configuring and applying existing technologies in a new and innovative way to harness and optimally utilise the sufferer’s peripheral undamaged vision, MacGlas helps individuals regain everyday capabilities such as reading which have been made impossible by the genetic disease.” Throughout a very long and intense week of competition, Elaine and David displayed dedication, passion, ability and maturity well beyond their years and represented their team, institute and country with the greatest distinction and honour. The achievement of the global award the USWC19 University Startup World Cup Contribution Award - is a great success on the world stage for the students, their department, their institute and their country.

Self-conceived products from CIT

The global award winning StrydeTech and MacGlas teams and novel devices initiated as student self-conceived products from the Cork Institute of Technology Innovative and New Product Development Laboratories programmes. The developed action-learning programmes brings multidisciplinary teams together to collaborate in conception, "MacGlas is a research, design, development, experimennovel vision aid tation, validation, prototype production, designed to help proof of concept testing and commerpeople suffering cialization of self-conceived and inspired novel products. from Macular Many of the emerging products and Degeneration, start-up companies while critically cognisant of commercial realities and the leading practicalities, are also driven by student cause of vision idealism towards the use of engineering, loss in the business and innovation to better mankind western world, with many projects addressing global which results in application transformative biomedical and the progressive societal needs and issues.

loss of central vision"

7 principles of universal design

The application of the 7 principles of universal design - equitable use - flexibility in use - simple and intuitive use - perceptible information - tolerance for error - low physical effor t - size and space for approach and use - as espoused by the Centre for Excellence in Universal Design (CEUD) of the National Disability Authority has been central and crucial to the conception, development, optimization and advancement of the novel products. The promotion of universal design to students and staff in Cork Institute of

Technology has indeed been driven, inspired and directed by the remarkable efforts and energy of the staff at CEUD and in particular Dr. Gerald Craddock Chief Executive Officer CEUD and Mr. Donal Rice Senior Advisor ICT CEUD.

Combining gender backgrounds

The forging together of student multidisciplinary teams based on universal design philosophy and practice from career streams and disciplines with traditionally and currently high proportions of male participation such as Mechanical Engineering and Accountancy with career streams and disciplines with traditionally and currently higher proportions of female participation such as Biomedical Engineering and Marketing /Management has harnessed a powerful and groundbreaking synergy between the genders. This has had a hugely beneficial effect in inculcating an innovation / entrepreneurship ethos, mindset and skillset amongst these young people. The developed multidisciplinary programme actively promotes the role of women in engineering in general and specifically in relation to participation through leading roles throughout the innovative product development process. Indeed a very positive indication of the success of this proactive approach is that a high proportion of the team leaders and project managers elected by the multidisciplinary teams were women (including international / national award winning Str ydeTech’s Muireann H ickey and MacGlas’s Elaine Leahy). The prevalence of women engineers in team leadership and project management roles has been a major driver and central component of the international/national success of these multidisciplinary teams.

Creating a critical mass

A continuous design core centred on universal design principles, a strong innovation ethos, product development from student concept to prototype manufacture and optimisation, multi-discipline teamwork , business plan development, communication and exhibition skill enhancement and a unique engineering education model have all combined to create a critical mass leading to the remarkable international and national successes over a sustained period of the students of CIT’s engineering and business degree courses.


Universal Design at Cork Institute of Technology

Global Student Innovation Challenge 2019 iCreate International Convention on Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Canberra Australia

First Place Technology Gold Award StrydeTech

StrydeTech won three significant awards at the Global Student Innovation Challenge 2019 in Canberra The Overall First Place Technology Gold Award Presented at the Great Hall, Australian Parliament House by the Princess of Thailand - HRH Princess MAHA Chakri Sirindhorn of the Kingdom of Thailand The Best Presentation Award A really quite remarkable achievement for Muireann and Kevin following an arduous 35 hour outward journey and under the bright lights of Australian National TV Live Recording during the Adjudication ( the only team whose entire adjudicated presentation was selected for recording by Australian National TV ) The Public Choice Award This award has been emphasised by the organisers of the Global Student Innovation Challenge as a hugely significant award as it was viewed as the independent convention industrial / biomedical / clinician / healthcare delegate validation of the international judging panel gold award

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Universal Design at Cork Institute of Technology

Universal Design Grand Challenge Awards Radisson Blu Hotel Dublin 23rd May 2019 FOLLOWING an evening of project and proof of concept prototype preparation, presentation and demonstration, the results of the Universal Design Grand Challenge Finals 2019 were announced at a glittering national awards ceremony at the Radisson Blu hotel in Golden Lane, Dublin:

UDGC National Disability Authority 2019 Enterprise Ireland

Universal Design Commercialisation Award Commercial Feasibility Grant Access The Value of the Funding is up to â‚Ź15,000 National Winner - First Place:

StrydeTech Cork Institute of Technology

StrydeTech Universal Design Commercialisation Award 2019 Presentation by Grainne Ryan of Enterprise Ireland

National Startup Awards - Dublin City Hall October 2019

3rd Level Spinout Category Gold Award Winner - StrydeTech Stryde Tech were represented at the awards by Muireann Hickey (StrydeTech Team Leader and Manager) and Jonathan Mullane (StrydeTech Technological Design Specialist and Commercial Advancement) Congratulations also to Cork Institute of Technology Rubicon Centre’s Glavloc Building Technology who achieved the Gold Award in the Product and Manufacturing Category and to AudioSourceRE DAC who achieved the Bronze Award in the Emerge - Tech Startup Category

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Universal Design at Cork Institute of Technology

CIT MacGlas Team wins USWC19 Contribution Award at University Start Up World Cup 2019 Copenhagen, Denmark

Morten Ugelvig Andersen CEO Venture Cup, Josefine Søndergaard Project Coordinator USWC present the global award USWC19 University Start Up World Cup Contribution Award to Elaine Leahy and David O’Donovan of MacGlas

MacGlas - Cork Institute of Technology - Novel Vision Aid Development Company represented by Team Leader Elaine Leahy and Design Lead David O'Donovan From 1,500 Business Plans submitted from 30 Countries to the University Startup World Cup 2019, CIT’s MacGlas Team were short-listed to just 40 Finalists for the Global Competition Finals in Copenhagen, Denmark, which took place from October 29th to November 1st 2019. MacGlas were the only Irish team short-listed at the University Startup World Cup Finals and represented their country and institute with the greatest honour and distinction throughout the week long finals in Denmark.

ELAINE and David competed with great passion and belief in the hugely prestigious and highly competitive world cup, facing up against 40 international teams at Masters, PhD, and Post PhD levels from the most prestigious colleges worldwide and presenting projects at extremely high technical level and very advanced commercialisation stages. All 40 world cup finalists were indeed to an exceptional standard with remarkable groundbreaking novel work being undertaken to the highest levels in biomedical innovations and advancement. This includes a new wearable diagnostic sleeve combined with machine learning software for quantification of Parkinson’s symptoms, an automated 2D echocardiog-

raphy software to help clinicians save time with AI, the global exclusive silk protein artificial bone and ligament consumables manufacturer, preventing catheter associated urinary tract infections with UVC light, artificial intelligence in diagnosis of diseases, the development, preparation and application of graphene, combined with internet+and smart and of course a novel vision aid for the western world’s leading cause of blindness - macular degeneration. Throughout a very long and intense week of competition, Elaine and David displayed dedication, passion, ability and maturity well beyond their years and represented their team, institute and country with the greatest distinction and with honour.

Cork Institute of Technology Multidisciplinary Student Team MacGlas - Invited to and Exhibits at 2018 Dubai Design Week - Global Grad Show November 12-17 2018 THE exhibition brings together highlights from the degree shows of the most innovative technology and design programs in the world, featuring works from 50 universities in 30 countries. This includes well established schools such as MIT, Royal College of Art, and National University of Singapore, as well as smaller ones such as Srishti Institute in Bangalore and Higher Institute of Industrial Design in Havana. See www.dubaidesignweek.ae and www.globalgradshow.com Ms. Elaine Leahy, Team Leader, MacGlas has travelled to Dubai as Ireland’s sole representative in the Global Grad Show. The MacGlas stand has created great interest in Dubai – see attached photo from Dubai depicting Biomedical Engineering Student Elaine describing Macular Degeneration, the leading cause of vision loss in the western world, which results in the pro-

gressive loss of central vision and the motivation for the innovative MacGlas developing product. The Dubai Design Week Global Grad Show is a globally unique exhibition of innovation, inventions and technology that will transform our future, all showcased by the world’s next generation of design talent. From over 1,000 submissions this year, 150 of the world’s best graduate projects are selected to be showcased at the Global Grad Show. This invitation and participation represents a great international honour for the team and for CIT. Ms. Elaine Leahy, Team Leader, MacGlas at Dubai Design Week

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Universal Design at Cork Institute of Technology

Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards | Cork 6th - 7th June 2019 National Merit Award of Excellence 2019 - €1,500

CIT Innovative Product Development Multidisciplinary Teams Win Three Major National Awards at National Finals Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards 2019 (1) Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys - Most Technologically Innovative €5,000 National Award 2019 - StomAssure™ (2) Enterprise Ireland - National Merit €1,500 Award of Excellence 2019 - Baby Alert™ (3) Enterprise Ireland - National Merit €1,500 Award of Excellence 2019 - Hazardless Medical™ The achievement by CIT Engineering and Business students of three major awards at the Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards Finals 2019: StomAssure™ - the Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys (Most Technologically Innovative National Award 2019, Baby Alert™ - Enterprise Ireland National Merit €1,500 Award of Excellence 2019 and Hazardless Medical™ - Enterprise Ireland National Merit €1,500 Award of Excellence 2019 is a super success for the multi-disciplinary teams. With over 1,000 entries nationally in 2019 to this prestigious entrepreneurship and innovation multi-discipline competition, the achievement of three major national awards by students from one college is quite remarkable. See https://studententrepreneurawards.com/about-the-awards/

presented to Tuoyo Ede, Evan Stone, Lisa Lynch of Baby Alert™ Multi-Discipline Start-Up Innovation Team Cork Institute of Technology

