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Foreword by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills ............................................. 5 NEWS: Things are getting better for Ireland's children; Tipp school wins 'One Good Idea' competition; Launch of THEA a significant step in Irish higher education; USI calls for action on dropout rates and place rationing; Getting kids to 'moove' to a healthier diet ..................... 6 TCD Nursing: One of the top nursing and midwifery schools in the world ................................. 10 Studying Nursing or Midwifery at UCD ...................................................................................... 14 Start your future with Pearse College of Education .................................................................... 17 COVER STORY: GENERATION APPRENTICESHIP Apprenticeship Ireland - Helping people discover their talents through training .............. 19 FIT - New paths to ICT careers ........................................................................................ 20 BRIEFING: Financial support for students .................................................................................. 23 UCC School of Asian Studies - Landmark in Irish-Japanese relations .......................................... 25 Editor: Niall Gormley

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Foreword by Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Education and Skills I AM delighted to be invited to write the foreword for the Education Reference Guide 2017. This year’s guide covers a range of topics across the education. Education is central to all our ambitions as a nation. It supports the development of a strong growing economy while sustaining a fair and compassionate society. I secured a record increase of €458m in Budget 2017, which will provide for an extra 2,500 posts in schools, and €36m in extra funding for third level (the first significant increase in a decade). Budget 2017 marked the start of a major programme of reinvestment in education. We are making progress in a lot of areas. Education has a unique capacity to break down the cycles of disadvantage. The additional funding in Budget 2017 has allowed me to extend the student grant scheme to 1,100 Post Graduate students. This marks the delivery of a key commitment in the Action Plan for Education, which aims to make the Irish education and training service the best in Europe within a decade, and will provide Post Graduate students with an important support. This is part of a suite of measures that we are taking across the education system to tackle educational disadvantage and help people to achieve their potential. This includes the development of a series of pilot schemes whose aim is to encourage innovation and

creativity in schools, and the extension of DEIS to bring new schools into DEIS for the first time from September 2017, and provide 30 schools already within DEIS with additional supports. This will be the first expansion of the programme since 2009. The Action Plan for Education commits to delivering 31,000 apprenticeship registrations in the period to 2020. This will be challenging to deliver, and will require sustained cooperation from employers, engagement from employees and strong support and coordination from the State. To meet the ambitious targets we must continue to develop apprenticeships in new sectors. Apprenticeship provides employers with an opportunity to get support for programmes that address the specific skill needs of each sector. Last year we saw the first of these new programmes getting underway in insurance practice and electrical engineering. In June of this year three further new programmes commenced, two in the medical devices area and a polymer processing apprenticeship. A further ten programmes will get underway later this year in various sectors including financial services, hospitality and accounting. The issue of Brexit will pose a particular challenge for Ireland as we continue to






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The briefing on qualifications in this Guide on comparison across Ireland and Britain highlights again the interconnected nature of all aspects of education co-operation in this globalized world and, in particular, the depth to which Ireland and the UK systems have become enmeshed over many decades. The Government has prioritised our longstanding relationship with the UK with a particular emphasis on Northern Ireland and the EU has agreed to prioritise these issues in the Brexit negotiations. I look forward to positive outcomes for all in education.






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Study shows things are getting better for Ireland's children THERE has been some re m a r k a b l e c h a n g e s i n behaviour of Irish children in the 14 years between 1998 and 2014. The ‘Health Behaviour in School-aged Children Ireland Trends Report 19982014’ (HBSC) is based on a study carried out by Professor Saoirse Nic Gabhainn and her team at the Health Promotion Research Centre in NUI Galway. In terms of risky behaviour, the survey reports that in 2014 8% of Irish children aged 10-17 said they were smoking compared to 23% in 1998, this is a further decrease since 2010 when the figure was 12%. 21% reported that they had ever been drunk com-

pared to 33% in 1998. 8% reported that they had used cannabis in the last year compared to 12% in 1998. In terms of positive behaviour, seat-belt wearing rates have almost doubled to (81%) amongst children since 1998 and 34% reported that their health was excellent compared to 28% in 1998. High rates of life satisfaction (76%) and reported happiness (89%) continue. Commenting on the findings Professor Nic Gabhainn said: “This report is the culmination of many years of work, and brings some good news about the health behaviours of children in Ireland over the years, with the sustained decrease in smoking and in alcohol use.

"Communication with parents also continues to improve. Yet more still needs to be done to improve their health, in particular around physical activity. "Other areas of concern are the increases in feeling pressured by schoolwork. Importantly, the proportion of children reporting high life satisfaction and being happy, fundamental aspects of childhood, is high and has been sustained over the years.” The HBSC is a cross-sectional study conducted in collaboration with the WHO Regional Office for Europe. It runs every four years and in 2014 there were 42 participating countries and regions collecting data on children’s lives.

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Tipp school wins 'One Good Idea' competition URSULINE Secondary School from Thurles in Co Tipperary has been named the winner of this year’s Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland’s (SEAI) One Good Idea competition for their campaign ‘Wattaware’. The campaign aims to raise energy awareness and tackle climate change by educating people in their community on the long term savings the can make when they choose household appliances with higher energy ratings. The team from Ursuline Secondary School were one of 20 finalists to reach the SEAI One Good Idea National Finals. The SEAI’s One Good Idea Competition encourages students to create innovative and inspiring campaigns to highlight the small changes that can make a big difference to our lives, our pockets and our planet. This year, over 350 campaigns were developed by young people all over Ireland with 20 teams for the national finals. Speaking at the final, Mr Jim Gannon, Chief Executive of the SEAI, said: “What this programme shows is that we have some of the brightest and most creative minds in the country. The campaigns were of an exceptional standard this year and demonstrated the creativity and determination of our country’s young people in contributing to a better, more sustainable future. That is what One Good Idea is all about – empowering young people and encouraging small changes that collectively make a big difference.”

“THE formal launch of the Technological Higher Education Association (THEA) marks a significant step in Irish higher education,” the incoming external chair of the THEA Council, Ms. Regina Moran, told an audience of educators and members of the higher education community at a conference in Dublin recently. “It affords the opportunity to reflect on the contribution of THEA’s members - the fourteen institutes of technology - and to celebrate the distinct contribution that they have made to Irish society. “The fourteen member institutes within the Te c h n o l o g i c a l H i g h e r Education Association are themselves diverse but they s h a re m u c h i n c o m m o n including the role of providing apprenticeship training in higher education; integration of entrepreneurship and work experience; optimum expressions of regional support; the digitalisation agenda; and a strong focus on work-based learning. The funding issue In a keynote address, Dr Charles Larkin of Trinity College addressed the funding challenge that is facing all of Irish higher education. An analysis carried out by Dr Larkin

and colleagues showed that a proposal to introduce an income contingent loan (ICL) would cost the Exchequer €10bn over 12 years before repayments stabilised the system. This would be in addition to financing all grant recipients. THEA's new chief executive, Dr Joseph Ryan, told the conference that the third level technological sector is in the midst of a funding crisis that must be addressed. “The report of the Expert G ro u p c h a i re d b y P e t e r Cassells has clearly recognised this. The sector has seen a decrease in the state grant of 35%, a drop in core staffing levels of 12%, a virtual halt to capital investment and an increase in student numbers of 30% between 2008 -2015.” Dr Ryan also warned that funding solutions should not limit student access. "The single greatest achievement of the technological sector to date has been in facilitating access to higher education on the part of a larger proportion of our society. The institutes of technology have come together in order to give a more coherent voice to the technological sector and to consolidate the institutes’ role in promoting a more equal and prosperous Ireland.”

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USI calls for action on dropout rates and place rationing THE Union of Students in Ireland has responded to UCD’s warning that more fee-paying foreign students will be sought to meet shortfalls in college funding, in effect place rationing for Irish students.. “USI has warned for many years that underfunding of higher education in Ireland would result in colleges seeking to exploit students from outside the EU as a cash crop. We deplore that we’ve come to this situation, and so whilst we despair at the content, we welcome the candour of UCD President Professor Deeks’ statement, who has finally said out loud what we’ve warned for years. Dropout rates USI has also called on the need for further supports to be made available to second-level

guidance counsellors to support school-leavers in making the jump to third level in response to a report published by the HEA based on students progressing from first to second year between the 2013/14 and 2014/15 academic years which showed more than 6,000 students drop out of first year. USI Deputy President Jack Leahy said, “Students were telling us that even though they may have attended open days and studied prospectuses, the course they were studying was often quite far from what they had expected.” Research conducted in 2015 by USI and the National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching & Learning in Higher Education showed that the adequacy of prior information was the most significant trigger factor for student withdrawal.

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Pictured is Irish Olympian and Fit Foodie Derval O’Rourke and Milly the Cow with participants Lucy Kearney (age 10), Sarah Browne (age 9) and Owen Blom (age 9) from the senior Moo Crew winning team from Ardnagrath National School, Walderstown, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. Picture Conor McCabe Photography.

Getting kids to 'moove' to a healthier diet MOO CREW is a fun and interactive way for children to learn about the benefits of a healthy, balanced diet and the importance of exercise. It is available in all Irish schools from Junior Infants to 6th Class and is co funded by the EU under the Cheese Up your Life Programme. All of the lesson plans, worksheets, games and videos are developed with the expertise of The National Dairy C o u n c i l ’s N u t r i t i o n Department. The top six classes in the Junior Category and Senior Category won a VIP farm experience at Airfield Farm in Dublin. Each of the six schools also won a training session with Moo Crew ambassador Derval O’Rourke. The four finalist teams won a €250 sports voucher each and the two overall winning teams won a €500 sports voucher each. Active lifestyle and healthy balanced diet “The great thing about the Moo Crew programme is that it helps children to learn about the importance of an active lifestyle and a healthy balanced diet; to learn about food groups, about portion sizes and to make smart choices about what they eat and drink,” said Derval. Moo Crew also helps chil-

dren to learn about where food comes from from farm to fridge. This year we introduced a new module around the Cheeses of Europe which should be a really interesting insight into the varieties of cheese and the geography of each region. Registered dietitian, Louise Reynolds of the INDI said: “We know that our younger years are a crucial time to ensure we have sufficient nutrients in our diet to support normal bone growth and development. "Milk, yogurt and cheese are natural sources of calcium, protein and phosphorus which all play vital roles in bone health. By the age of 17, our bones will have stocked up on over 90% of the calcium they will ever contain so the childhood and teenage years are the critical time to make sure we get enough calcium. Campaigns such as Moo Crew really help to educate young children on the importance of a balanced diet” The Department of Health’s Food Pyramid recommends three servings from the ‘milk, yogurt and cheese’ food group each day as part of a healthy, balanced diet. Between the ages of 9-18 years, 5 servings per day are recommended due t o t h e i n c re a s e d c a l c i u m requirements at this life stage.

The Irish Seafood Sector The Irish Seafood Sector Careers with RealReal Opportunities Careers with Opportunities A Career in Sea Fishing On a fishing vessel, a deckhand is obviously going to help with shooting and hauling the fishing gear. But there’s lots more to do besides. Steering and lookout duties; maintenance of fishing gear and onboard equipment. If hands-on work and the feel of the salt spray in your face are your idea of healthy outdoor work, this is for you. But don’t forget that as well as the fresh sea air, a career at sea offers great opportunities for advancement. With BIM courses, you could go on to train as a mate - or even a skipper. With a Second Hand Certificate of Competency, you can become a mate after two years getting your sea legs. And after that, well – you might be thinking of skippering your own boat. Taking overall responsibility for over-seeing the crew and the vessel’s safety. Making the decisions about when and where to fish. Everything is possible.

produce all that equipment. So if machinery and technology is what floats your boat, there’s a career in the seafood industry for you! Marine engineering is a learning curve that doesn’t stop when you land a job. It’s a fast-moving area that continues to develop. Technical knowhow and computer skills help of course; but there’s no substitute for a curious mind, a creative imagination and a logical approach to decision making. Oh, and communication skills and the ability to work as part of a team help as well! If this sounds like you, then you sound like the kind of person who should be thinking about a career as a marine engineer. BIM’s Engineer Officer (Fishing Vessel) Certificate of Competency Class 3 - as approved by the Irish Department of Transport, Tourism & Sport is held at our National Fisheries College, Greencastle, Co. Donegal.

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Fish farmers breed, rear and harvest a range of finfish – mainly salmon & trout, and shellfish - usually mussels and oysters, at sea or in freshwater locations around Ireland depending on species. If you have an interest in marine life biology, and a love of outdoor work, this could be for you. Whether feeding fish by hand or with hoppers, equipment maintenance and critical thinking are essential skills of the trade. From hatchery to harvesting, there are careers in aquaculture for operatives, technicians and managers.

If you have a flair for machinery and modern technology, there’s a special place on the marine team for you. Because every vessel needs a marine engineer to maintain and repair all the machinery – and there’s a lot of gear on a boat. From the main engines to electrical generators, pumps, refrigeration, hydraulics and winches, the onboard marine engineer is a vital and highly respected member of the crew. And it’s a very satisfying feeling knowing that everything on board is running smoothly like a well-oiled machine because you’ve done your job. Where problems arise, you analyse and solve them. You use your judgement – that’s where your training helps. And all the mathematics that used to be theoretical – it’s a vital practical tool when you’re on a boat or in a marine control room. Because don’t forget that as well as maintenance, marine engineers are the people who actually design, develop and

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One of the top nurs midwifery schools in THE School of Nursing & Midwifery will celebrate its 21st birthday in September 2017. Since its opening in 1996 it has established itself as the leading School of Nursing & Midwifery in the country and one of the top Schools in the World. In that time, thousands of nurses and midwives have graduated and many have gone on to lead and hold important roles in healthcare across the globe. A programme of events to mark this anniversary is currently being developed so please keep an eye on our website for updates. Top ranking School For the past two years the QS University ranking agency has measured the nursing subject. The School of Nursing and Midwifery in Trinity has been ranked as number 36 globally, placing it as the highest ranked school of all schools in the country, and as the top school in the nursing subject for the past two years. This is coupled with the overall University’s consistent topping of international rankings from an Irish 10 Education

perspective. Graduate and Alumni benefit from this international recognition when developing their careers abroad and in Ireland. Investing in student facilities The School is currently investing in improving services to students. The student space in the School’s main building is currently being rennovated and will be complete in time for the start of the 2017/18 academic year. In addition, the School has created a new private space for parents feeding infants. Our clinical skills centre on the St James’s Hospital campus, site of the new National Children’s Hospital, is also being upgraded with a new simulation suite. This simulation suite will allow students to further enhance their clinical skills in a safe environment, gaining confidence for when they are on clinical practice. Our Clinical Skills Manager, who has been instrumental in developing the new simulation suite, outlines how this new facility will benefit students. “The simulation suite provides students with opportunities to practice their clinical and decision

"You are in possession of two world leading brands, the international brand and respect of Irish nursing and midwifery, which is recognised across the globe, and the international brand of Trinity College Dublin"'

making skills through real life situational experiences in a safe environment. Advantages include the ability to provide immediate feedback through repetitive practice learning.” An education for life With ongoing advances in research and technology, it is an exciting time to embark on a career in nursing or midwifery and there is no better place than studying at Trinity. As a Trinity graduate herself, the Head of School, Prof Catherine Comiskey has found her education at Trinity has helped her advance her career and greets students by reminding them of the value of a Trinity degree: “Each year when we welcome our new and returning students I remind them that obtaining a degree in nursing or midwifery from Trinity College Dublin is like possessing a golden ticket. You are in possession of two world leading brands, the international brand and respect of Irish nursing and midwifery, which is recognised across the globe, and the international brand of Trinity College

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sing and the world Dublin, which has been recognised for over 400 years as the leading university in the country. "A degree from Trinity College and a career in nursing and midwifery is something that our graduates take with them and will have for the rest of their lives. Indeed, my own eldest daughter has also studied here and my daughter who is doing her leaving certificate in 2017 hopes to come here in the autumn. We are a Trinity College Dublin family and proud of it!”

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FIND OUT MORE: For more information about the School and our courses log on to Contact Jeni Ryan on (01) 896 3860, email 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 Further information on all our courses is available at The School of Nursing & Midwifery, Trinity College Dublin is ranked 1st in Ireland and 36th in the World in the QS World University Subject Rankings 2017.

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...Nursing or Midwifer Choosing nursing or midwifery as a career opens up a world of job opportunities that will sustain you throughout your working life. You will become a professional clinician capable of integrating scientific and technical knowledge with the art of caring. You will never stop learning about health, about illness, about people and the world we live in. Nurses continually engage in ongoing professional education and UCD provides a wide range of postgraduate opportunities to suit your personal and professional needs throughout your career. Once qualified as a nurse or midwife you can choose from a broad range of graduate programmes to build your own career pathway that reflects your own interests and talents. Whatever your focus (e.g. cancer care, palliative care diabetes, emergency, critical care research or education). Wherever you choose to

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work the career opportunities are endless. Many qualified nurses and midwives work in hospitals. However they can also work in a variety of settings, including community setting, e.g. as a public health nurse, mental health services, management and leadership, policy-making, teaching and research. You will rarely have two days that are the samenursing and midwifery are dynamic professions and offer an enormous variety of challenges. Why choose nursing or midwifery at UCD? Development in health care are transforming the roles of nurses and midwives leading to new and exciting career opportunities are innovative degree programmes are taught by experienced lectures in a friendly and supportive environment. You will be guided by academics who are experts in their field, and you will gain clinical experience at

our renowned clinical partner hospitals. Each student is allocated a personal tutor from day one on your programme to provide advice and guidance. We have links with international partner schools and this allows students to choose international placements as part of their studies. By choosing to study with us you become part of a greater community of people working together to shape the future of nursing and midwifery in Ireland and abroad.

"If you are interested in promoting health, if you have a passion for caring for children, if you would like to make a difference and to help both children and adults recover from their illness, then I could not recommend this course highly enough to you." Mollie Bruton, Children's and General Nursing Student

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• General Nursing (DN450) • Mental Health Nursing (DN453) • Children’s and General Nursing (DN451) • Midwifery (DN452) Our programmes are taught by experienced lecturers in a friendly and supportive environment, with state-of-the art facilities.

