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NEWS: 450 students from 'non-traditional' backgrounds get scholarships from UCD; UL says Call It Out .................. 5 NEWS: Government announces €7.5m capital funding to support apprenticeship programmes ................................ 6 NEWS: ASTI poll highlights challenges to inclusive education; 792 new special needs assistant posts......................... 8 NEWS: A demographic funding crisis is looming say universities; GMIT sponsorship is on the ball ........................... 10 GREEN NEWS: New scheme for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems ....................................... 11 Secure a great career at GMIT Mayo Campus .......................................................................................................... 13 Discover Erasmus+ to study, train, teach, work or volunteer abroad......................................................................... 14 Student retention rate at MIC 94 per cent .............................................................................................................. 17 Tourism – explore a world of opportunities in an exciting and global industry at LYIT .............................................. 18 Studying psychology at the University of Pécs .......................................................................................................... 20 Education to bring net gains for Irish seafood sector ............................................................................................... 21 Alison Lowry: (A)Dressing our hidden truths at the National Museum ...................................................................... 23 FEATURE: Aiming for excellence in academic at the Academic Writing Centre in Athlone IT .................................... 24 Dún Laoghaire Further Education Institute - Don't have enough points? Come to DFEi ........................................... 26 Embrace your professional development pathway at NUI Galway ............................................................................ 29 32 years of expert training in beauty and body therapy at Pembroke College .......................................................... 30 Fostering learning at the Designer Group ................................................................................................................ 31 Sallynoggin College of Further Education students dazzle audiences........................................................................ 32 Getting third level education off to the right start with Dunboyne College .............................................................. 35 St Louis Community School - Want to focus on 'the doing'? ................................................................................... 37 Blackrock Further Education Institute - leading PLC provision in Ireland.................................................................... 39 North Kerry College of Further Education - progression and employment ................................................................ 41 Kinsale College receives national award ................................................................................................................... 43 Kerry College of Further Education establishing itself as a Pre-Teaching Hub ............................................................ 45 CAO points a worry? 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Check out Rathmines College .............................................. 47 Crumlin College - a broad range of further education opportunities ........................................................................ 48 Kerry ETB Training Centre - centre of excellence for apprenticeships and traineeships .............................................. 50 Hospitality Education & Training Centre - crafting careers in the hospitality sector ................................................... 52 ETC Consult - Online career assessment................................................................................................................... 53 CIDESCO - Careers in beauty therapy ...................................................................................................................... 54 Providing professional training for Irish and international students ........................................................................... 57 Ardnua - the best student accommodation in Sligo ................................................................................................. 58 Stairlift solutions for educational institutions ............................................................................................................ 59 BRIEFING: National Framework of Qualifications ...................................................................................................... 60 COVER STORY: A practical pathway to accountancy for school-leavers .................................................................... 63 Solas - exploring further education and training ...................................................................................................... 64 See your career going places with the ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme .................................................... 68 Apprenticeships at Cork Training Centre .................................................................................................................. 70 John Sisk - a unique reputation for training apprentices........................................................................................... 72 Tech apprenticeships options expanding at FIT ......................................................................................................... 74 Join our team - careers in the Irish Defence Forces................................................................................................... 78 FEATURE: What has been the impact of the MindOut programme? ......................................................................... 80 BRIEFING: Irish and British qualifications comparison ................................................................................................ 82 Walk in my shoes - promoting positive mental health and wellbeing in Irish schools............................................... 85 Four reasons to walk the Camino with your students .............................................................................................. 87 Petersburg Outdoor Education and Training Centre - learning from the outdoors ................................................... 89 Explore, learn, discover at Castlecomer Discovery Park ............................................................................................. 90 Point Campus - Dublin's hottest new student accommodation ................................................................................ 91 BRIEFING: Graduate outcomes - what becomes of graduates after graduation?....................................................... 92 Uniest, the best cribs for students in Dublin ............................................................................................................. 94 Make a positive mental health connection today! .................................................................................................... 96 Registration open for National Flight Centre pilot training courses ........................................................................... 97 FEATURE: Wind power for a euro ............................................................................................................................ 98 The Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre in Waterford ................................................................................ 103 BRIEFING: The education system in numbers .......................................................................................................... 105 LISTINGS: Careers Information.....106 | Government Departments.....107 | Government Services.....107 Education Institutes in Ireland.....108 | Education & Training Boards.....109 | Education Centres.....109 REFERENCE: Calendars for 2019 and 2020 ........................................................................................................... 110 COVER PIC: A new fully funded, earn & learn school leaver route into an accounting career: Jennifer Kelly – Apprenticeship Mentor, Senior Accounting & Outsourcing Manager Mazars, Dublin and Aron Spinola Accounting Technician Apprentice Mazars Ireland – Dublin

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Over 450 students from 'non-traditional' backgrounds get scholarships from UCD OVER 450 students from 'non-traditional' backgrounds have been awarded scholarships worth over €2m from UCD since 2012. The figures were released at UCD’s Access Symposium which celebrated the contribution UCD’s Access and Lifelong Learning Centre has made to widening participation at the university. The figures relate to the Cothrom na Féinne scholarship fund which supports students who may not traditionally be in a position to access third-level education. These include students from low-income backgrounds, lone parents, people with a disability, refugees, and members of the travelling community, amongst others. In the most recent academic year, €510,000 was awarded to 340 students. Speaking at the symposium, Dr Anna Kelly, Director of UCD Access and Lifelong Learning Centre, said: “In UCD, we believe that students entering higher education should reflect the diversity of the wider population. “At the moment, over 29% of our undergraduate student population is now drawn

from communities experiencing low progression to higher education, and we plan to increase this to 33 per cent by 2020. However, access isn’t just about getting students in the door to the University, it’s about ensuring they have the same opportunities to succeed when they get here.” The theme of the Access Symposium was ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ and the keynote speaker was criminologist, academic and social justice campaigner Phil Scraton. Professor Scraton is best known for his research into the 1989 Hillsborough disaster. His keynote address focused on the challenges involved in bearing witness to the pain of others in a social, political and economic rights context. Commenting further, Dr Anna Kelly said: “Today’s theme of “You’ll Never Walk Alone” was chosen as a nod to Professor Scraton, but also because it underscores UCD’s philosophy and approach to access – that all students belong. Cothrom na Féinne is the largest access scholarship programme in the country and translates as justice and equality.

UL says Call It Out A GROUNDBREAKING LGBT+ public education and awareness campaign has been rolled out to the UL campus. Call It Out is a joint initiative of the Transgender Equality Network Ireland (TENI) and the Hate and Hostility Research Group (HHRG) at UL that seeks to shine a bright light on the sometimes visible, often hidden phenomena of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and the corresponding impact on Ireland’s LGBT+ community. “The Call It Out campaign aims to raise awareness of homophobia, biphobia and transphobia and their manifestations in Ireland,” explained Dr Amanda Haynes of the HHRG.

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Government announces €7.5m capital funding to support apprenticeship programmes THE Government has announced capital funding of more than €7.5 million for nine Institutes of Technology and the Technological University (TU) Dublin. The funding forms part of the Government’s commitment, under Project Ireland 2040, to increase investment in higher and further education and training and to the modernisation of equipment available for craft apprenticeship provision. Today’s announcement brings

the total capital funding allocated to support the modernising of craft apprenticeship programmes in the sector since 2017 to more than €23 million. This funding will support the roll-out of new syllabi for apprenticeships across Plumbing, Carpentry, Electrical, Brickwork, Motor Painting and D e c o r a t i n g , Ve h i c l e B o d y Repair, Fitting, Toolmaking and Wood Manufacturing and Finishing.

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UCC Professor of Music, J. Griffith Rollefson: "Global Hip Hop Studies provides access to the under-resourced communities who created the culture."

UCC music professor launches first global hip hop studies journal UCC Professor of Music, J. Griffith Rollefson, has launched the world's first academic journal of international hip hop music, culture, and politics. Professor Rollefson launched Global Hip Hop Studies (GHHS) during the European Hip Hop Studies Network Conference at the University of Bristol recently. He also gave the keynote for the conference. The journal is one of the pri-

mary outputs of Prof Rollefson's five-year, €2 million EU grant for the CIPHER: Hip Hop Interpellation project, which will map global hip hop knowledge flows. Global Hip Hop Studies will feature research articles about hip hop music, dance, art, culture, and politics, as well as book reviews, media reviews, artist interviews, and the growing field of hip hop archives.

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

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ASTI poll highlights challenges to inclusive education LACK of training, no allocated time for planning and large class sizes are the challenges facing second-level teachers in supporting students with special education needs (SEN). A RED C / ASTI survey published recently shows that the practice of mainstream teachers supporting SEN students in mainstream classes is a key inclusion strategy employed by second-level schools. Despite this, only 22 per cent of these teachers have received SEN training in recent years.

Workload and lack of access to training opportunities were two key reasons for this. Inclusion in the classroom In Ireland it is estimated that up to 25% of second-level students have additional and special education needs. Teachers responding to the survey cited a number of methods they use to assist SEN students in their classes. These include active learning, differentiated teaching, and planning lessons to address

classroom diversity. Fifty-five per cent of mainstream teachers who had participated in education planning for SEN students said they found the process time consuming, while 50% said they did not believe they had adequate training to carry out this work. While co-ordination of SEN planning is sometimes delegated to Assistant Principals, it frequently becomes an unpaid duty for classroom teachers. Some 68% of respondents said that smaller classes would

be better for SEN students. The best ways to assist teachers in the delivery of education to SEN students are smaller classes and access to training, according to the survey. Teacher workload Responding to a question on workload, 96% of teachers said their work intensity has risen since the start of the decade. Fifty per cent of teachers said they were very satisfied or satisfied with their job, compared to 77% 10 years ago.

792 new special needs assistant posts THE government has announced 800 new special needs assistant posts will be allocated to schools from September and as the need for more additional supports in schools is confirmed in the early weeks of the school year, up to 130 additional posts are expected to be allocated by December. The allocations being confirmed today means there will be a total of up to 15,950 special needs assistants working in schools by the end of 2019. This is a 51% increase on the number of SNAs who were working in schools in 2011, when the figure stood at 10,575.

Springboard+ 2019 has been launched A NEW suite of courses under Springboard+ 2019 has recently been launched. This brings the number of courses to 285 and the number of places available from this academic year to over 9,000. Four areas of critical importance have been identified: digital skills, soft skills, management and leadership and the workplace of the future. All courses address at least one of these areas in detail, with many including all four of the critical areas. Many courses focus on future-proofing the skills of people already in employment, particularly in roles that may be impacted by digitalisation. Springboard+ courses are free for people who are unemployed, those who were previously self-employed and returners to the workforce. 8 Education

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A demographic funding crisis GMIT sponsorship is on the ball is looming say universities AS almost 124,000 Leaving and Junior Certificate students sat exams in June, the Irish Universities Association called on the Government to set out a sustainable funding model to prepare for these and future generations of third level applicants. The numbers of students commencing exams are the beginning of a highly significant demographic bulge which will have a material impact on the funding per student at Ireland’s seven universities in the years ahead say the IUA. According to the Government commis-

sioned Cassells Report, the number of students completing second level will peak in 2029 when it is projected to be 27% higher than 2015. This huge uplift in student numbers represents the equivalent of needing another one and a half UCDs to cater for the inevitable demand in third level education. The recently published Indecon report on the impact assessment of Irish Universities stated that there has been a 50% increase in Irish university enrolments since the year 2000 and growing.

THE Gaelic Players Association and the Women’s Gaelic Players Association in association with Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology unveiled new scholarships for members of the organisations. The partnership covers four scholarships for taught masters programmes as well as a number of research masters. Research will focus priority areas such as recovery, sleep quality and nutrition. The research will be hugely beneficial to the GPA and WGPA to advance the welfare needs of inter county players.

Queen’s students' life-saving plane tech STUDENTS at Queen’s University Belfast have been creating unmanned aircraft technology capable of delivering relief to disaster zones. Teams from the MEng Aerospace Engineering degree programme were tasked with designing and building autonomously-controlled aircraft from scratch, which are capable of delivering two bottles of water and a medical kit to disaster victims using its own in-flight system. The designs were put through their paces during test flights in County Antrim and two of the teams will now travelled to the Institute of Mechanical Engineers UAS challenge in Wales.

The Power of Humour in Marketing's a hoot How can humour help sell products? Delegates attended IT Sligo’s annual marketing conference to find out why. A panel of well-known speakers shared their expertise including Mattress Mick and Sligo’s celebrity salesman, Eamonn Cunningham from EJ’s Mensware who gave some tips; “Don’t use copycat tactics, be inspired, use your imagination, don’t repeat, try to be original, Don’t worry about mistakes, learn from them”. 10 Education

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New scheme for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems THE Government has opened the second phase of the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH), which will provide operational support for biomass boilers and anaerobic digestion heating systems. This round of the Scheme will support businesses and farms for up to 15 years for the installation and on-going use of biomass and anaerobic digestion heating systems. The Scheme is designed to support up to 1,300 GWh of renewable heat per year (equivalent to the heating needs of circa 120,000 homes). Increase renewables Overall, the projects supp o r t e d w i l l i n c re a s e t h e renewable heat use in Ireland by three percentage points and decrease emissions in the non-ETS sector by approximately 300,000 tonnes of CO2 per year. The scheme has integrated lessons learned from other similar schemes in other jurisdictions and, as a result, includes detailed eligibility and budgetary controls. The first phase of the SSRH, an installation grant for heat

pumps, opened in September 2018 and supports ground, air and water source electric heat pump installations with grantaid up to 30% of the capital outlay. Under Project Ireland 2040, the National Development Plan sets out an allocation of €300 million for the rollout of the scheme for the period up to 2027. Biomass is the biodegradable fraction of products, waste and residues of biological origin from agriculture, forestry and related industries including fisheries and aquaculture. Biomass boilers work by burning biological matter and outputting the resulting heat for use in heating systems. Wood pellets, chips, logs or other biological materials are

fed - automatically, semiautomatically, or by hand - into a combustion chamber where they are ignited. Excess heat The hot gas and air produced by this process travel through a flue, and are then passed through a heat exchanger, which transfers the heat to the water used in the property's central heating system. The excess heat is also stored in a thermal tank. Anaerobic digestion is a process in which organic material (e.g. food waste, agricultural waste, silage, energy crops etc.) breaks down, in the absence of oxygen, to produce biogas. This can be combusted to generate heat and/or electricity.

NUI Galway launch nationwide wild honey bee online citizen survey AS the summer season begins, researchers from Zoology at NUI Galway have launched an online nationwide Citizen Survey, the first in Europe, in collaboration with the National Biodiversity Data Centre, The Native Irish Honey Bee Society and The Federation of Irish Beekeeping Associations. They are inviting people around Ireland to participate by recording their sightings of wild honey bee colonies. The researchers based in the Ryan Institute at NUI Galway are studying the wild honey

bees in Ireland to discover the number and distribution of their colonies and devise strategies for their conservation. Of the 99 species of bee in Ireland there is only one native wild honey bee, a sub-species called Apis mellifera mellifera or the Northern black bee, which is considered extinct in the wild across much of its European range. The public are asked to get in touch via the website with reported sightings of wild honey bees living anywhere other than a beehive.

To participate in the survey, visit: https://records.biodiversityireland.ie/record/wildhoneybeestudy

EPA report details Ireland's emmissions target problems IRELAND faces significant challenges in meeting EU 2030 reduction targets for Greenhouse Gases. Progress in achieving targets is dependent on the level of implementation of current and future plans. • Agriculture emissions are projected to increase with an expansion of animal numbers. • Continued growth in emissions from the transport sector is projected in the short term, largely due to fuel consumption from diesel cars and diesel freight. • Fossil fuels such as coal, peat and gas continue to be key contributors to emissions from the power generation sector Commenting on the figures Laura Burke, Director General, EPA said: “Our projections show that, in the long-term, there is a projected decrease in greenhouse gas emissions, as a result of climate mitigation policies and measures in the National Development Plan. However, to meet its EU targets for 2030 and achieve National policy ambitions, Ireland will need full implementation of those measures, plus additional measures in future plans.”

€10.2m available for new climate change research projects THE EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.2 million available for new research projects, to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three s t r a n d s : C l i m a t e & A i r, Environmental Sustainability, and Water. The Research Call highlights the importance of a clean, healthy and well-protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life. The EPA is funding more than 200 on-going research projects and Research Calls are open to all types of organisations, within and outside Ireland. Education 11

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Secure a great career CAO Change Of Mind | Think For The Future | Choose Carefully IT IS that time of year again when the i’s need dotting and the t’s need crossing particularly around CAO final choices. The decisions you make around your preferences on the CAO application form are very important as such decisions will determine your future career path. At GMIT Mayo campus we cater for a wide variety of courses leading to successful careers in many different areas. Therefore, if you are interested in business, the outdoors, history & geography, caring for people, social care, and early childhood why not consider including the following courses on your CAO form. • Interested in business and making money? Then you should consider our business and accounting courses (GA886, GA878, GA877). • Interested in adventure activities and the outdoors together with the environment and personal development? Check out our outdoor education courses (GA885, GA870). You can also make a direct application to the campus for our NEW geography & outdoor education programme. • Interested in history and geography? The Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in History and Geography and the Bachelor of Arts in Culture & the Environment is for you (GA887, GA872, GA862).