Baby Alert™ - Early Labour Detection Device Design and Development “ BabyAlert™ improves safety for both mother and child. The product is an early labour detection device to be used in the third trimester of pregnancy for women with cervical insufficiency who would usually be placed on long term bed rest in the third trimester of their pregnancy. With BabyAlert™, bed rest will no longer be required. The early labour indicator notifies the user that they need to admit themselves to hospital ahead of time. This differentiating factor stems from the personal motivation that founded BabyAlert™ and is a significant improvement over the current method. ”

Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys - Most Technologically Innovative National Award - €5,000

presented by Mr. Richard O’Connor, Cruickshank Intellectual Property Attorneys

StomAssure ™

Novel Stoma Bag Attachment Device Design and Development Multi-Discipline Start-Up Innovation Team Cork Institute of Technology represented by John Colbert, Michael Goggin, Elise Kenneally, David O’Connor

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Novel Stoma Bag Attachment Device Design and Development “ The StomAssure product is an implantable alternative to the current stoma treatment method. With a StomAssure device the need for glues and powders to attach a stoma bag is completely removed and the user also gains the ability to close their stoma with a liquid tight seal at their convenience. Our device can revolutionise the stoma treatment system and provide a significantly higher quality of life to all ostomates in the world. ”


Universal Design at Cork Institute of Technology

Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards Cork 6th - 7th June 2019

MEETA - Asset Managers Society First Place National Student Award Winner 2019 Shane Guerin Mechanical Engineering Cork Institute of Technology

National Merit Award of Excellence 2019 - €1,500 presented to Tuoyo Ede, Evan Stone, Lisa Lynch of Baby Alert™, Multi-Discipline Start-Up Innovation Team, Cork Institute of Technology

Shane Guerin presented with the National Student MEETA Award 2019 by Colin McArthur, ESS Group Customer Performance Manager (on left) and Joe O’Sullivan, Chair of the MEETA Society (on right) Shane presented his undergraduate capstone project before a distinguished panel of leading industrial experts in the field of Asset Management and Maintenance at Engineers Ireland HQ, Clyde Road, Dublin, competing amongst a very strong nationwide entry of students at both Undergraduate Level 8 and Masters Level 9, who presented and exhibited over 2 days at the national finals in Dublin. Shane’s project was carried out under the supervision of Mr. Thomas Sheehan and Mr. David O'Donovan of GSK and Dr. Lorraine Howard of Cork Institute of Technology.

Hazardless Medical™

represented by Phillip Chan, Dara Lynch, Simon Dring, Conor Kerin, Daniel Keating, John Reynolds

Shane’s National First Place Award was announced at the high profile MEETA Asset Management Awards Ceremony, which took place on Thursday 14th November at the Herbert Park Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Multi-Discipline Start-Up Innovation Team Cork Institute of Technology

Hazardless Medical™

Novel Veterinary Medication Container Design and Development “ Hazardless Medical™ has created an innovative and effective method to reduce the waste of injectable animal antibiotics in the agricultural sector worldwide. The current method of closure on bottles allows a very limited window of use once the product is opened. "This ground-breaking method developed by Hazardless Medical™ allows the drugs to be used for their full shelf-life, even once opened. This will massively reduce the waste of antibiotics.”

Shane and Supervisor Dr. Lorraine Howard

Shane Guerin, Mechanical Engineering, Cork Institute of Technology with Proud Dad Dennis

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The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI)

Project Professional of the Year 2019 National Award Winner

Brian Cliffe - CIT

Enterprise Ireland Student Entrepreneur Awards National Finals to take place on Cork Institute of Technology Campus (National Champions 2018) 6th - 7th June 2019

9 CIT Projects short-listed to Second Stage (Top 50 Nationally from over 1,000 entries)

Tunic™

(First Year Mechanical Engineering)

Baby Alert™

(MultiDisciplinary Innovative Product Development Laboratories) From Left to Right: Pat Lucey, President of the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute (PMI), CEO Aspira Brian Cliffe, Cork Institute of Technology, PMI Project Professional of the Year 2019 National Award Winner Mike McGrath, Manager, Centre for Advanced Manufacturing and Management Systems, Cork Institute of Technology The Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute National Project Awards, held in partnership with PwC, honour the country’s leading projects and project management personnel, from developing state-of-the-art automated solutions to milestone projects that have changed Ireland Brian Cliffe is course coordinator and lecturer on Cork Institute of Technology’s Project Management training programs since 2006. In conjunction with this role, Brian also engages in part-time assignments within a broad range of companies to implement and improve PM practices, systems and structures. Brian has worked as an engineer, Project and Program Manager in a wide variety of sectors including aviation, automotive, medical device and technology development. Brian’s broad experience has added great value and diversity to CIT’s training programs. Brian has spearheaded ongoing course development to ensure the programs continue to strive to produce educational content and learning experiences that make a positive impact on training and developing Project Managers and team members.

The Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland

CIT ESAI Undergraduate of the Year Award 2019 L8

presented to: Darren O’Sullivan Bachelor of Engineering in Mechanical Engineering Level 8 Cork Institute of Technology pictured with Dr. Niamh Power, Dr. Philip Shine and Supervisor Dr. Brendan Walsh

“ Investigation of the Novel Application of Phase Change Materials to Domestic / Commercial Heating Systems in Ireland ” The Environmental Sciences Association of Ireland ESAI Undergraduate of the Year Award 2019 recognises students who have excelled in the area of environmental research at undergraduate level

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Calyak Coats™

(MultiDisciplinary Innovative Product Development Laboratories)

StomAssure™

(MultiDisciplinary Innovative Product Development Laboratories)

Rapid Release™

(MultiDisciplinary Innovative Product Development Laboratories)

SEAEPIRB™ Atlantic Advancements Co

Septalign™

(MultiDisciplinary Innovative Product Development Laboratories)

Hazardless Medical™

(MultiDisciplinary Innovative Product Development Laboratories)

(MultiDisciplinary Innovative Product Development Laboratories) (MultiDisciplinary Innovative Product Development Laboratories)

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Here are some frequently asked questions that young people need to be aware of in their relationship with alcohol

Not all young people drink In a recent study, nearly 1 in 3 15-16 year olds in Ireland said they had never drunk alcohol and nearly 7 in 10 had not been drunk in the previous 12 months. The study also showed that heavy episodic drinking (6 or more standard drinks in one sitting) and drunkenness among 15-16 year olds have declined by around 30% in recent years. Alcohol is bad for sports performance Aside from the obvious problems of trying to train with a hangover, alcohol affects endurance, muscle development and recovery. It affects the absorption of nutrients needed for energy metabolism and the production of adenosine triphosphate (ATP), the muscles' source of energy. Alcohol can affect protein synthesis, reducing muscle build-up and cancelling out the benefits of a workout. Alcohol left in your system ‘the morning after’ increases the risk of cramp and affects coordination, reaction times and balance. Alcohol can also reduce testosterone, which is needed for muscle development and recovery. What’s ‘normal’ in Ireland, is not normal or safe “Children learn to drink from the culture and context in which they live. When they enter into drinking, they do so in the same way as the rest of Irish people - in a fairly harmf u l m a n n e r, ” s a y s c h i l d a n d adolescent psychiatrist Bobby Smyth. Many Irish teens are drinking too much, too soon and dangerously “We give ourselves permission to drink much larger quantities of alcohol than is acceptable in much of the rest of the world.” The fact that getting drunk is ‘normal’ in Ireland doesn’t make it safe. Girls are more at risk Girls and young women are at particular risk from drinking as they absorb more alcohol than boys and young men. As a result, it takes less alcohol to cause the same levels of damage to girls and young women, both in the short and long term.