Your hands-on clinical practice takes place primarily in the St Vincent’s Healthcare Group or the Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, and in numerous other clinical sites within the Ireland East Hospital Group network. These clinical placement locations are centres of excellence where you’ll work with multidisciplinary teams to provide first-class, patient-centred care. For further information about the programmes and the clinical placements visit our website: Telephone: +353 1 716 6407 / 6569 • email: Education 15

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Pearse College of Further Education

Start your future with Pearse College of Education AS you walk through the front door of Pearse College of Further Education, you will notice a sculpture inscribed with the words: “Education should foster, education should inspire.” Since we began offering courses to adults in 1967 we have been motivated by these words of Padraig Pearse. We believe that if you take the first step of returning to education with us, then it is our responsibility to motivate, challenge and encourage you to take the next one to: • Start or restart your education • Start on the path to a career • Start a new stage of your life It is an exciting and inspirational place to learn, with a highly qualified, dedicated and caring staff, excellent facilities, a unique atmosphere and a proven track record. Range of courses The college has a broad range of courses suitable for both career enhancement and preparation for further studies. The broad course areas are Architecture, Horticulture, Business, IT, Language and Culture, Health, Sport, Adult Leaving Cert and Repeat Leaving Cert and Part-time Courses. Details on all of these courses are available online at Progression to Third Level Pearse College of Further Education is committed to the promotion of access, transfer and progression of learners in line with the National Qualifications of Ireland Authority (NQAI) framework. Many of our courses offer opportunities for progression to third level. A high proportion of students who completed the 2 year Leaving Certificate have gone on to third level studies at Universities and the Institutes of Technology and in the areas of the social sciences, arts/

By Jacqueline Nunan Principal, Pearse College of Further Education humanities, business studies and the physical sciences. The Repeat Leaving Certificate course has seen many students progress to University/DlT/ITs over the years as well as to QQI courses in this college and elsewhere. The University Access Course (UAC) incorporating TAP (Trinity Access Programme) has been remarkably successful in preparing mature students (23 years of age and over) for entry to third level courses in the Arts/Social Sciences. Over the past 20 years, more than 95% of UAC students who applied for third level courses were successful. Even more importantly, those students have been performing excellently at third level. Most are qualifying with honours degrees while many are pursuing post-graduate studies. All of our full time courses at QQI Level 5 and 6 offer progression opportunities across a wide range of IOTs and colleges. Links with Industry Over the years, Pearse College has created successful links with industry which have led students to employment, internships and setting up their own businesses. Among these links are: our Architectural Draughting department which is consistently developing awareness of the changing technology in relation to renewable energy and practices thus keeping our students at the forefront of knowledge on sustainability issues. Internships are available to students on the Fasttrack to Information Technology courses. Our established links with nurseries, gardens, parks and organic outlets lead to employment within the

Hi… I would just like to thank you for all your effort throughout the year. I have been accepted into NUI Maynooth for Arts. I enjoyed my year in Pearse College on the University Access course and without it, I would not have progressed to third level. David – University Access Course From practical gardening .. to botany and chemistry, the course at Pearse College gave me a great grounding and opening up a world of possibilities. It was varied and fun and the staff were encouraging and supportive. I would recommend it to anyone considering a career in horticulture. Annette – Horticultural Amenity Manager, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Horticulture industry and many students set up their own Landscape companies. S i m i l a r l y, s t u d e n t s f r o m o u r Complementary Medicine courses are qualified to set up their own practices in the areas of massage, yoga and reflexology. Employment on cruise ships is also taken up by many of these complementary medicine students. Our soccer and sports courses are FAI accredited and also equip students with ITEC, gym instruction and personal training awards including UEFA 'C' licence. Our Green Campus Flag and Environmental Awareness Pearse College has a strong emphasis on supporting the environment both within our campus setting and on our course offerings. This focus has seen the College earn the Green Campus Flag award for its environmental ethos. We carry this through all our courses, particularly within the Horticulture and built environment departments.

FIND OUT MORE: Pearse College of Further Education, Clogher Road, Crumlin, Dublin 12 Phone: 01-453-6661 / 01-454-1544

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Generation Apprenticeship is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners taking the apprenticeship route. Guidance Counsellors are a vital link in communicating the real value, support and benefits that this form of training brings to employers and to people of all ages and backgrounds who are interested in apprenticeship. For more information see 18 Education

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Apprenticeship Ireland

Helping people discover and develop their talents through training APPRENTICESHIP is as a programme of structured education and training which formally combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre. It is a dual system, a blended combination of on-the-job employerbased training and off-the-job training. Apprentices earn while they learn, building valuable work-ready skills in a chosen occupation whilst gaining a qualification. An apprenticeship can open up an exciting and rewarding career, with learning grounded in the practical experience of undertaking a real job. Generation Apprenticeship is a major expansion project to more than double the number of learners taking the apprenticeship route. Similar to other countries around the world, Ireland is engaged in a major expansion of its apprenticeship system. Building on a strong tradition of apprenticeship since the 1970s, the system is undergoing significant transformation, steered by a national Apprenticeship Council. The national apprenticeship system is governed by legislation, principally the 1967 Industrial Training Act. The legislation sets out the overall structure of the national system as well as the responsibilities of apprentices, employers, and education and training providers. Types of Apprenticeship There are currently 30 different types of Apprenticeships available with more being developed across a wide range of industries and sectors. Apprenticeships currently available include those in Construction, Electrical, Engineering, Finance and Motor. For further information on individual apprenticeships see www.

Eligibility To be eligible, the applicant must be at least 16 years of age and have a minimum of grade D in any five subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent. However, higher educational qualifications and other requirements may also be sought by employers. For entry to some apprenticeships, applicants will be required to undergo a SOLAS-approved colour vision test. It usually takes between two and four years to complete an apprenticeship depending on which type you take. Finding an Apprenticeship Before looking for an apprenticeship, an interested student should do some research and make sure that they fully understand what's involved. They should check out the type of work being done in their own particular area of interest. An apprenticeship starts with a contract of employment with an approved apprentice employer. The employer must register the apprentice within two weeks of recruitment. Companies seeking apprentices manage their own recruitment process.

Key features of an Apprenticeship Apprenticeships in Ireland are: • Industry-led by consortia of industry and education partners

To search for apprenticeships in the Construction area see

• Lead to an award at levels five to ten on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ)

To search for apprenticeships in the Insurance area:

• Minimum 50% on-the-job learning

Other apprentice positions are often advertised through national recruitment websites. For more information see

• Between two-four years in duration • Flexible delivery – online, blended, off-the-job learning in increments/blocks • Apprentices are employed under a formal contract of apprenticeship • The employer pays the apprentice for the duration of the apprenticeship* *For apprenticeships in place prior to 2016 the State pays a training allowance to apprentices during off-the-job training phases

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New paths to THE education system in Ireland falls short for many people. We know that some people don't get the education they need in order to compete in the work place. This may be because of family income, geography, lack of role models or changing employment profiles. At the same time there are thousands of vacancies and skill shortages in the high-tech Information Technology (IT) sector, which threatens our ability to attract and create new businesses. Imagine if we could address both of these problems at the same time, that we could take our pool of talented jobseekers and upskill them to meet the demands of the IT sector. Industry-led Fasttrack into IT, colloqually known as FIT, is an industry led initiative which seeks out potential IT talent across Ireland's young people and matches it with demand from many of the country's leading multinational and domestic tech companies. The program has been gaining momentum since its inception in 1999 and, to date, some 13,500 have passed through on their way to highly skilled, well-paid employment. George Ryan is the Chief

FIT (Fasttrack into IT) is developing new apprenticship models to resolve Ireland's twin problems of educational underachievement and technology skill shortages. FIT's George Ryan talked to Niall Gormley.

Opperating Officer at FIT and defines the initiative in terms of both sides of its remit. "It’s aim is to assist long-term unemployed and disadvantaged job seekers get into employment through the attainment of technology skills', he says. "FIT itself is an industry initiative, the main IT companies in Ireland are on the board of FIT and support it, such as IBM, Microsoft, Accenture, SAP, AOL and many more." Retraining and upskilling He says that there are a variety of groups where FIT aims to help. The unemployed is one obvious category and the aim here may be to retrain or to upskill in cases where someone has lost their job after a number of years. Social geography is also a factor and underachievement may

FIT ICT Associate Professional Company Sponsors

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"We are concerned about young people who may not see third level as an option for them. So you’re left with a lot of potential talent for the IT industry"

occur where young people in certain areas do not have a tradition of third level education. "We are concerned about young people who may not see third level as an option for them. We know that there are many areas in Ireland which have a very low rate of participation in third level education, as low as 15 per cent. So you’re left with a lot of potential talent for the IT industry," he said. FIT also seeks out young people who may not have had sustainable employment since they left school and to take young people directly from school on a different path to gain IT skills than the traditional routes. In many areas this offers a crucial opportunity for young people to aspire to skilled rather than unskilled work. Assessing aptitudes The first step in FIT's aim to match potential to skill is to assess the aptitudes of the candidates for the program. George Ryan explains: "We have our own way of assessi n g p e o p l e ’s a p t i t u d e s . T h e traditional way to assess young people is to look at their grades, whether Junior Cert or Leaving Cert. But when that’s not fruitful, when a person hasn’t completed a certificate or that they haven’t done as well as they though they should, we look at assessing their aptitude. The things we’re looking for is motivation and desire to succeed but also in terms of IT we do have a set of aptitude assessments." The process starts by giving people information about the careers that are available in the tech industry and

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o ICT careers

Pictured above are the participants from the current LMETB programme that is running in the Regional Skills and Training Centre in Dundalk.

encouraging them to follow that path. FIT can point out what others have achieved, coming through nontraditional routes in IT. If the person is interested at that point then FIT send them to the aptitude assessments. "When we get back the results we can feed it back to the person and tell them that they have scored highly on a particular test and that they should pursue a software career, for example. Or we could say to them: 'You could be a very good network engineer - you have a practical approach and have shown a good technical understanding'.” The aim in the apprenticeship-type programs is to match candidates

"We can work with individuals to improve their presentation skills, their interview skills and their CVs to give them the confidence to fit in with their sponsors. So we help to make people’s talents become more visible to the companies"

with an employer who will sponsor them. So FIT sends employers people who they think suit their industry needs. That’s a large part or FIT's remit. When a candidate has been matched to an employer, FIT can also help with the candidate's broader skillset. "We can work with individuals to improve their presentation skills, their interview skills and their CVs to give them the confidence and preparation to fit in with their sponsors. So we help to make people’s talents become more visible to the companies", says George. Major industry standards Once matched with their sponsors the candidate embarks on an aprenticship-type program combining on-site periods interspersed with full-time and part-time study. "The apprenticeship-type course is Level 6 and the awards attained are a combination of international awards. We’re using City & Guilds awards at the moment at Level 6 as well as industry certification. Microsoft Certification for example, or a major industry standard like CompTIA. These are global standards that we have brought into a

training program here so that people can come out of it and be instantly recognised by companies for their skills. "The other awards, like City & Guilds, are more foundational in that they focus on specific areas. One is what we call an ICT Associate Professional Software Developer and the other is ICT Associate Professional Network Engineer." He points out that people often don’t know what the job roles entail and in schools it’s often hard to get good information on these careers. The IT industry is growing rapidly and has a range of careers to offer with higher incomes. The companies supply FIT with a lot of information about where their skills shortages are and FIT then, in conjunction with steering groups of companies, devise programs. So companies see it as a way to get hold of new talent in addition to their graduate recruitment. Change on the ground The program is only two years old and the first participants will graduate in May. FIT has already seen some positive feedback from the employers and it believes that it’s >>> Education 21

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>>> working for them. The plan is to get more companies to avail of the program and to expand it over the coming years. FIT would also like secondary schools students to look at the program as an optional learning route. Company compliments In Ireland this 'learn and earn' route has normally only been available in the trade and craft area but now with the development of these new apprenticeships that is now changing. Companies who traditionally hired Level 8 honours graduates from universities have sponsored candidates. According to George they are saying some very strong things about their satisfaction with the people coming their way. "It’s no longer the new-kid-onthe-block and it doesn’t require a hard sell. We have a whole range of top companies involved and that adds to the credibility of the pro-

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gram. So when you go to another county and another company, the program sells itself. "It’s past its proof-of-concept stage and it’s about helping companies understand that it’s a good fit for them. And lots more SMEs and smaller Irish companies are getting involved," he notes . Going national It’s a different way of doing things and a way that Ireland hasn’t provided for the technology industry before now. FIT are planning for it to become a national apprenticeship - at the moment it’s a pilot program with 200 participants in Dublin, Cork, Athlone, Galway, Dundalk and Monaghan. These Pilot programmes are being delivered in conjunction with the relevant ETB’s in each region, and it is because of this positive partnership approach that these Pilots have been such a success.

"So far we’re finding a very high rate of completion from people joining the program. We are not seeing the typical one third dropout you get in the technology arena. Our candidates, in fact, are more likely to be hired before their course is finished"

It will need to go through all the steps required to get approval for a national award from the QQI. From the point of view of FIT and its national board, there’s an aspiration to see growth year-on-year, and to grow towards 1,000 or 2,000 people per year. In 2017 FIT want the number of people entering to be 250 with some 130 companies involved. FIT are also attracting companies who are not core IT companies but have larger IT departments, like the Central Bank of Ireland and the ESB. FIT have just completed a pilot program with Intel and most of the people on that program are now employed as maintenance technicians in advanced manufacturing. These technicians use a variety of technologies and skills, including pneumatics and robotics - not necessarily just IT. Diverse talents But back to the students. George Ryan points out that the programs are drawing in people who may have tried other things or who may have been in declining industries. Now companies are getting people with diverse talents and experience. So there is ready talent available. "Some people really don’t want to sit in a college environment for three or four years. They may be more motivated to learn on the job and study. "So far we’re finding a very high rate of completion from people joining the program. We are not seeing the typical one third drop-out you get in the technology arena. Our candidates, in fact, are more likely to be hired before their course is finished." "Participants can always take their qualifications and pursue more education and qualifications at higher levels if they wish either full-time or part-time, and we’re fully supportive of that. "So it’s a way to get started, it’s a way to earn money and it’s a way to become independent. It’s the start of a journey for many people."

Reference Guide Briefing:

Financial support for students Student Grants WHAT DOES A GRANT COVER? Maintenance Grant A maintenance grant is a contribution t o w a r d s t h e s t u d e n t ’s l i v i n g c o s t s . Maintenance grants are available for approved courses below graduate level in Ireland and other EU states. Fee grants A fee grant can cover any of the following 3 elements: • All or part of the student contribution • Costs of essential field trips • All or part of a student’s tuition fees (unless

covered by the Free Fees Scheme) In general, if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will qualify for all elements of the fee grant. However, you will not get the tuition element of a fee grant if you already qualify for free tuition under the Free Fees Schemes. You may qualify for a fee grant, but not a maintenance grant, if you are a 'tuition student' under the Student Grant Scheme. Students doing Post-Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses do not get fee grants, but if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will be exempt from the PLC participant contribution.

The Susi system SUSI is the national awarding authority responsible for Student Grants. SUSI offers funding to eligible students in approved full-time third-level education in Ireland and also, in some cases, funding for students studying outside the State. SUSI began in 2012, processed over 105,000 applications last year with 83,000 students (new and renewal) receiving funding for the 2016/2017 academic year. The online application system new and renewal grant applications for the 2017/2018 academic year opened on Monday 3 April, 2017.

Elegibility criteria Who's eligible?

Grant values

RESIDENCY Applicants must be resident in Ireland or the EU, EEA or Switzerland for 3 of the last 5 years.


The different rates of Maintenance Grants, depending on household income, can be seen below.

NATIONALITY Applicants must be an Irish, EU, EEA or Swiss National or have specific leave to remain in the State.

✔ Approved Undergraduate courses in Ireland, or another EU member state

PREVIOUS EDUCATION If applicants have previously attended further or higher education courses, regardless of whether they received a grant, this will be taken into account when assessing their application to ensure that they meet the ‘progression’ criteria. BACK TO EDUCATION ALLOWANCE (BTEA) If applicants are in receipt of BTEA and are attending a PLC course they will not be eligible for funding. If they are attending a Higher Education course they may be eligible for the student contribution charge and tuition fees (in certain cases). INCOME Household income is assessed for the 2016 Tax Year and must fall between one of the specified thresholds in order to qualify for Grant funding. The thresholds may be adjusted depending on the number of dependents in the household and how many of those dependents are attending further or higher education courses.

✔ Approved Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses in Ireland;

✔ Approved Postgraduate courses in Ireland or Northern Ireland.

What Grants? Maintenance Grant

A maintenance grant is a contribution towards the student’s living costs. Students who started or are starting courses from the academic year 20102011 onward do not qualify for a maintenance grant if they are on a Back to Education Allowance or VTOS allowance. Grants are available for approved courses below graduate level in Ireland and other EU states.

Fee Grants

A fee grant covers these 3 elements: • All or part of the student contribution • Costs of essential field trips • All or part of a student’s tuition fees (unless covered by Free Fees Scheme) In general, if you qualify for a maintenance grant you will qualify for all elements of the fee grant but you will not get the tuition element of a fee grant if you already qualify for free tuition under the Free Fees Schemes.

ADJACENT RATE Where travelling from within 45kms of college: 100% .................................. €1,215 75% ....................................... €910 50% ....................................... €605 25% ....................................... €305 NON-ADJACENT RATE Where travelling from over 45kms to college: 100% .................................. €3,025 75% .................................... €2,270 50% .................................... €1,515 25% ....................................... €755 SPECIAL RATE OF MAINTENANCE GRANT Payable to an applicant, whose household income is below €23,000, and contains an eligible Social Welfare payment on 31 December, 2016. Non Adjacent Rate: ............. €5,915 Adjacent Rate: ..................... €2,375

The information in this briefing is from SUSI and from Citizen's Information. It should only be used as a guide. For further information, please visit

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Are you up to the challenge? Students interested in becoming Volunteer members of Civil Defence should contact their local Civil Defence Officer

Volunteers are multi-skilled and the main programmes of activity undertaken by the organisation are:

✔ Casualty ✔ Search and Rescue ✔ Auxiliary Fire Service ✔ Welfare ✔ Radiation Monitoring

✔ Communications

Civil Defence supports the frontline emergency services in dealing with severe weather, flooding, major accidents, fire fighting and searching for missing people. Civil Defence supports hundreds of community events throughout the year. These include large events such as air shows, tall ships, concerts and festivals, sports events. We also support smaller local events such as parades.