• Interested in caring for people? Choose general and/ or psychiatric nursing (GA880, GA882). • Interested in social care? Our courses in applied social care are for you. (GA879, GA889). • Interested in education for young children? Why not take our Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Early Childhood Care & Education (GA 890, GA871 ). A medium sized campus GMIT Mayo is a higher education campus located in Castlebar Co. Mayo with the popular tourist destination of Westport on its doorstep. The campus is a medium sized campus situated in a county with astonishing scenery, an unspoilt natural environment including mountains, lakes, rivers and rugged coastline on the Wild Atlantic Way. The friendliness and warmth of the staff on the campus makes GMIT a place where students can focus on their studies avoiding the pressures of modern city life. Accommodation is very affordable and there are plenty of opportunities

"GMIT Mayo campus is the best college in the world to study business and accountancy. Choosing GMIT and this campus of GMIT was a great choice as I am constantly experiencing and contributing to excellence in education here” "Jonathan Ryan - Bachelor of Business (Honours) in Accounting"

for students to get involved in extracurricular activities while at the same time achieving their higher education qualification. Apart from the excellent education students receive while on campus there are great opportunities for students to develop personally supported through our teaching and learning teams on campus and additional supports we provide such as academic writing, numeracy support and information technology support. The CHANGE OF MIND FACILITY on the CAO gives you the opportunity to enter your first preferences to match your talents and put you on the pathway to a successful career. Think long term, choose carefully and give the GMIT Mayo campus serious consideration for your first preferences. Details of all our courses are available at www.gmit.ie/mayo We also accept direct applications for advanced entry to all our different programmes including the Higher Certificate in Science in Information Technology Support, Bachelor of Science in Information Technology Administration, the Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Information Technology Support and the Bachelor of Arts in Contemporary Arts Practices. It is possible to make an application for such courses online through www.gmit.ie/apply-gmit. Education 13

Discover Erasmus teach, work or v THIS year marks 32 years of one of the most successful EU programmes ever, Erasmus. Over 90,000 Irish students and teachers have had a chance to study and train in other EU countries with the support of the Erasmus networks and grants from the European Commission. These days, Erasmus Plus (as it's now known) is not only for university students but has expanded its reach to vocational training, apprentices and youth workers. Statistics show that more than twice as many EU students come into Ireland for Erasmus, as Irish students go to other Member States. Most recent figures show that about 4,000 Irish students a year go through Erasmus to other EU countries to study, while about 8,000 EU students a year come here to Ireland. More successful than ever The top receiving Irish colleges are UCD, followed by the University of Limerick and UCC. The EU countries sending the most students to Ireland for their Erasmus placements are France, Germany and Spain. The European Commission has published new figures showing that the EU's education and training programme, celebrating its 32nd anniversary this year, is more successful and open than ever before. In 2017, Erasmus+ enabled 14 Education

797,000 Europeans to study, train, work and volunteer abroad. In the same year, the EU invested â‚Ź2.6 billion in over 22,400 projects involving 84,700 organisations. These are the main findings of the Erasmus+ Annual Report published by the European Commission. Results also show that the programme is well on track to meet its target of supporting 4 million people between 2014 and 2020. Mobility broadens horizons Jyrki Katainen, Vice-President responsible for Jobs, Growth, Investment and Competitiveness, and former Erasmus student at the University of Leicester (UK) said: “Education is vital in equipping people with the knowledge, competences, skills and ability to make the most of their potential and of the opportunities open to them. "Mobility broadens our horizons and strengthens us further. Erasmus can offer both. As a former Erasmus student, I have experienced this first hand. "I encourage other students and in particular teachers, trainers, youth workers and vocational education and training students to also make use of the opportunities open to them under Erasmus+". Opening up opportunities Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for

"Statistics show that more than twice as many EU students come into Ireland for Erasmus, as Irish students go to other Member States"

Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, said: "Erasmus has been opening up opportunities to young people for over three decades now, enabling them to develop vital skills, including social and intercultural skills, and promoting active citizenship. "By connecting people and supporting them in working together, the programme plays a key role in empowering our youth to build a better society. This is the solidarity Europe needs, now more than ever. I want to ensure that Erasmus+ can support even more people from a wider range of backgrounds in the future". Still expanding In 2017, Erasmus+ expanded even further by enabling, for the first time,

"Results also show that the programme is well on track to meet its target of supporting 4 million people between 2014 and 2020" Commissioner Tibor Navracsics

s+ to study, train, volunteer abroad higher education institutions to send and receive more than 41,000 students and staff to and from countries beyond Europe. France, Germany and Spain remain the top three sending countries, while Spain, Germany and the United Kingdom receive most of the Erasmus+ participants. Feedback from participants confirms that time spent abroad with Erasmus+ is time well spent: 94% say their skills have improved and 80% feel that it has boosted their career opportunities. One in three students who do traineeships abroad through Erasmus+ is offered a position by their host company. Societal challenges The report also gives an overview of steps taken by the Commission to adapt Erasmus+ to help the EU and Member States tackle societal challenges, such as the integration of refugees and migrants. For instance, the programme's Online Linguistic Support system has been extended to benefit 380,000 refugees between 2014 and 2017; â‚Ź4 million have been made available for this. The aim is to enable especially young people to enter the host countries' education systems and develop their skills. Over the past 32 years, Erasmus+ and its predecessors have supported

"Over the past 32 years, Erasmus+ and its predecessors have supported not only more than 5 million students, apprentices and volunteers, but also staff and youth exchanges, some 9 million people in total"

"Erasmus+ is also more open to people from disadvantaged backgrounds than any of its predecessors"

not only more than 5 million students, apprentices and volunteers, but also staff and youth exchanges, some 9 million people in total. Background Erasmus is one of the most successful programmes of the European Union. For over three decades, it has been offering in particular young people opportunities to gain new experiences and broaden their horizons by going abroad. What started as a modest mobility scheme for higher education students back in 1987, with only 3,200 students participating during its first year, Erasmus has developed over the last 32 years into a flagship programme benefiting over 325,000 higher education students per year. At the same time, the programme has become much broader, providing opportunities for study periods and traineeships/apprenticeships for both higher education and vocational education and training students, youth exchanges, volunteering and staff exchanges in all fields of education, training, youth and sport. Erasmus+ is also more open to people from disadvantaged backgrounds than earlier iterations of the programme. The geographical scope of the programme has expanded from 11 countries in 1987 to 33 currently (all 28 EU Member States as well as

Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein). Transnational partnerships The current Erasmus+ programme, running from 2014 to 2020, has a budget of â‚Ź14.7 billion and by 2020 will provide opportunities for over 4 million people to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. The programme also supports transnational partnerships between education, training and youth institutions as well as actions in the area of sport to contribute to developing its European dimension and tackle major cross-border threats. Moreover, the programme promotes teaching and research activities on European integration through Jean Monnet actions. Ambitious new programme In May 2018, the Commission presented its proposal for an ambitious new Erasmus programme, seeking to double the budget to â‚Ź30 billion in the EU's next long-term budget for the period 2021-2027. The aim is to triple the numbers of participants to 12 million, and to make the programme even more international and inclusive, by enhancing accessibility for people from a diverse range of backgrounds. Education 15

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Student retention rate at MIC 94 per cent MARY Immaculate College (MIC) is an exciting prospect for a college applicant. With a student retention rate of 94% (HEA, 2019), among the highest in Ireland, when students choose MIC they are clearly happy with their choice and prosper. MIC occupies a leading position in the third-level landscape, reflecting its world-class programmes, highly responsive student support services and excellence in learning and research. MIC offers over 40 programmes at undergraduate, postgraduate and doctoral levels – which are widely recognised and celebrated, nationally and internationally, for their academic excellence, offering learners the critical, analytical and transferrable skills central to success in an ever evolving economy. Now a multi-campus institute the College’s 5,000 students enjoy state-of-the-art campuses in the heart of Limerick City and Thurles town. Post-Primary Teaching Degrees In recent years MIC has expanded its geographical footprint with the incorporation of St. Patrick’s College, Thurles, increasing its programme provision to include five post-primary teaching programmes in subjects such as Business Studies, Accounting, Gaeilge, Religious Studies and Mathematics. including the new BA in Education Mathematics & Gaeilge (MI013).

The degrees at MIC Thurles are concurrent teacher education programmes and are structured so that the education component is included in each year and the graduate is qualified to teach to honours Leaving Certificate level after the completion of their degree. These programmes are accredited and recognised by The Teaching Council and there is no requirement to complete a postgraduate Masters in Education. This not only means graduates are qualified in four years but there are also the attendant cost savings. Bachelor of Arts The Bachelor of Arts (MI002) is a four-year degree programme with three years on campus and one year on career-specific work placement and/or study abroad. The degree is flexible and offers a wide range of familiar subjects to choose from such as English, Geography and History, to newer subjects such as Drama & Theatre Studies, Media & Communication Studies or Psychology. The Bachelor of Arts is a studentfocused experience, which imparts knowledge and assists individuals to become flourishing, critical thinkers and lifelong, flexible leaners, adaptable to any workplace. BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies For students interested in drama and theatre practice the exciting four-year BA in Contemporary and Applied Theatre Studies (MI001) is a must. Students will have the opportunity to develop their own artistic skills and gain a broader academic knowledge in drama and theatre studies. They will also have access to the extensive facilities of the Lime Tree Theatre, based on the Limerick campus, as well as the city-centre based Belltable Theatre. BA in Early Childhood Care and Education The BA in Early Childhood Care

and Education (MI007) is an innovat i v e a n d e x c i t i n g f o u r- y e a r programme, which focuses on pro"MIC offers over viding students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable 40 programmes at undergraduate, them to become professional leaders postgraduate and in the provision of care and educadoctoral levels – tion for children from birth to six which are widely years of age in a variety of settings. recognised and Bachelor of Education celebrated, Degrees nationally and MIC offers two of the most presinternationally, tigious primary school teaching for their degrees in the country – the Bachelor academic of Education (MI005/MI006) and excellence the B Ed in Education & Psychology (MI008). The Bachelor of Education is noted for its multi-disciplinary approach and is an internationally recognised qualification while the B Ed in Education & Psychology leads to both an academic and a professional qualification, allowing students to pursue careers in either Primary Te a c h i n g o r i n t h e f i e l d o f Psychology. Open Days MIC Limerick, Thursday 17th & Friday 18th October 2019. MIC Thurles, Saturday 23rd November 2019. For more information visit www.mic.ie. Education 17

Tourism – a world o an exciting and TOURISM is Ireland’s largest indigenous industry employing 230,000 people nationally, one in every ten of the labour-force. The industry is twice the size of agriculture and far bigger in employment than the construction industry, the IT industry, or the financial services sector. It crucially cannot be outsourced or off-shored and its economic benefits are felt both in our cities but also throughout rural Ireland. On a global scale, growth in tourism is most significant outside of our normal markets of Europe and the USA, with significant business growth in Asia and Africa. Tourist profiles are changing and those working in tourism now require a set of skills that reflect the global nature of the industry. Why study a programme in Hospitality, Tourism or Culinary Arts? Career opportunities, both here in Ireland and abroad, are almost limitless in the sector. The structure of all our programmes allows students to undertake work placements and internships at home and overseas, so that they are best placed to enter the world of work on graduation. The School of Tourism continues to develop its professional network to facilitate and support students in selecting their career paths. When choosing a career in the tourism industry, you are setting yourself apart from the many thousands of individuals who work in the industry on a casual basis, either while studying for other careers or while between jobs. Graduates of specialist programmes are destined for senior career roles, many of which are new to the industry. Non-traditional roles such as Digital Media

Managers are now as common as traditional roles such as Food and Beverage Director, Revenue and Reservations Managers or Destination Travel Executives, and programmes are designed to open up opportunities in a range of industries with links to tourism, from Finance, IT, Media and Marketing and Outdoor / Extreme Travel Experiences. Why choose LYIT School of Tourism, Killybegs, Co. Donegal? According to Dr Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin, Head of Department of Hospitality, Tourism and Culinary Arts, LYIT School of Tourism, formerly the Tourism College Killybegs, is the oldest campus outside Dublin dedicated to education and training in Culinary Arts, Hospitality Operations and Management, and Tourism. Established in 1969, and looking forward to celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2019, the campus has produced graduates who are renowned all over the world, ensuring that today’s graduates will be recognised as having received the education and training required to reach the top levels of the industry. Our education offering is expanded through a range of academic partners throughout Europe, where students can choose to study for a semester, supported through Erasmus+. We have partners in Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Malta, Romania and Turkey, and we are constantly enlarging our network to benefit our students. On completion of a programme of study at the School of Tourism, you will be perfectly placed to take the first step on your career, which will inevitably be exciting and fulfilling.

Graduate case study - taking opportunities available GIRTS Mihalkins graduated in 2016 with a BA in Hotel, Restaurant and Resort Management. As a student he stood out as a consummate professional, displaying a flair for perfection in practical settings. He gladly took the opportunities available to compete in a range of national and international competitions, winning gold medals and acclaim from industry mentors. This extra-curricular activity allowed Girts to work with the Capella group, at home, but also for his third year internship, at their Washington DC property in the USA, managing their rooftop bar operation. He returned to Donegal to take up the 18 Education

position of Assistant Conference and Banqueting Manager at Co Donegal’s only 5* property, Solis Lough Eske Castle. He is now ready for his next challenge and is happy to seek the assistance and support of the School of Tourism. In September 2018, he enrolled in the BA (Hons) in Hotel Management, and on completion of this one-year, add-on, programme he will be ready to take on a senior role in a luxury hotel anywhere in the world. Should you wish to visit the School of Tourism, we are happy to facilitate visits by Schools and welcome class visits to this unique and well-respected campus.

of opportunities in global industry

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

Full-time Programmes • Higher Certificate in Arts in Bar and Restaurant Supervision • Higher Certificate in Arts in Culinary Arts • BA / BA (Hons) in Hospitality and Tourism • BA / BA (Hons) in Culinary Arts • BSc / BSc (Hons) in Culinary Science • BA in Hospitality Management (Industry-based)

Part-time and CPD Programmes • Diploma in Restaurant Operations Management • Hotel Revenue and Digital Media Management • Food and Beverage Operations • Apprentice Chef De Partie and Sous Chef • Primary Food Hygiene and Management of Food Hygiene

For further details contact: Dr. Ciarán Ó hAnnracháin Head of School of Tourism t: 07491 86603, e: ciaran.ohannrachain@lyit.ie

For news, industry reports, job postings and more like our facebook page www.facebook.com/lyit.tourism

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Studying psychology at the University of PÊcs SINCE it opened its doors in 1367, University of PÊcs has positioned itself high on the higher education world map among Universities which build up future generations of modern society and offer excellent education. Being one of the most internationalized universities in Hungary, UP is today home to more than 4500 foreign students from over 114 countries. The heart of Europe The multi campus town of PÊcs is known as the heart of Europe where history and tradition meet modern life. Choosing to study in the European Capital of Culture of 2010, one becomes a part of a lively multicultural community. Offering almost 70 study programs, the University offers for everybody’s affinities something,

so the students who decide to study in PÊcs can fulfill their dreams of prospective careers not just in business, medicine, social and natural science, but also IT, engineering and arts. Among them are the BA and MA program in Psychology. Designed to lead to careers The program of studying men’s behavior at UP, founded on biological and social science, is designed to lead to careers in clinical, counselling, educational, forensic, health or occupational psychology. Through a practicum-orientated curriculum, students have the opportunity to gain specific knowledge which is awarded a valuable EU degree for an affordable tuition fee.

How to apply 1

Start an online application: bit.ly/apply-psychology


Gather all the documents, complete all questions and submit


Pay application fee (140 EUR)


Attend a Skype interview


If successful, receive the offer


Pay the first semester tuition fee (2,450 EUR)


Receive Letter of Acceptance and pre-arrival information


Arrive on campus

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Education to bring net gains for Irish seafood sector EQUIPPING the Irish seafood sector with the proper and relevant skills in business, financial management, marketing, law and innovation is essential to its sustainability and growth in a post-Brexit era. This is according to international fisheries and aquaculture expert Dr. Sigurdur Grétar Bogason who has more than 30 years of industry and academic research experience in the international seafood sector. Dr. Bogason was speaking at the official launch at Wexford County Council offices of the Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness at Institute of Te c h n o l o g y C a r l o w We x f o r d Campus, a new academic program m e t a ilore d f o r th e n e x t generation of seafood producers, managers and entrepreneurs. The course is the only Level 8 programme of its kind in the country and is a collaboration between Institute of Technology Carlow, Bord Iascaigh Mhara (BIM) and IFA Aquaculture.

Ireland’s global seafood sector. According to BIM’s recently published Business of Seafood report, the seafood industry in Ireland currently employs more than 14,000 people and the Government policy document Harvesting Our Ocean’s Wealth 2012 highlights training as

"The seafood industry in Ireland currently employs more than 14,000 people

Higher Diploma in Business

in AQUABUSINESS This course is designed to cater for those looking to enter management roles in Aquabusiness, Aquaeconomics, financial or regulatory roles in R&D or in a seafood processing company. The course may also appeal to those looking to start an Aquabusiness company or expand an existing company into new markets.

COURSE CONTENT Developed in partnership with Board Iascaigh Mhara (BIM – Ireland’s Seafood Development Agency), this programme offers modules in: — Aquabusiness Environment

Movers and shakers “In Iceland, there are now three universities delivering programmes for the seafood sector, one of which, in the north of the country, is a three-year degree course. Most of the movers and shakers in the seafood sector are graduates of this programme”, said Dr. Bogason. “Now with BREXIT looming ahead and increasing concerns about how trade will fare in the changed environment, companies in the seafood sector have started to prepare own scenarios and are putting strategies in place to meet any upcoming challenges. "Equipping the sector with the education and skills it needs is essential to the realisation of a strong and sustainable seafood sector that can meet whatever challenges lie ahead”. The Higher Diploma in Business in Aquabusiness aims to expand

essential to the continued growth of the sector. Designed to assist producers, mana g e r s a n d e n t re p re n e u r s , t h e programme has strong links with industry and includes lectures, work placement, guest lecturers and site visits.

Open to candidates from the SEAFOOD INDUSTRY including fisheries, aquaculture & seafood processing

— Law and Regulation for Aquabusiness

Supported by:

— Strategic and Innovation Management

• Irish South and East Fish Producers Organisation (ISEFPO)

— Financial Management and Planning — Marketing Management in Aquabusiness

• Irish South and West Fish Producers Organisation (IS&WFPO)

— Work Placement or Work Based Project

• Women in Fisheries Network (WIFN)

COURSE FEES 2019-2020 €2,500, however fees could be reduced if paid in full before 6th September 2019 and if candidates are successful in securing fundings assists.