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Alcohol is bad for young people’s mental health There is evidence that adolescents who use alcohol are at increased risk of developing mental health difficulties including emotional problems. Drinking alcohol can stop young people from developing the coping mechanisms that will help them to have good mental health later in life. Alcohol is a depressant drug, which can leave us feeling low in the short term, and can cause depression in the longer term. It can also make depression worse. Adults giving drink to under 18s may be breaking the law It is illegal to buy alcohol for people under the age of 18. It is also illegal to give alcohol to anyone under the age of 18 in your house unless you have the consent (agreement) of their parents. If you are under 18 you cannot legally buy alcohol. It’s an offence to pretend to be 18 to buy or drink alcohol. Alcohol can affect schoolwork If a young people drinks alcohol on a school night, it's likely to affect their concentration and academic performance. Young people who regularly drink alcohol are twice as likely to miss school and get poor grades as those who don’t. Almost half of young people excluded from school in the UK are regular drinkers. Alcohol can cause problems in your life Drinking alcohol at a young age can cause problems: It can affect schoolwork and sports performance, make young people feel low or unable to cope, stop them sleeping properly, cause skin breakouts and weight gain. Drinking too much can affect relationships with family and friends. Long-term problems can include depression, heart disease, liver disease and types of cancer. People are more likely to get in trouble with the law Alcohol is involved in a large number of public order offences. Alcohol makes people act more carelessly, without thinking about the conse-


quences – they may insult someone or start an argument, which could lead to a fight, they may trespass on someone else’s property or cause damage to it. In an Irish study, 1 in 10 young people who had drunk alcohol had ended up in trouble with the police. In a study of alcohol and drug misuse by young offenders, alcohol was the substance most linked to current offending for 6 in 10 girls and over 4 in 10 boys. A criminal record can exclude people from some jobs and, for some offences, prevent them from travelling abroad. Alcohol can lead to unwanted sexual experiences and unsafe sex Drinking alcohol means young people are more likely to do things they wouldn’t do sober. This can mean ‘going further’ sexually than they want to, getting intimate with someone they don’t really like or pressuring someone to do something they are not happy with. In a survey conducted in 40 Galway secondary schools, 35% of teenagers claimed that alcohol was a contributory factor in their first sexual intercourse. In a UK study one in ten boys and around one in eight girls aged 15 to 16 had unsafe sex after drinking alcohol. This puts them at risk of sexual infections and unwanted pregnancy. A girl who drinks is more than twice as likely to have an unwanted pregnancy as a girl who doesn’t drink. Accidents and injuries are more common after drinking Teenage drinkers are 11 times more likely to suffer an unintentional injury than those who don’t drink. Getting drunk can make you do dangerous things without thinking about the risks and slows your reactions and coordination. Falls, drowning, road traffic accidents, head injuries, poisoning and burns are some of the injury risks linked to alcohol. A national study involving 2,500 patients in six major hospitals across the country found that over one in four (28%) of all injury attendances in the A&E departments

were alcohol related. Alcohol causes or increases the risk of some of the biggest killers of 15-24 year olds like poisoning, accidents, car crashes, suicide and self-harm. Alcohol can damage the developing brain Drinking alcohol while the brain is developing damages two key parts of the brain: the area responsible for logic, reasoning, self-regulation and judgement, and an area of the brain related to learning and memory. Alcohol can stop teens' vital coping and social skills The teenage years are a time when we learn about life – how to cope with problems, how to interact with people and form relationships. When young people rely on alcohol in these situations, they can miss the chance to learn these skills and build the confidence and resilience that will help them to have good mental health and get over difficult times.

"When young people rely on alcohol in these situations, they can miss the chance to learn these skills and build the confidence and resilience that will help them to have good mental health and get over difficult times"

Alcohol causes vulnerability Being a teenager can be very stressful – trying to make sense of new experiences, handling exam pressure, starting romantic relationships, dealing with peer pressure, and trying to find your identity and place in the world can be tough, especially with social media recording and commenting on your every move. Adding alcohol to these situations can leave young people open to behaving in a risky way. Can spoil a good night The ‘good’ effects of alcohol feeling uninhibited and happy – only happen when blood alcohol is fairly low. If you carry on drinking, the effects are mainly negative. People who are very drunk often end up loud and annoying, doing stupid things, sick, slumped in a corner or too ‘out of it’ to talk and have fun. It’s not always easy to keep track of what you are drinking Talk to your kids about different drinks having different strengths and let them know what a standard drink is (a drink containing 10g of pure

alcohol). Talk about how consuming even a small number of standard drinks can affect their judgement and explain what will happen as the level of alcohol in their blood rises. Children also need to know that spirits are particularly harmful. Alcohol is a powerful drug Alcohol acts like an anaesthetic on your central nervous system. Drinking to the point of drunkenness means judgement, self-control and reactions will be affected in a way that can put you at serious risk. You are likely to do things that you wouldn’t normally do. Legal doesn’t mean safe Although alcohol is an accepted part of our culture, it causes all kinds of harm – not just illness and addiction, but public order offences like fighting and robbery, road traffic accidents, domestic violence, personal relationship problems and mental health conditions like depression. There are almost twice as many deaths due to alcohol in Ireland as due to all other drugs combined. If you are going to drink, the later you start the better Starting to drink alcohol early in life means young people are more likely to have problems later in life. The earlier you start to drink, the greater the risk of becoming dependent on alcohol and experiencing mental and physical health problems. There is also evidence that alcohol is a ‘gateway’ drug – that kids who start drinking at a young age are more likely to move to other drugs.

AskAboutAlcohol.ie is provided by the HSE, Ireland's public health service. Its purpose is to improve people's knowledge about alcohol – how much we’re drinking, how it affects our health and wellbeing, and how we can gain more by drinking less. References to the studies and reports mentioned in this article are available at askaboutalcohol.ie

You don’t need alcohol Contrary to what the media, drinks companies and lots of people would have us believe, alcohol is not an essential part of having fun, copi n g o r re l a x i n g . R e l y i n g o n a substance to enjoy yourself, socialise or handle life’s ups and downs is not the best way. Being your own person and having confidence to do your own thing, develop your own interests and build real social and coping skills can make a huge difference to your future health and happiness. Education 61


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Time for further education and training to shine New campaign ‘This is FET’ showcases further education and training FURTHER Education and Training (FET) can have such a positive impact on the lives of individual learners, businesses and communities. It is time for FET and the opportunities it brings to be recognised and valued. This narrative is starting to be shared and people are starting to appreciate the massive impact FET can have. No matter where you are in your education or your career, FET courses offer flexible, life-long learning. A new campaign aimed at showcasing further education and training kicked off with an official launch by Minister for Education and Skills, Joe McHugh TD, at an event recently where a panel of FET graduates including Harry McCann, Entrepreneur and Managing Director of Trendster Media; Shauna Keogh, Emmy-nominated TV producer and director; and costume designer, Kate Stitt shared their FET experience. The campaign, run by SOLAS, the Further Education and Training Authority, is centred around a new website, thisisfet.ie, which sets out to showcase stories of people who have completed FET courses and the wide arrange of career options that exist for people who undertake such courses. It is designed to speak directly to and engage with young people, to show that there are options available to them when considering their postsecondary plan and that FET is an option worth considering. Stories of learners, graduates and employers about the positive impact FET has had on their careers and businesses are shared. Information about the diverse range of FET courses can also be found on the website.

An example of some of the success stories featured on thisisfet.ie are: • Danay Berhane, who has always wanted to be a chef. Following a ‘Professional Cookery’ course in Cork College of Commerce, he graduated from CIT and was crowned the 2019 Dairy Chef of the Year competition in Paris, and now works in Adare Manor; • Kate Stitt, who following a degree in Fine Art, worked in retail. Following a ‘Nationwide’ episode on the costume design, she enrolled at Inchicore College of Further Education and has just graduated top of her class; and • Former event manager Laura Mulkeen, who always had a passion for craft-focused work. She completed welding courses in Donegal ETB and now works as a coded pipe welder. These stories and many more are available to read in full on thisisfet.ie A highlight of the campaign and in keeping with the theme of shining a light on FET, were the light projections profiling FET learners and graduates that lit up some of

Ireland’s most iconic buildings including The Rock of Cashel, Tipperary, Barnado’s Square, Dame Street, Dublin and Cork College of Commerce, Cork City. A banner also draped Liberty Hall in Dublin. FET, offers a wide variety of lifelong education options to anyone over 16, and includes apprenticeships, traineeships, Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses, community and adult education as well as core literacy and numeracy services. FET courses and programmes are provided through the Education and Training Board network throughout the country as well as through other local providers including online through SOLAS’ eCollege. Through the extensive ETB network, FET has a presence in every town and every community in Ireland. Not only does this mean that FET is easy to access, it also means that ETBs are close to and responsive to the needs of the community. FET is for everyone and is in every community in Ireland. Further information on FET and the ‘This is FET’ campaign can be found at: www.thisisFET.ie Facebook: #ThisisFET; Twitter: @thisisfet Education 63


Services at Carlow ETB TRAINING Services at Kilkenny and Carlow ETB offer an extensive range of free full time training programmes for young people and adults who wish to develop the skills and competencies that are required for the workplace and/or progression to further education and training opportunities. All of our courses lead to nationally and internationally industry recognised accreditation. Furthermore, many of our courses lead directly into employment. Traineeships A Traineeship is an occupational skills development programme which is designed to provide flexible training solutions to the identified needs of Irish industry and local businesses. Traineeships gives participants the opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge on-the-job, making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options and enables employers to access a pipeline of talent and learners. Traineeships are structured learning programmes which lead to awards at NFQ levels 4-6. They are between 6-20 months in duration and learners will complete at least 30% of learning on the job. For further information visit www.traineeship.ie Generation Apprenticeships The SOLAS Standards Based Apprenticeship is a system of employment focused training and 64 Education

education which enables an individual to obtain the knowledge, skills and competencies required to perform effectively as a craft person in industry. It also enables the individual to progress through further education and training within the national framework of qualifications leading to a QQI level 6 Advanced Craft Certificate. Apprenticeship has long been an accelerator for individual and corporate development in Ireland. Generation Apprenticeship is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners of all ages and backgrounds taking the apprenticeship route. This promises to be a huge source of inspiration in opening apprenticeship into a full range of twenty-first century industries and skill sets. SOLAS has the responsibility for promoting and overseeing the training and education of all the apprentices in the current 27 designated crafts. A national standard is delivered for each craft based on the occupational analysis of that craft, written as key learning outcomes and structured in modular format. New Apprenticeships New Apprenticeships are currently available and are being developed in conjunction with SOLAS and lead industrial consortia across a wide range of industries and sectors, some of which include New Apprenticeships will combine

The 27 designated crafts are as follows:

"All of our courses lead to nationally and internationally industry recognised accreditation. Furthermore, many of our courses lead directly into employment"

• Agricultural Mechanics * • Aircraft Mechanics * • Brick and Stonelaying • Carpentry & Joinery • Construction Plant Fitting * • Electrical * • Electrical Instrumentation * • Electronic Security Systems * • Farriery • Floor & Wall Tiling * • Heavy Vehicle Mechanics * • Industrial Insulation • Instrumentation * • Metal Fabrication • Motor Mechanics* • Painting & Decorating * • Pipefitting • Plastering • Plumbing * • Print Media * • Refrigeration & Air Conditioning * • Stonecutting & Stonemasonry • Sheet Metalworking • Toolmaking • Vehicle Body Repairs * • Wood Manufacturing and Finishing • Mechanical Automation and Maintenance - MAMF * * A person wishing to become an apprentice in one of the trades marked * must pass a colour– vision test approved by SOLAS.