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UCC School of Asian Studies

Landmark in Irish-Japanese relations 2017 marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Ireland and Japan, and Asian Studies at UCC has marked the milestone with a series of cultural events. Organized by Japanese Studies lecturer Dr Till Weingärtner, a haiku workshop led by Kagawa Hisa saw around 20 participants learning all about this distinctively Japanese form of poetry before writing their own haiku. This was followed by a demonstration of Rokyoku, the art of musical storytelling, featuring Haruno Keiko, one of Japan’s most popular Rokyoku artists, with Ipputei Hazuki accompanying her on the shamisen. “There’s a great deal of interest in Ireland in both the traditional arts of Japan and in its contemporary popular culture,” said Professor Jackie Sheehan of the School of Asian Studies at UCC. “It’s probably the most successful East Asian nation in terms of extending its ‘soft power’ abroad through the appeal of its culture, though South Korea would run it a close second in contemporary music, film and television. “At UCC, we’re fortunate that our Japan specialist, Till Weingärtner, is a performer as well as an academic. His Rakugo shows of traditional Japanese comedy have brought a less well-known element of Japanese culture to enthusiastic audiences in Cork and Dublin, and also show prospective students of Japanese the level of mastery of the language that a foreigner can attain.” Japanese Studies was the leading element of Asian Studies in most of Europe while Japan’s economy was booming in the 1980s, Professor Sheehan added, but the bursting of the bubble in 1989 followed by nearly two decades of very low growth or economic stagnation

greatly reduced the number of students taking up the study of the country and its language. “This was an over-reaction to events,” she explains, “as Japan remained the world’s secondlargest economy until 2010, and learning Japanese can still be a tremendous career asset, for example in IT. We have had Japanese IT companies phoning our students begging them to abandon their courses and start work straight away, such is the shortage of people with both Japanese language and computing expertise.” Links with local schools Meanwhile, the second cohort of students on UCC’s MA in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL) will graduate this autumn, and under the expert guidance of Dr Carlotta Spavoli, Asian Studies continues to develop links with local schools where MA students undertake work placements to hone their classroom skills. To date, it has been mainly native speakers of Chinese taking this course, but UCC aims to increase its intake of Irish students as well. “There are growing numbers of graduates in Ireland who have achieved the required level of Chinese-language proficiency, and they can play a vital role in establishing Chinese as a successful curricular subject as soon as it starts to be offered in the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert here”, said Professor Sheehan. As well as career opportunities teaching in schools, graduates from this course are well placed to provide

"It’s probably the most successful East Asian nation in terms of extending its ‘soft power’ abroad through the appeal of its culture, though South Korea would run it a close second"

corporate cultural and language training for companies based in Ireland needing to prepare their staff to spend time in China. “Just as a non-native speaker often has a better idea of what aspects of the language learners of Chinese will struggle with, so too they understand the ‘unknown unknowns’ in cultural terms – those things that people from other countries on a first visit to China don’t realise they have to do differently. Advice on cross-cultural communication often comes best from people who had to learn all the lessons themselves to start with, rather than from those who grew up with Chinese culture as their norm,” said Professor Sheehan. The 2017 Irish Association for Asian Studies (IAAS) conference UCC hosts the second annual conference of the IAAS in June 2017. A selection of papers on the theme of “Asia: Transcultural Interactions, Past, Present and Future” will be published as the third edition of the online Irish Journal of Asian Studies (http://, a peer-reviewed journal under the editorship of UCC’s distinguished Korean Studies specialist, Dr Kevin Cawley.

FIND OUT MORE: School of Asian Studies, UCC Follow us on Twitter @UCCAsianStudies and Facebook UccAsianStudiesAndConfuciusInstitute/ Education 25

SEE WHAT MIC HAS TO OFFER YOU. MIC is a university level College of Education and the Liberal Arts, serving the needs of a growing and diverse student population of over 4,500 students. MIC’s flourishing learning community is distinguished by highly responsive student supports and excellence in learning and research. Programmes we offer include: MIC CAMPUS, LIMERICK • BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies: (MI001) • Bachelor of Arts: (MI002) (now with expanded subject offering) • Bachelor of Education – Primary Teaching: (MI005/006) • BA in Early Childhood Care and Education: (MI007) • B.Ed. in Education and Psychology: (MI008)

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MIC, ST PATRICK’S CAMPUS, THURLES • BA in Education, Business Studies and Accounting: (MI009) • BA in Education, Business Studies and Religious Studies: (MI010) • BA in Education, Irish and Religious Studies: (MI011) • BA in Education, Irish and Business Studies: (MI012)

Mature Learner Programmes: • Foundation Certificate for Mature Learners • Teacher Education Access Course for Mature Learners

South Circular Road, Limerick T: + 353 61 204 929/348 E:


Postgraduate Programmes: MIC also offers a wide range of postgraduate qualifications up to and including Masters and Doctoral degrees in the Liberal Arts and Education.

Mary Immaculate College (MIC)

Exciting developments MARY Immaculate College (MIC) occupies a unique position in the third-level landscape, boasting a 96pc student retention rate, reflecting MIC’s innovative and vibrant community, distinguished by highly responsive student support services and excellence in learning and research. Now a multi-campus institute MIC’s 4,500 students enjoy conveniently located campuses in the heart of Limerick City and Thurles town. Recent developments at the College include the unveiling of plans for a 21st century Library and Learning Resource Centre designed to accommodate the College’s increasing student numbers, which are set to reach 5,000 by 2020. Landmark programme developments include the launch of an augmented Arts programme, in collaboration with the University of Limerick (UL), that offers students a wider range of subject choices making it the largest jointly delivered programme in Ireland. Innovative MIC’s suite of programmes has been further enhanced with the introduction of the innovative BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies degree. Defined by the Programme Director Dr Michael Finneran as ‘a practical and handson drama programme’, it will position graduates as ready to enter the cut-and-thrust of the arts world, or leave them ideally placed to continue to further training or study. While MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Thurles offers four second-level

at MIC

teaching programmes with unique content and subject combinations. Alongside these new degrees are the ever popular Primary Teaching Degrees, Early Childhood Care and Education degrees, a range of CPD programmes and postgraduate programmes at Diploma, MA and Ph.D level. Academic excellence The College’s Liberal Arts and Education programmes are widely recognised and celebrated, nationally and internationally, for their academic excellence, offering learners the critical, analytical and transferrable skills central to the success of the ever evolving economy. Indeed MIC, as an influential Higher Education Institution in the region, is a key member of the implementation group of the MidWest Action Plan for Jobs and steering group of the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum. Professor Gary O’Brien, Associate Vice President Administration says; "MIC plans to continue to feed directly into the core objective of the Plan to support the creation of jobs and employment across the region through our Strategic Plan 20172021 whereby we are planning a new suite of programmes that are innovative, of demonstrably high quality and value to the student, as well as to the wider social, cultural and economic needs of our society. "Our strategic plan sets out to ensure all MIC students will be career-ready with key skills transferable to the 21st Century workplace."

FIND OUT MORE: OPEN DAYS 19TH & 20TH OF OCTOBER For further details contact: MIC, South Circular Road, Limerick T: 061 204 300 E: Education 27

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Sallynoggin College of Further Education Pearse Street, Sallynoggin, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Dublin Tel: 01-2852997 Fax: 01-2848437 Email: Website: Coláiste Breisoideachais an Naigín Sráid an Phiarsaigh, An Naigín, Dún Laoghaire, Co. Átha Cliath Fón: 01-2852997. Facs: 01-2848437 R-phost: Idirlíon:

St. Angela’s College

Study for your University Degree in the North West ON the shores of Lough Gill, and still only minutes from Sligo Town, St. Angela’s College, Sligo offers a wide range of undergraduate degree programmes. A college of NUI Galway, the St. Angela’s College programmes are accredited by the University, offering the only university-level education in the region. Academic Departments include Nursing, Health Sciences and Disability Studies (offering programmes in Nursing Degrees; Disability Equality Studies) Education and Home Economics (offering programmes in Home Economics Teacher Education; Nutrition, Food and Business Management). Programme for 2017 CAO programme on offer for 2017 entry include:

University Degrees in the North West Accredited by NUI Galway

• Bachelor of Applied Science with Nutrition, Food and Business Management • Diploma of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management • Bachelor of Arts/Professional Masters (Home Economics Teacher Education) • Bachelor of Nursing Science (General / Intellectual Disability) Foundation Studies The College also offers a Diploma in Foundation Studies for school leavers and mature students who wish to study at third level. Participants who successfully complete this Access Course are eligible to apply for direct entry to full-time degree courses at St. Angela’s College or NUI Galway. HEAR/DARE routes also available. For more information on St. Angela’s College, Sligo contact Seán Kelly on 071 9195512 or or visit

Choose from a range of Undergraduate Programmes For more details contact Seán Kelly T: 071-9195512 E: Education 29

INSPIRE THE NEXT GENERATION WITH FREE CAREER TALKS in Science, Technology, Engineering & Maths (STEM) for your school Smart Futures offers free career talks to all secondary schools in Ireland to give guidance counsellors and students the chance to ask practical questions about working in STEM. They demonstrate that all kinds of people work in STEM; from designing video games to medical devices, food science to sport, helping save lives through cancer research and battling climate change.

Exploring STEM careers

Why not book your talk now for: TY Career Talks Parent Evenings Science Week College Awareness Week

Teachers, guidance counsellors, TY coordinators etc. can register for a free talk via the ‘Resources’ section of and request career talks at any time of the year. Talks are typically 40 mins, taking place in your classroom. STEM volunteers can also attend parent information evenings. These presentations are great for inspiring students to think differently about school subjects, life after school and to look beyond stereotypes.

Visit to read 100+ STEM career stories, watch videos, access free downloadable career infographics and help students learn more about the many exciting and diverse STEM career opportunities in Ireland. Smart Futures STEM careers roadshows will be taking place at many venues during SciFest in 2017! Contact Smart Futures on (01)6073271 or if you require any additional help.

Engineers Week Maths Week Tech Week Smart Futures is a government / industry programme that provides secondary school students in Ireland with FREE access to role models working in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

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This January, the IAF will present our special award for “Sustainable Design and Innovation in the Built Environment” with the Department of Arts Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs at the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. This award aims to raise awareness of the importance of architecture, sustainable design and STEM at second level. For details on how to enter your project for this special award at BTYSTE 2018, contact our education curator:

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What is Ireland

IN April of this year the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) published a report examining in detail the global solar photovoltaic (PV) value chain, Ireland’s strengths within it and opportunities for Irish research and industry to capture value and new business from a growing international solar PV market out to 2030. This is an edited version of the executive summary of the report. Solar PV is positioned to become one of the most important energy technologies in meeting global sustainable energy and climate commitments. In the period since 2010 solar PV has been the fastest growing power generation technology worldwide in terms of new capacity additions per year, and projections by the International Energy Agency (IEA) foresee this trend continuing. Ireland has a small but growing solar PV deployment industry with just over 6MWp (Megawatt Peak) installed to date, almost entirely on rooftops. Ireland’s Energy White Paper recognises an increasing role for solar power in the future Irish energy mix and its contribution will grow, especially as system costs continue to decline. Given the projected scale of the future solar market in Europe and worldwide there is also growing interest from Irish research and industry in the opportunities to capture some of the value of this global market. 32 Education

The Solar PV Value Chain The uptake of the technology worldwide has spawned a global industry in the manufacture and deployment of solar PV systems. When considering the opportunities for businesses and researchers arising from the proliferation of a new technology on a global scale it is tempting to fixate on the components and services which form the conventional supply chain – in the case of solar PV: the silicon cells, modules, racking and electronics of which the systems comprise. These are the most visible elements of a technology and typically constitute a large share of the value of the overall market (typically around 70% of the capital investment in a PV system is spread across the supply chains for these products). However these sectors tend to be dominated by a few big players and barriers to entry are often high. Where the market for a high-value technology is large it can be advantageous to broaden consideration to the ‘wider value chain’ for the technology which encompasses the whole range of products and services which add value. For solar PV this includes activities such as research and development into new materials, product design and testing, supporting software and controls, maintenance services, and developing other enabling products, e.g. storage technologies. Knowhow from sectors where Irish industry and research is strong can

potentially be applied in this wider value chain to allow them to capture a portion of a rapidly growing global market. Furthermore, Irish organisations can position themselves to capture a significant share of the domestic solar PV market as it grows and maximise the benefits for Irish businesses, the research sector and communities.

"Ireland’s Energy White Paper recognises an increasing role for solar power in the future Irish energy mix and its contribution will grow, especially as system costs continue to decline"

Strengths and Opportunities There are several Irish companies and researchers already actively contributing to the solar value chain in areas as diverse as process engineering, control and monitoring, system design and integration, installation and maintenance, battery storage, and materials research. Consultation with stakeholders working in solar PV and related sectors helped identify several areas of opportunity for Irish research and industry based on strengths in related sectors and technologies, and considering the position of incumbents and other markets. 1. Opportunities to contribute to niche areas of the conventional value chain (i.e. crystalline silicon solar PV on rooftops and in ‘solar farms’) to reduce costs and improve efficiency. Examples include: • Process Engineering: exploiting Irish know-how in silicon wafer manufacturing to develop technology and IP for optimising

d's solar future? It's not just energy generation at stake. The solar future offers thousands of jobs in research and development, trade and export; knowledge and education; design and deployment. Can Ireland be part of it? manufacturing processes. Companies such as Nines Photovoltaics are innovating in this space and there is strong research/ industry collaboration, for example between Intel and the AMBER Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin as well as the Tyndall National Research Institute in Cork. • Design & Optimisation: applying existing expertise in system design, optimisation and integration to develop integrated systems combining PV generation and storage like those developed by Instant Solar or the lightharvesting wireless sensors being developed by Wattz. • Installation & Maintenance: capturing a share of future

"Where the market for a high-value technology is large it can be advantageous to broaden consideration to the ‘wider value chain'"




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• Building Integrated PV: designing and fabricating high-value building integrated PV (BIPV) products for glazing, facades and roofing. There is an opportunity to exploit Irish expertise in the building materials sector (in companies such as Kingspan and CRH) as well as research on the integration of PV materials at institutions such as Dublin Institute of Technology. • Novel PV Materials: applying existing Irish research in the development of emerging photovoltaic technologies (e.g. perovskite materials at the AMBER Research Centre, dyesensitized solar cells at University College Dublin and conjugated polymers at TCD) which can be developed into new applications including powering autonomous devices. • Optimising Functional Materials: applying existing research in the development of other functional materials for PV products other than the photovoltaic component

Module Price (€/Wp)

Average PV Module Price (€/Wp)

Capacity (GWp)

2. Opportunities to contribute to the development of emerging value chains of innovative new solar PV technologies and applications. Examples include:

Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland IRELAND’S SOLAR VALUE CHAIN OPPORTUNITY

The Solar Trend


investments in a growing domestic PV market through the provision of various services in installation and maintenance by Irish businesses.

Section 4 identifies Ireland’s strengths and opportunities in the

itself. For example, materials for thermal regulation and transparent conducting oxides at institutions such as the Tyndall National Research Institute and Dublin Institute of Technology. • Storage & Monitoring: applying know-how in electrochemistry, e.g. redT and University of Limerick, and monitoring systems to develop off-grid storage products with remote condition monitoring systems. 3. Opportunities to develop and provide supporting services and products which enable further value-add in the wider solar PV value chain. Examples include: • Smart Grid Products & Services: exploiting Irish strengths in ICT systems, data analytics and telecommunications to develop intelligent control, monitoring and communication systems optimised for solar PV and storage. Existing ancillary solutions include the grid automation platform developed by NovoGrid, and the distributed energy storage service which is offered by Solo Energy. • Financial Services: drawing on experience in Irish financial services companies, already active in the renewable energy market, to develop specialist solutions in areas such as solar PV project financing >>> Education 33

The solar future

THE MAIN POINTS ✔ Solar PV is important Solar PV will be one of the most important energy technologies globally in meeting climate change goals

✔ We're already good at bits of it Strengths in Irish research and industry mean that we can be more than just a 'technology taker' in the growing solar PV sector. Irish companies are already active in the global solar value chain.

✔ There's a big prize on offer The European solar PV market alone could be worth up to €10bn per year by 2030 and the analysis in this report indicates that Irish organisations could capture up to €216m per year of this. 5. VALUE PROPOSITION

5.3 Irish Market Share

✔ We can maximise our chances by doing more in specific areas There are areas of the sector where Ireland has specific strengths which make it well-placed to capture value from investments in solar. Priority areas identified in the report are Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV), materials research and development, process engineering, and smart grid products and services.