For information on course content and applications please contact:

Applications are invited on the BIM grants portal www.bim.flexigrant.com for European Maritime Fisheries Fund (EMFF) assistance towards the cost of this programme. Grant aid of 50% of course fees and learner support costs are available for individuals in the sector.

Brian O’Loan BIM Email: aquabus@bim.ie Mobile: 087 2626578

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS — NFQ Level 7 or level 8 Award or equivalent in a related discipline. — Candidates who do not have a Level 7 or higher award but have other relevant industry experience may be eligible for the programme through RPL. Candidates may be required to attend an interview.

COURSE DELIVERY This course will take place every fortnight on Fridays and on Saturdays from 10-4pm over the academic year. Location: Institute of Technology Carlow, Wexford Campus, Summerhill Road, Wexford Course Start: Friday, 13th September 2019 Closing date for applications: Friday, 30th August 2019

Ireland’s EU Structural and Investment Funds Programmes 2014 - 2020 Co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Union

Dr Janette Davies Deputy Head Wexford Campus IT Carlow Email: janette.davies@itcarlow.ie Phone: 053 9185808

“I recommend anyone working in the Aquaculture industry in management to engage with this programme, it is very comprehensive, relevant and practical. I will encourage all future employees to do this course if they do not have a business background.” Mag Kirwan – Goatsbridge Trout Farm

EUROPEAN UNION This measure is part-financed by the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund

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Turning Dream Careers into Real Careers DCU Business School is amongst the leading Business Schools in Ireland, with innovative courses designed to develop work-ready graduates for the global marketplace. We have built a proven pathway to career success by exposing our students to paid work placements, foreign language and study abroad opportunities, choice of business specialisms, and incorporating innovation, creativity and enterprise in all our modules. CAO Courses 2020: — Business Studies — Business degrees International (French, German, Spanish, Chinese or Japanese) — Accounting and Finance — Global Business (France, Germany, Spain, USA or Canada — Marketing Innovation and Technology — Aviation Management (with Pilot Studies) To find out more, visit: business.dcu.ie

Alison Lowry: (A)Dressing Our Hidden Truths An artistic response to the legacy of mother and baby homes and Magdalene laundries by Alison Lowry

Pointedly and profoundly According to the Director of the National Museum, Lynn Scarff, there is no artist in Ireland or the UK working in glass who so pointedly and profoundly comments on the political, social and emotional fallout from such discomforting topics as those explored in this new exhibition. “It is not easy to face this traumatic past,” she said. “As cultural institutions it is our role to provide the space for exploration and discussion of all aspects of our history, in a

respectful and inclusive way.” The installation combines both art and artefacts, including an apron inspired by the Magdalene Laundries, photos of women incarcerated or ‘participating’ in Corpus Christi processions, artistic representations of the financial value of the indentured labour, responses by survivors and the apology from the State to Magdalene survivors, read by then Taoiseach Enda Kenny. Collaborations Alison also collaborates with other artists, including Úna Burke, who has designed pieces for Lady Gaga. Their joint installation is called A New Skin, which explores sexual violence, rape culture and consent. She also works with performance artist Jayne Cherry on a video installation called 35 I Can’ts, which explores the distress and entrapment of domestic violence. It is based on the statistic that a woman will be assaulted on average 35 times before she reports the abuse. Finally, Alison collaborates with poet Connie Roberts, whose poem Cardigan and reimagining of the popular song Weile Weile Waile, speak to the inhumanity of the institutions being explored. Connie, along with her 14 siblings were all sent to Industrial schools.

Photo: Phillip Lauterbach

ALISON Lowry: (A) Dressing Our Hidden Truths is a profound and moving artistic response to the incarceration, forced labour and brutality that were unspoken parts of Ireland’s legacy of state and church supported institutionalisation. The exhibition also explores the ongoing hidden truths of rape culture, consent and domestic violence. The exhibition will run until May 2020 at the Museum of Decorative Arts and History at Collins Barracks. Alison Lowry is an award winning, internationally reknowned glass artist from Co. Down. One of the most powerful elements within the exhibition is an installation called ‘Home Babies’ - a stark comment on the Tuam Mother and Baby Home. It consists of nine pâte de verre (glass paste) Christening Robes accompanied by a monologue of the names of 796 children, mostly infants, who died and were buried in an unused septic tank.

Instead of fragrance there will be stench; instead of a sash, a rope; instead of well-dressed hair, baldness; instead of fine clothing, sackcloth; instead of beauty, branding. Isaiah 3:24 Alison Lowry (2019)

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The Academic Writing Centre was founded at Athlone Institute of Technology in 2015. The cent through a variety of means: individual support, small group sessions, large group c ACADEMIC writing has become an integral part of the support provided for all learners at third level colleges. Structured learning support is available to students in a supportive learning environment. A strong emphasis is placed on academic writing skills and ensuring that all students are afforded adequate support, to ensure their writing requirements are met. The Academic Writing Centre was established at Athlone Institute of Technology – under the auspices of the Student Resource Centre – in 2015. The centre’s aim is to promote excellence in academic writing, through a variety of means: individual support, small group sessions, large group classes, seminars and class presentations. There is a strong focus on ensuring there is an inclusive educational experience. Tailored support It is important that the support offered is tailored to individual needs, catering for students across all years of study and across all disciplines. Some students prefer a one-to-one approach with a lecturer or tutor; others benefit from learning in small or large groups; other students enjoy attending one of the workshops designed to meet the demands of the students. We, in the Academic Writing Centre, work closely with lecturers who are teaching across the college, to ensure we can deliver writing packages specific to the various disciplines. We also liaise with class representatives, as they are aware of the difficulties experienced by their classmates when it comes to academic writing. Areas where support is requested 24 Education

include grammar, punctuation, paragraphing, essay structure, planning assignments, literature review, language, referencing and citing, paraphrasing, reflective writing, using research in academic writing, time management and writer’s block. Students in some subject areas are required to write more than others and essay length varies across disciplines. Some learners need more support with their writing than others, while other students are more eager to engage with the Academic Writing Centre than others. Transforming writing Some students arrive at the Academic Writing Centre in the early stages of their first year studies looking for help on a range of writing-related issues, including transforming their writing from Leaving Certificate English to lengthier academic essays. Many of them continue to visit the centre on a regular basis throughout their studies, while others are happy with one or two visits in total. Other students don’t engage with the centre until they hear about a literature review or dissertation! Writing literature reviews or tackling referencing for the first time, is, for many students, daunting and it is important that students are supported along the way. Some students embrace referencing and literature reviews, but their weak points might be grammar, punctuation or the basics of structuring an academic essay. Others have difficulty grasping referencing, but are strong on essay structure and sentence construction. It’s important that students are aware that the support afforded by

the Academic Writing Centre is free of charge and available to all registered students. In some cases, students, who may have been detached from the education system for several years or who may be leading busy lives, are struggling to BY get started with an assignment. The idea of tackling an assignment features in several queries at the Academic Writing Centre, along with Academic Writing time management. Skills Tutor, At the Writing Centre, no query is Athlone Institute too small; we offer tips on valuable of Technology aspects of the writing process including time management, overcoming writer’s block, preparing for examinations and progressing with course "At the Writing work. Centre, no Our lecturers and tutors – who query is too have a wealth of experience teaching small; we offer and learning at third level – focus on tips on constructive feedback, in a positive valuable and engaging environment. aspects of the writing process Bookings during the including time academic year management, A total of 1,761 students engaged overcoming with the Academic Writing Centre at writer’s block, Athlone Institute of Technology durpreparing for ing the 2018/2019 Academic Year: examinations 1,561 students attended classes or and progressing w o r k s h o p s a n d 2 0 0 s t u d e n t s with course attended individual appointments. work" Bookings were made through drop-ins, through the online booking system and through email: academicwritingcentre@ait.ie. Students from all disciplines engaged with the AWC, both for individual sessions and classes. Students across every year of their studies engaged with the AWC, particularly 4th year students. There was good interest, in particular, among students in Social Care and Health Science and Nutrition.


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tre’s aim is to promote excellence in academic writing, classes, seminars and class presentations.

Numbers of individual students who availed of support from the Academic Writing Centre

Group sessions were delivered by the Academic Writing Centre in a variety of subject areas

Left to right: Jackie Farrell and Emer Connolly of the Academic Writing Centre at Athlone Institute of Technology Students across each year of their studies availed of support from the AWC

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Sorted...com WHEN summer is over, seaside towns have more to offer than icecream cones and candy floss, and the Victorian seaside town of Dún Laoghaire is no exception. In the quiet end, bordering on leafy Monkstown, a restrained revolution is playing out in a modest building on Cumberland Street. The warriors are students and teachers carrying the banner for that educational sector that does not receive the same media attention as other educational sectors; extraordinary when you think that it is Further Education colleges like DFEi that are very real channels into third level institutions for school leavers who are disappointed with their Leaving Certificate results, and mature students who are looking to improve their prospects. It’s what a casual observer would call a win, win situation in the educational stakes. Personal missions So, let’s dust off our imaginary satchels and go inside the building where we will be met by a veritable ant colony – stairs and corridors filled with students of all ages and from diverse backgrounds, each focused on their own very personal mission. The short-term mission might be getting a seat in the canteen; the longer term one will, of course, be getting a place in a third level college or finding employment; but students always work better on a full stomach, so, while the queue for the canteen moves at its own pace let’s take a quick tour of DFEi. IIf you are lost, Kieran at reception will point you in the right direction, so don’t hesitate to ask him. Perhaps you would like to see the Learning Centre, and why not? It is a very bright and attractive space, specifically designed as a study hub replete with banks of computers. It is also 26 Education

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

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

on’t have enough points?

me to DFEi recording in the sound studio, broadcast your own show in the radio studio, or edit your own programme in the TV studio. Why not tune in to 107.8fm and listen to DFEi’s very own radio station, The Wave? You will find an archive of accomplished documentaries. Of course, nothing goes unnoticed by journalists, and the journalism students in DFEi are given every opportunity to report on the doings of the humans, animals and machines that make for that interconnected machine in a complex world. Having visited the Criminal Courts of Justice and listened to the evidence in a murder trial, sat in on a Dail debate, or grappled with the spectres of Brexit and Trump, the journalism students have plenty to write about. Showcasing talent The academic life of DFEi is punctuated by a vibrant calendar of social events showcasing the talents of the students. If you like an audience, there’s a captive one in DFEi. Sound Production students compose their own material to audition for the annual college album release. The skills of the Event Management, Office Administration and Security students are always sought for college events. Gigs, concerts, and talent shows are enjoyed by both students and staff, usually in the canteen, also known as The Hub, which as well as providing hot food, is equipped with a stage, sound booth and acoustic panelling.

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

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

is perfect for those of you who want to use your fascination with the past to propel your academic career forward. The formula is simple – eight QQI Level 5 or Level 6 modules with as many distinctions as you can get. But it takes work on your part. You need to come to class, complete assignments on time and prepare for exams. The teachers are there for you every step of the way if you are there for them. Find out more Look at our website on www.dfei. ie; it’s really rather attractive and the menu is quite tempting; our brochure is not bad either. We don’t offer ice-cream or candy floss but we do offer a fine education. Our Information Day is on Wednesday 4th September 2019 from 12.00am to 3.00pm. Come along and experience the facilities and the inclusive environment that is DFEi.

Ladder to a third level DFEi’s courses are designed to meet current industry standards. Students are taught the fundamental skills and survival techniques that will put them on the ladder to a third level qualification. You will be taught how to present work in written and oral format. You Education 27



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


Wednesday 4th September 2019 12.00am – 3.00pm 17 Cumberland Street, Dún Laoghaire, County Dublin www.dfei.ie • info@dfei.ie • (01) 2809676 28 Education

Visit DFEi to see the facilities in action

Embrace your Professional Development Pathway at NUI Galway NO matter where you are in your career, whether you work as a professional in secondary or further education, or whether you are involved in industry-led training, your need to learn about new pedagogical approaches, course design, ways to engage learners, how to develop your leadership ability, are among the many skills that will support you on your professional development pathway. At NUI Galway, we offer busy educators a range of courses which they can take in a flexible manner to develop their teaching skill-set. Here you will meet other like-minded professionals interested in developing excellence in teaching, in the company of our lecturing staff who are expert in their field. “Our teaching approach is practice-led”, explains Nuala McGuinn, Director at the Centre for Adult

Learning and Professional Development, at NUI Galway. “Students cover topics, teaching ideas and practical information which they can take back into their workplace and apply immediately”. The workshop-style approach which is applied in these blended learning courses, allows for an exchange of ideas and experiences from fellow classmates. “Due to the variety of people and backgrounds attending our courses, the exposure to different practice settings greatly enhances students’ learning experience”, highlights Nuala McGuinn. New courses on offer Among our newer courses on offer is a Higher Diploma in Politics and Society for secondary school teachers who require a qualification to teach the new ‘Politics and Society’ subject

“Students cover topics, teaching ideas and practical information which they can take back into their workplace and apply immediately”

on the Leaving Certificate curriculum, and a Diploma in Technology Enhanced Learning for those who have an interest in exploring and leveraging the opportunities of incorporating digital learning practice and strategy into their professional teaching. Our Degree and Masters courses in Early Childhood Studies are also available and provide an engaging curriculum to ensure students are up-to-date with current knowledge, research and legislation so that they may be responsive to the changing needs of children and families in this evolving sector.

FIND OUT MORE: A full list of all courses, application details and scholarships are available at www.nuigalway.ie/ adultlearning or call the Centre on 091 494066.

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Pembroke College

International School of Health, Beauty and Body Therapy

Considering a career in Beauty and holistic Therapies? We offer Full time & Part time courses leading to ITEC, CIBTAC and CIDESCO Internationally recognised qualifications.

Pembroke Graduates get jobs!!!

Contact us now to secure your future... PEMBROKE COLLEGE, 123 O CONNELL STREET, LIMERICK | ESTD 1987

Ph: 061 410628 | www.pembrokebeautycollege.ie

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Pembroke College

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

Fostering learning DESIGNER Group is a leading International Engineering and Energy solutions group, headquartered in Dublin. Established in 1992, the Group has operations in the UK, Kenya, Uganda, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Barbados, Germany, France and USA. We have 1,300 employees delivering solutions to global companies across multiple sectors. We provide turn-key packages for the design and installation of utilities, and also an ongoing operations and maintenance service through our dedicated subsidiary Sensori FM. Our people are the foundation of our continued growth across all client sectors. We invest in our people and have a philosophy of continuous professional development. This investment has produced an innovative and passionate team that deliver projects for our clients safely, efficiently and to the highest standards in the industry. Dedicated Training Academy We know people are hungry for knowledge and we try to meet this need by fostering learning and supporting continuous development for apprentices, tradespeople and engineers. This commitment has been strengthened by opening a dedicated Training Academy in 2016, delivering a range of services such as Safe Pass, Manual Handling and Working at Heights training. In 2018, the Training Academy received City and Guilds accreditation which allows us to deliver Electrical Testing and Verification courses both internally and externally. Building Information Modelling Throughout the planning and implementation phases, we adopt

"We invest in our people and have a philosophy of continuous professional development"

"Engineers work on a wide range of both design projects and construction projects and utilize the latest technology and software available"

Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) as part of our standard practice. VDC represents new technologies and creation of methodologies based on a visual experience. It enhances existing planning, communication, safety, quality assurance and productivity procedures. Our Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 accreditation allows us to seamlessly manage data. We are passionate about the development of VDC, which is why we partner with high-profile industry and academic bodies to drive related research to the next level. The ideal candidate for a role within the BIM Department in Designer Group would have an engineering background or have a trade related to MEP. Engineering Designer Group’s engineering team is made up of both mechanical and electrical design engineers and project engineers. Engineers work on a wide range of both design projects and construction projects and utilize the latest technology and software available. Designer Group holds an Engineering Ireland Continuous

Professional Development accreditation. All Designer Group engineers are encouraged to continue learning and developing throughout their career. Biomass/Renewable Energy Projects Designer Group offer extensive expertise in developing biomass energy projects, from industrial boilers producing 6 tonnes of steam per hour to 65MW electrical power plants, burning a wide range of fuels from rice husk to chicken litter and Construction and demolition wood. Biomass energy allows for a reduction in energy costs and exposure to fluctuations in fossil fuel costs. Furthermore, biomass can reduce a client’s carbon footprint by replacing fossil fuels with carbon-neutral fuel sources. The carbon emissions produced from sustainable biomass combustion is offset by the carbon sequestered during the growth of the next crop of material. Biomass is typically developed with local supply chains, providing local employment through production and processing. Biomass supply chains are developed to conform to international standards for sustainability. Education 31

Sallynoggin College o students dazz INDUSTRY experts puzzled about the future of fashion need look no further than to the SCFE Fashion Design and Fashion Styling students who presented a unified message at our college’s first “Slow Show” dressing well doesn’t have to cost the earth. An even mix of avant-garde and ready-to wear-pieces were paraded down the runaway at this year’s annual SCFE fashion show but what each of the eclectic designs had in common was sustainability. The stylish creations exhibited at the show, attended by the Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD, rebelled against the fast-fashion trend which has been condemned for its harmful effects to the environment. There was standing room only at the April event in which audience members were not only treated to a fashion feast, but a lesson in dressing sustainably and on-trend. Aoife Banks, an SCFE Fashion Design graduate and slow fashion devotee, presented the show where our college’s Fashion Styling students demonstrated their commitment to slow fashion by up-cycling and customising pre-loved pieces and materials. Exercise in ingenuity In an exercise in ingenuity as part of the show, our SCFE Fashion Design students used abandoned clothing discovered along the nearby coastline and turned the materials into edgy streetwear. This work went on display at the waste prevention exhibition “The Tide is Turning”in the LexIcon, Dún laoghaire from Thursday 16th to Thursday 23rd May. This was a collaborative project with Dún laoghaire County Council, SCFE, IADT and An Taisce's Clean Coasts which aimed to encourage waste prevention and increase environmental awareness. It wasn’t just the college’s fashion students dazzling audiences. On 4th April, our Performing Arts students staged two performances at Dún Laoghaire’s Lexicon Studio. 32 Education

In Almost There, a touching exploration of love, actors moved the audience from tears to laughter in quick succession. The play depicted love in all its beautiful and painful incarnations, from falling in love, to unrequited love. The Advanced Performing Arts students then staged Error 404, a humorous examination of identity in our social media obsessed world, penned by the students themselves. The play explores what happens when the human is taken out of human resources and in the end it is artificial intelligence which saves a trapped group of misfits in need of rescuing. On 10th April, the SCFE Professional Floristry students welcomed Spring in a wedding exhibition held at the college. Sallynoggin’s greenfingered students showcased their floral designs at the Weddings Exhibition which was

opened by An Cathaoirleach, Dún Laoghaire Rathdown County Council, Cllr Ossian Smyth who praised the creativity and enthusiasm of the students who exhibited an "The body of array of beautiful bouquets. work on Floristry teacher, Ciara Quigley is display a Chelsea Medal winner and stushowed a broad range of dents have benefited from her floristry expertise and flair for design. experience Also in attendance were a number and artistic of former students who have gone flair, created on to open their own businesses. from the subjects they Official opening have studied And last but not least, the Art and at SCFE Photography students presented the including official opening of their 2019 graduGraphic ate exhibition again at the LexIcon, Design, Dún Laoghaire on 7th May. This Illustration, Exhibition, again opened by Cllr Photography, Ossian Smyth, was a year long jourPainting, ney for a group of talented and Drawing and dedicated students. The body of Sculpture" work on display showed a broad range of experience and artistic flair, created from the subjects they have studied at SCFE including Graphic Design, Illustration, Photography, Painting, Drawing and Sculpture.