In Training Services we run traineeships in the following areas

Culinary Skills

Engineering

Hospitality

Professional Bus and Coach Driving

Software Developer

Van Delivery Driver

Healthcare Assistant

Office Administration

practical on-the-job learning in sponsor companies, with off-the-job training, which will be delivered by the ETBs and/ or recognised training and education providers. This will allow Apprentices to develop technical knowledge through formal qualifications, as well as key workplace skills and competencies through experiential learning. The programmes will lead to QQI awards from level 5 to 9 on the NFQ. The duration of these apprenticeships will range from two to four years, depending on the chosen field of learning and the degree of difficulty involved in meeting the learning outcomes for the particular apprenticeship programme. Community Training The community Training centres (CTC’s) provide training to early school leavers aged between 16 and 21 years, who are most in need of basic vocational training. This training provision is divided between in centre learning and linked work experience. Courses lead to Major awards at QQI Level 3 and 4 or VTCT awards.

New Apprenticeships are currently available and are being developed in conjunction with SOLAS and lead industrial consortia across a wide range of industries and sectors, some of which include: • Accounting Technician, Level 6 • Industrial Electrical Engineer, Level 7 • Commis Chef, Levels 6 • Financial Services, Levels 6-8 • Insurance Practitioner, Level 8 • Manufacturing Engineer, Level 7 • Polymer Processing Technologist, Level 7 • Manufacturing Technician, Level 7 • ICT Network Engineer, Level 6 • ICT Software Developer, Level 6

Our Contact Details: Office: Training Services, Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board, Unit 4 Danville Business Park Kilkenny 056 7813014

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See your career going places with the ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme IN 2015, ESB Networks announced a five-year plan to recruit new apprentices as part of a large-scale recruitment and development programme. Since then, over 200 apprentices have been recruited, with 84 new recruits; 13 females and 61 males starting in our Networks Training Centre in September 2019. We will be recruiting up to 84 apprentices across the country again in 2020. Applications will be accepted via the ESB Networks website from the middle of February. High level of interest The 2019 ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme recruitment campaign received 6,800 applications, highlighting the level of interest in the programme and a career that is diverse and challenging. As an Apprentice Network Technician (Electrician), recruits receive on the job training, working as part of front-line teams, as well as

classroom-based learning. Apprentices benefit from varied work experience, working indoors and outdoors, and learning about technology, customer service, and delivering results under pressure. They learn a variety of electrical and practical skills and, upon completion of the programme obtain a QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate. Seven phases The ESB Networks Electrical Apprenticeship is SOLAS standardsbased, consisting of 208 weeks over four years. During this time, there are seven SOLAS phases and ESB Networks off job training, including phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 are on the job, working closely with a qualified Network Technician on varied sites across ESB Networks. The SOLAS phases 2, 4 and 6 consist of off-the-job training modules, with phases in a SOLAS Training Centre and one of the IT Colleges around the country. Finally,

How to apply For those, who are interested in becoming an ESB Networks Apprenticeship, the programme will open to applicants on the February, 2020. All Interviews will take place from the middle of April to the Middle of May. With offers been made the last week in July/ first week in August. All new recruits will start their apprentices with ESB Network in late August / early September, 2020. The programme is open to individuals over 16 years of age on 1st June 2020. At the time of application, candidates must have obtained the following minimum educational qualifications: Junior Certificate (Ordinary Level) Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level (or Grade D or higher at Higher Level) in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in the 66 Education

"Having completed the four-year programme, apprentices will have gained experience working with a leading utility company" "A critical part of the Programme is the training and peer support given to the apprentices"

following subjects: 1) Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science* 4) Any 2 other subjects * If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in any one of the following subjects is acceptable: Technology, Art

there are 24 weeks of ESB Networks off the job training which takes place in the ESB Networks Training Centre, Portlaoise. Having completed the four-year programme, apprentices will have gained experience working with a l e a d i n g u t i l i t y c o m p a n y. E S B Networks serves 2.3 million customers in Ireland, providing a safe and reliable electricity supply to homes, businesses and communities throughout the country - ESB Networks apprentices play an important part in delivering this service. Role combines both physical and logical Customer service is at the heart of ESB Networks, through their experience, ESB Networks apprentices will be at the fore in delivering and providing services to our customers. Though the job requires an element of physicality, there is much more to the programme than climbing poles and heavy lifting, the role combines both physical and logical activity.

Craft and Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork. Leaving Certificate Grade D / O6 or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects: 1) Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science Subject (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics & Chemistry)* 4) Any 2 other subjects * If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level (Grade D/O6 or higher at Ordinary Level) : Art, Construction Studies, Design and Communication, Graphics, Engineering, Home Economics, Technical Drawing and Technology.


True to the fact that no two days are the same in the programme, apprentices will be assisting and dealing with a wide range of customer’s needs. In their day-to-day work activities they can be responding to faults and fault finding to maintain customer supply, connecting new customers, both residential and commercial to the electricity network, replacing and maintaining electrical assets and installing new elements to the electricity network like overhead wires and unground cable technologies. Peer support A critical part of the ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme is the training and peer support given to the apprentices. Throughout the programme, apprentices work alongside and closely with experienced Network Technicians. While the job may be challenging, the apprentice is always part of a team who will be there to assist and support throughout the programme. ESB Networks greatly fosters and encourages the idea of creating a team and peer support network.

"Recruits receive on the job training, working as part of front-line teams, as well as classroombased learning. pressure"

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Tech Apprenticeships championed by more than 90 employers FIT are Ireland’s appointed coordinating providers of the new National Tech Apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. AS Ireland’s Tech Sector continues to boom, why not consider the apprenticeship route to kick-start your career? If you enjoy learning by doing, gaining invaluable experience, and getting paid at the same time, then this is for you! What is the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship programme? This new apprenticeship programme adopts a learning-by-doing format of ICT skills development, giving new meaning to the concept of ‘hire education’. Over a two year period the programme combines off-the-job skills training with onthe-job application, and culminates in the attainment of the ICT Associate Apprenticeship Award as part of the national apprenticeship

programme. Participating companies are keen to recruit smart people with smart skills and this new programme will enable participants to ‘earn while they learn’. FIT are Ireland’s appointed coordinating providers of the new National Tech Apprenticeships at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications. These Apprenticeships aim to attract and grow the talent pipeline by providing training in Software Development, Network Engineering and Cybersecurity.

"Participating companies are keen to recruit smart people with smart skills and this new programme will enable participants to ‘earn while they learn

Just some of the companies looking to the apprenticeship as an innovative talent strategy include: LinkedIN, Central Bank, ESB, Vodafone, HSC, Google, Opennet, Integrity 360, Microsoft, SAP and many more! What are the key benefits to the apprentice? Gain direct experience in a realtime technical environment ensuring increased productivity Acquire in-depth understanding >>>

Tech enthusiasts in high demand To date, more than 90 companies have employed Tech Apprentices in a bid to build a diverse tech team. Tech talent is everywhere and the apprenticeship route offers those who enjoy applying their knowledge to a real-life working environment the perfect chance to kick-start their career.

How does the programme work? Employer is approved and apprentices registered. Tech company recruits apprentices for a 2 year programme in either Software Development or Network Engineering.

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Ireland’s Females in Technology (I-FITs) IRELAND’S Females in Technology ( I - F I T ) : A n e x c l u s i v e Te c h Apprenticeship Programme for Irish females residing in communities at the heart of Dublin’s ‘Silicon Dock’. A two-year programme aimed at equipping local women with the tech know-how to carve out a successful career in a thriving industry. Offering participants the opportunity to earn while they learn, modern apprenticeships foster economic independence, progression and clear pathways to quality employment.

m a r k s a n e w p h a s e f o r Te c h Apprenticeships nationwide! Advisory Council Members: National Women’s Council of Ireland (NWCI); JP Morgan; Salesforce; City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB); Dress for Success; Department of Social Protection ( D S P ) ; P e t e r M c Ve r r y Tr u s t ; Technology Ireland; Irish Computer Society (ICS) and Fastrack into IT (FIT).