As noted in the previous section, the various value centres in Figures 6 and 7 have been identified by a colour-coded rating corresponding to how well-positioned Irish business is Next Steps solarin PVthat forum considered to be in terms of capturing■a Establishing share of the avalue segment.

lighted non-financial barriers to Simply knowing what is possible bringing together industry and the development of a domestic does not lead to real world impact. research communities on a regular solar PV market. "A healthy There are a range of actions that basis could generate opportunities A healthy home market could In order to assess the size of the market for Irish organisations in each Based on this method of estimation, thehome total potential value that Irish market need to be taken in order for Ireland for collaboration and knowledge help Irish business to advance their value centre these qualitative classifications were translated into PV market by 2030 under could help to play an active role in the global transfer. organisations could capture of the EU solar positions within the wider value corresponding percentage estimates of the share of the segment the two scenarios is estimated to be between €42-€216 million per Irish business solar PV sector, exporting products chain. which realistically Irish industry could capture, bearing in mind the The biggest share of this is in the ‘manufacturing and materials’ to advance and services, and maximising the ■ Targetedyear. Some barriers which stakeholders support via the SEAI influence of incumbents and preferences for local suppliers in the lifecycle stage (€20-€100 million per year) particularly in ICT and their extent to which Irish business cap- RD&D programme requested are reviewed include for both fundawider EU market. Combining these estimates with the market size metering systems, energy storage devices and process engineering. positions tures the investment in domestic PV mental research planning and grid connection and projects estimates set out in Figures 6 and 7 gives a sense of the potential size lifecycle stage (€20-€100 million per year) particularly in ICT & within the systems. requirements for PV, and developdemonstrating viability in the priorof the prize for Irish businesses if they were to actively pursue relevant Metering systems, energy storage devices and process engineering. wider value Positive steps can be taken by ity areas identified in this report ment of standards and training for opportunities in the solar PV industry. chain" public agencies, the research com- would represent the most effective installation. munity and industry to help unlock use of supports. the9:opportunities thesein priority Figure The potential EU Solarin PV market 2030 (blue) and the potential value Irish organisations could capture under under the high renewables ■ Funding and supports for startscenario breakdown of the Irish share of the EU ■ market by lifecycle stage'interviewed in the high renewables scenario. areas(green) andand in aothers, including: ups are available via Enterprise Stakeholders highIreland and the opportunity areas in the PV value chain identified in this study should be recognised as relevant for Ireland. EU Solar PV Market Stakeholders called for greater €10 Billion per year collaboration between Irish research and industry in developing Share of EU market new enterprises in the solar PV Irish organisations could capture space and both groups should seek €216 million per year out these opportunities and avail of enterprise supports where appropriate.


Of the share of the EU market that Irish organisations could potentially capture, the 'manufacturing and materials' lifecycle stage is the largest component.


'Manufacturing & Materials’ Lifecycle Stage

€100m per year

Decommissioning Research & Development Design Planning & Permitting


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■ Given that solar PV is poised to become one of the most important energy technologies of the 21st Century, there is a need to ensure that Irish citizens have access to good information on the technology to help inform any investment decisions. SEAI will endeavour to provide appropriate updated guidance on the technology for interested stakeholders. See

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18,526 (or 73% of) level 8-10 graduates responded to the survey.

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were in employment. This compares to 58% in 2014.



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Employment grew in 2015 – from 76% in 2014 to 78% in 2015. The proportion of graduates employed 2014 in Ireland also increased from 68% to 2015 75% over the last year. Employment grew in 2015 – from 76% in 2014 to 78% in 2015. The proportion of graduates employed in Ireland also increased from 68% to 75% over the As expected, this led to a last year. decrease in graduates going overseas (from 8% in 2014 to As in expected, 3% 2015). this led to a decrease in graduates going overseas (from 8% in 2014 to 3% in 2015).


were in employment nine months after graduation, an improvement on the previous year (78%). nine were in employment months after graduation, an improvement on the previous year (78%).

found work in Ireland compared to 62% of last year’s cohort. found work in Ireland compared to 62% of last year’s cohort.

of graduates found employment overseas compared to 15% last year.

Only 4% of this 2015 cohort are seeking employment, down from 9% in 2014. An Analysis of the First Destination of University Graduates

Only 4% of this 2015 cohort are seeking employment, down from 9% in 2014.

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Of those surveyed, 82% of females were employed compared to 70% of males. Additionally, 67% ofOfmales employed in of Ireland compared to thoseare surveyed, 82% females were employed 80% of females. compared to 70% of males. Additionally, 67% of males are employed in Ireland compared to 80% of females.

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2014 and 2015 among those seeking employment (from 10% to 9%). There is little variation (between 0 and 1 percentage point) in the proportion of males and females in each first destination category. There is little variation (between 0 and 1 percentage point) in the proportion of males and females in each first destination category. Business, Administration & Law graduates and Education Business, experienced Administration graduates high& Law graduates and Education levels of employment, at 87% graduates and 86%. experienced high levels of employment, at 87%


All the infographics are from the HEA's What do graduates do? report.

of graduates found employment overseas compared to 15% last year. The UK was the most popular destination for those employed overseas.



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of Honours Bachelor Degree graduates rated the relevance of their qualification as relevant or most relevant to their area of employment.

or over were in the South East (10%) and Dublin (7%) regions (Honours Bachelor Degree graduates).

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Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute

DFEi learners are blazing a trail with STEM THE DES emphasis on STEM subjects over the past number of years is the catalyst for the increasing popularity of science courses at third level and the resultant sky-rocketing of CAO points on all STEM courses. DFEi has responded to this need with the introduction of two new courses specifically designed for those interested in STEM. Laboratory Techniques, Preuniversity Science Level 5 QQI) and Food Science and Nutrition, PreUniversity (Level 5 QQI) courses have links to numerous Level 8 degrees at UCD, Trinity, DCU and Maynooth to name but a few. DFEi has a proud history of employing industry experts to enhance the delivery of courses which prepare learners not just for college, but for the working world. So, continuing a winning formula of bringing industry expertise to the classroom, DFEi has recruited Eileen Connell, an industry expert in food science, to head up these courses in DFEi’s new state-of-the-art laboratory. "The most exciting aspect of these courses, are the industry links – we have regular field-trips to reallife working laboratories and production facilities" says Eileen. Inaugural year Even though this is the inaugural year of the Laboratory Techniques course, this class have been busy! Learners have learned how to create DNA genetic finger prints. While they may never work for CSI, these skills will not go to waste, as they are used in the food industry to identify food fraud. During Science week in November 2016, learners had a special focus on Type 1 diabetes with a talk from a Diabetes Ireland speaker and a professional cyclist with the condition. Dr Claudia Gomes da Rocha of Trinity College, in conjunction with Smart Futures Ireland, spoke about her work in computational physics and careers for women in STEM. But by far the most popular among the learners were the field

trips to the Culinary Food Group in Naas and Rye River Brewing in Celbridge. Learners got to see the practical application of their college experiments and to learn that there are exciting jobs and careers in STEM. Eileen was also able to capitalise on her industry network by arranging a visit to Amgen an US pharmaceutical company, based in Dún Laoghaire, where the science teachers were able to catch up on the latest industry techniques in modern molecular biology. Visit for full details of the Laboratory Techniques and Food Science courses.

First female competitor in IrelandSkills Cabinetmaking competition WHEN Dara Howlett took part in the IrelandSkills Cabinetmaking Competition in November 2016, she realised that what she really wanted to do was work with wood. The cabinetmaker from Dublin transforms her design ideas into reality through the medium of wood and the allure of cabinetmaking for Dara is its outlet for expression. “So many people do things they don’t particularly like to make a living,” she said. “I’m lucky to be doing something I love. I chose cabinetmaking because I like woodwork and have never been the sort of person who decides not to do something just because it isn’t considered the norm." Dara is currently studying the Furniture Design and Making Level 5 QQI Certificate

in Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute (DFEi) and plans to complete the Level 6 course in September 2017. Dara was trained by Declan Barrett who is the IrelandSkills Chief Examiner and WorldSkills National Expert in Cabinetmaking. “Participating in skills competitions is a great achievement and I hope it will be the first stepping-stone in my career.” Dara is pictured here with Peter Walsh in Croke Park at a ceremony to mark the 60th anniversary of Ireland’s involvement in WorldSkills. Peter represented Ireland in Spain as a joiner in 1957 in the WorldSkills competition. As Irelands first WorldSkills champion he received his medal from General Franco almost 60 years ago. Peter went on to come first in the British Commonwealth in the City and Guilds competition for carpentry in 1959 and received his prize from Prince Philip. WorldSkills is the global hub for skills excellent and development, which aims to raise the profile and recognition of skilled people and show how important skills are in achieving economic growth and personal success. Over 140 craftspeople from all over Ireland too part in 22 events held both in Dublin and Cork. Craft skills are a global currency and are transferable across international boundaries. Education 39

Why not explore a S T E M Career at DFEi Laboratory Techniques: Pre-University Science Food Science and Nutrition: Pre-University Science

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Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture

Horticulture as a career path THE Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture is located in the National Botanic Gardens in Dublin’s northside suburb of Glasnevin. At this location we teach full time courses in Horticulture at Level 5 (Certificate, 1 year), Level 6 (Advanced Certificate, 1 year) and Level 7 (Ordinary Degree, 3 years). We have approximately 200 students from all over the Dublin, the greater Leinster area and beyond. Fantastic outdoor classroom Students who enter the courses have the ability to learn in the fantastic outdoor classroom which is the plant collection of the National Botanic Gardens complimented by the new state of the art college teaching facilities which were completed in 2014. We have the added benefit of students being taught by top class Teagasc and OPW staff of the Gardens who take students on prac-

tical work experience during their studies in the college. Our qualifications are fully accredited and suit people who wish to follow the area of Horticulture as a fulltime career path. The basic science of horticulture is covered in all courses, soils, plant science and plant identification and then students can further study areas like Landscaping, Sportsturf, Nursery stock and Food Crop production. These subjects give people the foundation to build a strong career in the horticultural sector. Degree course Students can enter first year either by applying directly to the college for the Certificate course or through the CAO for the level 7 degree course (WD097). We have a partnership w i t h Wa t e r f o rd I n s t i t u t e o f Technology for the delivery of the d e g re e c o u r s e i n t h e B o t a n i c Gardens.

"The basic science of horticulture is covered in all courses, soils, plant science and plant identification and then students can further study areas like Landscaping, Sportsturf, Nursery stock and Food Crop production

This year students can also study part time modules in Horticulture at level 5 and level 6. This will enable people who are working to drop in to partake in modules that are awarded as components of the major award at level 5 and level 6. This year we are offering Level 5 modules on a part time basis - see list below for summer courses and courses within the academic year. We also offer Level 6 modules on a part time basis, for those working in the industry. The college is holding Career and Course information days in 2017, see dates below, and all are welcome to attend.

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A Career in Horticulture... Situated in the National Botanic Gardens Glasnevin, the Teagasc College of Amenity Horticulture offers a range of courses in Horticulture. This wonderful setting provides the unique blend of the finest park setting in the capital coupled with the experience of the staff of the gardens and the Teagasc staff. All students can avail of work experience in the Botanic Gardens as well as in parks around the city and other placements further afield. Graduates of the college are leaders in the field of Horticulture and develop clear career pathways. Careers in landscape design and construction, parks, garden centres, fruit and vegetable production are all followed by the graduates. Full time Courses: • QQI Level 5 Certificate in Horticulture • QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Horticulture • QQI Level 7 BSc in Horticulture in Partnership with WIT (WD097) (CAO Application) Part time Courses: Summer (June/July) • Plant ID and Use • Garden Design (New) • Ornamental Horticulture (New)

Part time Courses: Academic Year: • Plant ID and Use • Plant Propagation • Landscape Construction and Maintenance • Plant Protection • Fruit and Vegetable Production • Horticulture Mechanisation

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National Frame LEVEL 3 CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 3) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large The Level 3 Certificate enables learners to gain recognition for, specific personal skills, practical skills and knowledge, basic transferable skills, the enhancement of individual talents and qualities and achievements and learning relevant to a variety of progression options. QQI Award - Further Education and Training Award Awarded by: Quality and Qualifications Ireland. JUNIOR CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 3) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large The Junior Certificate is an award given to students who have successfully completed examinations from the junior cycle which is the first three years of secondary education. The Junior Certificate may lead to progression to a programme leading to the Leaving Certificate or to a programme leading to a Level 4 Certificate, or at a higher level. Awarded by: State Examinations Commission (Department of Education and Skills).

LEVEL 4 CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 4) Class of award-type: Major; Volume: Large The Level 4 Certificate enables learners to gain recognition for the achievement of vocational and personal skills, knowledge and understanding to specified standards, the enhancement of individual talents and qualities and the achievement and learning relevant to a variety of progression options, including employment at an introductory vocational level, and programmes leading to a Level 5 Certificate. QQI Award - Further Education and Training Award Awarded by: Quality and Qualifications Ireland. LEVEL 5 CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 5) Class of award-type: Major; Volume: Large The Level 5 Certificate enables learners to develop a broad range of skills, which are vocationally specific and require a general theoretical understanding. They are enabled to work independently while subject to general direction. The majority of certificate/module holders at Level 5 take up positions of employment. They are also deemed to meet the minimum entry requirements for a range of higher education institutions/programmes. QQI Award - Further Education and Training Award Awarded by: Quality and Qualifications Ireland

ework of Qualifications LEAVING CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 4 AND 5) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large Leaving Certificate and its various programmes is placed at Levels 4 and 5. It is the final course in the Irish secondary school system. It takes a minimum of two years preparation, but an optional Transition Year means that for some- students it takes place three years after the Junior Certificate Examination. This award may lead to progression to a programme leading to a further education and training award at Level 5 or at a higher level or to a higher education and training award at Level 6 or higher. Awarded by: State Examinations Commission (Department of Education and Skills). ADVANCED CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 6) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large An Advanced Certificate award enables learners to develop a comprehensive range of skills, which may be vocationally specific and/or of a general supervisory nature, and require detailed theoretical understanding. Modules include advanced vocational/occupational skills, enabling certificate holders to work independently or progress to higher education and training. The majority of certificate/module holders at Level 6 take up positions of employment, some of whom may be self-employed. QQI Award - Further Education and Training Award Awarded by: Quality and Qualifications Ireland. HIGHER CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 6) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large The Higher Certificate is normally awarded after completion of a programme of two years duration (120 ECTS credits). Entry to these programmes is generally for school leavers and those with equivalent qualifications. A Certificate holder at this level may transfer to a programme on the next level of the framework. Awarded by: Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and some Universities.

ORDINARY BACHELOR DEGREE (NFQ LEVEL 7) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large The Ordinary Bachelor Degree is normally awarded after completion of a programme of three years duration (180 ECTS credits). Entry to a programme leading to an Ordinary Bachelor degree is typically for school leavers and those with equivalent qualifications. In addition, there are transfer arrangements in place across higher education and a number of programmes of one year duration leading to the Ordinary Bachelor Degree for holders of the Higher Certificate. The Ordinary Bachelor Degree is compatible with the Bologna First Cycle descriptor, though holders of this award do not generally immediately access programmes leading to Second Cycle awards in Ireland. Awarded by: Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Universities. HONOURS BACHELOR DEGREE (NFQ LEVEL 8) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large The Honours Bachelor Degree is normally awarded following completion of a programme of three to four years duration (180-240 ECTS credits), although there are examples of longer programmes in areas such as architecture, dentistry and medicine. Entry is generally for school leavers and those with equivalent qualifications. In addition, there are transfer arrangements across higher education, and a number of programmes of one year duration leading to Honours Bachelor Degrees for holders of the Ordinary Bachelor Degree. The Honours Bachelor Degree is a Bologna First Cycle qualification. Awarded by: Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Universities. HIGHER DIPLOMA (NFQ LEVEL 8) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large The Higher Diploma is normally awarded following completion of a programme of one year duration (60 ECTS credits). Entry to a programme leading to a Higher Diploma is typically for holders of Honours Bachelor Degrees but can also be for holders of Ordinary Bachelor Degrees. It is of note that the Higher Diploma is typically in a different field of learning than the initial award. The Higher Diploma is a qualification at the same level as completion of the Bologna First Cycle. Awarded by: Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Universities. MASTERS DEGREE (NFQ LEVEL 9) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large There are two types of Masters Degree in Ireland: taught Masters Degrees and research Masters Degrees. The taught Masters Degree is awarded following the completion of a programme of one to two years duration (60-120 ECTS credits). Entry to a programme leading to a taught Masters Degree is typically for holders of Honours Bachelor Degrees. In some cases, entry to such programmes can be permitted for those with Ordinary Bachelor Degrees or equivalent. Research Masters Degree programmes are typically of two years duration (120 ECTS credits)

though not all such programmes are credit rated. The Irish Masters Degree is compatible with completion of the Bologna Second Cycle. Awarded by: Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Universities.. POST GRADUATE DIPLOMA (NFQ LEVEL 9) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Large The Postgraduate Diploma is normally awarded following completion of a programme of one year duration (60 ECTS credits). Entry to a programme leading to a Postgraduate Diploma is typically for holders of Honours Bachelor Degrees but can also be for holders of Ordinary Bachelor Degrees. The Post-graduate Diploma is an intermediate qualification within the Bologna Second Cycle. Awarded by: Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Universities. DOCTORAL DEGREE (NFQ LEVEL 10) Class of award-type: Major; Volume: Large Possession of an Honours Bachelor Degree is normally required for entry to a doctoral programme. In some disciplines, a Masters Degree is also preferred. Normally those entering a doctoral programme with an Honours Bachelor Degree initially register for a research Masters Degree or provisional doctoral candidature. Upon successful completion of this initial stage, the candidate acquires full doctoral candidature. Doctoral programmes are between three and four years in duration. ECTS credits are used in doctoral programmes for taught elements only. Varying doctoral programmes now exist, including professional and performance/practice based doctorates. The Irish Doctoral Degree is compatible with completion of the Bologna Third Cycle. Awarded by: Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Universities. HIGHER DOCTORATE (NFQ LEVEL 10) Class of award-type: Major; Volume: Large This award largely recognises excellent and distinguished contributions to learning. It may be used for career progression to advanced levels of academia and research. This award is never based on a provider’s programme and, as such, is not subject to validation but is assessed by the awarding body for each individual provider. Normally, the learner already holds a first doctorate or equivalent for some period of time prior to becoming a candidate for the higher doctorate. The Irish Higher Doctorate is compatible with completion of the Bologna Third Cycle. Awarded by: Institutes of Technology, Quality and Qualifications Ireland, and Universities.

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The Galligan Beauty College takes to the road with announcing details of Beauty Careers Roadshow Autumn 2017 coming to a school near you!

Are your students unsure of what to do next? Do they need more support and further training and education? National Learning Network offers a range of flexible courses in over 50 centres across the country. Our courses are designed to develop valuable skills and give knowledge and confidence to help your students get a job or progress to further education and training.