For an insight into student life at the college visit our Facebook page: www.facebook.com/SallynogginCollege/ and our Instagram page: www.instagram.com/sallynoggincollege/

Sallynoggin College is currently open for free on line application up until September 2019 www.scfe.ie Interviews will take place for all courses in June, July, August & September. Courses commence September 2019. Applications close 30th September 2019. Applications open November 2019 for September 2020 Join us for our OPEN DAY and interviews on 26TH AUGUST 2019 11am to 4pm.

Advanced Fashion Industry Practice students, Leah Cole and Sive Molumby with guest speaker Minister for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD.

Check out our new course options for September 2019 including: • Pre University Primary Teacher Training (including Higher Level Leaving Certificate Irish) and • Pre University Post Primary Teacher Training QQI Level 5 5M3635 • Early Childhood Care and Education with Montessori QQI Level 5 5M2009

of Further Education zle audiences • Inclusive Education & Training with Disability Studies and Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 6 6M2263 • Musical Theatre and Dance Level 5 5M5151, Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance (Intermediate Modern Examinations) • Pilates Teaching including Somatic Studies QQI Level 6M 5147, ITEC, REPS Ireland • Yoga Teaching including Wellbeing and Holistic Studies QQI Level 5 5M4468, ITEC, REPS Ireland All of these course have clear employment and educational progression links, please see our website for details www.scfe.ie Sallynoggin College of Further Education is conveniently located within walking distance of Dún Laoghaire and is well served by public transport. Students can also avail of our free secure parking.

Pictured at the launch of the Art & Photography Exhibition showing submissions by students of Sallynoggin College of Further Education were, left to right, Councillor Ossian Smyth, Cathaoirleach of Dún LaoghaireRathdown County Council and Josh McGowan. Photo by Peter Cavanagh

LIST OF COURSES CREATIVE STUDIES QQI Level 5: Art, Craft & Design - Portfolio Preparation QQI Level 6: Advanced Art & Design QQI Level 5: Photography QQI Level 5: Professional Floristry


DANCE/PERFORMING ARTS QQI Level 5: Musical Theatre & Dance QQI Level 5: Performing Arts/Acting and Performance for Theatre, TV and Film QQI Level 6: Advanced Performing Arts FASHION, HAIR & BEAUTY QQI Level 5: Fashion Buying, Styling & Visual Merchandising QQI Level 6: Advanced Fashion Industry Practice QQI Level 5: Fashion Design QQI Level 6: Advanced Fashion Design QQI Level 5 & ITEC: Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy QQI Level 6 & ITEC: Advanced Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy




Sallynoggin | Dún Laoghaire | Co. Dublin

Sallynoggin | Dún Laoghaire | Co. Dublin

FITNESS, HEALTH AND WELLBEING QQI Level 5 & ITEC: Fitness Instruction & Exercise QQI Level 6 & ITEC: Personal Training and Sports Therapies Including Sports Massage & Physiotherapy Assistant QQI Level 6 & ITEC: Personal Training and Strength & Conditioning QQI Level 5 & ITEC: Yoga Teaching including Wellbeing and Holistic Studies QQI Level 6 & ITEC: Pilates Teaching including Somatic Studies CHILDHOOD EDUCTION QQI Level 5: Early Childhood Care and Education with Montessori QQI Level 5: Early Childhood Care and Education including Special Needs Assistant QQI Level 5: Pre University Primary and Post Primary Teacher Training QQI Level 6: Advanced Early Childhood Care and Education QQI Level 6: Advanced Special Needs Assisting

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SOCIAL STUDIES, YOUTHWORK AND DISABILITY STUDIES QQI Level 5: Social Studies including Criminology and Addiction Studies QQI Level 6: Advanced Social Studies including Advocacy QQI Level 5: Youth Work and Community Development including Criminology and Addiction Studies QQI Level 6: Inclusive Education and Training, Disability Studies and Special Needs Assisting TOURISM & TRAVEL QQI Level 5: Airline and Travel Industry Studies QQI Level 5: Hospitality & Tourism Industry Studies QQI Level 6: Advanced Hospitality, Travel & Event Management


26th August 11am -4pm Apply online now Check us out on: www.scfe.ie Free online application www.scfe.ie. All courses of one or two years duration are fully accredited by QQI and other recognised awarding bodies and lead directly to employment or progression to Higher Education Institutes and Universities. Recognised for SUSI Grants. Sallynoggin College of Further Education is a Constituent College of Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board

Applications Now Open for Sept 2019 Sallynoggin College of Further Education is a Constituent College of Dublin & Dún Laoghaire Education & Training Board

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Academic year Sept 2019 – May 2020 Post Leaving Cert Courses at QQI Level 5 & 6 • • • • • • •

Applied Social Studies Applied Psychology Childcare/Special Needs Assistant Nursing Studies Health Service Skills Nutrition, Health and Well Being * New Pharmacy Assistant

• • • • • • •

Pre-University Arts Pre University Liberal Arts Pre-University Arts: Pre-Primary and Secondary Teaching * New Pre-University Law Pre University Business Law * New Pre-University Science/Agricultural Science Pre University Sports and Food Science * New

• • • • • • • •

Pre University Business Legal and Medical Secretary/Office Administration Business and Accounts Administration * New Computing and Digital Media Online Marketing * New Computer Systems and Networks Graphic Design * New Media and Film Production * New

• • • • • • • • • •

Early Childhood Care & Education Healthcare Supervision Beauty Therapy * New Hairdressing Senior Trade Tourism and Travel with Business * New Business * New Equine Business * New Multimedia & Web Development Sports Industry Practice * New Professional Cookery

• • • • • • • • • • • •

Tourism and Travel Airline Studies Beauty Therapy Hairdressing Animal Care Horsemanship and Equine Business/Science Professional Cookery Sports Management & Coaching Sports Injury Prevention Music Performance Sound Production Art Portfolio


• 29th of May. • Late June and beginning of Sept.

Contact office on:Dunboynecollege@Lmetb.ieor T.: 01 802 6577 Dunboyne CFE, Dunboyne Business Park, Dunboyne, Co. Meath A86WC91

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Getting third level education off to the right start IN December of 2018 Dunboyne College received confirmation from LMETB, Solas, and the Department of Education that the college will have the teaching resources to reach 1000 students from next year. This coupled with the fact that work on identifying a new site for the development of the new campus is well advanced means that the only college of further education in County Meath can develop even more new programmes to add to its existing 44 courses, as well as developing new traineeships, apprenticeships and HND qualifications into the future. The college serves Meath, west Dublin and north Kildare but students are currently coming from other parts of Leinster as well. University offers The progression opportunities to third level from Dunboyne College are significant and this past summer 241 of our graduates received honours degree Level 8 offers and 208 received Level 7 ordinary degree offers.

As usual some of our local universities had the bulk of the offer especially Maynooth University five miles away with 85 offers including 49 for Arts as well as multiple offers for Social Science, Science and Business and Law. There were also numerous offers to other universities including 22 to DCU, 14 to UCD, 8 to Trinity College, 8 to NCI, and 68 to DIT. It was similar story for I.T. colleges a r o u n d t h e c o u n t r y w i t h I . T. Blanchardstown leading the way with 126 offers in Business, Creative Media, Sports Management and Coaching, or Early Childhood Care and Education. In fact there were over 200 offers in total for the new TU Dublin. Ideal way One year QQI level 5 Programmes like the majority run in Dunboyne are an ideal way to pursue a course in an area of interest and access to third level option. By having a day a week in a work experience setting, it allows students to see if they are pursuing the correct

"Students often do far better at further education level as they are now studying in an area of their passion and aptitude like nursing, sports, childcare, science or cookery rather than in the Leaving Cert"

option before embarking on a four year degree course or entering a career. Students often do far better at further education level as they are now studying in an area of their passion and aptitude like nursing, sports, childcare, science or cookery rather than in the Leaving Cert where Irish, English and Maths etc. were compulsory. Increasing in popularity As students also learn referencing, research and self-directed learning they tend to stay the full third level course afterwards, unlike many who go straight from Leaving Cert who are often not very sure of their options. Dropout rates for students who do a level 5 QQI course are less than 3% on progression compared to 10% at university level up to 20% on some courses for leaving cert entrants to IT colleges. Dunboyne courses are increasing in popularity with this year over 2100 students applying for 800 places for 2018 entry. Education 35

GRETB Training Centre Mervue Business Park, Mervue, Galway

The GRETB Training Centre in Mervue Business Park, Galway City celebrates 50 years of Training provision in the West of Ireland during 2019. The Centre offers a diverse range of training delivery options including: Full time Day Courses, Evening and Saturday Courses as well as Blended Learning programmes. The Centre is continuously developing new training options to meet the needs of Learners and Industry. Successful completion of training courses offer many benefits from a personal and career perspective and can allow a person the opportunity to upskill or reskill towards a new career path.

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY COURSES MySQL & PHP, Web Design, Java Programming, CCNA, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cloud Essentials, CompTIA Network+.

ENGINEERING COURSES AutoCAD - Computer Aided Draughting & Design, Solidworks CAD – 3D Parametric Modelling, CAD/CNC Milling & Turning, Welding Arc & OxyAcetylene, MIG & TIG Welding.

TRANSPORT COURSES Bus Driving, HGV Rigid and Artic, Delivery Driver.

OTHER COURSES Manual & Computerised Payroll & Bookkeeping, Cleanroom & Packaging Operations, Pharmacy Retail Skills, Sports & Recreation, ECDL, Supervisory Management, Start your own Business, Reception & Clerical Skills, Door Security & Guarding Skills, First Aid Responder, and many more Since 2016, new Apprenticeships in areas such as Finance, Engineering, Manufacturing Technology, Logistics and Hospitality have been developed and rolled out, these are in addition to traditional craft apprenticeships in the areas of Construction, Electrical and Motor. These apprenticeships for Galway and Roscommon are administered from the GRETB Training Centre. For further information about Apprenticeships visit the www.apprenticeship.ie or call GRETB Services to Business Team on 091 706200.

The Centre has fully equipped classrooms, IT suites and workshops and has one of the only dedicated simulated training facilities for cleanroom operatives in Europe. Courses are certified, and accredited by national and internationally recognised examining and professional bodies. The Training Centre offers literacy and numeracy support services tailored to course content. The GRETB Training Centre amenities include a fully serviced canteen, Wi-Fi, free car parking, and we are conveniently located on local bus routes.

For further information or to register for a course visit:

gretbtrainingcentre.ie or fetchcourses.ie You can also call us on 091 706200

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St Louis Community School

Want to focus on ‘the doing’? Choose a PLC course at St Louis CS, Kiltimagh ST LOUIS CS, Kiltimagh has been offering post leaving cert (PLC) courses for over a decade and demand has never been so great. “Their mixture of practical work, academic work and work experience offer a great route to get industryrecognised qualifications. A PLC course also offers students an alternative route to higher education as you can apply through CAO using the points you receive for your QQI award,” said PLC Coordinator Suzi Ottewell. PLC courses also are a great way to explore an area of interest, or simply to get a taste of a new subject. In addition they provide the opportunity to fund any future college education by completing a beauty therapy, childcare or hairdressing course you will have the skills and know how to earn whilst you study. Responding to changing needs As St Louis CS continues to respond to the changing needs of both learners and employers, there are 14 level 5 and 6 PLC courses available for the 2019-2020 academic year. They cover eight areas: sport, childcare, business/IT, nursing, community care, hairdressing and barbering, education and training, and beauty therapy. The PLC facilities at St Louis CS include dedicated beauty and hairdressing salons, exercise and cardio vascular rooms,

"They provide the opportunity to fund any future college education by completing a beauty therapy, childcare or hairdressing course you will have the skills and know how to earn whilst you study"

IT rooms, a break room, an on-site canteen, plus internet access with networked printing for research and project work. Off-site access to course resources and information is also available. An approved centre for three awarding bodies St Louis CS is an approved centre for three awarding bodies: QQI, City & Guilds and ITEC. This means that industry-leading qualifications in hairdressing, barbering, beauty therapy, sports massage, strength and conditioning, personal training and fitness instructing are all available at one location in East Mayo. “St Louis CS is the only approved ITEC centre for Sports and the only City & Guilds centre for hairdressing in Mayo,” added Suzi. All the further education courses at St Louis CS are open to people with a Leaving Cert or equivalent qualification, although it’s important to check individual course entry requirements. Applications are now open for courses that start in September 2019. Forms are available from the school 094 9381228, or by online application through www. stlouiscs.com. Places are limited, so early application is very much recommended. To find out more and/or visit the PLC facilities on offer, contact Suzi on 094 9381228.

"All the further education courses at St Louis CS are open to people with a leaving cert or equivalent qualification"

"Places are limited, so early application is very much recommended"

The fantastic bright and airy beauty treatment room in St Louis

St Louis PLC Sports students in action

The new fitness gym facilities at St Louis

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Apply online www.bfei.ie

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Leading PLC provision in Ireland FOR many years Further Education, and in particular Post Leaving Cert. ( P L C ) p ro v i s i o n h a s b e e n t h e “Cinderalla” of the Irish education system. Even with over 30,000 participants annually, PLC Colleges and Further Education Institutes fall between the two stools of Post Primary and Third Level. With the restructuring and reimagining of Further Education and Training under the stewardship of SOLAS, PLC programmes and students are beginning to receive the deserved recognition and support. Arguably, Blackrock Further Education Institute (BFEI) is one of the flagship PLC colleges in Ireland. Built on the site of the original Blackrock Town Hall, the Municipal Technical College of 1903 and the Carnegie Library, BFEI’s award winning campus and cutting-edge technology exemplifies the new importance and value of further education and in particular PLC courses. While the BFEI facilities may be exceptional, what happens inside is common to many locations nationwide. All PLC courses are quality assured and focussed either on providing progression paths to higher education or direct employment opportunities. Employment-oriented courses BFEI’s Beauty and Theatrical Makeup are examples of employment-oriented courses. These courses develop industry relevant, accredited skills while remaining accessible and affordable. There is an insatiable demand for quality professionals in the industry and many students have secured employment prior to course completion. Teachers continuously upskill and fine-tune curricula to meet new labour market expectations. The success of a college is measured by the achievement of the students. As well as winning numerous national competitions, four BFEI students enjoyed an all expenses trip to Paris as winners of the 2019 Matis

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

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

activities that help create friendships and promote teamwork. The Erasmus+ programme offers potential for European exchange. In 2019, BFEI Beauty Therapy students completed three weeks work experience in Tenerife in 4 and 5-star spas and salons. Computer Science and Network Security students were placed in Utrecht, The Netherlands. Both groups received excellent feedback and Europass certification. Ambitious plans to further enhance these links for the 2019/2020 academic year were recently approved. Upskill or reskill It is difficult to identify the typical PLC student. As the acronym suggests many are in the 18-25 age bracket. However, there are significant numbers of more mature students that wish to upskill or reskill. The value of life-long learning and social inclusion, while difficult to quantify are also important roles for PLC colleges. Remember all are welcome. If studying in Blackrock Further Education Institute is of interest, the next Open Afternoon is 28th August 12pm to 5pm. Google Blackrock Further Education or go directly to www.bfei.ie for further details and apply online. Education 39

Enrolling NOW for courses commencing in September 2019

Stillorgan College of Further Education

Coláiste Breisoideachais Stigh Lorgain

- Event Management with PR & Digital Marketing - Photography - Travel & Tourism with Airline Studies - Computer Skills for Business - Multimedia & Web Development (Level 6) - Multimedia with Digital Video - Multimedia with Game Design - Business & Computer Skills (Level 6) - Journalism - Illustration & Design - Animation - Art Foundation - Media Foundation •

All courses are QQI certified

No Tuition Fees

Progress to Degree Courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme

No Points Requirement

Free Parking

Convenient to Public Transport

www.stillorgancollege.ie (01) 2880704

All courses are QQI certified and enable students to progress to Degree Courses through the Higher Education Links Scheme

Progression and employment AT North Kerry College of Further Education, Listowel, our programmes are aimed at improving the employment prospects of learners and in providing progression routes to future education. Over 90 per cent of students achieved full certification last year. North Kerry College is part of the Kerry Education and Training Board. The college has developed links with the Institute of Technology Tralee, University College Cork, Kerry ETB Training Centre and other courses in Ireland and the UK in providing a wide range of programmes and progression pathways.