Pioneering approach The first fully-fledged female class is a pioneering approach to boosting parti c ipa t ion a nd s h o wc a s i n g untapped talent. The programme not only aims to engage female tech enthusiasts, but also to measure the social capital generated from educating, empowering and employing women at the heart of the community. As part of a €1m investment in the Dublin Impact Challenge, Google invited non-profits, social enterprises and educators to submit bold ideas to grow social and economic opportunities in their communities. I-FITs was amongst the final 15 projects amongst 250 applicants in this year’s Google Impact Challenge and secured grant funding of €50,000 to help build opportunity in Dublin. The first class kicked off on December 9th in CDETB's Liberties College with great success and

>>> of the latest technologies supporting innovation Develop business and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, customer-facing skills and project management. Who can apply? Age: 18+ at time of application. All ages welcome thereafter. Qualifications: Leaving Certificate

(5 passes at Ordinary Level including Maths and English)†. Candidates with other qualifications should refer to the FIT website for details of recognition of prior learning. All candidates must also meet Aptitudes Assessments administered by FIT. Attitude: Motivated tech enthusiasts with an aptitude and attitude to work in the ICT sector. >>> Education 69


What does an apprentice receive? Apprentices attain an Advanced Certificate in Computer Programming (Software Developer) or Computer Networking (Network Engineer).

Tech sector needs more women! Tech sector employers are keen to point out that they are seeking more female entrants. Gender balance is seen as key to the future success of companies and they are reaching out to females who can expect to benefit from great work environments, career progression and support for continuous professional development. Career opportunities in tech are both varied and rewarding, with strong demand for more women creators, team builders, business developers and leaders. So join in and create the future! Partnership Approach Peter Davitt, CEO of FIT, explained that the new tech apprenticeships were as a result of a strong partnership approach between government, the tech sector and the national education and training system. He praised the role of the Department of Education, the Apprenticeship Council, SOLAS and QQI for providing the policy and implementation structures necessary to enable new apprenticeships to flourish. In particular he acknowledged the key role of Education and Training Boards who are partnering with FIT throughout the country in the delivery of the training elements of the tech apprenticeships. 70 Education

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A hotel in Limerick city was presented with a prestigious European award in recognition of the work it does in training apprentice chefs.

Chef apprenticeship honoured at the European Vocational Education & Training Awards THE four star Limerick Strand Hotel beat employers from across Europe to win the Small to Medium Size Enterprise (SME) Award at the VET Excellence Awards in Helsinki, Finland, on 17th October. The Awards, which were held as part of European Vocational Skills Week, highlight best practice and recognise excellence in Vocational Education and Training (VET) throughout Europe. The Limerick Strand Hotel was presented with the SME Award in recognition of its commitment to the on-going training and development of its staff. National Commis Chef Apprenticeship The hotel was one of the first employers to engage with the National Commis Chef Apprenticeship, a new two-year programme delivered through a number of Education and Training Boards across Ireland. The two-year apprenticeship consists of a combination of day release and on-the-job training enabling chefs who are either embarking on a career or already working in professional kitchens to gain a QQI Level 6 qualification while earning a full-time salary. The Limerick Strand Hotel is currently training two apprentice commis chefs who will be among the 72 Education

first graduates of the programme when they qualify this December. The apprentices combine two days’ study (one day in the busy summer period) in Limerick & Clare Education and Training Board’s Hospitality Education and Training Centre with three days working and training in the hotel per week. A practical approach The Limerick Strand Hotel Executive Chef Tom Flavin, an industry veteran who has worked in the kitchens of some of the finest hotels around the world, believes the apprenticeship is a great opportunity for school leavers who wish to become chefs, or for chefs already working in the industry who wish to improve their skills and gain qualifications. “A number of the chefs that have risen up the ranks in our kitchen over the years have undertaken many different courses but what stands out most about this one is that you can earn while you’re learning," he says. "It is a very hands-on programme, e n a b l i n g c h e f s t o g e t a m o re rounded education while practicing and improving skills on-the-job. It’s a good option for young people who want to start earning as soon as they leave school and for those who thrive on a more practical approach to learning.”

"If you undertake a full-time course you won’t gain the same experience and you won’t have the same exposure to professional kitchens"

Tom travelled to Helsinki to represent the Limerick Strand Hotel at the VET Excellence Awards and was joined by José Mata, one of the apprentices soon to complete the Commis Chef Apprenticeship at the Limerick & Clare ETB Hospitality Education and Training Centre. José highly recommends the apprenticeship programme: “The course is brilliant because you can combine college with working in the industry so you get the best of both worlds. If you undertake a full-time course you won’t gain the same experience and you won’t have the same exposure to professional kitchens.” It is important, José says, to seek an employer who is committed to investing in your professional development while you undertake the apprenticeship. “Not only will a good employer pay you a full-time salary, they will also support you with further training at work. Tom is great at training chefs and getting the best out of us. "For instance, he paid for me to spend a day learning how to fillet fish with our fishmonger then encouraged me to enter the Chef Ireland competitions at CATEX where I won a gold medal in the fish competition. I wouldn’t have achieved this if it weren’t for Tom’s


Earn while you learn The Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme The Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme is a national two-year programme delivered through Education and Training Boards across the country. It consists of a combination of day release and on-thejob training over the two years. Programme Structure: • 3 weeks of intense learning in class followed by 2 days in class and 3 days working • Summer months 1 day in class and 4 days working • 40% in class – 60% working Qualification: On successful completion of the Commis Chef apprenticeship the apprentice is awarded a Level 6 Advanced Certificate Culinary Arts.

José Mata is pictured (centre) with fellow students and lecturers at the Limerick & Clare ETB Hospitality Education and Training Centre. José combines study at the Roxboro training centre with work in the Limerick Strand Hotel, which was recently named winner of the Small to Medium Size Enterprise (SME) Award at the VET Excellence Awards in Helsinki.

support.” José’s colleague Louise Hannon, who will also complete the apprenticeship this December, was working as a waitress in the hotel when Tom spotted her potential and offered her a role in the kitchen. He encouraged her to apply for the Commis Chef Apprenticeship and Louise says that taking the course is the best decision she ever made. “I was a bit apprehensive before I started but I loved it from the very beginning. You learn so much in college but then you get to hone your skills even further at work. It has improved my confidence and been great for my professional development. I really feel that an apprenticeship is a great opportunity for young people who are leaving school and parents can rest assured that their children will be trained well. "In fact, my son recently came in to the hotel for work experience and he is now planning to apply for the Commis Chef Apprenticeship after his Leaving Cert. He has seen how much I have gained from the programme and knows it is a great career move.” Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) Chief Executive, Tim Fenn, is the Chair of the Commis Chef Consortium Steering Group, which is charged

Entry Criteria: The programme is open to all candidates above the statutory school leaving age (16). Minimum entry qualification requirements are an award placed at Level 4 on the National Framework of Qualifications Ireland including a D in Junior Certificate Maths. Recognition of prior learning (RPL) will be recognised as part of the entry criteria. with developing a programme that is attractive to both employers and potential candidates and that offers a career path with opportunity for progression and professional development. Standards of excellence The approach taken is closely aligned with the principals u n d e r l y i n g t h e I H F ’s Q u a l i t y Employers Programme, which promotes standards of excellence in human resource management aimed at supporting the empowerment and development of employees in the sector. “We are very pleased with the progress being made and feedback from training centres such as the Limerick & Clare ETB Hospitality Education and Training Centre in Roxboro where a new class is now starting with a waiting list of prospective Commis Chef Apprentices," says Mr Fenn. "A key learning in the first couple of years has been the pivotal role the mentoring chefs play in attracting, nurturing and developing the Commis Chefs with the support of their general managers, HR professionals and owners. The new Commis Chefs have a great qualification and are already proving themselves as wonderful ambassadors for the profession.”

Benefits: Apprentices will gain the knowledge and skills to prepare, cook and present a wide variety of foods and dishes to a professional standard. They will: • Gain internationally recognised qualifications • Continue to earn while they learn with an employer of choice • Enrich their work immediately as they acquire skills • Open doors to career progression For more information on apprenticeships contact the apprenticeship section in your local Education and Training Board. Further information is also available from the industry lead for this apprenticeship: Ioseph Nestor National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme Coordinator Kerry College – Monavalley Campus T: 066 714 9600 | 066 714 9638 | 066 714 9676 E: training@kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie W: www.kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie

José Mata and Tim Fenn, Chief Executive, Irish Hotels Federation pictured with the VET Excellence Small to Medium Size Enterprise (SME) Award.

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Key features of PISA 2018 The content • The PISA 2018 survey focused on reading, with mathematics, science and global competence as minor areas of assessment; Ireland did not participate in the assessment of global competence. PISA 2018 also included an assessment of young people’s financial literacy, which was optional for countries and economies. Results for reading, mathematics and science are released on 3 December 2019 and results for global competence and financial literacy in 2020.

The students • Some 600 000 students completed the assessment in 2018, representing about 32 million 15-year-olds in the schools of the 79 participating countries and economies. In Ireland, 5 577 students, in 157 schools, completed the assessment, representing 59 639 15-year-old students (96% of the total population of 15-year-olds).

The assessment • Computer-based tests were used in most countries, with assessments lasting a total of two hours. In reading, a multi-stage adaptive approach was applied in computer-based tests whereby students were assigned a block of test items based on their performance in preceding blocks. • Test items were a mixture of multiplechoice questions and questions requiring students to construct their own responses. The items were organised into groups based on a passage of text describing a real-life situation. More than 15 hours of test items for reading, mathematics, science and global competence were covered, with different students taking different combinations of test items. • Students also answered a background questionnaire, which took about 35 minutes to complete. The questionnaire sought information about the students the mselves, their attitudes, dispositions and beliefs, their homes, and their school and learning experiences. School principals completed a questionnaire that covered school management and organisation, and the learning environment.