THE beauty industry is booming not just in Ireland, but worldwide and the opportunities for qualified professionals are endless. Like every career, the best possible educational foundation is essential, which is why the Galligan Beauty College is bringing its Beauty Careers Roadshow to secondary schools across Ireland in autumn 2017. The Galligan Beauty College Careers Roadshow will give students comprehensive insights into different career options within the beauty industry as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with exciting beauty partners.

Courses include work experience opportunities and offer nationally recognised qualifications accredited by City and Guilds, ECDL and QQI. Find out more at: 1890 283 000 | |

A wide range of courses As leaders in Beauty Therapy education in Ireland, Galligan Beauty College offers the widest possible range of courses from hair, beauty, holistic therapy, IPL & laser including the prestigious CIDESCO international beauty therapist course. CIDESCO is the world’s top beauty organisation and sets the highest standards of excellence. Located on Ireland’s premier shopping street Grafton Street, the Galligan Beauty College is Ireland’s top beauty schools, celebrating 41 years in business. Since opening their doors in 1976, more than 5,000 beauty professionals have graduated from the Galligan Beauty College, building successful careers in all sectors of the beauty industry internationally from salons, spas, retail and enterprise. The Galligan Beauty Careers Roadshow is free of charge and dates are limited. To secure your date for the 2017/18 academic year, don’t delay contact Careena Galligan on 01 6703933 or

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Stillorgan College of Further Education

A path to skills and further study STILLORGAN College of Further Education has been a specialist centre for Further Education/Post Leaving Cert courses since 1986. During this time it has developed an enviable reputation for its delivery of Further Education programmes. The college offers a range of practical courses that develop the necessary skills for the workplace or to progress to further study in the Institutes of Technology or Universities. New courses The college is innovative in providing courses that meet the current needs of industry. One of the new courses for the forthcoming academic is a Level 5 course in Illustration & Design. This exciting course introduces students to the wide-ranging discipline of Illustration and helps them gain an improved understanding of the possibilities of image-making. Through a series of studio-based projects, lectures and excursions students gain the confidence to explore their work on a practical level and the skills to construct appropriate work to form a strong portfolio for admission to higher level education. A second new course for 2017/2018 is a Level 6 course in Photography. This course builds on the long-established and successful Level 5 course in Photography. A testament to the high standards in this department is that a recent graduate from the Level 5 course, Joanna Gnasiuk, won the News Photographer Of The Year at the 2017 Student Media Awards. Another recent addition to the list of courses is a Level 5 course in Animation. This introductory course prepares students with little or no experience for a third level course in animation production. The course, taught by professionals, blends the practical and the creative. With a dual focus on draw-

ing and computer skills, the course covers all the fundamental areas required for a successful portfolio submission. Students learn to visually develop and communicate their ideas through life drawing, storyboarding, character design, background design and planning. The success of the Animation course builds on a particular strength of the college in the creative areas of Art and Design. One of the longest established courses in the college is the Art Foundation course. This course provides tuition in areas such as Drawing, Painting, Sculpture, Ceramics and Combined Materials. Graduates of this course leave with a very extensive portfolio that can be used to progress to Degree courses in colleges such as the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) and IADT, DĂşn Laoghaire. Indeed, the course has an exceptionally high success rate of graduates progressing to their chosen degree courses in these and other Art colleges. Multimedia and Web The college also offers Level 5 and Level 6 course in Multimedia and We b D e v e l o p m e n t . A u n i q u e strength of the Multimedia courses taught in the college is the emphasis they place on incorporating Digital Video into multimedia content. This is a skill that is rarely taught on other similar courses and offers graduates

"The college offers a range of practical courses that develop the necessary skills for the workplace or to progress to further study"

"The staff of the college have extensive industry experience in their respective fields and are dedicated to ensuring that students leave the college with every skill necessary for the future"

of this course a particular advantage when it comes to the jobs market. Also on offer is a Travel and Tourism course with Airline Studies. This course prepares students for work in all areas of the travel industry. Not only do students cover the theory behind this dynamic industry, but they gain practical skills in First Aid and Computerised Reservation Systems (Amadeus), as well as spending 4 days in the Academy of Aviation’s simulated aircraft cabin environment near Dublin Airport. Students on the Event Management course also gain practical experience in organising a number of events during the course of their studies. Courses in Media Production, Journalism and Level 5 and 6 courses in Computer Skills for Business round off the extensive offering of courses in the college. Industry experience The staff of the college have extensive industry experience in their respective fields and are dedicated to ensuring that, whether aiming to move to Higher Education or entering the employment market, students leave the college with every skill necessary for the future. Indeed, the college takes particular pride in the excellent success rate of students progressing to Degree courses in Higher Education. Sited close to Stillorgan Shopping Centre, the college is serviced by many bus routes and is also accessible via Dart and Luas networks. Car parking is available on the college grounds. The college is fully wheelchair accessible. Mature students are welcome on all courses.

FIND OUT MORE: If you would like more information about the courses available in the college, more details are available from the college website: Education 47



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The National Wax Museum Plus has recently re-opened in its new home at the iconic Lafayette Building on Westmorland Street in Dublin. The newly designed Wax Museum features several innovative exhibits and enhancements including Ireland's first augmented reality experience. The augmented reality experience is accessed through the visitor's mobile phone and acts as a virtual guide to the museum

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While there are numerous entertaining and amusing aspects to the Wax Museum, such as the Mirror Maze, a labyrinthine hall of mirrors, the Horror Hotel, which rivals the set of a Hollywood thriller, and the Hall of Fame, where you meet realistic wax figures of stars from the entertainment industries, there is also a strong educational component that runs through major sections of the museum.

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The Science and Discovery Zone introduces visitors to Ireland's greatest inventors and scientists including Robert Boyle, the 'Father of Chemistry', Robert Mallet, the 'Father of Seismology', Kathleen Lonsdale who discovered the structure of benzene, John Phillip Holland, inventor of the modern submarine and Ernest Walton, Nobel Laureate and first person to split the atom to name but a few. The Science and Discovery Zone presents its subject matter in in a manner that is engaging and inspiring.

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The Irish history exhibits take visitors on a journey from the Bronze Age through to the present day with particular emphasis on the Great Famine, the 1916 Rising and the Good Friday Agreement. These are all populated with life-like wax figures and are displayed in sets that have been created by an international team of leading scenic designers and artists. The Enchanted Forest–a Day-Glo wonderland - transports visitors to the realm of Ireland's mythic past. Here one comes face to face with the Children of Lir, Setanta and Culann's hound, Queen Maeve and many more.

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The museum's augmented reality app brings a new dimension to the visitor's experience presenting characters and scenes from Ireland's past in a technically sophisticated and vividly contemporary manner. Imagine looking through a window in the museum and seeing Viking longships sailing on the River Liffey, or British soldiers crossing the bridge to engage Irish patriots in the GPO. These and other dramatic scenes from Ireland's rich history are brought to life through the use of cutting-edge technologies.

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The experience of seeing the extraordinary men and women - presented in the museum - in three-dimensional scenic environments brings a new relationship to understanding and experiencing the remarkable characters and events portrayed. It's a memorable and enjoyable way to learn about the unique aspects of Irish history, culture and creativity and Ireland's contribution to many domains of human achievement.

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Newly created teacher packs and other educational materials designed to help educators convey the content presented in the museum are available upon request.


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Chartered Accountants love numbers; here are a few of our favourites: • 25,000 members in 90+ countries • 6,500 students and growing fast • 98% of Chartered Accountants are in employment To arrange a careers talk at your school, or to learn about our flexible school-leaver and graduate entry pathways, talk to us today or contact us at:

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HOW TO BECOME A CHARTERED ACCOUNTANT Your students don’t need to have studied honours maths or accountancy at Leaving Cert. Many people interested in Chartered Accountancy study a business or accountancy degree at university and after that train within an accountancy firm or a business to become a Chartered Accountant. However students can also study something else at college as there are flexible ways to join later on. There is a direct entry route for students after Leaving Cert/A level, with Accounting Technicians Ireland.

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A premier career choice that always adds up C H A RT E R E D A c c o u n t a n t s a re Ireland’s leading business professionals, recognised the world over as experts in finance, accounting, audit and tax. They are trusted advisors. Today, Chartered Accountants provide essential strategic guidance across all sectors. They play a pivotal role in modern organisations – as a result, they progress quickly in their chosen careers. The ‘Chartered’ title is an internationally recognised professional designation that shows the highest standards of ethical, professional and technical expertise. Chartered Accountancy is also an internationally recognised qualification, offering the ability to travel all over the world (UK, Australia, USA, Canada and the Caribbean are the most popular) as well as fantastic employment opportunities throughout Ireland. For instance, the Chartered qualification is the only such qualification that is recognised by the principal accountancy body in the US on a like-for-like basis. Furthermore, Chartered Accountants enjoy a 98% employment rate. Chartered Accountants Ireland has a long standing tradition of training students while they work. Our registered training organisations are well placed to provide a collaborative and supportive learning environment. Firms can provide excellent career development, and students who secure a training contract will have their fees paid by their firm and have guaranteed study leave. All of our courses are part-time; they can also be undertaken as a distance learning model. The ‘School Leaver’ route offers an alternative to college for students who are ready right now for the world of work. There’s no need for a business subject or honours maths in school, but good communication and critical thinking skills will be very beneficial. Amongst the most interesting highlights for students are that we offer bonus points for higher level maths, but there is no requirement for Irish or a European language.

By Ronan O’Loughlin Director of Education and Training Chartered Accountants Ireland If you are the sort of student who is looking ahead, setting your targets and are reassured by the certainty of set requirements you could be an ideal candidate for a profession as a chartered accountant and may be interested now in our school leaver route. Every year a certain cohort of students will be clear about their career goals and expectations, we offer an excellent route to embark on your professional qualification straight away. It is also a cost effective way to complete a qualification with competitive fees, multiple locations, and a variety of distance learning options as well as the ability to earn while you learn. For more information on becoming a Chartered Accountant, to arrange a career presentation in your school or to enquire about the School Leaver route, please contact Ronan O’Loughlin, Director of Education and Training, Chartered Accountants by email or visit www.


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The impact of smartphones on young p By Dearbhla Gormley

IT MAY seem that smartphones have taken over the lives of young people; at home, in social settings, and most worryingly of all, in the classroom. Although it is undeniable that smartphones have improved many people’s lives in terms of research, information accessibility and communication, it has also invaded the minds’ of today’s youth in somewhat more disturbing ways. Evidence suggests that smartphones and an entire generation’s tech alleged addiction to them may lead to health problems, both mental and physical, as well as taking a toll on academic success at every level. Too much smartphone As part of a general survey released before this year's leaving certificate examinations, the study site found that 60% of students worry that they use their smartphone too much. Another 46% of those surveyed agreed that they are ‘addicted’ to their phones, while 54% of students said they checked their phones in the classroom while the teacher wasn’t looking. Increased smartphone use has been linked

to a number of health repercussions such as increased stress levels, sleeplessness and reduced concentration. These effects are particularly visible amongst students, who are already under a lot of stress because of exams. In a 2012 study, it was found that anxiety and depression were higher in the smartphone overuse group than in the normal use group. It was also found, in a 2014 study, that there is a high correlation between smartphone use and sleep problems such as poor sleep quality and subjective insomnia. Sleep issues It cannot be denied that issues such as these can be detrimental to the academic progress of students, both at second and third level. How can a poorly-rested student be expected to concentrate on a lecture? Sleep deprivation is common amongst students, but its effects on cognitive performance are only beginning to be understood from a scientific perspective. There is broad consensus that insufficient sleep leads to slowing of response speed on top of increased variability in academic performance. Both anxiety and depression, at various

Other survey findings... Mental Health, Stress and Exams: Stressing about exams is still the biggest worry for students with 70% identifying this as the most stressful thing in their lives, according to the survey. This was followed by the way they look (11%) and family (8%). Student Loans: A high number of students (88%) say they would be prepared to pay back some money for student loans after college with 24% agreeing that somewhere between €150 and €160 that was suggested in a recent report would be ok. 26% believe the figure should be somewhere in the region of €30 to €50 a month while 12% say the amount they favour is zero. Social Media Preferences: Snapchat has consolidated its position as the most used social media platform among students, with Instagram pushing Facebook out of the No 50 Education

2 slot – showing a rise from 81% last year to 84% this year. Facebook has slipped to 80% compared to 88% in 2016 while Twitter use has slipped further from 50% in 2016 to 42% this year. 9% of students said they had signed up to Tindr. 60% have worried that they use their phone too much while a massive 80% said they had used a smart phone to study. Gardai, United Ireland and Donald Trump: The survey showed very high levels of satisfaction with the Gardaí with 73% of students saying they trusted the Gardaí. They don’t, however, like US President Donald Trump and 71% say they do not want to see Trump visit this country. In the light of the recent debate about Brexit and Northern Ireland’s future, 76% said they would like to see a United Ireland.


people's learning levels of severity, can critically hinder a student’s ability, and indeed, willingness to learn. Anxiety and depression are linked to lower academic performance. The fear is that academic performance is reduced in young people with high levels of anxiety or depression as a function of increased test-specific worry that impedes working memory central executive processes. This combination of negative symptoms in relation to smartphone usage has alarmed many. It’s little wonder that parents and teachers are becoming increasingly concerned about the well-being of the youths under their care. Are we worrying too much? However, despite the obvious consequences of increased smartphone use, (especially since 2007, when the iphone was released) exam results over the past few years have remained relatively consistent. In 2004, 11.7% of leaving cert students were awarded in the range of 400-445 points. In 2016, there has actually been an increase in these results, with 13.8% of students achieving in the same points range. This increase can be seen all across the board, in almost every points range. Many would contribute this increase to grade inflation, but the fact is that the results haven’t declined either. Whether or not the smartphone has conclusively had a negative impact on student’s academic achievement has yet to be fully proven, although the health impacts are painfully obvious. Perhaps today’s students are taking on too much at once and that smartphones are part of that general clutter. The question is whether the smartphone will have long-term negative consequences for young people or whether we are witnessing the same social panic that accompanied the advent of the cinema, popular music, the video tape and the TV. Evidence to the contrary: if smartphones are affecting the performance of students then it's not showing up in exam results. These are the results of Leaving Cert as CAO points since 2004. The iPhone was launched in 2007.


Following the Leaving Cert results, members may be interested in the table below which shows the percentages of students who obtained various ranges of points in recent years. (Hon. Maths bonus not included)

POINTS 2016 2015 2014 2013 2012 2011 2010 2009 2008 2007 2006 2005 2004 600 (Max)














550 - 595

















500 - 545











450 - 495



11.2% 11.0% 10.6% 10.0% 9.6%







400 - 445



13.7% 13.3% 13.0% 12.6% 12.4% 12.0% 11.9% 12.1% 11.6% 11.8% 11.7%

350 - 395



13.9% 13.6% 13.4% 13.4% 13.3% 13.1% 13.4% 12.9% 12.8% 12.8% 13.1%

300 - 345



12.1% 11.8% 11.7% 12.2% 12.1% 12.2% 12.0% 11.8% 11.9% 12.6% 12.3%

250 - 295





9.7% 10.1% 10.1% 10.0% 10.3% 10.4% 10.4% 10.4% 10.6%

200 - 245














150 - 195














100 - 145


















9.7% 10.0% 10.9% 11.5% 12.2% 11.5% 11.2% 11.6% 11.7% 11.9%

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Post Leaving Cert Courses at QQI Level 5 Courses Healthcare and Community Care • Applied Social Studies • Childcare/Special Needs Assistant • Nursing Studies • Health Service Skills • Pharmacy Assistant


Pre-University General Courses • Pre-University Arts • Pre-University Law • Pre-University Business Pre-University Science Courses • Pre-University Science • Agriculture Science • Animal Care • Equine Business & Horsemanship • Horticulture General Business • Business, Tourism and Public Relations • Tourism and Travel - Airline Studies • Office Administration • Retail Studies • Beauty Therapy • Hairdressing

Academic Year Sept 2017 - May 2018

Sport • Sports Management and Coaching • Sports Science Food • Professional Cookery • Food Science Multimedia and Computers • Creative Media • Multimedia and Computers • Computer Systems and Networks • Sound Production

Advanced Certificates (QQI level 6) • Advanced Certificate in Healthcare Supervision • Advanced Certificate in Early Childhood Care and Education • Advanced Certificate in Community Development • Advanced Certificate in Multimedia and Web Development • Advanced Certificate in Sports and Recreation • Advanced Certificate in Professional Cookery • Advanced Certificate in Art

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The Arts • Music Performance • Art Portfolio

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St Louis Community School

New facilities for beauty therapy, hairdressing and sports studies ST LOUIS Community School in Kiltimagh has officially opened its brand new Beauty Treatment room, hairdressing salon and fitness suite for PLC students studying for qualif i c a t i o n s i n b e a u t y t h e r a p y, hairdressing and sports & recreation. “We’re absolutely thrilled with our new facilities. They are specifically designed to meet the needs of our plc students but have every facility that you find in professional salons and fitness suites. So it’s a brilliant environment for our students to learn in,” said PLC Coordinator Suzi Ottewell. St Louis offers ITEC, City & Guilds, DES (Junior and Senior Trades) and QQI-approved qualifications at Level 5 and Level 6 in beauty therapy, hairdressing and sports as part of a range of full time, part time and evening courses whose reputation is now attracting students from a large area of Mayo and Roscommon. St Louis has been offering PLC courses for over a decade now and more than 1100 graduates can testify to the benefit of returning to education and achieving a level 5 or level 6 award there. Not just back to school But is it simply a case of ‘going back to school’? Not so, according to FE Coordinator Suzi Ottewell.