Management for the elected representative of Adult Learners. A Quality Assurance system is in place to maintain and improve the quality of the programmes in Further Education. Learning Supports are available for students who require additional assistance in meeting the demands of the QQI programmes and assessment procedures.

"The college atmosphere is based on partnership and respect between students and teachers"

Work and play Social activities such as field trips and social functions are seen as an important aspect of education and are organised throughout the year. The atmosphere in the College is based on partnership and respect between students and teachers and has regard to the different circumstances, interest and background of each individual.

Progression routes Having completed a full QQI (formerly FETAC) level 5 programme of study a student can earn 390 CAO points for any University or Further Adult Education College. Students who complete a full Level 5 QQI programme can gain entry into the business, Early Childhood Care and Education and other Level 8 degree programmes at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. Students who complete some Level 6 QQI programmes, to a specific level, may progress directly to second year in some Higher Education Degree Programmes. Scholarships are awarded by North Kerry College to learners who progress to Higher Education or to Further Education. The college also provides City & Guilds courses plus the Department of Education junior and senior trades in Hairdressing. Modern facilities This campus offers modern classrooms, ICT rooms and canteen area creating that college feeling. Parents who attend the College and who require child minding facilities are catered for by Listowel Family Resource Centre, Stokers Grove, John B. Keane Road, Listowel, and other facilities through the provision of reserved child minding places. Study Skills Programmes are available to learners who are returning to full-time education and the college reserves a place on the Board of Education 41

Choose your education journey CREATIVE ARTS TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE BUSINESS & HOSPITALITY SPORTS & SERVICES INDUSTRIES HUMANITIES, SOCIAL & HEALTH Whatever your ambitions, Carlow Institute can help you achieve your goals Choose Carlow Institute for: · · · · ·

Over 50 fulltime PLC courses at L5 & L6 A student-centred college Excellent results Experienced, talented staff Outstanding facilities

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Kinsale College teacher receives national award HELENA Farrell, a teacher at Kinsale College has won the inaugural John Kelly Award for Universal Design for Teaching and Learning. Helena was shortlisted with two other candidates from third level colleges. Each candidate was invited to deliver a short presentation in front of judging panel on Thursday 21st March at the AHEAD Conference in Croke Park, Dublin. The judging panel recognised Helena’s achievement for being innovative in teaching and learning, incorporating activity-based teaching pedagogy and for embracing the Universal Design in Teaching and Learning teaching methodologies into her classes in Kinsale College. The John Kelly Award for Universal Design for Learning was launched in 2018 by A HE A D ( A ssoc i a ti o n fo r H i g h e r Education Access and Disability) recognises the innovative practice of teaching staff in further and higher education engaging with the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) framework to deliver a more inclusive learning experience for their students. It is targeted at practitioners who have demonstrated their emergent commitment to UDL by undertaking the Digital Badge

for Universal Design in Teaching & Learning and making exciting changes to their practice as a result of their participation in the badge. It is a massive achievement for Helena and Kinsale College. It puts Kinsale College at the forefront of inclusive education in Ireland and solidifies its position as a leader

in providing a supportive, engaging environment for students with all learning needs. Kinsale College is currently accepting applications for all its courses for September 2019. Visit www.kinsalecollege.ie for further details. The college Open Day is Friday 30th August.

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KCFE establishing itself as Pre-Teaching Hub TEACHING as a career continues to prove a very popular choice for School Leavers and Mature Students. Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) has begun to establish itself as a feeder for students wishing to progress to Universities and Teacher Training Colleges. From next September, KCFE plans to expand its array of Pre-Teaching courses on offer. The aim of undertaking a PreTeaching course is to educate a student in a particular subject area while introducing them to the concepts of education and training; while offering them an opportunity to undertake micro-teaching and work experience within a teaching environment. Before committing It will facilitate the student in making an informed decision on whether teaching is a suitable future career for them going before committing to a three or four year Degree. Currently Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE) offers: 1. A Pre-Teaching and Education Studies course currently facilities progression several teaching training programmes and Arts Degrees.

2. Music and Theatre Studies courses will facilitate a student’s progression to second level teaching in Religious Education and Music at Dublin City University. 3. Art, Craft and Design course links into second level Art Teacher Training programme, at the National College of Art and Design in Dublin for example. 4. Software Development Course facilitates progression into the new University College Galway’s Computer Science and Maths Teacher Training degree programme. Computer Science is now a leaving certificate subject so demand for these teachers will increase going forward. Upcoming courses New from next September, KCFE expands the Pre-Teaching offering to include: 1. Sports and Physical Education PreTeaching is designed for those who are considering pursuing a career in PE Teaching. Physical Education is proposed as a Leaving Cert subject in the near future which will inevitably increase the demand for these teachers.

Once the Sports and Physical Education Level 5 is completed, students are eligible to apply for a number of reserved places on the Bachelor of Education Degree in Sports Studies and Physical Education course at UCC, designed for second level teaching. Places are offered on a competitive basis to eligible students who meet the desired grades. 2. Business Studies Pre-Teaching course is recognised as an entry route into Business Studies (with Accounting or Religious Studies) Teaching Training programme at Mary Immaculate College of Education – Thurles Campus, subject to grades achieved. This is a new route to teaching offered by Mary Immaculate and they actively encourage PLC relevant graduates to apply for places. Every support Many of the options outlined are subject to a student achieving their full PLC award and performing at a certain level in their chosen course, in order to ensure they are eligible for progression to further third level education. KCFE provides students with every support to help them achieve their goals and after that the sky is the limit.



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Waterford College of Further Education WCFE Courses for 2019/ 2020* Media Studies / Journalism / Sound Eng. / Audio Vis / Photography Journalism, Photography and New Media- Journalism - 5M2464 Sound Engineering and Music Technology-Sound Production - 5M2149 Advanced Certificate in Audio/Visual Media Production - 6M5130 Arts / Photography Art & Design Portfolio- Art/ Craft/ Design - 5M1984 Photography and Digital Media- Photography - 5M2094 Beauty Therapy / Alternative Therapies / Nail Tech Beauty Therapy - Year 1 Advanced Beauty Therapy & Make-Up Artistry - Year 2 Alternative Health & Wellbeing Therapies Hairdressing Hairdressing - Year 1 and 2 Business Studies / Security / Accounting Tech Business Studies - 5M2102 Advanced Certificate in Business - 6M4985 Accounting Technician Apprenticeship- Advanced Certificate in Accounting Security Studies-Certificate in Security Studies -5M2110 Engineering / Construction Construction Technology - 5M5010 Computing / Multimedia Computer Systems and Networks - 5M0536 Multimedia Production - 5M2146 Security Systems Technology - CELTX Animal Care Animal Care - 5M2768 Level 6 Animal Science NEW COURSE - 6M5153 Canine Grooming - Animal Care - 5M2768

Nursing / Healthcare / Pharmacy Pharmacy Assistant- Community Health Service - 5M4468 Applied Psychology- Community Health Service - 5M4468 Healthcare Support/Health Service Skills - 5M4339/ 5M3782 Nursing Studies - 5M4349 Childcare / Psychology / Special Needs Childcare - Early Childhood Care and Education - 5M2009 Special Needs Assistant- Intellectual Disability Practice - 5M1761 Level 6 Special Needs AssistantInclusive Education and Training - 6M2263 NEW COURSE Level 6 Advanced Certificate in ChildcareEarly childhood Care and Education - 6M2007 Pre Third Level Arts- General Studies - 5M114 NEW COURSE Social Studies / Community Addiction Applied Social Studies - 5M2181 Community Addiction Studies- Applied Social Studies - 5M2181 Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Social Care- Social and Vocational Integration 6M2218 Tourism, Travel & Hospitality Tourism and Travel Industry Studies- Tourism with Business - 5M5011 Sports / Fitness Sports Studies, Physiology and Massage- Sport and Recreation - 5M5146 Level 6 Sports Therapy and Injury Management- Sports and Recreation - 6M5147 Sport, Recreation and Exercise - 5M5146 Fitness and Health- Sports and Recreation - 5M5146 V.T.O.S. Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme • Social and Healthcare Studies • Childcare and Youth Studies • Business Studies

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CAO points a worry? Unsure of your college choices? Read on‌‌ EVERY year a significant number of students face into their Leaving Certificate exams full of uncertainty about the direction of their 3rd level studies. It is difficult to make a definite choice from the myriad of courses on offer at a wide range of Universities and Institutes of Technology. Everything can at times seem so rushed. But why the hurry? There are a range of pre-university courses on offer at Rathmines College of Further Education that give students the opportunity to gain a qualification while also getting a taste of particular subject areas, such as Accounting, Computing, Law, Marketing, Administration, Media and the Arts. Long established provider Rathmines College is a long established provider of Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI), and Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) professional accountancy courses and is also one of the first colleges in Ireland to become an ATI Apprenticeship Provider. These courses develop skills in a range of accountancy areas including book-keeping, accounts preparation, VAT analysis, credit control, tax audit and payroll. They also include some study of business management and business law, so students who later choose not to pursue a career in accounting can transfer seamlessly onto a Business Degree programme. QQI courses in Rathmines College offer extensive progression opportunities to higher education. Level 6 students can do the first year of their degree in Rathmines College and then progress to second year in a range of degree courses in NCI, IADT and TU Dublin (DIT, IT Tallaght an d IT Bla nc ha rdst o wn ). T h i s

advanced entry option can save thousands of euro in fees and students get the benefit of small classes and individual attention during their time in Rathmines College. We deliver very successful QQI Level 5 and 6 courses in software development. Our students get a thorough grounding in the fundamentals of coding in a variety of languages including Java, C++, C# and Windows programming and Games design and networking essentials. Level 5 students progress through the CAO to most third level colleges including UCD, NUI Maynooth, TU Dublin (DIT, ITB, ITT), National College of Ireland, IADT and many more. Our Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Software Development can also progress by advanced entry to second year Level 8 Computer Science courses at TU Dublin, Griffith College and NCI, and are well placed to take advantage of the opportunities available due to the shortage of computer science graduates.

"There are a range of preuniversity courses on offer at Rathmines College of Further Education that give students the opportunity to gain a qualification while also getting a taste of particular subject areas

Other exciting opportunities became available earlier this year when Trinity College Dublin created new QQI progression opportunities to Law, Global Business and BESS programmes. Details of QQI progression routes are available on cao.ie and to help you navigate the site, we have published a short video on our website www.rathminescollege.ie on how to research progression opportunities from QQI level 5 courses. Solid foundations Choose Rathmines College for the opportunity to build solid foundations for your academic and career future. Contact: info@rathminescollege.ie Tel: 01 497 5334

Progression Our 2018 QQI Level 5 Business and Administration graduates prog r e s s e d t o l a w, a c c o u n t i n g , commerce, business, marketing, arts and social science degrees in UCD, DCU, NUI Maynooth, NCI and TU Dublin. QQI Level 5 Liberal Arts graduates have also taken up places in arts and social science degrees at various colleges including: TCD, UCD, DCU, IADT and NUI Maynooth. Our media and journalism graduates have progressed to degree courses in DCU, TU Dublin, NUI Maynooth and IADT.


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

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

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

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

New Courses on offer at Crumlin College of Further Education Business Studies with Sport and Fitness This course is ideal for prospective Students who are interested working in the growing area of business and sport. Students will achieve an international gym instruction qualification along with a QQI Major Award in Business Studies Level 5. On completion of the course, students will be ideally equipped to start their own business within the fitness sector or gain employment in the growing number of related areas such as sports marketing, National Governing Bodies of Sport and local councils sporting and fitness projects. Students will also have the option of progression to Higher Education options in Institutes of Technology where we have direct links. IT Sales and Digital Skills There is a growing demand in the marketplace for personnel who possess practical IT sales and digital skills. This core aim of the course is to provide the opportunity for 48 Education

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

education opportunities Salons and Health and Leisure centres. Beauty and Retail Sales may be taken as a one year course at QQI Level 5 or a two year course at QQI Level 6. The course also includes ITEC accreditation in manicure, pedicure, make-up and beauty specialisations. Practical and theoretical knowledge is enhanced through work experience in the beauty and retail sector and through the running of pop-up salons within the college. Culinary Arts Students have the option of choosing the Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) Programme or Commis Chef Apprenticeship programme. The Culinary Arts (Professional Cookery) is a one year course at QQI Level 5 with the possibility to progress to a second year at QQI Level 6. Students get a solid grounding in the practical side of Culinary Arts and participate in a work experience programme which allows them to further hone the skills acquired in class. On successful completion of the course, students may progress on to a range of higher certificate and degree courses in Institutes of Technology or Universities. A l t e r n a t i v e l y, t h e y w i l l h a v e acquired the necessary skills to take up employment in a broad range of hospitality organisations, a sector of industry where suitably qualified applicants continue to be in high demand. The Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme is geared towards apprentices who are employed in the catering industry. Crumlin College is just one of two colleges in Dublin offering the apprenticeship programme. The course is full time and students time is divided between industry and college. The course allows participants to build on their practical culinary skills and techniques by attaining a professional qualification. Applications are now invited at www.apprencticeship. ie for the next intake of students in 2019. Information on these and all courses offered at Crumlin College of Further Education can be accessed at www.crumlincollege.ie

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IT continues to be a year of innovation at Kerry ETB Training Centre in Tralee, County Kerry. The trend towards practical training options continues – with the popularity of apprenticeships and traineeships where students can earn while they learn offsetting any worries they may have relating to fees, cost of living, and post qualification debt. Apprenticeships are run between 2 and 4 years, during which time you will be employed and then put through structured phases of on-the-job training and off-the-job study. Traineeships last between 6 and 12 months and offer an accelerated training experience where at least 30% of learning is on-the-job and the trainee gets to build up experience, expertise and employer contacts. Innovation Kerry ETB Training Centre is currently developing a Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician Apprenticeship and Marine Engineering Traineeship. A new accelerated bootcamp programme in Software Development delivered in partnership with Code Institute is up and running and an all new Cyber Security Training Programme is in development. Also, in the pipeline is a Graduate Internship in Media Production. These innovative new programmes serve a strong industry need for qualified personnel with job ready skillsets. As always, the focus is a blend of classroom training and onthe-job instruction and training. Kerry ETB Training Centre has seen their first female apprentices in Metal Fabrication, MAMF and first ever female trainee in the Overhead Lines Maintenance Technician Traineeship – with more to follow! National Digital Skills Centre The NDSC is a state of the art media production campus where learners can work in multi-disciplinary teams and collaborate on real-world projects to develop and hone their skillset. It is home to long-running Broadcast Production (TV & Film), Digital Media Production (Photography, Design & Video) and the multi-award winning Radio Broadcasting & Digital Journalism traineeship. The Dawn Workshop Industry Masterclasses also continue to grow in popularity. A suite of foundation programmes are also run in Media, Photography and Radio Broadcasting. The NDSC is also Ireland’s first Blackmagic Design™ Authorised Training Centre.

Niall Rafferty ITEC Sports and Fitness Examiner, Tara O’Halloran, Kerry ETB Training Centre, Allanagh O'Sullivan (Beauty Therapy Silver Medal Winner) and Ruth McGrath ITEC/VTCT head Examiner.

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Commis Chef Kerry ETB Training Centre led the development of the National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme to address an industry need for 5,000 trainee chefs each year to 2020. The programme was successfully launched in 2018 with initial intakes already underway in Kerry and over 100 apprentices registered nationwide. A second intake has started in an all-new 400,000 euro Culinary Arts Centre in Kenmare led by multi-award winning Chef Simon Regan. Applications are now open for the next intake in Tralee in September.

Bespoke Training | Responding to Local Needs A key role of Kerry ETB Training Centre is to respond to training needs of community, voluntary and sporting organisations. If a particular training need is unmet, or training is required in a certain area, the centre management team are always happy to discuss how this need can be met. Hair & Beauty At 17 years old, Allanagh O Sullivan of Lixnaw was the youngest competitor at the national finals. She will now go on to represent Ireland at the World Skills finals in Russia in August. The Beauty Therapy Traineeship is going from strength to strength with a suite of new ITEC and CIDESCO micro-certifications starting in September 2019. An all new purpose designed hairdressing training facility ‘The Salon’ is also up and running ahead of the launch of a new National Hairdressing Apprenticeship in the coming months. About Kerry ETB Training Centre Kerry ETB Training Centre where apprenticeships, traineeships and courses are offered accredited by QQI, City & Guilds, Accounting Technicians Ireland, ITEC, CIBTAC, CIDESCO, ECDL, C o m p T I A a n d C i s c o i n a re a s s u c h a s I n f o r m a t i o n & Communication Technology, Health & Beauty, Tourism & Hospitality, Digital Media, Renewable Energy, Health Care, Construction and Engineering. Application Criteria To be eligible for an apprenticeship, you must be at least 16 years of age and you are expected to have a minimum of grade D in 5 subjects in the Junior Certificate or equivalent exam. However, higher educational qualifications and other requirements may be required by employers. If you don't have these qualifications, you may still register as an apprentice with an employer if you: • Complete an approved preparatory training course followed by an assessment interview. • Are over 18 years of age and have at least 3 years of relevant work experience, in which case you will also be asked to do an assessment interview. You will be asked to pass a colour-vision test for some apprenticeships. Application criteria for traineeships and day courses can vary – but a Junior Certificate standard of education along with a proven interest in the course and industry area along with a knowledge of where possible employment could be secured is important. Traineeships and Day Courses are recruited by suitability interview and where relevant, suitability tests. Contact Details You can apply for day and evening training courses online: www.kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie. To speak with the Apprenticeship Services or Course Recruitment teams at Kerry ETB Training Centre, Monavalley, Tralee, County Kerry, V92 PW50, call 0667149600 or email: training@kerryetbtrainingcentre.ie



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Hospitality Education & Training Centre

Crafting careers in the hospitality sector The Hospitality Education & Training Centre delivers specific skills and training directed at finding future employment in the hospitality industry. The centre offers a range of full time courses such as: • Bar Skills (8-10 Weeks) • Hospitality Skills (8-10 Weeks) • Culinary Skills Level 4 (8-10 Weeks) • Career Traineeship Programme, Diploma Level (6 months) • Level 5 Professional Cookery Course (1 year) The full range of courses offered by the Hospitality, Education and Training Centre enables learners to avail of current and future

employment opportunities right across the hospitality industry. The Centre's mission statement says that through a partnership based approach between the community, state and industry, the training centre provides a range of hospitality related education and training programmes which offer opportunities for employment and/or further education and which recognise and prioritise the needs of learners. For more information on their courses check out their Facebook page, email the Centre at info@hospitalitytraining.ie or call 061-400660.