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The County Museum, Dundalk

History - relevant, fun and interesting THE multi-award winning County Museum, Dundalk has everything a teacher needs – artefacts, interesting stories about fascinating people – all housed under one roof. Over the course of three galleries the Museum presents the history of Louth in a way that is relevant, fun and interesting. Using a combination of interactive, artefacts and handling collection the Museum provides the very basis for understanding history is a way that is immediate and enjoyable – here classes can learn about the arrival of the first people to come to Ireland; the arrival of Christianity; the impact of the Vikings and the Anglo-Normans all the way up to the 20th Century. Popular items on display Among the most popular items on display include a three-wheeled Heinkel motorcar, a tobacco Indian, examples of trench art from the First World War as well as Oliver Cromwell’s shaving mirror and King William of Orange’s jacket from the Battle of the Boyne. The Museum’s handling collection features items associated with the Vikings and World Wars I and II, including objects as diverse as helmet, chain mail, ration books and gas masks. Tours can be arranged around specific events or themes and can be developed with the visiting group’s specific learning outcomes in mind. Group rates are available. More information may be had by contacting Brian Walsh at 042 939 2999. Education 77


Creative, Hands on Educational & Fun Pottery School Tours & Pottery Parties for all ages

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Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising experience - facing the physical reality of the events of Easter Week through physical proximity to the people and events through their everyday, personal belongings, allowing us to follow the stories of those caught up in the events of that momentous week – combatants, civilians, and survivors alike.

THE National Museum of Ireland has a long tradition of exhibitions relating to Easter Week 1916. In 2016 the NMI at Collins Barracks created the 100th Anniversary exhibition “Proclaiming a Republic: The 1916 Rising” - the largest ever display of objects from this period. This extraordinary exhibition, which has been visited by hundreds of thousands of people from across the world, will shortly be coming to an end. Many of the exhibited objects had never been on public display before while others, such as the Irish Republic flag which flew over the GPO, were specially conserved. This exhibition offers visitors the unique

The last date to view this exhibition is Sunday April 19th, 2020. Location: National Museum of Ireland - Decorative Arts & History, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7. www.museum.ie

15-year-old Charles Darcy was a shop assistant and a member of the Irish Citizen Army. He was killed in action at City Hall on Easter Monday, 1916. His mother, Elizabeth, passed his medal and his Memoriam card over to the care of the National Museum of Ireland.

1916.

This is as close as it gets.

EXHIBITION closes April 19th 2020! Collins Baracks

Benburb Street, Dublin 7.

Free Admission www.museum.ie

Open: Sunday & Monday 1pm to 5pm. Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5pm.

Closed: Christmas Day & Good Friday.

LUAS Red Line Museum Stop

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Rathfarnham Castle and The Pearse Museum and St. Enda’s Park are managed by The Office of Public Works

The Pearse Museum

Two amazing eras IT’S worth considering a day trip to Rathfarnham where you can visit Rathfarnham Castle and the Pearse Museum, just 30 minutes from the city centre and 10 minutes’ drive from each other. A lively, informative guided tour tailored to younger visitors will be included in your visit to each site. Visits to these historic buildings can be used to support various aspects of the school curriculum including social and cultural history, art, craft, design and appreciation of the environment. The Pearse Museum The Pearse Museum is located in the former home and school of Patrick Pearse. Pearse was the leader of the 1916 Rising and he, and his brother William, were among those executed for their part in the rebellion. The Pearse Museum tells the story of their role in that dramatic event, as well as Pearse’s work as a writer, teacher, and Irish language campaigner. The museum tells the story of Pearse’s life and includes unique items such as the handwritten manuscript of his famous O’Donovan Rossa speech. Visitors can also stroll around historic rooms, including Pearse’s study, a school dormitory, study hall and chapel. The school art gallery contains original works by Beatrice Elvery, Jack B. Yeats and Patrick Tuohy.

Pearse Museum Open Daily - Admission: Free Museum Opening Hours: Nov – Jan: 9.30am – 4pm February: 9.30am – 5pm March – October: 9.30am – 5.30pm All year Sun & Bank Hols Open 10am Park Opening Hours: Nov – Jan: 9am – 4.30pm; Feb: 9am – 5.30pm March and October: 9am – 6pm April and September: 9am – 8pm May – August: 9am – 9pm Free parking for coaches and cars. Bookings and Info: 01 493 4208 Email: pearsemuseum@opw.ie www.facebook.com/ pearsemuseumstendaspark www.pearsemuseum.ie 80 Education


and Rathfarnham Castle

- set side by side The courtyard at the rear of the Museum houses a recreation of an original school classroom and a Nature Room where visitors can learn about Ireland’s flora and fauna. The museum is surrounded by 50 acres of landscaped parkland. Rathfarnham Castle Rathfarnham Castle is an Elizabethan fortified house commissioned in 1583 by ArchbishopChancellor of Ireland, Adam Loftus, as his private residence. In the 18th century, the house was remodelled, employing the very finest architects of that time, Sir William Chambers and James ‘Athenian’ Stuart. The guided tour covers the history of the castle with a focus on the lives of its former residents, from the 1580s to the 1980s. Visitors will see very fine 18th century interiors including the elegant Ballroom and the ornate Gilt Room with its magnificent gilded ceiling. A small collection of period furniture is on display and a collection of original paintings which includes landscapes and portraits is hung throughout the building. The castle also regularly hosts exhibitions of contemporary art. There is a playground managed by South Dublin County Council in the parkland surrounding the castle.

Rathfarnham Castle May – September inclusive Open Daily 9.30am – 5.30pm Last admissions 4.45pm October – April inclusive Open Wednesday to Sunday and Bank Holiday Mondays: 10.30am – 5pm Last admissions 4.15pm There is no admission charge for school visits. Free parking for coaches in the South Dublin County Council managed carpark. Bookings and information: 01 493 9462 Email: rathfarnhamcastle@opw.ie www.facebook.com/rathfarnhamcastle www.rathfarnhamcastle.ie Education 81


Michael Collins House

Presenting the story of Michael Collins’ life MICHAEL Collins House, Clonakilty is an award winning museum dedicated to Irish patriot and revolutionary hero Michael Collins and the history of Irish independence. The museum, which only opened in 2016 has already become a must see attraction when visiting West Cork. In the surroundings of a beautifully restored Georgian townhouse, Michael Collins House presents the whole story of Michael Collins’ life in an easily accessible manner through the use of guided tours, interactive displays, audio visuals, artefacts, information boards and more. Centenary commemoration For 2020 the museum also hosts the centenary commemoration ‘War of Independence Exhibition’, the only exhibition of its kind in the heart of the Rebel County in West Cork. A wonderful collection of artefacts from some of the key figures of this struggle such as Tom Barry, Tom Hales and, of course, Michael Collins. Michael Collins House opens all year round; Tuesday to Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sundays 12pm to 5pm (last admission 4pm) during the Summer period while operating a four day week, Tues to Sat, in the Winter. Guided tours run at set times daily with self guided or audiovisual guided tours available at anytime.

Contact Details

MICHAEL COLLINS HOUSE CLOICH NA COILLTE No. 7 EMMET SQUARE, CLONAKILTY, CO. CORK, IRELAND.

Tel: 023 8858676

Opening Times Summers Opening times (May to September) Tues-Sat: 10am to 5pm Sunday: 12pm to 5pm (last admission 4pm)

Admission Prices Adult €5 Senior Citizens €3 Students €3 Children (U14) €2 Family €12

Learn about the struggle for Independence in Ireland from 1798 to 1922 told through the story of three local patriots, Tadhg An Asna O’Donovan, Jeremiah O’Donovan Rossa and Michael Collins.

Interactive and audio visual displays suitable for all ages

FIND OUT MORE: Visit michaelcollinshouse.ie for more information or phone 023-8858676.

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With Field Studies Council Ireland Delivering high quality Outdoor Learning to schools, colleges, groups and individuals, across the island of Ireland… Geography and Biology Fieldwork for Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate groups, including CPD for teachers. Outdoor Learning for all ages and abilities; including nature skills, bushcraft, foraging, tracking, species identification and wildlife walks.

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Located at Tollymore, County Down and Lissadell, County Sligo Also working in partnership with Donegal Adventure Centre. See website for details: www.donegaladventurecentre.com


The Nature of History

Exhibition Now Open Kilkenny City

KILKENNY’S Medieval Mile Museum is offering schools the opportunity to address the new Junior Cycle History Specification through a unique museum experience at a rate of just €5 per pupil. Of the three strands within the new specification, The Nature of History is the key, unifying strand that focuses on history as a discipline. The museum’s Curator, Grace Fegan is a professional archaeologist and is uniquely placed to assist students develop an historical consciousness, learn to work with evidence, acquiring the ‘bigger picture’ through interactions with the museum’s collections. Grace meets students on site and engages them in a 30-minute seminar on the skills and concepts that inform the learning of history. Central to this seminar is the new exhibition of human remains – a unique opportunity to view primary evidence and discover the layers of research that have led to a fuller picture of life and death in medieval Ireland. Students have time to investigate the museum, using a worksheet designed to consider the key learning outcomes. SPECIAL OFFER If you book your 2020 visit before the end of December 2019, your class will be entered into a draw to win a free craft workshop and gallery tour at the nearby National Design and Craft Gallery. Terms and conditions are detailed below. To book simply email education@medievalmilemuseum.ie (The museum visit must take place before 28th February 2020. The craft workshop and gallery tour can be provided to a maximum of 30 students and the date/time of the visit is subject to availability. The gallery visit must take place before 31st May 2020.)