“The perception of PLC courses has changed dramatically over recent years with many people – including recent school leavers and adults returning to education after a time away – choosing to use them as an alternative route into higher and further education.” Today’s PLC courses are very much focused on delivering the skills and knowledge needed to progress both in further education and the workplace. Great emphasis is put on honing practical skills, applying theories, encouraging self-motivation, developing personal skills such as communications, and gaining real insights from work experience. Over the last decade this change in perception about PLCs has led to a great increase in what St Louis CS offers. Today there are courses in sport, childcare, business/IT, nursing, community care, hairdressing and beauty therapy. “It’s important to note that 8 distinctions in a level 5 or level 6 QQI course is equivalent to 390 points in the leaving cert too,” adds Suzi. As classes are small, places are limited. To find out more, apply now online at using the plc online application link, download an application form from the same website, or call the school on 094 9381228 and request one.

FIND OUT MORE: Further information about all the courses and application forms are available from:, or from Suzi on 094 9381228

PLC Courses on offer St Louis, Kiltimagh, Co Mayo • Community Care (Level 5) • Business & Finance (Level 5) • Hairdressing (Levels 5 & 6 plus City & Guilds) • Beauty Therapy (Levels 5 & 6 plus ITEC)

• Sport (Levels 5 & 6 plus ITEC) • Childcare (Levels 5 & 6) • Nursing Studies (Level 5) • Administration (Level 6) Tel: 094 9381228

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Pembroke College of Beauty and Body Therapy

Dedication to training and development 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. Helen O Sullivan Quinn is the principal and managing director of the college. Helen 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. Having spent some years in the retail end of the business she decided to make a career in Training and Development. Helen has been the prime motivator in the successful development and supervision of training programmes at Pembroke for the past

twelve years. Helen also contributes the success of Pembroke College to her strong team of staff for their constant dedication and commitment to the college and students alike. Pembroke College offers both full time and part time courses that run on weekdays, evenings and weekends so there is a suitable course and time for everyone to pursue their chosen career in the following areas l e a d i n g t o I T E C , C I B TA C a n d CIDESCO internationally recognised qualifications... • Beauty Specialists and Facial Electricals • Body Therapy and Body Electricals • Electrolysis • Holistic massage with Anatomy and physiology • Reflexology • Manicure and Pedicure • Waxing • Make up • Skincare and Eye treatments.

Courses run on weekdays, evenings and weekends so there is a suitable course and time for everyone to pursue their chosen career

We also offer post graduate training and courses for beginners in the following areas: • CIDESCO International Post graduate course • Indian Head massage • Hot stone massage • Advanced Specialised Waxing • Gel & Acrylic Nail technician course • UV Polish course and UV Polish Design Level 1 & 2 • Spray tanning • Hollywood Eyelash extension course • Threading and many more Train with the professionals...30 years in the industry

FIND OUT MORE: Contact us now to secure your future on 061-410628 or Take a look inside Pembroke College by taking our virtual tour and clicking on the following link:

Pembroke College

International School of Health, Beauty and Body Therapy

WANT A CAREER IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY??? We offer the FOLLOWING COURSES: * Full time CIDESCO day course * Part time ITEC Beauty Therapy * Weekend ITEC Holistic Massage * ITEC Reflexology * Indian Head massage * Hot Stone Massage * Gel & Acrylic Nail Technician & Nail art * Semi permanent eyelash extensions * Threading * Spray tanning courses & UV Polish * Advanced Waxing and many more.....


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An Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge New English-Irish Dictionary An Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge Tá an Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge iomlán, ina bhfuil beagnach 50,000 iontráil, ar fáil saor in aisce anois ar Ar na háiseanna iomadúla atá le fáil ar an suíomh tá: comhaid fuaime le fuaimniú na bhfocal sna trí mhórchanúint; eolas gramadaí a bhaineann le briathra, ainmfhocail, aidiachtaí agus réamhfhocail; agus na mílte abairt shamplach a chuireann na haistriúcháin i gcomhthéacs. Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil mar gheall ar na feidhmeanna sin, téigh go dtí ár gcainéal YouTube. Is é an Foclóir Nua Béarla-Gaeilge an uirlis is luachmhaire atá ar fáil sa lá atá inniu ann maidir le ceartúsáid na Gaeilge comhaimseartha. Tá thar mhilliún duine á úsáid, ón mbuntosaitheoir ag tosú amach ar a aistear

foghlama go dtí an t-aistritheoir gairmiúil. Áis teagaisc riachtanach atá ann anois do mhórán múinteoirí timpeall na tíre. Tá aip an fhoclóra ar fáil san AppStore agus ar Google Play. Tá costas €4.99 air ach tá lascaine 50% ar fáil d’institiúidí oideachais. Chun tuilleadh eolais a fháil, déan teagmháil linn ag New English-Irish Dictionary The entire New English-Irish Dictionary, containing almost 50,000 entries, is now available free of charge at Among the many resources available on the site are: sound files that show the user how words are pronounced in the three major dialects; grammar files for nouns, verbs,

Tá thar mhilliún duine á úsáid, ón mbuntosaitheoir ag tosú amach ar a aistear foghlama go dtí an t-aistritheoir gairmiúil. It is used by over a million users, from the beginner on their very first day of learning, to the professional translator

adjectives and prepositions; and thousands of example sentences that put translations in context. For more information on these resources, please see our YouTube channel. The New English-Irish Dictionary is the most valuable resource available today when it comes to correct use of contemporary Irish. It is used by over a million users, from the beginner on their very first day of learning, to the professional translator. It has also become an essential teaching tool for teachers all over Ireland. The dictionary app is available in the AppStore and on Google Play. It costs €4.99 but educational institutions may avail of a 50% discount. For more information, contact us at

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Irish and British quali ARE you thinking of working or studying in the UK or Ireland? You may be interested in the answer to one or more of these questions: ■ What do they call the qualification which compares most closely with mine? ■ Will I get some recognition for the qualifications I have? ■ What kind of job or course can I apply for with my current qualification? Recruiting people with Irish qualifications in the UK or people with UK qualifications in Ireland? You may be interested in the answer to these questions. ■ How do I know what a qualification from another country means in terms of level?

■ Which national qualification should I compare this qualification to? ■ Where can I find more detailed information about the content and level of qualifications? Qualifications are different in different countries. However, there are some clear stages people move through in education, training and work that are common to most countries. Primary education is followed by secondary education and then initial entry into employment and/or further higher education or training. The main table gives an indication of how you can compare qualifications across national boundaries. Examples of major qualifications at each level are provided. For more detail of the current qualifications in each country, you will need to consult the website

Framework for higher education Main stages of education/employment Thinking of working or studying in the UK or Ireland? You m qualifications in England, Wales and interested in the answer toNorthern one orIreland more of these questions.

Correspondences between UK and Irish frameworks with European qualifications frameworks Within Europe, two overarching qualifications frameworks exist to which the national qualifications frameworks of the UK and Ireland relate: The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) and the Framework for Qualifications of the European Higher Education Area (FQ-EHEA) also known as the Bologna Framework. compares most c Qualifications can takendo at any agecall in the qualification n be What they order to continue orwith return to education mine? or training LEVELfor the qualifications I have? n Will I get some recognition n What kind of job or course can I apply for with my current


Table 1 shows the correspondence of levels established between national qualifications frameworks and the EQF: European Qualifications Framework (EQF) 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1

Regulated Qualifications Framework England/ Northern Ireland (RQF) 8 7 6 5/4 3 2 1 E3 E2 E1

Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales (CQFW)

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF)

8 7 6 5/4 3 2 1 E3 E2 E1

12 11 10/9 8/7 6 5 4 3 2 1

The National Framework of Qualifications for Ireland (NFQ IE) 10 9 8/7 6 5 4 3 2/1

Foundation Degrees, then initial entry into employment and/or further education, h Diplomas of Higher Education or training. 5 (DipHE), Higher National Diplomas

Table 2 shows the outcome of verifying the compatibility of higher education frameworks for Scotland (FQHEIS/SCQF), for England, Wales and Northern Ireland (FHEQ) and for the NFQ for the Republic of Ireland (NFQ IE) with the FQ-EHEA as follows:

Doctoral degrees

FHEQ FQHEIS/ level SCQF level 8


NFQ IE level 10

Master’s degrees (including Integrated Master’s) Postgraduate diplomas

Foundation Degrees (for example FdA, FdSc) Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE) Higher National Diplomas (HND) Irish Higher Certificates Higher National Certificates (HNC) Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE)

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Third cycle (end of cycle) qualifications Second cycle (end of cycle) qualifications




Postgraduate certificates Bachelor’s degrees with honours /Honours Bachelor Degrees Irish Higher Diplomas Bachelor’s degrees/ Ordinary Bachelor Degree Graduate diplomas Graduate certificates

Corresponding FQ-EHEA cycle

10 6



First cycle (end of cycle) qualifications

7 9


Intermediate qualifications within the second cycle



Intermediate qualifications within the first cycle


Short cycle (within or linked to the first cycle) qualifications

Intermediate qualifications within the short cycle

For more information on compatibility with these frameworks see: and

Typical higher education qualifications within each level

Doctoral Degrees

Professional orRecruiting postgraduate people education,with Irish qualifications in the UK or peop UK qualifications in Ireland? You may be interested research or employment Master’s Degrees, Integrated in the a to these questions. Master’s Degrees, Postgraduate 7 Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificate n How do I know what a qualification another country m in Educationfrom (PGCE), Postgraduate Certificates of level? Higher education n Which national qualification should I compare this qualific Advanced SkillsnTraining Where can I find more detailed information about the cont Bachelor’s Degrees with Honours, Bachelor’s Degrees, level of qualifications? Professional Graduate Certificate in 6 This leaflet helps you explore these questions. Education (PGCE), Graduate Diplomas, Qualifications are different between countries. Graduate CertificatesHowever, there Entry to professional stages people move through in education, training and work th graduate employment to most countries. Primary education is followed by secondary

(HND)of how you can compare qu The main table gives an indication across national boundaries. Examples of major qualifications a Specialised education and training are provided. For more detail of the National currentCertificates qualifications Higher (HNC), in ea you will need to consult the4 website given at the heading of ea Certificates of Higher Education Qualifications in each of these (CertHE) frameworks change from time t you need to check the relevant websites for the latest versions Qualified/Skilled worker for earlier versions of the framework where these are availa Entry to higher as education for jobs and courses often vary within a country. Completion of requirements secondary education Diploma* 3 Access to HE with will need to check specific requirements the employer or the job or course that you are interested in. Progression to skilled employment Continuation of secondary education QAA

Secondary education. Initial entrySouthgate into Street, Southgate House, Gloucester GL1 1UB employment or further education Tel: +44 (0)1452 557050

Qualifications can cross boundries - a guide to comparing qualifications in the UK and Ireland, March 2017 Office of the Qualifications and Examinations Regulator Spring Place, Coventry Business Park, Herald Avenue, Coventry CV5 6UB Tel: +44 (0)300 303 3344 Fax: +44 (0)300 303 3348 Email:

*The Access to HE Diploma is regulated by QAA but is not part of the FHEQ

The table gives an indication of how you can compare qualifications across Regul national boundaries. Examples of major CCEA Regulati Scottish Credit and Qualifications qualifications at each level are provided. 29 Clarendon Framework Partnership For more detail of the qualifications Dock, Belfast B 201 West George Street that are current at the time of Tel: +44 (0)28 Glasgow Email: info@cc G2 2LW publication in each country, you will Email: need to consult the website given at the head of each column.

This leaflet is designed to give some information to help you begin this process, for example, CQFW, Welsh Governmentby telling Quality and Q Ty’r Afon, Road, Bedwas, (QQI) you whatBedwas your qualification, Caerphilly CF83 8WT 26-27 Denzille or qualifications you are interested Email: cqfwenquiries@wales.gsi. Dublin 2 D02 P266 in studying, are broadly comparable Tel: +353 (0)1 9 to in other countries.

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ifications comparison given at the heading of each column. Qualifications in each of these frameworks change from time to time and you need to check the relevant websites for the latest versions (as well as for earlier versions of the framework where these are available). Entry requirements for jobs and courses often vary within a country. This means you will need to check specific requirements with the employer or institution for the job or course that you are interested in. How to use the main table: ■ The table provides information that allows you to look at the ways qualifications are organised in the UK and Ireland. ■ It shows which qualifications in other countries are broadly comparable to your qualifications (or those that you are interested

Regulated Qualifications Framework for England and Northern Ireland LEVEL


Technical/Vocational Qualifications Level 8


Technical/Vocational Qualifications Level 7



Doctoral Degrees, Industry Qualifications, for example, Chartered Accountant

Doctoral Degrees, 10 Higher Doctorates


Master’s Degrees, Vocational Qualifications, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE), Apprenticeships


Master’s Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas


Honours Degrees, Vocational Qualifications, Professional Certificates in Education, Apprenticeships


Honours Bachelor Degrees, Higher Diplomas


Ordinary Bachelor Degrees

Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework


Doctoral Degrees, Apprenticeships, 12 Professional Professional Development Awards (PDA), Award Master’s Degrees, Integrated Master’s Degrees, Professional 11 Apprenticeships, SVQ, PDA, Postgraduate Diplomas, Postgraduate Certificates, Award


Bachelor’s Degrees with Honours, Professional Apprenticeships, SVQ, PDA, Graduate Diplomas, Graduate Certificates, Award


Bachelor’s/Ordinary Degrees, Technical Apprenticeships, PDA, SVQ, Graduate Diploma, Graduate Certificates, Award


Higher National Diplomas (HND), Diplomas of Higher Education (DipHE), Technical Apprenticeship, PDA, SVQ, Award


Higher National Certificates (HNC), Modern Apprenticeships, PDA, SVQ, Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE), Scottish Baccalaureate, Advanced Higher, Award


Foundation Degrees, Vocational Qualifications, Higher National Diplomas (HND), Apprenticeships


Technical/Vocational Qualifications Level 4, Higher National Certificates (HNC)


Higher National Certificates (HNC),Certificates of Higher Education (CertHE), Vocational Qualifications, Apprenticeships


Technical/Vocational Qualifications Level 3, GCE AS and A Levels


Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced, Vocational Qualifications, AS and A Level, Access to HE, Apprenticeships


Level 5 Certificate, Leaving Certificate


Higher, Modern Apprenticeships, SVQ, PDA, National Progression Award (NPA), National Certificate, Award


Technical/Vocational Qualifications Level 2. GCSEs at grade A* - C and from 2017 grade 4-9 (England). Functional Skills Level 2 (England). Essential Skills Qualifications (NI)


Welsh Baccalaureate National, Vocational Qualifications, Essential Skills, GCSEs grades A*-C, Apprenticeships


Level 4 Certificate, Leaving Certificate


National 5, Modern Apprenticeships, SVQ, NPA, National Certificate, Award


Technical/Vocational Qualifications Level 1. GCSEs at grade D-G and from 2017 grade 3-1 (England). Functional Skills Level 1 (England). Essential Skills Qualifications (NI)


Welsh Baccalaureate Foundation, Vocational Qualifications, Essential Skills, GCSEs at grade D-G


Level 3 Certificate, Junior Certificates


National 4, SVQ, NPA, National Certificate, Award

Entry Level Certificates (sub levels 1-3), functional skills Entry Level (England) (English, Mathematics & ICT), Essential Skills Qualifications (NI)

Entry Level

Technical/Vocational Qualifications Level 6


National Framework of Qualifications for Ireland

Entry Level


Credit and Qualifications Framework for Wales

in taking). ■ On the left side of the table you will find the main stages of education or employment - you can find where you are in these stages. ■ To the right of this you can see the nearest levels and similar kinds of qualifications that are used in each country. ■ This makes it possible to draw broad comparisons, rather than direct equivalences, between qualifications and their levels for each country. ■ The left table indicates how Irish and UK qualifications frameworks relate to qualifications frameworks in Europe. ■ These tables are updated periodically. Check one of the websites for the most up-to-date version.


Level 2 Certificate


National 3, NPA, National Certificate, Award


National 2, NPA, National Certificate, Award


National 1, Award


Technical/Vocational Qualifications Level 5, Higher National Diplomas (HND)


Advanced Certificate, Higher Certificate

Entry Level Qualifications 1

Level 1 Certificate

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School Outings

Bring your students to Share Discovery Village SHARE Discovery Village is Ireland’s largest residential activity centre based in the beautiful County Fermanagh on the shores of Upper Lough Erne. SHARE has 35 years of experience working with a large number of school groups and Further Education College students, of all ages and abilities each leaving with their own special memories. The Centre can cater for groups in numbers from 8 – 1000. A group can come just for the day or for a residential. SHARE offers over 30 activities onsite. Activities i include water, land and arts activities. The Centre is open all year round, meaning that you do not need to restrict your trip to the summer months. A large Arts Arena providing indoor activities means SHARE can be enjoyed whatever the weather! All activities are led by a qualified instructor and all equipment required is provided including wetsuit and buoyancy aid if on the water. Accommodation Groups staying onsite can opt for a full board package including accommodation, meals, activities and a meeting room. Guests will stay in either Bedroom or Chalet accommodation, each providing bedrooms with 4 beds with an en-suite. All accommodation is wheel chair accessible. If you are thinking about organising a student trip to SHARE for a day or residential. SHARE staff would be more than happy to meet with you onsite to give a tour of the facilities offered and discussing the needs of your group. Every group having their own tailor made programme! FIND OUT MORE: Tel: 0044 (0) 28 67722122 or email Share Discovery Village, 221 Lisnaskea Road, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh. Registered Number NIC101204

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✔ Over 30 activities onsite ✔ Day Groups ✔ Residential Groups ✔ Group size 8 - 1000 ✔ Full Board Packages ✔ Wheel chair accessible accommodation ✔ Swimming pool and gym onsite ✔ Playpark ✔ Tailor made programme to suit your group's needs.