Marilena Gherbezan (left) and Jose Mata (right) who won gold in the Chef Ireland Fish Filleting Larder Skills Competition 2019 with their Commis Chef Apprenticeship Instructor Kieran Shaughnessy.

Hospitality Education & Training Centre

Go Places In Tourism Release Your Potential - Ireland's Only European Centre of Excellence in Training and Specialising in Hospitality and Tourism. Commis Chef Apprenticeship is new to our suite of programmes being delivered with the head industry stakeholders in IHF & RAI and supported by Failte Ireland. This programme consists of 2 days in class and 3 days working; summer months 1 day in class and 4 days working. The Level 6 Commis Chef Apprenticeship is a 2 year programme. Enrolling Now: • National Commis Chef Apprenticeship Programme & Pre Apprenticeship Programme • National Career Traineeship in Hospitality, Tourism & Food and Beverage Level 2 City & Guilds Diploma • Professional Culinary Skills Level 4 & QQI Level 5 • Patisserie & Confectionery Level 3 City & Guilds Diploma • Bar Operations, Barista & Hospitality

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ETC Consult

Online career assessment WE have been asking our clients for 36 years to finish the following sentence: “I would love a job that………………” The most common responses have been: ……would enable me to help others …...would allow me to use my strengths …...would be interesting …...would offer me a challenge …...would not be the same every day …...would pay well Our new, online Career Fit programme provides our clients with a personalised list of the jobs that will fit those criteria based on their individual mix of interests and aptitudes as well as unfolding job opportunities. What is Career Fit? Career Fit is a scientifically-validated online career assessment created by ETC Consult. At ETC Consult, our Managing Director Pat Shortt and his team have 37 years of experience of using aptitude and interest assessments to help thousands of people find their ideal job and career. If you are looking for a professional, accredited and inexpensive career guidance assessment to help you find the practical jobs that are ideal for you, then Career Fit is just the right approach for you to take. However, Career Fit not only tells you what jobs are right for you, it also advises you about the best way to go about getting into them.

Career Guidance Online þ Innovative combination of 21 st Century Occupational Interests Inventory and Aptitude Tests þ Covers all ranges of ability and motivation þ Incorporates STEM and traditional careers, and guidance on how to get into them þ Simple to use with instant personalised report þ Suitable for CAO, PLC and Apprenticeship Career Options þ Developed by Ireland’s leader in Career Guidance since 1983

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CAREERS IN BEAUTY THERAPY WHY CHOOSE CIDESCO? • The CIDESCO Diploma is considered the world's most reputable International Qualification in Beauty & Spa Therapy • Supported and Respected by Employers • CIDESCO Section Ireland promotes its CIDESCO Graduates & Members on a National and International basis. • Promotes the exchange of professional knowledge and developments through regular networking and seminar events • Upholds the highest standards of Beauty and Spa throughout its accredited Colleges • Provides Career events for Schools • Provides support & recognition to all Accredited CIDESCO Colleges in Ireland.




Cork College of Beauty Therapy

Ormonde College of Beauty Therapy

Portlaoise College

85 south Main Street, Cork 021 4275 741 www.corkcollegeofbeautytherapy.com

Cork College of Commerce Morrisons Island, Cork. 021 4222 100 www.corkcollegeofcommerce.ie

Ormonde Road, Kilkenny. 056 776 3321 www.ormondecollege.ie

Kilkenny College of Beauty & Sports Therapy 4 Patrick Street, Gardens, Kilkenny. www.kilkennycbt.com



Blackrock Further Education Institute

Georgina Price College of Beauty Therapy

Main Street, Blackrock, Co. Dublin 01 288 9717 www.bfei.ie

Bronwyn Conroy College

Temple Hall, Temple Road Blackrock, Co. Dublin 01 2107848 www.bronwynconroy.com

Coogan Bergin College 6-8 Wicklow Street Dublin 2. 01 679 4254 www.cooganbergin.com

Galligan College

109 Grafton Street, Dublin 2 01 670 3933 www.galligangroup.com

Crumlin College

of Further Education Crumlin Road, Dublin 12 01 4540 662 www.crumlincollege.ie

Carlow Carlow Institute

of Further Education Kilkenny Road, Carlow. 059 9131 187 www.carlowwife.ie

Cavan Cavan Institute

Cathedral Road, Cavan. 049 433 2633 www.cavaninstitute.ie

Liosban Industrial Park, Tuam Road, Galway 091 769 311 www.georginaprice.com

Galway Technical Institute Fr, Griffin road, Galway 091 58 13 42 www.gretb.ie

Kerry Sanctuary Beauty Academy The Square, Tralee. 066 7185776 www.sanctuarybeautyacademy.com

Kerry ETB Training Centre Monavalley Industrial Estate, Monavalley, Tralee. 066 7126 444 www.kerryetb.ie

Limerick Pembroke College of Beauty Therapy

123 O’Connell Street, Limerick 061 410 628 www.pembrokebeautycollege.ie

Limerick College

of Further Education Mulgrave Street, Limerick 061 414 344 www.lcfe.ie

Foxhall Beauty College O'Connell Street Limerick Call (061) 410996

Mountrath Road, Portlaoise 057 862 1480 www.portlaoisecollege.ie

Sharon Leavy College

of Hair & Beauty Church Street, Portlaoise. 057 86 62600 www.collegeofhairandbeauty.ie

Sligo North Connaught College Sligo Rd, Tubbercurry Co. Sligo 071 918 5035 www.northconnaughtcollege.net

Tipperary Templemore College of Further Education Templemore. +353 504 31007 www.tcfe.ie

Wicklow Glenart College

Coolgreaney road, Arklow, Co. Wicklow 0402 32149 www.glenartcollege.ie

Wexford Enniscorthy College of Further Education

Milehouse ,Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford. +353 53 9234 185 www.evc.ie

Waterford Colaiste Chathail Naofa Youghal Road, Dungarvan, Co. Waterford 058 411 84 www.ccndungarvan.com

Waterford College of Further Education Parnell Street, Waterford 051 874 053 www.wcfe.ie

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Ireland’s Language & Culture

Adult Irish Language Courses All learning levels - weekend & week-long

Cultural Activity Holidays • Hill Walking in the Donegal Highlands • Archaeology • Environment & Culture • Digital Photography • Painting & Sketching • Flute & Whistle • Beat the Bodhrán • Irish Harp • Tapestry Weaving

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Robert Chambers Academy

Providing professional training for Irish and international students FOUNDED in 1982, The Robert Chambers Academy is the foremost hairdressing Academy in Ireland. Robert Chambers is himself an icon of Irish Hairdressing fame. He established the first formal teaching Academy to provide professional training for Irish and international students, paving the way for many talented hairdressers to learn and hone their craft. He recognised that learning ‘on the job’ was not the most efficient way to teach students the intricacies of cutting, colouring and styling. In this he was very much ahead of the field. The core Academy course, the 16 month Diploma Course, admits students three times a year, usually March, July and October. Although students do not need to have any previous experience a passion and energy for hair is essential. This is a full time course and professional teachers with years of experience and expertise in hairdressing lead the students through the intensive, comprehensive modules. Creative career ‘Our aim is to educate, stimulate and motivate our students by improving technique, precision and technical discipline,’ explains Tamar Chambers, MD of the Robert Chambers Hair Group. ‘Nurturing our students is very important. This is a creative career underpinned with discipline. We want our students to learn the professional way to cut, colour and style hair, to build confidence and have a solid understanding of modern hairdressing.’ The course covers the foundations of hairdressing before finetuning the core strengths. Modules cover aspects of theory, practicalities of blow-drying and dressing hair, Up styling and GHD styling. Perming and its opposite, permanent straightening, are covered as are advanced colour, highlighting and colour techniques. Thorough grounding ‘All our students get a thorough grounding in the theory and application of all hairdressing techniques,’ says Tamar. ‘In particular we teach the best cutting techniques with the most modern approaches. All our students graduate as professional cutters – the cornerstone of all quality hairdressing.’ The Academy also covers the less tangible aspects of hairdressing that are essential for future career growth. It is vital that the stylist interacts with his/her clients, assessing their needs. In addition to salon etiquette, customer service is taught, with an emphasis on fully meeting, and exceeding, the expectations of the customer. The new term begins in October 2019. Future dates to be advised. All interested students should visit www.robertchambers. ie for more information and to schedule an appointment to apply for a coveted place. ‘Our students are the celebrity hairdressers of the future,’ says Tamar.

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The best student accommodation in Sligo SITUATED near the wooded surroundings of Lough Gill, Ardnua Village is within 600m of Sligo City Centre and the Instiotute of Technology Sligo. The bus for St. Angela’s College stops at the gate twice daily. Ardnua provides high quality 3 Star Bord Failte approved accommodation. The apartments and townhouses are within striking distance of all the outdoor activities in Sligo and walking distance from all the fantastic nightlife Sligo City has to offer. There free secure parking, Cable TV and WIFi available in all of the accommodation options. For more information see www.ardnua.ie.

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REFERENCE GUIDE BRIEFING LEVEL 1 CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 1) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Small Level 1 and 2 Certificates are designed to meet the needs of learners, both young and old, including those with intellectual and other disabilities, adults returning to training, and learners with few or no previous qualifications, including those within the workforce. These awards provide certification for learners who may progress to higher levels and also for those whose principal achievements rest at these levels. Each certificate comprises a number of components, most often in basic literacy and numeracy, which the learner can achieve at their own pace and accumulate over time towards one of the named certificates above. QQI Award-Further Education & Training Award Awarded by: Quality and Qualifications Ireland. LEVEL 2 CERTIFICATE (NFQ LEVEL 2) Class of award-type: Major Volume: Medium Level 1 and 2 Certificates are designed to meet the needs of learners, both young and old, including those with intellectual and other disabilities, adults returning to training, and learners with few or no previous qualifications, including those within the workforce. These awards provide certification for learners who may progress to higher levels and also for those whose principal achievements rest at these levels. Each certificate comprises a number of components, most often in basic literacy and numeracy, which the learner can achieve at their own pace and accumulate over time towards one of the named certificates above. QQI Award - Further Education and Training Award Awarded by: Quality and Qualifications Ireland.

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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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160 chances to get a head start in your career With the Accounting Technician Apprenticeship Apply today and earn €19k per annum from September, studying one day a week with Ireland’s leading professional body for Accounting Technicians. Earn the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting and become an experienced Member of Accounting Technicians Ireland in just two years.

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■ Work with a local employer and study in a local college with tuition fully funded by SOLAS ■ 160 opportunities in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Waterford, Monaghan and Wicklow ■ Applications open to Leaving Certificate and Mature Students ■ Progress to a full qualification in accountancy – get generous exemptions from Chartered Accountants Ireland and other professional accountancy bodies when you graduate

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A practical pathway to accountancy for school-leavers Earn a minimum of €19,000 per annum and a professional qualification in as little as two years

ACCOUNTING Technicians Ireland’s (ATI) apprenticeship programme, expanding nationwide, leads to a QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate in Accounting and is proving to be a popular option for Leaving Cert students, and mature students looking to change their career focus. Practical and fully funded T h e A c c o u n t i n g Te c h n i c i a n Apprenticeship is a practical, fully funded programme that pays a minimum of €19,000 as you work to achieve your qualification over two years. Apprentices work four days a week with an employer in industry, practice or the public sector, and study one day a week with a local college. It is delivered by ATI via a network of partner colleges in

Dublin, Cork, Galway, Limerick, Monaghan, Waterford and Wicklow. Commencing September 2019 This year there are 160 places available on the programme, with the next intake commencing their apprenticeships in September 2019. Mazars was one of the first firms to come on board as a participating employer. “The apprenticeship is a logical fit for Mazars as Accounting Technicians are an essential part of our team,” says Jennifer Kelly, Manager, Financial Management and Outsourcing Services. “The combination of classroom learning and practical workplace training ensures that the apprentice will be equipped with all the necessary skills to progress as far as they want to within our team,” says Ms Kelly. While the application process for t h e A c c o u n t i n g Te c h n i c i a n Apprenticeship is competitive, and places are awarded subject to attaining an offer from an employer,

"Classroom learning and practical workplace training ensures that the apprentice will be equipped with all the necessary skills"

Leaving Cert students can also apply to earn the Diploma for Accounting Technicians through our college route. Jobs or further study This professional qualification leads to fantastic job opportunities and membership of Accounting Technicias Ireland, while graduates can progress to study with Chartered Accountants Ireland or other professional accountancy bodies in just two years.

FIND OUT MORE: Visit AccountingTechnicianApprenticeship.ie (apprenticeship) or NumbersInDna.ie (college route) to register your interest

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THERE is no one defined path to success. Different education, training and career options suit different people, and we must be open to considering diverse opportunities including further education, apprenticeship and higher education in order to achieve success in our lives. Often for students the scramble is which third level course to choose as opposed to the different education routes there are and which one works for them. People learn in different ways and some students can reap huge benefits from different learning environments. Guidance Counsellors and teachers, among others, are key to inspiring and encouraging those starting out on their career path. They play such an important role in guiding and advising their students on the education paths that can get them to their chosen career. With so many opportunities and ways of learning available across all education sectors they know the importance of considering and exploring all routes so that a path best suited to the individual can be chosen. Further education and training offers high quality, relevant skills development programmes for school leavers with different learning experiences such as smaller class size on a Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) course or learning on-the-job through apprenticeships and traineeships. Post Leaving option Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) courses offer a variety of benefits for school leavers. The PLC programme is the largest full time further educa64 Education

tion and training programme with over 30,000 places. These 1-2 year programmes offer NFQ awards at levels 5 and 6. Interested students can apply directly to the colleges or via in many cases the further education and training course hub www. fetchcourses.ie. PLC programmes can equip students with the necessary skills for the workplace. In addition, many students who take up PLCs decide to continue studies upon completion and these courses can act as a stepping stone to third level study. Many universities, colleges and IOTs have programmes in place to recognise further education and training qualifications as a route to entry. If a student completes a PLC programme with good results, they have a good chance of securing a reserved place on a third level course. A database of such linked programmes is available on careersportal.ie. There are also a number of successful collaborations between further education colleges and third level institutes for students interested in progressing. Some programmes facilitate students who wish to progress to degree programmes in higher education, including science, engineering and other mathematically driven degree programmes. Apprenticeships Apprenticeship in Ireland has traditionally been the path to skilled occupations in a range of industries and sectors such as construction, engineering, motor and electrical. Recently an expanded model of apprenticeship has been introduced, in which a wider range of occupa-

tions are attracting more people into apprenticeships. Since 2016 the range of apprenticeship options in Ireland has extended into areas such as insurance practice, electrical engin e e r i n g , p o l y m e r p ro c e s s i n g , manufacturing engineering, international financial services, biopharma, auctioneering and property services, hospitality and accounting and cheffing. And there are many more on the way. The aim is to have over 70 types of apprenticeships available by 2020 leading to qualifications from level 6 which is an advanced certificate up to level 9 which master’s degree level on the National Framework of Qualifications. Apprentices are FIND OUT MORE: For more information on further education and training courses and programmes see www.fetchcourses.ie, www.apprenticeship.ie, www.traineeship.ie, www.solas.ie

employed by a SOLAS-approved employer for the duration of the programme which is generally between 2-4 years. The key benefit of an apprenticeship is the opportunity to earn while you learn and getting into employment earlier can mean there’s lots of potential to progress into careers quickly. Traineeship Traineeship gives participants the opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge on-the-job, making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options. Traineeships also enables employers to access a pipeline of talent and learners. The training content and occupational standards for traineeships are developed in consultation with employers, trade unions, regulatory bodies and interest groups. Currently, there are over 50 traineeship programmes available around the country across a range of industry areas including aviation, IT, animation, hospitality and digital marketing. This number will increase with the development of more traineeships across a range of industries and sectors. All traineeships lead to an award at levels 4-6, on the National Framework of Qualifications and are 6 – 20 months in duration. For some students the difference that an education through a PLC, apprenticeship or traineeship offers can make all the difference for their future careers. There are many paths to a chosen career and further education and training is one that should not be overlooked.