FIND OUT MORE: www.medievalmilemuseum.ie/schools

Learn through adventure with Donegal Adventure Centre • One of Ireland’s premier adventure facilities located in Ireland’s Surfing capital

• Field Studies residential programmes in partnership with Field Studies Council

• Residential and day tours all year round to suit all budgets

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• Language & Adventure Programme for secondary level schools

• Full 24 hour supervision is included in our programmes

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La Verna Centre BALLINDERRY, MULLINGAR, CO. WESTMEATH

Ballinderry is just a 15 minute walk to Mullingar town and a 10 minute drive to several beautiful walks such as Belvedere Gardens and Lough Ennell. FRANCISCAN HOUSE OF SPIRITUALITY & HOSPITALITY

For more information on booking a day, week or weekend contact: Sr. Clare Brady, Franciscan House, Ballinderry, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath Tel: 044-93-52000 | Email: lavernacentre@gmail.com | Email: info@fmolireland.ie

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La Verna Centre

“Come away and rest a while” Mark 6:31

Get Top Marks for Your School Tour With a rich heritage including Grace O’Malley (16th century pirate queen), Ireland’s most beautiful historic house, and the award-winning Pirate Adventure Park , you’ll be top of the class when you choose Westport House for your school tour! It has the ideal blend of fun, activity and education – the school tour that will satisfy everyone. School Tour Visits – What is Included? Your admission price of €14 per person includes the Pirate Adventure Park and unlimited use of the rides. Add on a tour and admission to Westport House for €1. The Panning for Gold experience and Hook a Duck games are not included priced at €3 per turn. Hours of fun The Pirate Adventure Park delivers hours of fun ideally suited to junior infants through to sixth class students – with something for all ages. The Pirate Adventure Park features unlimited use of: • The Pirate Queen’s Ship (swinging ship ride) • Pirates Plunge (Ireland’s only log flume ride) • Kiddie Zipwire • Treasure Island Express

• The Giant Swan Pedal boats • Cannon Ball Run (slippery slide ride), • The Pirates Den (indoor soft play area). 8 New Attractions in 2019! • Jump Around ride • Mini Ferris Wheel • Vortex Tunnel • Play Village - Mini Westport • Playground by Gracy's • Disc Golf • Panning for Gold • Hook a Duck

As most of the attractions are outdoors, we encourage you to check the weather in advance and please bring weather appropriate attire (you might consider bringing a change of gear as you’re guaranteed to get wet on the flume ride). Please make sure to wear comfortable shoes as the estate spans 400 acres. Interested in ordering lunch? No problem. Please pre-book your lunch at Gracy's Pizzeria and Bistro in the Farmyard.

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1916 Walking Tour

Walking through 1916 THE 1916 School Tour Tour was founded in 1996 by Lorcan Collins with the aim of showing students the sites of the Easter Rising and explaining, in a concise and accessible fashion, the various events that shaped our nation. The tour includes Trinity College / Old Irish Parliament, the Customs House, Liberty Hall, the GPO, the Four Courts, City Hall and Dublin Castle. Four bestselling history books Collins is author of four bestselling history books all published by Ireland’s leading publisher O’Brien Press. He co-authored The Easter Rising in 2001. Collins was the series editor of 16 Lives, a collection of sixteen biographies of the executed leaders of the Easter Rising. He

authored the biography of James Connolly in the 16 Lives series which was published in 2013 and in 2016 he compiled twenty years of research into 1916; The Rising Handbook which was a number one bestseller. Collins has taken hundreds of school groups on the tour and also runs daily walking tours for adults (www.1916rising.com). He also lectures extensively in the US and as far afield as Australia. Collins is very engaging and his enthusiasm for his subject has not diminished after twenty-three years. His booming voice can easily be heard above the noise of passing traffic. Intriguing and eye-opening The Irish Times reviewed it as follows: “The 1916 Rebellion walking

"His enthusiasm for his subject has not diminished after twentythree years. His booming voice can easily be heard above the noise of passing traffic"

tour is a true gem. Fascinating, intriguing and eye-opening, even for those who have visited the capital before or who have lived here all their lives.” Test his knowledge The tour is a very useful educational aid for both Primary and Second Level students and Collins gives participants ample opportunity to ask questions and test his encyclopaedic knowledge of the revolutionary period. Lorcan’s latest book is The War of Independence, The IRA’s Guerrilla Campaign 1919-21 and is as riveting as his tours. To book a tour for your school contact Lorcan Collins directly by email at Lorcan@1916rising.com or telephone 086 85 83 847.

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A snapshop of some of the PISA 2018 results

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MAINTAINING YOUR COMPETENCY, MAINTAINING YOUR REGISTRATION The INMO represent four out of five nurses and midwives in Ireland, offering support at work, continuing professional development, library and information services, and a range of benefits to members. Nurses and midwives are always learning, and our Professional Development Centre helps you do that, with over 100 programmes delivered by experts every year, all run exclusively to fit nurses and midwives' specific needs. We run face-to-face workshops, seminars, master classes, conferences and more across the country. Our courses are fully approved by NMBI, so will count for your continuing professional development. INMO Professional can meet all your professional development needs that supports continuing education, professional registration compliance, quality and patient safety, preparation for HIQA inspections and career development. INMO Professional offers: • • • • • •

Over 100 continuing education programmes Access to a team of specialist nurse educators and trainers Bespoke training packages to meet your needs Consultancy on nursing and midwifery professional issues NMBI Category 1 approved programmes QQ1 accredited programmes

We have a brand-new education facility in Dublin, but also provide on-site services across the country. On-site education can save you money and time, as our fees are per day, not per head, with no hidden extra charges. Thinking of taking a course, or looking to arrange on-site education? Just get in touch and we're happy to help.

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Include the elderly in your TY Enterprise Initiative or Social Responsibility Initiative FRIENDS of the Elderly is an Irish volunteer based charity established in 1980 to bring friendship and companionship to older people living alone or who feel lonely. The charity has a comprehensive programme for schools and is seeking schools and students to take on fundraising and other activities as part of their school programmes. Schools programme The Friends of the Elderly schools programme aims to increase young people’s knowledge of the ageing process and in doing so help to create a better understanding of what the challenges older people in your community may face and how these challenges may lead to social isolation. Connections between young and old have declined in recent times. We are living in a constantly changing world, families are smaller and many have moved away, leaving older people with fewer connections to their community. This can lead to social isolation and missed opportunities for young and old alike to learn

from one another. Intergenerational contact Evidence shows that intergenerat i o n a l c o n t a c t i s e ff e c t i v e i n combating loneliness among older people and in fact improves the health and well-being of both groups. A key objective of Friends of the Elderly’s schools’ programme is to both support and develop intergenerational projects throughout educational establishments, youth and community groups where young and old share their skills, knowledge, or experience. Intergenerational projects strengthen communities and enable them to become more agefriendly by breaking down barriers between ages. Students, classes or schools who would like to undertake a project or a fundraiser can contact Deborah at Friends of the Elderly by email to deborah@friendsoftheelderly.ie or calling 01 873 1855. Friends of the Elderly's address is 25 Bolton Street, Dublin 1 and online at www.friendsoftheelderly.ie.

Transition Year and CSPE Programmes The Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programmes can be incorporated into the Community Care/Social Outreach content of the timetable. They are designed so that all students, either as individuals, as a class or as part of the entire Transition Year can participate and receive certification on completion A. The Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programme for Individual Students The student must complete 3 of the activities below – Make a friendship commitment to an elderly person – Design and make Friendship Cards for the elderly. – Produce a Life and Times Biography for an elderly person – Produce a When My Elderly Friend Was Young essay. B. The Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programme for the class The class must complete 4 of the activities below. – Make a friendship commitment to an elderly person – Design and make Friendship Cards for the elderly. – Produce a Life and Times Biography for an elderly person. – Produce a When My Elderly Friend Was Young essay. – Invite and elderly person to the school for an In My Day talk. – Bring an hour of entertainment to a day centre or nursing home. – Organise an end-of-year display of work in the local library or your school. C. The Friends of the Elderly Transition Year and CSPE Programme for the school year The class must complete 5 of the activities below. – Make a friendship commitment to an elderly person – Design and make Friendship Cards for the elderly. – Produce a Life and Times Biography for an elderly person – Produce a When My Elderly Friend Was Young Essay. – Invite and elderly person to the school for an In My Day talk. – Bring an hour of entertainment to a day centre or nursing home. – Organise an end-of-year display of work in the local library or your school. – Host an Elderly Hero Award in your school Education 89


16,000 Daughters of Charity worldwide serve in over 90 countries on all 5 continents. We serve in ministry and in places where there is no one else caring for people most in need.

St Catherine’s Provincial House, Dunardagh, Blackrock, Co Dublin.

Phone: 01-288 2896 | Email:info@daughtersofcharity.ie

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Creating a quiet and reflective retreat experience REDEMPTORIST Youth Ministry is one of the largest providers of School Retreat programmes on the island of Ireland with teams in Belfast, Cork and Galway. Annually, close to ten thousand young people experience a retreat with one of our teams. Our teams in Cork and Galway are very busy during the academic year. Scala Retreat and Conference centre is located in the Blackrock area of Cork along the river Lee. Situated opposite Blackrock Castle and Observatory, Scala is an oasis of peace and quiet in a big and busy city. Class group retreats Scala offer retreats for Confirmation class groups in primary school and retreats from 1st to 6th year in secondary school. The facilities and the grounds at Scala help create a quiet and reflective experience for our retreats.