Dinghy Sailing


Marble Arch Caves

T shirt Painting




Enniskillen Museum

Modroc Sculpture

Combat Corps

Keelboat Sailing

Swimming Pool

Shopping in Enniskillen


Mountain biking


Scavenger Hunt


Film making

Team Games



Circus Skills


Banana Skiing



Raft Building


Gorge Walk


ETC Consult

Should we all be going to College? WHY does such a large percentage of Irish Students want to go to “College”? Because their friends are going? It is the norm? Because their parents think it is best for them? Because everybody knows that a college degree leads to a highly paid job? Because a college degree has “status”? A college education raises a person’s status and the more of it one has, the higher the status? We have met many people who have gone to college because of one or more of these reasons. Most wished that they had taken other options and not gone on to pursue courses that they did not find interesting; or that they found too difficult or that they did find interesting and on which they got excellent results but for which there were no relevant jobs. What are the options? Option 1 is to look at yourself – your interests, your aptitudes, your personality; your aspirations; your social and educational positives; look at the various courses on offer – college, PLCs, Apprenticeships; look at the jobs market – and match up the three; choose a course or a job or an employer that lines up best with what you have to offer or aspire towards, and go after it. Option 2: Get assistance from a qualified, experienced person or organisation with significant exposure to providing career guidance on the one hand and selecting job candidates for organisations on the other. ETC Consult has been doing so since 1983. FIND OUT MORE: |


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: | Email:

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Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark

Education and fieldwork opportunities at the Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark


GEOPARK is an area with really special rocks and landscapes. These may be special because they are good for education, or because they are of great scientific value. They may also be special because the rocks and landscapes are very rare, or simply because they are exceptionally beautiful. Geoparks aren’t just about rocks and landscapes though, they also include places that have important history and archaeology, fascinating plants and wildlife, and often intriguing folklore. After all, many of these are intimately linked with the ground beneath our feet. About the Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) endorsed Geopark status was first awarded to the Marble Arch Caves and adjoining Cuilcagh Mountain Park in 2001 and since this time the Geopark has expanded rapidly from these two original sites. In 2007 and 2008, the Geopark underwent two phases of expansion first into public access lands in west Fermanagh and secondly into west Cavan making the Geopark not only one of the largest in the

world but, also the first cross-border Geopark in the world. In 2015 UNESCO officially recognised the Global Geoparks Programme, Creating Marble Arch Caves UNESCO Global Geopark. The Geopark now stretches from the northern shores of Lower Lough Erne in County Fermanagh to Lough Oughter in County Cavan. The Geopark is jointly managed by Fermanagh District Council and Cavan County Council.

available for Leaving Certificate and AS/A2 level Geography teachers. This is a self-led study guide with information on sites to visit and the features of interest within them. For primary school pupils Earth science workshops are organised as part of Science Week every March and November. Training courses are also offered for both primary and post-primary teachers in how to teach Earth science more effectively.

Education and Fieldwork Opportunities 1. Primary & Post-Primary The Geopark offers many environmental educational packages including site specific packages for both primary and post-primary school pupils. A number of workbooks and guided education programmes are on offer for primary and post-primary school pupils. These are delivered at the Marble Arch Caves Visitor Centre, Cuilcagh Mountain Park or at the Cavan Burren Park. Key curriculum components covered focus on the topics of geology, biodiversity, archaeology and history. Indeed, specific programmes can be tailored to suit individual needs upon request. An Earth Science Education Field Guide is

Education Activities and learning areas • Cave Tours • Woodland and Habitat Studies • Vegetation Studies • Sustainable Tourism • Glacial Processes • Rock Cycle and Resources • Sustainable Living 2. Tertiary Education & Lifelong Learning The Geopark has produced a booklet with information on areas of study within the Geopark. The Geopark employs a Geologist and Education Officer whom are both on hand to provide information prior to or during a visit. Where possible, programmes can be tailored to suit individual requests. A number of university accredited courses are offered within the Geopark. Other Services Geopark staff members can carry out visits to schools and also organise special education events at various times throughout the year. FIND OUT MORE Further information please contact: Geopark Development Officer Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark 43 Marlbank Road, Legnabrocky, Florencecourt, Co.Fermanagh BT92 1EW. Tel: 028 6634 8855 (NI) Tel: 048 6634 8855 (RoI)

■ Educational activities on lower slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain

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Marble Arch Caves Marble Arch Caves are one of Europeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s finest showcaves allowing visitors to explore a fascinating, natural underworld of rivers, winding passages and lofty chambers. Lively and informative guides conduct tours past a bewildering variety of cave formations. Stalactites glisten above streamways and chambers, while fragile mineral veils and cascades of creamy calcite coat walls and create shimmering terraces. Spectacular walkways allow easy access while powerful lighting reveals the stunning beauty and grandeur of the caves. Electrically powered boats glide through huge caverns carrying visitors along a subterranean river. Tours last for 75 minutes and are suitable for people of any age and of average fitness. Comfortable walking shoes and a warm sweater are recommended. The Caves are open daily at 10.00am from mid/late March to October. The last tour of the day is at 4.30pm (5.00pm in July/August). It is advisable to telephone prior to your visit to ensure that you can be accommodated and to check the availability of guided tours as the caves can be effected by heavy rain.

Marble Arch Caves are located in a National Nature Reserve in the shadows of Cuilcagh Mountain and have coach and car parking, toilets and baby changing facilities, souvenir shop, restaurant, exhibition area, free audio-visual presentation and free WiFi. Education packages are available for school children and for those interested in lifelong learning. An events programme is delivered throughout the year.

Cuilcagh Mountain Park CUILCAGH Mountain and the Marlbank area provides some of the most spectacular scenery in Fermanagh. At 665m, Cuilcagh is the highest point in Fermanagh, and the only true mountain. Its distinctive table-top profile is easily identified across the region and forms the focus of an area rich in geology, archaeology, folklore, flora and fauna. The mountain itself is topped by gritstone, exposed in places as dramatic cliffs sweeping down to the lower sandstone and shale slopes. The middle slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain are covered with a thick layer of peat and form one of the best examples of a blanket bog ecosystem in the north of Ireland. The lower slopes of Cuilcagh Mountain are formed of limestone with its associated (karst) landforms and complex cave systems.

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LANDBASED BSc (Hons) Animal Behaviour & Welfare BSc (Hons) Veterinary Nursing BSc Agriculture SPORT BSc (Anrh) Hyfforddiant a Pherfformiad Chwaraeon BSc (Hons) Football Coaching and Performance BSc (Hons) Rugby Coaching and Performance CARMARTHEN SCHOOL OF ART BA (Hons) Art and Design Multidisciplinary BA (Hons) Ceramics & Jewellery: 3D Maker BA (Hons) Digital Illustration BA (Hons) Fashion: Design & Construction BA (Hons) Fine Art: Painting, Drawing and Printmaking BA (Hons) Graphic Communication BA (Hons) Photography BA (Hons) Sculpture: Casting, Carving, Construction BA (Hons) Textiles: Knit, Weave and Mixed Media Foundation Diploma in Art and Design L3/4 BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT & EDUCATION BA (Hons) Business Management CARE, CHILDCARE & COUNSELLING BA (Hons) Counselling BA (Hons) Social Care Studies COMPUTING BSc Applied Computing ENGINEERING HND Mechanical Engineering Part-time courses available, subject to availability

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Shannon College of Hotel Management

Achieve your full potential SHANNON College of Hotel Management, founded in 1951, is Ireland’s only dedicated hotel management college offering students the opportunity to work and travel as part of their business degree programme. The College’s unique ethos is focused on intensive practical training, extensive business studies and international work placements which ensure students graduate with a bachelor’s business degree and 21 months of paid work experience. Students of Shannon College spend their second year working in leading European hotels in France, Belgium, Luxemburg, Switzerland, Germany, Spain or the UK. Final placement is a trainee management work placement, where international hotel companies recruit students for positions all over the world. Shannon College has maintained a 100% student employment record every year on graduation day. This unrivalled record is a reflexion of the unique professional environment at

the college, which inspires students to reach their highest potential. "Life at Shannon College of Hotel Management develops one of the broadest business skillsets you can acquire in third level education. The close mentorship from such a strong team of lecturers is definitely essential to the international reputation of the college and success of its alumni around the world." - Alan O Connell – Guest Relations Manager – Ritz Carlton, Grand Cayman (Graduated 2016). Shannon College of Hotel Management amalgamated with NUI Galway in 2015, this strategic development placed the college firmly within the mainstream education system in Ireland, securing the colleges future. Shannon College students are also secure in the knowledge that they are entering a booming tourism industry. In 2016, tourism generated €8.1 Billion in revenue and supported approximately 230,000 jobs in Ireland.

"One of the broadest business skillsets you can acquire in third level education"

"It is a very positive time to be entering the hotel industry, both Irish and international, with growth anticipated across the sector. Occupancies, average room rates, advance bookings, staffing levels and optimism measures in Ireland were all up in 2016 with further increases predicted for 2017." – Dr Phillip Smyth, Head of Shannon College of Hotel Management.

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edia Scene Technology


Interactive Touchscreens Why buy an Interactive Whiteboard system when you can have a MiTouch? MiTouch has been on the Irish market since 2011 and is known for value and reliability. Service is provided by Media Scene who are part of Guaranteed Irish, supporting schools since 1997. Can be Wall mounted or Portable with Optional Trolley No Projector means no lamps to replace, no filters to clean, no major degrading in quality. No Projector Shadow or shine in the presenters eyes Suitable for the brightest of rooms Long lasting meaning lower cost of ownership. Much higher resolution and clarity Low Maintenance MultiTouch, like a huge Tablet Robust and not easily damaged No need for a dedicated pen Choice of 55”, 65” or 75” 5 Year On site Irish Warranty Many also with Android

Laptop or Tablet Trolleys and Cabinets Starting in May we will have a very competitively priced range of high quality laptop charging trolleys

Replacement lamps, Visualisers Etc. We understand that many schools and colleges cannot upgrade all systems to the MiTouch and need to keep existing systems running. We can supply replacement short throw projectors or lamps at a low price and with 2 year warranty. Also ask us for pricing when it comes to visualisers, laptops and PCs.

Call us on 01-2755800 for a quote Email with any queries. Websites: MiTouch: IQBoard:

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The education system in numbers Number of full-time students in institutions aided by the Department of Education, 2015/2016

Number of teachers/academic staff in institutions aided by the Department of Education

Level ..........................................................No. of Students


First Level.............................................................. 553,380 Primary Schools ..................................................... 545,310 Special Schools .......................................................... 8,070 Second Level (excluding PLC students) ................. 345,550 Secondary.............................................................. 192,808 Vocational ............................................................... 94,826 Community and Comprehensive.............................. 57,916 Second-level Students in PLC Courses .................... 32,453 Secondary..................................................................... 551 Vocational ............................................................... 30,909 Community and Comprehensive................................... 993 Third Level ............................................................ 179,850 University Sector.................................................... 100,793 Technology Sector ................................................... 68,570 Teacher Training Institutions ...................................... 7,029 Other Aided Institutions ............................................ 3,458 Total ................................................................... 1,111,223

School Size at First and Second Level in 2015/2016 First Level Second Level Fewer than 50 pupils ......................... 588 ................................. 5 50 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 99 .............................................. 707 ............................... 13 100 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; 199 .......................................... 802 ............................... 59 200 - 299 .......................................... 511 ............................. 110 300 - 499 .......................................... 392 ............................. 177 500+ ................................................. 124 ............................. 371 Total ....................................... 3,124 ........................ 735 Expenditure per Student (euro) Primary Secondary 2005 5,970 8,363 2006 6,178 8,730 2007 6,323 9,196 2008 6,439 9,319 2009 6,686 9,420 2010 6,573 9,120 2011 6,534 9,020 2012 6,348 8,842 2013 6,274 8,252

No. of teachers/academic staff 2014/2015 2015/2016 First Level 33,613 34,576 All Second Level 26,174 26,804 Second Level Excluding PLC 24,455 25,123 PLC 1,719 1,681 Number of schools aided by the Department of Education 2015/2016 14/15


First Level ..............................................3,277 .......... 3,262 Primary Schools (Mainstream) ...............3,137 .......... 3,124 Special Schools .........................................140 ............ 138 Second Level ............................................732 ............ 735 Secondary .................................................375 ............ 375 Vocational ................................................262 ............ 265 Community and Comprehensive ................95 .............. 95 Total ......................................................4,009 ......... 3,997 The Pupil Teacher Ratio in National Schools 2014/2015


Total enrolment in all national schools (at the start of the school year) .................... 544,696 ........ 553,380 Total number of allocated posts (as at the 30th June in the given school year) 33,613 .......... 34,576 Pupil-teacher ratio in all national schools .......... 16.2 .............. 16.0 Total enrolment in mainstream classes ......... 532,931 ........ 540,955 Teaching teachers of mainstream classes ....... 21,419 .......... 21,724

Third Level 10,820 11,353 11,267 11,133 10,568 10,140 9,389 8,627 8,126

Average 7,220 7,589 7,918 8,160 8,445 8,394 8,304 8,102 7,869

Average class size in mainstream classes ........... 24.9 .............. 24.9

Public Examination Candidates



Junior Certificate Candidates .......................................60,328 ............59,521 Leaving Certificate Candidates .....................................56,989 ............57,931 of which Leaving Certificate School Candidates .........................50,643 ............51,712 External Candidates .......................................................2,578 ..............2,616 VTOS/PLC Candidates ......................................................804 .................716 Leaving Certificate Applied ............................................2,964 ..............2,887 Total Exam Candidates ...............................................117,317 ..........117,452

Past Enrolments of Full-time Students in Institutions Aided by Department of Education & Skills Level






First Level






Second Level (excludes PLC)







Not available









PLC Third Level

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Listings Careers Information . . . . . . . .66, 67 Government Departments . . . . . . .67 Government Services . . . . . . . . . .67 Education Institutes . . . . . . . . . . 68 Education and Training Boards . . 69 Education Centres. . . . . . . . . . . . 69

Careers Information AONTAS National Association of Adult Education 2nd Floor, 83/87 Main St, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4068220/1 

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport 1 Fitzwilliam Plc, Dublin 2. D02 DT68 ☎ 01 6763188 

The Arts Council 70 Merrion Sq, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6180200 

Chartered Institute of Management Accountants 5th Floor, Block E, Iveagh Ct, Harcourt Road, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6430400 

Association of Advertisers in Ireland Ltd 120 - 121 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin D02 FD45. ☎ 01-6599457 

Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development Marine House, Clanwilliam Place, Dublin 2. D02 FY24 ☎ 01 6780090 

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants 9 Leeson Park, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4475678 

Computers in Education Society of Ireland c/o Drumcondra Education Centre, Drumcondra, D9. 

Chambers of Commerce of Ireland 3rd Floor, Newmount House, Lower Mount St., Dublin 2. ☎ 01 4004300 

Construction Industry Federation Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4066000 

Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland 46 Merrion Sqr, Dublin D02 VF66. ☎ 01 6425588  Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors 6th Floor, Phibsborough Tower, Dublin 7. ☎ 01 8303166  Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Office 1 & 2, First Floor, Haymarket House, Smithfield, Dublin 7. ☎ 01 874 8136  Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland Thomas MacDonagh House, Winetavern Street, Dublin D08 P9V6. ☎ 01 6040160  An Bord Altranais 18/20 Carysfort Ave, Blackrock, Dublin. A94 R299 ☎ 01 6398500 

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Design and Crafts Council of Ireland Castleyard, Kilkenny. R95 CAA6 ☎ 056 7761804  Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 10 Burlington Road, Dublin. D04 C932. ☎ 01 6140100  Dublin Adult Learning Centre 3 Mountjoy Square, D1. ☎ 01 8743251  Economic and Social Research Institute Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin D02 K138. ☎ 01 8632000  Education Research Centre St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. D09 DY00. ☎ 01 8373789  Engineers Ireland 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland ☎ 01 6651300 

Gorta Self Help Africa, 17 - 22 Parkgate Street, Dublin D08 NRP2 ☎ 01 6615522 

Institute of Public Administration 57/61 Lansdowne Rd, Dublin D04 TC62 ☎ 01 2403600 

Honourable Society of King’s Inn Henrietta Street, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 8744840 

Institute of Industrial Engineers 1 Boeing Ave, Airport Business Pk, Co. Waterford. X91 AH9K. ☎ 01 5252527 

Law Society of Ireland Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. D07 VY24. ☎ 01 6724800  Accounting Technicians Ireland 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 649 8100

Insurance Institute of Ireland Insurance Centre, 5 Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, Dublin 1, D01 E7E8. ☎ 01 6456600 

Irish Fish Producers' Organisation 8 Anvil Court, Killybegs, Co Donegal. ☎ 074 9741468  Irish Institute of Training and Development 4 Sycamore House, Millennium Business Park, Naas, Co Kildare. ☎ 045 881166  Insurance Ireland Insurance House, 5 Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, Dublin 1, DO1 E7E8 ☎ 01 676 1914 

Irish Association of Social Workers 114 Pearse St., Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6774838 

Irish Management Institute Sandyford Road, Dublin 16. ☎ 1800 22 33 88 

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland 38 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6445500 

NewsBrands Ireland (Formerly NNI) Clyde Lodge, 15 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. ☎ 01 668 9099 

The Institute of Banking IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 6116500 

Irish Congress of Trade Unions 31/32 Parnell Sq, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 8897777 

Irish Medical Organisation 10 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin D02 Y322 ☎ 01 6767273 

Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland 17 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 4251000 

Irish Council for International Students 41 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4. D04 AE28 ☎ 01 6605233 

Chartered Accountants Ireland Chartered Accountants House, 47 Pearse St, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6377200 

Irish Dental Association Unit 2, Leopardstown Office Park, Sandyford, Dublin 18. ☎ 01 2950072 

Institute of Guidance Counsellors 17 Herbert Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6761975 

Irish Farmers Association Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12. ☎ 01 4500266 

Irish Pharmacy Union Butterfield House, Butterfield Ave., Dublin 14. ☎ 01 4936401 

Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers 129 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6785685 

Irish Recorded Music Association IRMA House, 1 Corrig Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. 