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire. W.B. Yeats

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Y apprenticeship journey so far at ESB Networks has been hugely rewarding and I would encourage anyone looking for a great career where they can make a difference to consider an apprenticeship for an exciting and rewarding training experience” Joseph O’Sullivan, a current ESB Networks apprentice. In 2015, ESB Networks announced a five-year plan to recruit new apprentices as part of a large-scale recruitment and development programme. Since then, over 300 apprentices have been recruited, with 72 new recruits; 12 female and 60 males starting in our Networks Training Centre in September of 2018. We will be recruiting up to 70 apprentices across the country again in 2019. The 2018 ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme recruitment campaign received 6,400 applications, and this was again surpassed in 2019 with 6800 applicants received, highlighting the level of interest in the programme and a career that is diverse and challenging. On site and in the classroom As an Apprentice Network Technician (Electrician), recruits receive on the job training, working as part of front-line teams, as well as classroom-based learning. Apprentices benefit from varied work experience, working indoors and outdoors, and 68 Education

learning about technology, customer service, and delivering results under pressure. They learn a variety of electrical and practical skills and, upon completion of the programme obtain a QQI Advanced Level 6 Electrical Trade Certificate. The ESB Networks Electrical Apprenticeship is SOLAS standards-based, consisting of 208 weeks over four years. During this time, there are seven SOLAS phases and ESB Networks off job training, including phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 are on the job, working closely with a qualified Network Technician on varied sites across ESB Networks. The SOLAS phases 2, 4 and 6 consist of off the job training modules, with phases in a SOLAS Training Centre and one of the IT Colleges around the country. Finally, there are 24 weeks of ESB Networks off the job training which takes place in the ESB Networks Training Centre, Portlaoise. Having completed the four-year programme, apprentices will have gained experience working with a leading utility company. ESB Networks serves 2.3 million customers in Ireland, providing a safe and reliable electricity supply to homes, businesses and communities throughout the country - ESB Networks apprentices play an important part in delivering this service. Customer service is at the heart of ESB Networks, through their experience, ESB

Networks apprentices will be at the fore in delivering and providing services to our customers. Both physical and logical activity Though the job requires an element of physicality, there is much more to the programme than climbing poles and heavy lifting, the role combines both physical and logical activity. True to the fact that no two days are the same in the programme, apprentices will be assisting and dealing with a wide range of customer’s needs. In their day to day work activities they can be responding to faults and fault finding to maintain customer supply, connecting new customers, both residential and commercial to the electricity network, replacing and maintaining electrical assets and installing new elements to the electricity network like overhead wires and unground cable technologies. A critical part of the ESB Networks Apprenticeship Programme is the training and peer support given to the apprentices. Throughout the programme, apprentices work alongside and closely with experienced Network Technicians. While the job may be challenging, the apprentice is always part of a team who will be there to assist and support throughout the programme. ESB Networks greatly fosters and

oing places with the nticeship Programme encourages the idea of creating a team and peer support network. Application For those, who are interested in becoming an ESB Networks Apprenticeship, the programme will open to applicants in the spring of 2020, which will see a further 70 apprentice opportunities available. The programme is open to individuals over 16 years of age on 1st June 2020. Closing date for applications is 25th March 2020. At the time of application, candidates must have obtained the following minimum educational qualifications: Junior Certificate (Ordinary Level): Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level (or Grade D or higher at Higher Level) in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects: 1) Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science* 4) Any 2 other subjects * If you have not obtained the required grade in Science, Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in any one of the following subjects is acceptable: Technology, Art Craft and Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork.

OR Leaving Certificate: Grade D / O6 or higher at Ordinary Level in the Leaving Certificate (or equivalent) in the following subjects: 1) Irish or English 2) Mathematics 3) Science Subject (Agricultural Science, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Physics & Chemistry) 4) Any 2 other subjects *If you have not obtained the required grade in any of the above Science subjects, the following is acceptable at Leaving Certificate Level (Grade D/O6 or higher at Ordinary Level) : Art, Construction Studies, Design and Communication, G ra p h ic s , E n g ineering, H om e Economics, Technical Drawing and Technology. For further information on the ESB Networks Apprentice programme and entry requirements, visit www.esbnetworks.ie/careers. You can also follow us on Twitter @ESBNetworks and Facebook at facebook.com/ esbnetworks, here you’ll find updates on the ESB Networks Apprentice programme and share stories of our current ESB Networks Apprentices.

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CORK Training Centre deliver training courses which provide people with the skills and competencies to secure employment or to upskill those in employment. Training staff work closely with local businesses to ensure that courses reflect current industry needs and that the learners obtain matching skills and competencies. New courses are constantly being developed to meet the rapidly changing economic environment. The Centre offers a wide range of full t i m e c o u r s e s i n A d m i n i s t r a t i o n , I T, Engineering, BioPharma, Manufacturing, Healthcare, Security, Hospitality, Quality, Tr a n s p o r t & L o g i s t i c s , B e a u t y a n d Apprenticeship. Courses are delivered on a full time, parttime, evening or on-line delivery. These courses are available to everybody. You do not have to be in receipt of a payment from Social Welfare to attend these courses. All courses are fully funded leading to Internationally recognised qualifications from QQI, City & Guilds, Microsoft, Comptia and many others. Learners are supported throughout the period of their studies to successfully complete their training course. Courses are run in the Cork Training Centre in Rossa Ave Bishopstown and their Biopharma facility in Carrigaline and in various locations around Cork City & County. For further information on these courses and how to register you can visit Corktrainingcentre.ie or Fetchcourses.ie. If the course you need is not listed please contact the training centre for assistance.

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John Sisk & Son has built a unique reputation of training apprentices who go on to roles in THE business and across the industry at large.

Sisk provides a unique carpentry and joinery apprenticeship that offers apprentices the opportunity to ‘earn and learn’ while developing real life skills with many going on to become our next generation of site managers. Many of our apprentices take full advantage of this FETAC Level 6 qualification, that is recognised around the world, with many opting to travel upon completion of their time with us. The John G Sisk Training Centre was set up over 40 years ago by the Sisk family who had a passion for the trade of Carpentry and Joinery and realised the importance of developing our own talented craftsmen and future foremen. The centre enjoys a positive reputation throughout the industry and is well regarded amongst the local community, educators, design consultants, clients and others. The John G Sisk Training Centre is unique as it is the only family owned stand-alone carpentry and joinery training centre of its kind in Ireland, steeped in the company’s history and with a goal of Delivering Excellence, in line with the rest of Sisk. The Sisk carpentry/joinery apprentices have played a significant role in community engagement in areas such as supporting and encouraging young people to take up a career choice in the construction industry, going out and visiting schools and colleges to tell their stories to the next generation.

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the Sisk annual Christmas charity toy initiative. For the past 40 years work on the toys commences in mid-November and takes 4-5 weeks to complete, with all staff and management in the training centre getting involved. The team assemble to decide on the toys they are going to make, sourcing ideas from toy books, websites and feedback from the charities who have received toys in the past. Suppliers over the years have been very generous and provide special rates for all materials given the charitable nature of the work. When the work is complete, the apprentices involved, some dressed as Santa, will load the toys into vans and deliver them to the various hospitals and charities around the country. The John G Sisk Training Centre has become more self-sufficient working for many of the Sisk projects in Ireland and the UK including: Center Parcs, Co. Longford and the recently opened new grandstand at The Curragh Racecourse.

Passion for the trade of Carpentry and Joinery Regional Skills West with GMIT have recently established the Irish Wood and Furniture Manufacturing Network - IWFM Network, through a strong group of industry partners including the Sisk Joinery Centre, to promote the wood industry. Sisk, through the Training Centre is supporting the launch of Irelands’ first certified training course for Formwork and Steel Fixing. The launch of these courses will help the industry supply chain shortage which is becoming more evident as work picks up. Bringing people back into the industry is vital in the long term for its sustainability and its competitiveness. Sisk sponsored Ireland Skills live in March this year. This threeday event was hosted for the first time under one roof, RDS Simmonscourt, bringing all the national skills competitions industries together including; construction, creative arts, aviation, engineering and software together with live competitions, ‘try a skill’ areas, heroes’ stages and a large careers and education zone. This event was a major success story with our apprentice Sean Carter coming in second place in the Joinery competition. Sisk also supports the TechnoTeachers Association to encourage potential school students to enter our industry. Local school engagement with students – visit schools to promote the trade route as a career path and also encourage schools to visit our training centre to see first-hand a live workshop with apprentices at work. These workshops visits are essential for students to appreciate and value the craft of the woodworker. We remain true to the guiding principles of the founder, John Sisk, who in 1859 wrote “Building and contracting is in essence about people, their skills, their training and their motivation.”

In the UK our carpentry/joinery team provide assistance to site management teams with joinery issues and to resolve with the most suitable solution. Our joinery also sources information for site management, for example, queries on details, product failure etc. This has led to our team forging strong relationships with suppliers on new products and industry trends.

Making connections Sisk Joinery/Training Centre Manager, Dave Tracey is an active member of the CIF Manpower, Education and Training Committee reporting to the executive body of the CIF which represents the Industry on apprenticeship issues, numbers, changes in syllabus etc. This group also reports to SOLAS and other government bodies. We are also active members on the Regional Skills Board which is a collaborative approach with all stakeholders to get people off the live register and back working in full time


For more on John Sisk & Son follow us on Twitter @SiskGroup or on LinkedIn at John Sisk & Son Ltd. If you are interested in more information on apprenticeships with Sisk email David Tracey on d.tracey@sisk.ie.

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Tech Apprentices Cyber Security added to the suite of tech apprenticeships ICT Associate Professional is the new National Apprenticeship Programme for all tech enthusiasts wishing to pursue a career in Ireland’s buoyant technology sector. Over 12,000 jobs are currently available in tech – as highlighted by the recent FIT ICT Skills Audit. 75% of these roles can be facilitated through tech apprenticeship programmes, providing immediate employment opportunities for job seekers and students.

Who is the programme for? Age: 18+ at time of application. All ages welcome thereafter. Qualifications: Leaving Certificate (5 passes at Ordinary Level including Maths and English)†. Candidates with other qualifications should refer to the FIT website for details of recognition of prior learning. All candidates must also meet Aptitudes Assessments administered by FIT. Attitude: Motivated tech enthusiasts with an aptitude and attitude to work in the ICT sector. Off-the-job training costs are entirely government funded. FIT manages all aspects of the programme and co-ordinates employer input. Participating companies employ the apprentice throughout their apprenticeship and facilitate the onthe-job application of learning. Apprentices hone their skills while contributing to prod-

uct development, technological advancement and talent building. Apprentices employed under contract receive payment to the value of €260 - €290 weekly in the first year and €340 - €385 weekly in year two. (Figures presented are a guideline) On successful completion of the programme, qualified apprentices have the potential to progress into full-time positions with their employers. What is the ICT Associate Professional Apprenticeship programme? This new apprenticeship programme adopts a learning-by-doing format of ICT skills development, giving new meaning to the concept of ‘hire education’. Over a two year period the programme combines off-the-job skills training with onthe-job application, and culminates in the attainment of the ICT Associate Apprenticeship Award as part of the national apprenticeship programme.

Participating companies are keen to recruit smart people with smart skills and this new programme will enable participants to ‘earn while "These they learn’. Apprenticeships FIT are Ireland’s appointed coordiaim to attract nating providers of the new National and grow the Tech Apprenticeships at Level 6 on talent pipeline the National Framework of by providing Qualifications. These Apprenticeships training in aim to attract and grow the talent Software pipeline by providing training in Development, Software Development, Network Network Engineering and Cybersecurity. Engineering and What are the key benefits to Cybersecurity" your company? • Widen your access to highly motivated tech enthusiasts with bespoke skills • Grow tech-savvy teams efficiently • Bring fresh thinking and energy to new technologies and product development • Free up your more experienced staff to do what they do best • Fast-track access to emerging tech skills

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

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ships Expanding NOW RECRUITING: Cybersecurity - Cork & Dublin Network Engineering - Celbridge

What are the key benefits to the apprentice? • Gain direct experience in a realtime technical environment ensuring increased productivity • Acquire in-depth understanding of the latest technologies supporting innovation • Develop business and interpersonal skills such as teamwork, customer-facing skills and project management Tech sector needs more women Tech sector employers are keen to point out that they are seeking more female entrants. Gender balance is seen as key to the future success of companies and they are reaching out to females who can expect to benefit from great work environments, career progression and support for continuous

professional development. Career opportunities in tech are both varied and rewarding, with strong demand for more women creators, team builders, business developers and leaders. So join in and create the future! Partnership Approach Peter Davitt, CEO of FIT, explained that the new tech apprenticeships were as a result of a strong partnership approach between government, the tech sector and the national education & training system. He praised the role of the Department of Education, the Apprenticeship Council, SOLAS and QQI for providing the policy and implementation structures necessary to enable new apprenticeships to flourish. In particular he acknowledged the key role of Education and Training

Boards who are partnering with FIT throughout the country in the deliv"Gender ery of the training elements of the balance is seen tech apprenticeships. as key to the future success What career paths can I take? of companies The programme offers three disand they are tinct career paths: reaching out to females who Systems and Networks can expect to Design, install, maintain and supbenefit from port communication network within great work an organisation or between organisaenvironments, tions. career • Network Operating System progression • Networking Technologies and support for • Internet Server Management continuous • I.T. Virtualisation professional • Implementing an ICT Systems development" Security Policy • Design and Plan for an Internal Network Cabling Infrastructure • ICT Systems and Networks Management >>> Education 75

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

• • • • • • •

Software Development Write, test and modify code. Systems Analysis and Design Object Oriented Programming Event Driven Programming Solutions Procedural Programming Software Applications Testing Web Development and Website Software Software Design Fundamentals

Cybersecurity Protect systems from Cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities. • Comp TIA IT Fundamentals • Comp TIA Network+ • Comp TIA Security+ • Comp TIA Cybersecurity Analyst • Comp TIA Penetration Tester • GDPR

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Careers in the Irish Defence Forces THE Irish Defence Forces is the military of Ireland. We encompass the Army, the Naval Service, the Air Corps and the Reserve Defence Forces. The Army is a standing force and provides the primary capabilities for joint military operations at home and combined military Peace Support Operations abroad. The Naval Service is the State's principal seagoing agency with a general responsibility to meet contingent and actual maritime defence requirements. It is tasked with a variety of defence and other roles. The role of the Air Corps under the Defence Act is to contribute to the security of the State by providing for the Military Air Defence of its airspace. Defence Forces personnel lead a "Life less Ordinary". No two days are the same in the lives of our personnel. All aspects of military life are varied and for each member of the Force each day may bring a new challenge. WHO WE LOOK FOR? General Service Recruitment The Irish Defence Forces are looking for motivated, physically fit, team orientated individuals to enlist as General Service Recruits. As a recruit, you will train to become an infantry soldier. On completion of the initial training program, successful recruits 78 Education

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For more information on careers in the Irish Defence Forces visit www.military.ie/en/careers/army-careers/how-to-join/ Education 79

What has been the impact of the MindOut programme? The MindOut programme is comprised of twelve sessions which are designed using interactive and student-centred approaches to engage students in promoting their social and emotional wellbeing. An extensive evaluation of the programme was carried out in 2017 and excerpts from the reports commentary and findings used here show how valuable the programme has been particularly in schools in disadvantaged areas.

THE summary report describes the updated findings on the evaluation of the MindOut social and emotional wellbeing programme for senior level students in Irish post-primary schools. In 2017, a large-scale evaluation study was undertaken to evaluate the impact of the revised MindOut programme for students aged 15-18 years in designated disadvantaged (DEIS) post-primary schools nationally. Employing a cluster randomised controlled trial design, a total of 32 DEIS schools were randomly allocated into either the intervention (receiving MindOut) or control (nointervention) group. Data were collected from students prior to programme delivery (N=675), immediately following implementation (N=497) and at 12-months follow-up (N=429). Students’ outcomes were assessed in relation to their social and emotional wellbeing, academic outcomes and mental health and wellbeing and data were compared between the two groups over time. The main findings from this study are: 1. Students in this study, who were identified as disadvantaged, reported less favourable mental health and wellbeing outcomes at baseline when compared to the general population of adolescents as reported in largescale national and international studies, suggesting that these students demonstrate an increased need to engage with 80 Education

school-based interventions such as MindOut. 2. Following programme implementation at postintervention, significant improvements were found for students who participated in the MindOut programme compared to those who did not. These improvements related to their social and emotional skills, with reduced suppression of emotions and the use of more positive coping strategies (reduced avoidance coping and increased social support coping). Students who received the MindOut programme were also found to have improved mental health, reporting reduced levels of stress and depression at postintervention, and female students also reported significantly reduced levels of anxiety. 3. At 12-months follow-up, improvements in intervention students’ coping skills (social support’ and ‘avoidance’ coping) were sustained. While reduced levels of depression and stress were not sustained, significant improvements in the intervention students’ reported levels of mental wellbeing were evident. 4. At post-intervention, students in the intervention group demonstrated improvements in self-reported academic outcomes in both ‘Maths’ and ‘English’. However, these outcomes were not sustained at 12-month follow-up and teacher-reported data on students’ academic

"Students in this study, who were identified as disadvantaged, reported less favourable mental health and wellbeing outcomes at baseline when compared to the general population of adolescents"

"Students in the intervention group demonstrated improvements in selfreported academic outcomes in both ‘Maths’ and ‘English"

outcomes did not reflect these same improvements. 5. Teachers and students reported a very positive experience of the programme, which they found to be engaging, age-appropriate and culturally relevant. A majority of students (63.8%) rated their experience as good/ very good and teachers rated the programme highly (7.8 out of ten). Teachers’ experiences of the programme In general, the teachers were very positive about the programme and this was apparent both from the Weekly Reports and the telephone interviews. Teachers found the programme to be engaging, age-appropriate and culturally relevant for their students and also

acknowledged that the programme was very user-friendly. Teachers reported that they felt that they had noticed visible differences to a number of students’ social and emotional skills e.g., self-esteem, support-seeking, ability to manage emotions, relationship skills and empathy. Teachers also acknowledged that they themselves had benefitted from the programme as they gained a better understanding of their students and an awareness of the issues they are facing in their lives. They also said that they felt their own relationships with their students had strengthened as a result of the programme. All of the intervention school teachers stated that they would like to deliver the programme again, and that they would recommend the programme to other teachers and schools in the future. Teachers rated each of the programme sessions on a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being poor and 10 being excellent) and the total mean score for all the twelve sessions combined was M=7.8. Teachers were asked to report on their level of implementation of the activities in each of the twelve sessions and a mean adherence score was calculated. A total of 64.7% of schools completed 80-100% of the programme’s activities; 17.6% of schools completed 60-80% of the activities; and 17.6% of schools completed 40-60% of the activities.