Our retreat programmes are tailored towards each particular year group exploring the human and spiritual needs of young people through, prayer, creativity, debate and meditation. The Scala retreat is a one day retreat beginning at 9:30am and concludes at 2:45pm. In addition to our retreat programmes Scala can also offer one day programmes in the following areas: group wellness day, mentor training, Leadership training & student council training. For further information on our programmes or to book a retreat please contact us on 021-4358000 or email info.scala@cssr.ie

retreats for Confirmation class groups in primary school and retreats from 1st to 6th year in secondary school. "Our retreat The Esker Experience can be overprogrammes night or for one day. The day retreat are tailored begins at 9.30am, and concludes at towards each particular year 3.30pm. The over-night gives the young people more time to engage group with issues, and to bond with each exploring the other as a group. The Sacrament of human and spiritual needs Reconciliation is offered on the overnight experience. of young The Esker Youth Village can cater people for large groups over-night,- with through, two dormitories, 35 beds in each, prayer, and use of the retreat house nearby. creativity, Our programmes make use of the debate and beautiful nature in the surrounds of meditation" Esker.

Get the Esker Experience Esker Retreat Centre is located in west of Ireland, outside Galway city in the town of Athenry. Esker is a rural retreat centre which provides

For more information or to book a retreat please contact us on 091-844007 or email info@redemptoristsesker.ie

Young people are welcomed to Scala to participate in: ✔ Confirmation and secondary school retreats ✔ The Meitheal Youth Leadership Programme ✔ Leadership and mentor training

Esker Retreat Centre

✔ Service projects

Scala Retreat and Conference Center Castle Road, Blackrock, Cork, Ireland Tel: 021 435 8800 | Email: info.scala@cssr.ie

www.scala.ie

Esker is a rural retreat centre, near Galway city, which provides retreats for confirmation class groups in primary school and retreats from 1st to 6th year in secondary school. The Esker Experience can be over-night or for one day

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Career Opportunities with the Irish Aviation Authority The Irish Aviation Authority is a world leader in air traffic management, aviation safety and security regulation with a highly skilled workforce of over 700 employees. With a turnover of €198.9 million and an operating profit of €31.6 million in 2018, the IAA receives no funding from the State. Air traffic control is the service which ensures the safe, orderly and expeditious movement of aircraft in the air and on the ground. Air Traffic Controllers are recruited through our Student Controller Programme (SCP) and applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. If you meet the minimum requirements and are interested in entering the exciting world of aviation; please complete the online application. The Company also employs Engineers, Radio Officers, Airworthiness Inspectors, Flight Operations Inspectors and Clerical Staff. Applications for Engineering roles are currently accepted on an ongoing basis. For more details on all of these roles please view our recruitment videos on the Company’s website (www.iaa.ie/careers).

Our Values Innovation: we are constantly looking for new ways to do things Respect: for our customers and each other Teamwork: we are stronger together Integrity: we always do what is right Service Excellence: we exceed our customers’ expectations Find out more: For more Information on all our career options and details of current vacancies please go to the careers section of the Irish Aviation Authority’s website at www.iaa.ie/careers or contact Ciarán Buckley at 01 603 1535 or by email at ciaran.buckley@iaa.ie

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Boulevard Wren and Other Stories

Recovering

By Blindboy Boatclub

By Richie Sadlier

BOULEVARD Wren and Other Stories is the follow-up to Gospel According to Blindboy, and a warped mirror held up to the Irish psyche. Provocative and unsettling, the stories rove through the centuries, from the barren fields of Famine-struck Meath to the chaotic landscape of the near future, where social media has colonised the deepest recesses of the human subconscious. This is a world populated by characters lost and at odds with the demands of contemporary life, for whom the line separating redemption and madness has grown impossibly fine. Razor-sharp social satire, it is an era-defining work from one of Ireland’s most anarchic satirists and a quietly devastating portrait of a society in disarray. Gill Books • Around €39 Hardback

When a career-ending injury saw former Ireland and Millwall striker Richie Sadlier retire from football at age 24, his life spiraled out of control. Without structure or a sense of purpose, and fueled by a dependency on alcohol, he spent years running from the dark memories and feelings that had haunted him since childhood. Until one day, he hit rock bottom and decided to confront his demons. Now a successful soccer pundit, psychotherapist and mental-fitness teacher, Recovering, written with Dion Fanning is about a life shaped by efforts to escape, and how it is possible to rebuild a life, piece by piece, with the right help. Inspiring and groundbreaking, it is an important reflection on the need to move away from perceptions of shame in our discussions about mental health, sex, relationships and addiction. Gill Books • Around €25 Hardback

Journey through the body

The story of the Claddagh Ring

By Eoin Kelleher

By Sean McMahon

HAVE you ever wondered what your body is really like on the inside? Have you ever asked yourself how it all works? Perhaps you have read about it, but found that words were not enough. Thankfully, a picture speaks a thousand words. Journey Through The Body: A Visual Exploration is an immersive book that brings the body to life for young and old alike. Going beyond realistic depictions of human anatomy, it brings the reader on an immersive trip around the body's organs, with imaginative illustrations that are not just enjoyable but also explain how the body works. These illustrations the human body, drawing inspiration from a wide variety of artistic styles, from Francis Bacon to the Impressionists, with enough detail and intricacies to entice the reader into the act of colouring. Mercier Press • Around €18

LET love and friendship reign! - a worthy wish and the motto of the famous Claddagh ring. The Story of the Claddagh Ring takes its name from the Claddagh, an ancient fishing village now part of Galway city. It is a place steeped in legend and lore but no relic has a more dazzling history than the ring that originated there, comprising two hands surrounding a heart and surmounted by a crown. Tradition has it that in the Claddagh these rings were handed down from mother to daughter. The earliest examples that can be dated are thought to be from about 1700 but it is known that the rings were popular much earlier than this. The Story of the Claddagh Ring tells the story of the ring, the Claddagh, and the city, and provides a fascinating and memorable account of the myths and the history surrounding one of Ireland's oldest love tokens.. Mercier Press • Around €5

The Ordnance Survey Ireland Puzzle Book

Ireland - A Directory 2020

By Ordnance Survey Ireland

By the Institute of Public Administration

CAN you guess the nine counties the Wild Atlantic Way passes through? Would you be able to identify on the map the highest point in the Burren? Or work out the distance from one point to another as the crow flies? With forty maps and hundreds of puzzles ranging from Easy to Challenging, the Ordnance Survey Ireland Puzzle Book is guaranteed to test your wits, put your friends and family through their paces and cause plenty of good-natured arguments along the way. Hachette Ireland • Around €15

THE IPA’s Ireland – A Directory is the most respected database in use in Irish business circles. Now in its 54th year, this incredible resource lists the details of over 9,000 organisations and 11,000 contacts across both the private and public sectors. This invaluable resource is available both as a mobile App and in the beautifully bound, hard cover format, which will be familiar to long-time users. The App includes all the great benefits of the physical directory, but with powerful built-in search functionality and the ability to add digital bookmarks so that you can re-find key information quickly. Institute of Public Administration • €75 Education 93


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Nolan Coaches is a family run business which now has three generations of experience in the coach hire business. The business was founded in the 1940’s by Jimmy Nolan. Today the company is run by David Nolan, who has been running the operation since 1993. Based just 5 minutes from Dublin Airport, Nolan Coaches provides top quality Irish coach and bus hire services around the Dublin area. Whatever your coach hire needs, from sports club to weddings to school day trips to private hire, Nolan Coaches will ensure that your group has a great experience.

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Phoenix is the only college of its kind in Ireland offering students full time professional training in performing Arts while still achieving a second level education and qualification which allows access to many colleges and universities. Our aim is to prepare students for a career in the performing arts and entry into the leading performing arts colleges worldwide. 94 Education

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We are a leading supplier of deep home cleaning services to residences in the greater Dublin area. We offer first class cleaning and janitorial services tailored to suit your unique requirements. We’ve been doing this for many years now and in that time, we’ve built up a reputation for high standards and integrity, so you can trust us to deliver quality.

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Clare Museum CLARE Museum tells the history of the county over a period of 6,000 years using authentic artefacts, colourful text panels and audio-visual presentations. The Riches of Clare exhibition is divided into the themes of Earth, Power, Faith, Water and Energy and includes a large collection of objects on loan from the National Museum of Ireland making a visit to Clare Museum an essential introduction to the county. Highlights include: ■ Archaeological finds from Poulnabrone Portal Tomb ■ The chance to learn about the history of emigration from Clare ■ Links between County Clare and the Spanish Armada ■ A large collection of objects on loan from the National Museum of Ireland ■ Fascinating audio-visual presentations Admission is free with ample car parking and free coach parking beside the museum.

Clare Museum, Arthur's Row, Ennis, Co. Clare T: 065 682 3382 | E: claremuseum@clarecoco.ie www.clarelibrary.ie/eolas/claremuseum


Explore your future in STEM From designing video games or medical devices, to improving food science and sport, and even saving lives through cancer research, students need real insights into the many exciting and diverse STEM career opportunities in Ireland.

Visit www.smartfutures.ie

Irish STEM industry facts Keeping up to date on the many career paths available in STEM isn’t easy. It’s a fast-moving area, with multiple routes to entry and a high demand for graduates. As a consequence, students need insights into STEM career opportunities in Ireland.

250 medical technology companies employ 25,000 people in Ireland

Visit www.smartfutures.ie to read any one

9 of the top 10 global pharmaceutical companies are located in Ireland

of more than 150 STEM career stories,

The top 10 multinational technology companies are in Ireland

career infographics. Filter your choices

Laboratory technicians are needed in the biopharma, food and medical devices sectors

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watch videos, and download posters and based on your interest. You might be surprised which careers will interest you.

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