Irish Professional Photographers Association 38/39 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 401 6878 

Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland 12 Clanwilliam Square, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2. D02 CD51 ☎ 01 6765991 

Irish National Teachers Organisation 35 Parnell Square, D1. ☎ 01 8047700  Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation The Whitworth Building, North Burnswick St, Dublin D07 NP8H ☎ 01 6640600 

Careers Information (cont) Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists College of Surgeons St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin D02 H903 ☎ 01 4022148  Irish Taxation Institute South Block, Longboat Qy, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin D02 H927 ☎ 01 6631700  Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) Piper's Hill, Kilcullen Road, Naas, Co Kildare Phone: 045-901070 / 045-901698  Marketing Institute of Ireland South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18. ☎ 01 2952355 

Meet in Ireland Amiens Street, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 884 7134  The Olympic Council of Ireland Olympic House, Harbour Rd, Howth, Co Dublin. D13 XK75 ☎ 01 8660555  Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland PSI House, Fenian Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 2184000  Irish Photographic Federation ☎ 0871204654 

Public Relations Institute of Ireland 84 Merrion Square Dublin 2. ☎ 6618004  Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6761703  Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow. R93 XE12 ☎ 059 9170200  Association of Optometrists Ireland Kevin Culliton Rooms, 13 Greenmount House, Harolds Cross Rd, Dublin 6W. ☎ 01 6767416 

The College of Progressive Education Wicklow House, 84-88 South Great George's Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 4884300  Society of Actuaries in Ireland Clanwilliam House Clanwilliam Place Dublin D02 AV90 ☎ 01 634 0020  Society of the Irish Motor Industry 5 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6761690  Teachers Union of Ireland 73 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4922588 

Union of Students in Ireland Portview House, Thorncastle Street, Dublin 4. ☎ 01 7099300  USIT 19/21 Aston Quay, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 602 1906  Veterinary Ireland 13 The Courtyard, Kilcarbery Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 22. ☎ 01 4577976  Vocations Ireland St Mary's Centre Fitzwilliam House, 185-201 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4. ☎ 01 260 3707 

Government Departments Dail Eireann Leinster House, Dublin D02 XR20 ☎ 01 6183000  Dept of Agriculture, Food & the Marine Kildare Street, Dublin D02 WK12 ☎ 01 6072000  Department of Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs 23 Kildare Street, Dublin D02 TD30 ☎ 01 6313800  Department of Children and Youth Affairs 43 - 49 Mespil Rd, Dublin 4. D04 YP52 ☎ 01 6473000 

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment 29/31 Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6782000 / LoCall 1890 449900 

Department of Social Protection Aras Mhic Dhiarmada, Store Street. Dublin 1. ☎ 01 7043000 

Department of Defence Station Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. W12 AD93 ☎ 045 492000 

Department of the Taoiseach Government Buildings Upper Merrion Street, Dublin D02 R583 ☎ 01 6194000 / LoCall 1890 227227 

Dept of Education and Skills Marlborough St, Dublin D01 RC96 ☎ 01 8896400  Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government Custom House, Dublin D01 W6X0 ☎ 01 8882000 

Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport Leeson Lane, Dublin D02TR60. ☎ 01 6707444 / LoCall 0761 001 601 

Department of Finance Upper Merrion Street, Dublin D02 R583 ☎ 01 6767571  Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Iveagh House, 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin D02 VY53 ☎ 01 408 2000  Department of Health Hawkins House, Hawkins St, Dublin D02 VW90 ☎ 01 6354000 

Department of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation 23 Kildare Street, Dublin D02 TD30 ☎ 01 6312121/ LoCall 1890 220222  Department of Justice and Equality 51 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin D02 HK52 ☎ 01 6028202  Department of of Public Expenditure and Reform Government Buildings, Upper Merrion St, Dublin D02 R583 ☎ 01 676 7571 

Government Services An Bord Pleanála 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin D01 V902 ☎ 01 8588100 / LoCall 1890 275175  Central Statistics Office Ardee Road, Rathmines, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4984000 Skehard Road, Cork. ☎ 021 4535000 

Courts Service of Ireland 15/24 Phoenix Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7. ☎ 01 8886000  Data Protection Commissioner Canal House, Station Road, Portarlington, Co Laois. R32 AP23 ☎ 057-8684800 

Garda Siochana Phoenix Park, Dublin D08 HN3X. ☎ 01 6660000 

Ombudsman 18 Lwr Leeson St, Dublin D02 HE97 ☎ LoCall 1890 223030 

Passport Office 42-47, Lower Mount Street, Dublin D02 TN83 ☎ 01 6711633 

HEAnet 5 George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin D01 X8N7 ☎ 01 6609040 

Ordnance Survey of Ireland Phoenix Park, Dublin D08 F6E4 ☎ 01 8025300 

Irish Prison Service IDA Business Park, Ballinalee Road, Longford. ☎ 043-3335100 

Met Eireann Glasnevin Hill, Dublin D09 Y921 ☎ 01 8064200 

Office of Public Works Jonathan Swift Street, Trim, Co. Meath C15 NX36. ☎ 046 942 6000 

Revenue Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6792777 

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Educational Institutes in Ireland All Hallows College Gracepark Road, Dublin D09 N920 ☎ 01 852 0700  American College Dublin 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 676 8939  Athlone Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. ☎ 090 6468000  Burren College of Art Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. ☎ 065 7077200  Church of Ireland Theological Institute Braemor Park, Dublin D14 KX24 ☎ 01 492 3506  Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown, Cork T12 P928 ☎ 021 4326100  CIT Cork School of Music Union Quay, Cork T12 E9HY ☎ 021 480 7310  CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Sharman, Crawford St, Cork. ☎ 021 4335200  University College Cork Western Road, Cork T12 YN60 ☎ 021 4903000  Church of Ireland College of Education DCU Institute of Education DCU All Hallows’ Campus Drumcondra, Dublin 9. ☎ 01 7007380  Marino Institute of Education Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. ☎ 01 8057700  Dublin Business School 13-14 Aungier Street, Dublin D02 WC04 ☎ 01 4177500  Dublin City University Dublin 9. ☎ 01 7005000  Dublin Institute of Technology 143/149 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4023000 

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Dundalk Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth. A91 K584 ☎ 042 9370200  Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. A96 KH79 ☎ 01 2394000  Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education (NUIM) ☎ 01 474 7400  Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Galway H91 T8NW ☎ 091 753161  Griffith College Cork Mews House, 62 Wellington Rd, Montenotte, Cork, T23 P5PC. ☎ 021 4507027  Griffith College Dublin South Circular Road, Dublin DO8 VO4N ☎ 01 4150400  Griffith College Limerick O'Connell Avenue, Limerick. ☎ 061-31 00 31  Hibernia College 9-10 Fenian Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6610168  Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown Blanchardstown Road North, Dublin D15 YV78 ☎ 01 8851000  Institute of Technology, Carlow Kilkenny Road, Carlow. ☎ 059 9175000  Institute of Technology, Sligo Ash Lane, Ballinode, Co. Sligo F91 YW50 ☎ 071 9155222  Institute of Technology, Tallaght Old Blessington Rd, Tallaght, Dublin D24 FKT9 ☎ 01 4042000 

Institute of Technology, Tralee Tralee, Co. Kerry. V92 CX88 ☎ 066 7145600 

St. Angela’s College Lough Gill, Sligo F91 C634 ☎ 071 9143580 

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Port Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. F92 FC93 ☎ 074 9186000 

Carlow College, College Street, Carlow R93 A003 ☎ 059 9153200 

Limerick Institute of Technology Moylish Pk, Limerick. ☎ 061 293000  Mary Immaculate College South Circular Road, Limerick. ☎ 061 204300  DCU Institute of Education Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. ☎ 01 884 2212  education Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 269 8388  National College of Art and Design 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8. ☎ 01 6364200  National College of Ireland (NCI) Mayor Street, International Financial Services Centre, Dublin 1. ☎ 1850 221 721 NUI Galway University Road, Galway H91 TK33 ☎ 091 524411  National University of Ireland, Maynooth Maynooth, Co. Kildare. ☎ 01 7086000  Portobello Institute 43 Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 8920000  Queens University Belfast University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN ☎ 0044 2890 245133  Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 123 St. Stephens Green Dublin 2. ☎ 01 4022100 

St. Patrick’s College Maynooth Co. Kildare W23 TW77 ☎ 01 7083964  Shannon College of Hotel Management Shannon Airport, Co. Clare. ☎ 061 712210  LIT Tipperary Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Cashel Court, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary ☎ 0504 28072  Trinity College Dublin College Green, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 8961000  University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin D04 V1W8 ☎ 01 7167777  University of Limerick National Technological Park, Limerick V94 T9PX ☎ 061 202700  University of Ulster York Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT15 1ED ☎ (048) 7012 3456  Waterford Institute of Technology Cork Road, Waterford. X91 K0EK ☎ 051 302000  OTHER INSTITUTIONS

St. Nicholas Montessori College of Ireland 16 Adelaide Street, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. ☎ 01 2806064  The College of Progressive Education Wicklow House, 84-88 South Great George’s Street, D2. ☎ 01 4884300  Stranmillis University College Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5DY. ☎ (048) 90381271  BUSINESS COLLEGES Quinn School of Business, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4 ☎ 01 716 4833  Smurfit School of Business, UCD Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, A94 XF34 ☎ 021 716 8934  DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurship 3013 Lakedrive, Citywest Business Campus, Dublin 24 ☎ 01-7006786  The Kemmy Business School University of Limerick ☎ 061 202 700  AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES Ballyhaise College Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, ☎ 01 4338108  teagasc-colleges/ballyhaise/ College of Amenity Horticulture National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. ✉  teagasc-colleges/botanicgardens

Open University in Ireland Holbrook House, Holles Street, Dublin 2 ☎ 01678 5399 (ROI)  republic-of-ireland

College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Levaghy, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. BT74 4GF ☎ 028 6634 4853 

St. Mary’s University College 191 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6FE, ☎ 048 90327678 

Clonakilty Agricultural College ☎ 023 883 2500  teagasc-colleges/clonakilty/

Education and Training Boards Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) Piper's Hill, Kilcullen Road, Naas, Co Kildare, Ireland Phone: +353 (0)45-901070 / (0)45-901698  Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board Cavan Office 049 4331044 HQ: Monaghan 047 30888  Cork Education & Training Board 21 Lavitt's Quay, Cork T12 HYT9 021 427 3377  City of Dublin Education & Training Board CDETB Administrative Offices,Town Hall, 1-3 Merrion Road Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Ph: 01 688 0614  Donegal Education & Training Board Administrative Offices Ard O’Donnell Letterkenny Ph: 074 916 1600 

Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board 1 Tuansgate, Belgard Square East, Tallaght, Dublin 24 01 452 9600 

Kilkenny & Carlow Education & Training Board Kilkenny Office 056 777 0966 Carlow Office 059 913 8560 HQ: Athy Road, Carlow. 

Galway & Roscommon Education & Training Board Head Office 091 874 500 Roscommon Office 090 662 6151 

Laois & Offaly Education & Training Board Laois Office Ridge Road, Portlaoise 057 862 1352 Offaly Office Castle Buildings, Tara Street, Tullamore, Co. Offaly 057 934 9400 

Kerry Education & Training Board Centrepoint, John Joe Sheehy Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry V92 P2FE Ph: 066 712 1488  Kildare & Wicklow Education & Training Board Kildare Office Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas. 045 988 000 Wicklow Office Church Street, Wicklow Town, Co. Wicklow 0404 60 500 

Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board Marshal House, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick. V94 HAC4. Tel: 061 442100  Longford & Westmeath Education & Training Board Longford Office 043 3334000 Westmeath Office 044 934 8389 HQ: Mullingar 

Louth & Meath Education & Training Board Dundalk Office Chapel Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth 042 933 4047

Tipperary Education & Training Board Nenagh Office Office Church Road, Nenagh. E45 XD59 067 31250

Meath Office Abbey Road, Navan. 046 906 8200 HQ: Drogheda

Clonmel Office Western Road, Clonmel. E91 WK13 052 612 1067 

 Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education & Training Board Mayo Office Administrative Offices, Newtown, Castlebar 094 902 4188 Sligo Office Quay Street Sligo 071 914 5025 Leitrim Office Administrative Offices, St. George’s Terrace, Carrick-onShannon 071 962 0024 

Waterford & Wexford Education & Training Board HQ/Wexford Office Unit 1, Ardcavan Business Park, Wexford. Y35 P9EA 053 912 3799 Waterford Sub Office WWETB Training Centre Waterford Industrial Park Cork Road Waterford X91 PX02 051 301 500 Dungarvan Sub Office Dungarvan Shopping Centre, Dungarvan, Co Waterford. X35 DE93 058 41780 

Education Centres Athlone Education Centre Moydrum Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. ☎ 090 6420400 

Connemara Teacher Centre Aird Thiar, Cárna, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe. ☎ 087 791 6876 

Dublin West Education Centre Old Blessington Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. ☎ 01 4528000 

Limerick Education Centre 1st Floor, Marshal House, Dooradoyle Rd, Limerick. ☎ 061 585060 

Tipperary Education Centre Gaelscoil Bhríde, Bohernanave,Thurles. ☎ 086 - 6008860 

Blackrock Education Centre Kill Ave., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. ☎ 01 2365000 

Cork Education Support Centre The Rectory, Western Road, Cork. Tel: +353 21 4255600 

Galway Education Centre Cluain Mhuire, Wellpark, Galway. ☎ 091 745600 

Mayo Education Centre Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. ☎ 094 9020700 

Tralee Education Centre North Campus, Dromtacker, Tralee, Co Kerry. ☎ 066 719 5000 

Gort A Choirce Education Centre Gort A Choirce, Leitir Ceanainn, Co. Donegal. ☎ 074 9165556 ✉

Monaghan Education Centre Knockaconny, Armagh Road, Monaghan. ☎ 047 74000 

Tuam Education Centre St Patrick’s Primary School Dublin Road, Co. Galway. ☎ 093 25877 

Donegal Education Centre Floor 2/3, Pier 1, Quay Street, Donegal. ☎ 074 9723487 

Kildare Education Centre Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare. ☎ 045 530200 

Navan Education Centre Athlumney, Navan, Co. Meath. ☎ 046 9067040 

Waterford Teachers' Centre Newtown Road, Waterford. ☎ 051 311000 

Cavan Education Centre Co. Cavan ETB Administrative Offices, Church View Square, Cavan.☎ 049-4332259 

Drumcondra Education Centre Drumcondra, Dublin 9. ☎ 01 8576400 

Kilkenny Education Centre Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Co. Kilkenny. ☎ 056 7760200 

Sligo Education Centre IT Sligo Campus, Ballinode, Sligo, Co. Sligo. ☎ 071 9138700 

West Cork Education Centre The Square, Dunmanway, Co Cork ☎ 023 - 8856757 

Clare Education Centre Government Buildings, Kilrush Road, Ennis. ☎ 065 6845500 

Dundalk Education Centre 1 Brickfield Gdns, Newry Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth. ☎ 086 7707400 

Laois Education Centre Block Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. ☎ 057 8672400 

Tarbert Education Centre Comprehensive School, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. ☎ 069 60005 

Wexford Education Centre Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy. Y21 T271 ☎ 053 9239100 

Carlow Education Centre Kilkenny Road, Carlow. ☎ 087 2079448  Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre, Marymount, Carrick-on-Shannon. ☎ 071 9620383 

Dingle Education Centre An Chuillin, An Daingean, Co. Kerry. Tel: 066-9150933 

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Reference Guide Briefing:

Calendars for 2017 and 2018 January 2017 M 2 9 16 T 3 10 17 W 4 11 18 T 5 12 19 F 6 13 20 S 7 14 21 S 1 8 15 22

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May 2018 M 7 T 1 8 W 2 9 T 3 10 F 4 11 S 5 12 S 6 13

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

June 2018 M 4 T 5 W 6 T 7 F 1 8 S 2 9 S 3 10

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

September 2018 M 3 10 17 T 4 11 18 W 5 12 19 T 6 13 20 F 7 14 21 S 1 8 15 22 S 2 9 16 23

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28 29 30 31

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

11 12 13 14 15 16 17

October 2018 M 1 8 15 T 2 9 16 W 3 10 17 T 4 11 18 F 5 12 19 S 6 13 20 S 7 14 21

26 27 28 29 30

25 26 27 28 29 30

22 29 23 30 24 31 25 26 27 28

November 2018 M 5 12 T 6 13 W 7 14 T 1 8 15 F 2 9 16 S 3 10 17 S 4 11 18

April 2017 M 3 T 4 W 5 T 6 F 7 S 1 8 S 2 9

10 11 12 13 14 15 16

17 18 19 20 21 22 23

24 25 26 27 28 29 30

August 2017 M 7 T 1 8 W 2 9 T 3 10 F 4 11 S 5 12 S 6 13

14 15 16 17 18 19 20

21 22 23 24 25 26 27

28 29 30 31

December 2017 M 4 11 T 5 12 W 6 13 T 7 14 F 1 8 15 S 2 9 16 S 3 10 17

18 19 20 21 22 23 24

25 26 27 28 29 30 31

April 2018 M 2 9 T 3 10 W 4 11 T 5 12 F 6 13 S 7 14 S 1 8 15

16 17 18 19 20 21 22

23 30 24 25 26 27 28 29

23 30 24 31 25 26 27 28 29

August 2018 M 6 T 7 W 1 8 T 2 9 F 3 10 S 4 11 S 5 12

13 14 15 16 17 18 19

20 21 22 23 24 25 26

19 20 21 22 23 24 25

December 2018 M 3 10 17 T 4 11 18 W 5 12 19 T 6 13 20 F 7 14 21 S 1 8 15 22 S 2 9 16 23

26 27 28 29 30 31

26 27 28 29 30

27 28 29 30 31

24 31 25 26 27 28 29 30

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Study Law at Bangor North Wales Law school is about more than just books and lectures. Study at Bangor Law School and you’ll benefit from small class sizes, inspirational lecturers and a host of careerenhancing resources, in an environment designed to bring out the best in you. Located only 2 hours from Dublin, across the Irish Sea, close to Holyhead, students from Ireland could be eligible for a non-repayable tuition fee grant of up to £4,954 from the Welsh Government, and a tuition fee loan to cover the remaining £4,046 (tuition fees are £9,000). • Every Bangor LLB is a Qualifying Law Degree (QLD) and is recognised by the Law Society of Ireland for professional purposes. • Bangor LLB degree holders are eligible to take the Law Society of Ireland entrance exams: FE-Is. 72 Education

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