Students’ experiences of the programme Overall, the students were very positive about the programme. A majority of students (64%) rated their overall experience as being good or very good. Intervention students reported favourable experiences of the programme in terms of its perceived relevance, helpfulness, ease of understanding and level of interest. The main perceived benefits from the programme that students reported included improved ability to: (i) manage emotions; (ii) identify supports; (iii) manage thoughts; (iv) use coping skills; and (v) show empathy towards others, as well as greater (v) confidence and selfesteem. Disadvantaged students The students in this study, who were identified as disadvantaged, reported less favourable mental health and wellbeing outcomes at baseline when compared to the general population of adolescents as reported in large-scale international studies; • On the DASS-21 scale mean depression scores of 12.06 were reported in comparison to 8.3; • Mean anxiety scores of 12.7 compared to 7.0; • Mean stress scores of 14.5 compared to 9.9 in a national sample of 16-17 year old Irish students; • Mean mental wellbeing scores on the WEMWBS scale of 47.2

"Teachers reported that they felt that they had noticed visible differences to a number of students’ social and emotional skills"

"Teachers also acknowledged that they themselves had benefitted from the programme as they gained a better understanding of their students and an awareness of the issues they are facing in their lives"

compared to 48.8 in 13-16 year old students in the UK. The baseline findings suggest that students from disadvantaged backgrounds have lower levels of mental health and wellbeing and, therefore, demonstrate an increased need to engage with school-based social and emotional learning programmes such as MindOut. Post-intervention outcomes Following completion of the programme at post-intervention, significant improvements were detected in students’ social and emotional skills including; reduced suppression of emotions; use of more positive coping strategies (reduced avoidance coping and increased social support coping); and improved mental health and wellbeing (reduced levels of stress and depression). At 12-month follow-up, improvements in students’ social support’ and ‘avoidance’ coping skills were sustained. However, significant improvements to reported levels of wellbeing were also evident for intervention students at 12-month follow-up only. Improvements in relation to depression and stress were not maintained at 12 months follow-up, however, given that many students were preparing for their mocks and Leaving Cert exams it is likely that this could have impacted on their higher reporting of stress, anxiety and depression levels.

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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.

www.qaa.ac.ukwhich 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

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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

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

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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: http://ec.europa.eu/eqf/home_en.htm and www.enic-naric.net.

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 www.qaa.ac.uk

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: public.enquiries@ofqual.gov.uk www.ofqual.gov.uk

*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 www.ccea.org Email: info@scqf.org.uk need to consult the website given at the www.scqf.org.uk 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 gov.uk D02 P266 in studying, are broadly comparable www.cqfw.net Tel: +353 (0)1 9 to in other countries. www.qqi.ie

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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 www.ofqual.gov.uk www.ccea.org.uk 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 www.scqf.org.uk


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)

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NEW! €200,000 VIRTUAL REALITY EXPERIENCE FOR WICKLOW GAOL June 2019 Wicklow Historic Gaol will launch a spectacular new virtual reality experience themed – ‘The Gates of Hell’.

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

and apply colour in a design to bring their awareness to the present moment. The classroom mindfulness colouring activity can help students feel more relaxed by paying attention to the present moment. • Our mental health and wellbeing calendar comprises daily actions that students can complete to promote positive mental health and mindfulness. • With our Selfie ‘Steem activity students share positive messages about one another. • Wellness Journals provide young people with a template to record their feelings and thoughts as a once off assignment or as a daily activity. Visit WalkInMyShoes.ie/mindyourselfie for more information about our great, free to use, mental health resource packs. And join our mailing list for reminders about our competitions and closing dates.

Walk in My Shoes Initiatives Walk in My Shoes runs a number of initiatives throughout the school year that are designed to promote positive mental health in schools. These initiatives include: • Mission Possible; School Achievement Awards recognises schools from all over Ireland for their effort and contribution to tackling the stigma surrounding mental health both in the classroom and in the wider community. • Frame of Mind short film competition is open to secondary school students. To enter Students, create a 2-3-minute-long video that tells a story they feel portrays a positive mental health message. • Transition Year Programme – we run five-one week long programmes every year that focus on various aspects of mental health as well as the career options available in this sector. • #MindYourSelfie Day aims to promote awareness of our free MindYourSelfie resource packs. We ask everyone to take a ‘selfie’ and post it on social media using the hashtag #MindYourSelfie. Walk in My Shoes Resources MindYourSelfie activity packs are free to use resources that have all been developed to promote a positive mental health. These packs include the following resources: • Our range of short mindfulness audio and video pieces are an effective way to introduce mindfulness and meditation into your classroom. These exercises not only help to improve students’ mindfulness but function to relax the tension and tightness that has built up within the body and mind. • Mindful colouring asks students to focus on how they choose Education 85

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Four reasons to walk the Camino with your students WHETHER you teach history, languages, geography or simply want to boost your students’ sense of self-esteem and teamwork skills walking the Camino de Santiago is perfect for your student group. Since 2013, Follow the Camino has been offering the hugely popular EduCamino Tour - an educational tool for teachers who want to take their students out of the classroom and experience the culture, heritage and religious significance of the Camino de Santiago in Spain. Our Camino adventure sees student groups walk the historic last 100km of the Camino Frances, reaching the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela and the tomb of the Apostle St James. Thinking about going on an extraordinary school trip this year? Here’s why you should consider the Camino de Santiago has so much to offer... 1. Immerse your students in Spanish culture The last 100KM of the Camino de Santiago sees pilgrims walk through idyllic Spanish farmland, sample authentic Spanish food and of course, chit-chat with the locals. Students who are learning the Spanish language have a unique opportunity to use what they’ve learned to interact in the real world. You won’t get that in any school book!

Empire in 218AD. They left behind stunningly preserved landmarks like bridges, towers, walls, and aqueducts. Of course, walking the Camino itself is like taking a step through time, as you weave in and out of medieval hamlets past centuries-old churches and farmhouses. 3. A great sense of achievement Equally important is the sense of achievement as you reach your goal and arrive at your destination after 5 days of walking. This is a great boost of confidence for students,

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2. Explore Spain's rich history The history in the Galician region is perhaps the most interesting in all of Spain. Known as the seventh Celtic nation, it is home to ancient relics, pagan folklore, and a colourful living history unlike anywhere else. Galicians are proud of their Celtic routes, and along the trail, you may be surprised to see Celtic symbols or hear the sound of traditional Galician gaita (bagpipes). The Romans also left quite a mark on the region, having official claimed Galicia as a part of the Roman Education 87

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Lissadell House & Gardens Natural beauty combined with iconic moments and characters from Ireland's cultural heritage and history Immortalised by the poet W.B. Yeats, childhood home of Countess Markievicz, Lissadell is the crucible of Ireland’s historic, literary and garden heritage.


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PETERSBURG provides quality programmes using the outdoor environment as a catalyst, and experiential learning as a process, to aid personal development, enhance lives and improve an understanding of the natural environment and encourage conservation values. This is our mission statement and the programmes provided at Petersburg have various elements including adventure sports, team tasks and a residential experience. Adventure sports involve risk, a l t h o u g h w h a t i s p ro v i d e d a t Petersburg is really a perceived risk due to our standard of safety and our experienced, qualified staff. What we are trying to do is to introduce students to activities and experiences which bring a greater ‘buzz’ than any amount of alcohol or drugs, giving them a natural high that encourages them to develop these experiences into potentially life-long leisure activities. A sense of well-being Most young people today do not exercise enough and many are not interested in team sports. Even if they participate in team sports they rarely continue after their twenties but there are many people participating in outdoor activities into their middle age and older. They cite the healing power and


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the sense of well being that comes from nature and being outdoors as encouraging fitness and contributing to a healthy lifestyle. The natural environment encourages mindfulness and can be an antidote from the stresses of everyday living. We try to get students to disconnect from mobile devices and social media while at Petersburg. The team tasks elements include icebreakers and activities that encourage individuals to work as part of a team. It also encourages problem solving, lateral and creative thinking and allows participants achieve a sense of satisfaction through the completion of tasks. Independence and maturity The residential experience is often the first opportunity young people experience away from home and is a step on the way to independence and maturity. Groups tend to form a temporary community while they are here and bond together while completing communal tasks such as setting tables and washing dishes. Young people remember the Petersburg experience much more and long after the shine has gone from any medals and cups that might have been won in other sporting endeavours. It is often cited as the highlight of their school experience. Why not give them this

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opportunity to build memories that will stay with them through life? At Petersburg the following programmes can be provided: • Adventure sports programmes residential and day groups • Transition Year, Leaving Certificate Applied and Gaisce award programmes and Junior Cycle Programmes • Field studies in geography and ecology • Team building programmes • Skills courses in kayaking, mountaineering, orienteering and canoeing • Camp craft and Expeditions • Cursaí trí Ghaeilge • Summer camps Petersburg is located on the southern shore of Lough Mask in County Galway and operates under the auspices of Galway Roscommon Education and Training Board. For anyone interested in their child having an educational, rewarding, enjoyable and most importantly safe experience contact the centre at the address below for a brochure or visit the website for more information.

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WITH over 80 acres of beautiful woodland, two lakes, a river and imaginative indoor spaces Castlecomer Discovery Park has all you need for the perfect school trip! Home to Ireland’s longest Ziplines, we have a wide range of exciting adventure activities – perfect for class bonding and team building. How about testing your balance and agility on one of our high-ropes courses? You can try your hand at Axe-Throwing or release your inner Robin Hood with Archery. Take in the sights with a Mountain Bike Lesson or enjoy Boating games on the picturesque Upper Lake. Problem-solve and work as a group with Team Challenges or try to construct a giant working Catapult! Did you know we are a social-community enterprise, operating on a not-for-profit basis? Learn more about our organisation with an Enterprise Case Study Day. Our active, hands-on educational activities reflect curriculum areas and meet both student and teacher needs. Other educational activities include: • Ecology Field Studies (Junior & Senior Cycle) • Woodland Maths and Numeracy Trail • Footprints in Coal Museum • Creative Map-Making • Orienteering & Map Reading Skills We also offer progressive Tailored Outdoor Learning Programmes (4-8 weeks) for Transition Year students and Wellbeing Programmes for Junior Cycle. You can mix and match any combination of adventure and educational activities. Castlecomer Discovery Park work with each school to create a tailor-made day to best suit the specific group interests and budget. We cater for the smallest classes to the largest schools with a memorable day guaranteed!

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There were a total eligible graduate population of 58,136. Of these, 33,137 graduates came from universities, with a response rate of 57%. A total of 1,373 graduated from colleges, with a response rate of 30%. A further 23,626 graduated from institutes of technology, and the survey response rate was 44%. Individual institutional response rates are given in Appendix 1. Figure 1.1: Graduate Population – Institution Type and Response Rate


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100% 10% 20%was female, 30% 40% 47% 50% 60% balance 70% between 80% 90% and 0%total population A total of 53% of the with male. The males females is different in universities (56% female), institutes of technology (47% female) and colleges Full-Time Part-Time Remote (72% female), as shown in Figure 1.3.

Response rates vary quite significantly by mode of study. Response rates for full-time graduates Figure 1.3: Graduate Population – Gender and Institution Type were 54%,OUTCOMES compared with 38% for part-time graduates and 34% for remote graduates, as shown GRADUATE SURVEY Class of 2017 in Table 1.1. It should be noted however, that overall remote graduate numbers are small. Table UNIVERSITIES 1.1: Response Rates – Mode of Study and Institution Type 44% Full-time Universities FieldCOLLEGES of Study











The mostofpopular area of study for graduates was Business, Administration and Law, with 24%44% Institutes Technology 45% 38% 33%

of all graduates. The next most popular area was Health and Welfare (16%), followed by Arts and 47% 53% 30% 31% N/A 30% TECHNOLOGY Humanities (14%) and Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction (10%). It can be seen from Figure 1.4 that the most popular areas of study to type of institution Total 54%vary according 38% 34% attended. After 51% Business, Administration and Law (24%), the most popular area of study for university graduates 53% 47% TOTAL was Health and Welfare (17%), followed by Arts and Humanities (16%). In institutes of technology, after Business, Administration and Law (25%), the most popular area of study for graduates was 100% 10%and Construction 20% 30% (16%), 40% 50%by Health 60% and70% 90% 0% Engineering, Manufacturing followed Welfare80% (15%). In colleges, the majority of graduates studied Education (60%), with the balance studying Arts and Male Female Humanities (39%). INSTITUTES OF Colleges


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Table 1.3 shows that the highest overall response rate to the survey was gathered from graduates of Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics (58%). The lowest response rates came from Services graduates (43%). In universities, the highest response rates came from graduates of Natural Sciences,


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Considering the single activity to graduates populations 0% 10% that 20%was most 30% important 40% 50% 60% across 70% all surveyed 80% 90% 100% and fields of study,Ordinary 78% were workingUndergraduate or due to start work (71% full-time, part-time and 1% due Other6% Undergraduate Programmes Degree Honours Degree to start); 14% werePostgraduate engaged inCertificate furtherand study (13% full-time and 1% part-time), 5% were unemployed; Diploma Masters Taught Masters Research and PhD and 4% were engaged in a range of other activities (see Figure 2.1).

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Taking into account the response above, the responses were IN weighted according to institution, WORKING WORKING rates DUE TO ENGAGED IN ENGAGED UNEMPLOYED OTHER FULLPART- The START PART-TIME LOOKING ACTIVITY level of study and mode of study. text inA theFULL-TIME sections will follow willAND indicate where weightings Main Graduate FURTHER FOR WORK TIME Destination TIME JOB WITHIN FURTHER are used in the analysis. The weightings are designed to giveSTUDY moreOR accurate sample parameters THE NEXT 3 STUDY OR As can betoseen in Figure 3.2, theunweighted majority (73%) of graduates continued on the ladder system compared the population than data. MONTHS TRAINING TRAINING to higher levels of study. A total of 23% were working or due to start a job. Graduates were also about all –the activities they were involved in, and this gave the graduates Figure 3.2: Level 6 &asked 7 Graduates Most Important Activity the opportunity to indicate that they could be working and studying simultaneously. A total of 6% said they were both working and studying. 100%

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In terms of honours degree graduates working abroad, the most common countries include Great Waterford Kerry Britain (27%), the Unites States (14%), Canada (8%), Malaysia2% (7%), United Arab Emirates (6%) and 2% Spain (5%). Cork 14%

Figure 4.6 illustrates the sector of employment for employed honours degree graduates. In total, 16% of such graduates were working in human health and social work activities, nine months after graduation. There is some notable variation across the sectors, with 19% of university graduates, 13% of institute of technology and 1% of college graduates working in this sector. The least popular sectors include public administration and defence and transportation and storage, with 1% of graduates employed in each, across all sectors. Figure 4.6: Honours Degree Graduates in Employment – Sector

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This section will As previously described,Accommodation in total, 75% and of honours were in food servicedegree activitiesgraduates Administrative andemployment support service (either activities Agriculture, andthe fishing Constructionnine months Educationafter graduation. As full-time, part-time or due to startforestry a job in next 3 months), Financial, insurance and real estate activities Human health and social work activities shown in Figure 4.4, of those who were in employment, over half (52%) of such graduates were in Information and communication Industry Other professional occupations, with variation across sectors. In total, 15% of honours degree graduates Table 4.7: Honours Degree Graduates in technical Other Activities –Public Typeadministration of Other Activity Professional, scientific and activities and defence were in associate professional and technical and were andknow customer service Transportation and storageoccupations Wholesale and9% retail tradein sales I don't occupations. As may be expected, only 4% of all honoursUniversities degree graduates were managers, directors Institutes of Total and senior officials, nine months after graduation. Technology In terms of the type of employment for honours degree graduates, the vast majority (90%) Taking time out to travel 40% 20% 31% were employees, 7% were on a graduate internship/placement and 3% were self-employed, Figure 4.4: Honours Degree Graduates in Employment – Occupation nine months after graduation. Other 16% 26% 22%


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TECHNOLOGYand respondents excluding those who would rather not say. While 26% would rather all respondents 5% 8% 6% not say, 17% were earning between €25,000 and €29,999 per year. A further 17% were earning

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Employed graduates were asked to rate the relevance of the level of their study and the area of their Respondents (%) Respondents (%) excluding those not indicating study to their job. As shown in Figure 3.8, there is not much variation in responses to the relevance questions, with ‘relevant’ or ‘very relevant’ being the most common responses for both area and level of study, at 53% and 56% respectively. The survey asked respondents if they took part in a placement or accredited work experience as part of their course, and if so, for how long. As shown in Table 3.1, nearly half (47%) of Level 6 & 7 Figure 3.8: Level 6 &SURVEY Class 7 Graduates in Employment – Relevance of Level and Area of Study GRADUATE OUTCOMES of 2017 graduates participated in a placement or internship.



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0% graduates who took part in a placement/internship, 32% indicated that it lasted more than Of those 6 months and 28% said it lasted between 4 and 6 months. A further 22% took part in a placement/ work experience for more than 6 weeks but less than 4 months, while 11% indicated that it lasted 6 68 weeks or less.


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Section 3: Level 6 & 7 Graduates [continued]





Figure 0% 3.7 presents Level 6 & 7 graduate salaries nine months after graduation for all respondents as WORKING WORKING DUE TO ENGAGED ENGAGED UNEMPLOYED OTHER well as respondents excluding those who indicated thatINthey wouldINrather not say. While almost one FULLPARTSTART A FULL-TIME PART-TIME AND LOOKING ACTIVITY third of these graduates (32%) rather not FURTHER disclose their salaries, 36% were earning between TIME TIMEwould JOB WITHIN FURTHER FOR WORK THE NEXT 3in STUDY ORthese STUDY OR categories. This increased to €20,000 and €34,999, with 12% of graduates each of salary MONTHS TRAINING TRAINING between 17% and 18% when those who would rather not disclose their salary were removed from the analysis. AGRADUATE breakdown of the figures above given in Appendix 4. OUTCOMES SURVEY Class of is 2017 Figure 3.7: Level 6 & 7 Graduates in Employment – Salary Figure 3.3 gives the most important activity of Level 6 & 7 graduates according to selected 35% of study. The graduates most likely to be in further study were Social Sciences, Journalism fields and Information (80%), Natural Sciences, Mathematics and Statistics (80%), and Business, 30% Administration and Law (79%).






11% 13% 13% 9% 11% 11% 6% TECHNOLOGY Section 4: Honours8%Degrees Graduates [continued]





Employed graduates were asked if they felt they needed the qualification they recently obtained to get their job. As shown in Table 3.2, 38% of Level 6 & 7 graduates felt that the qualification was a formal requirement. In total 17% of such graduates felt that while the qualification was not a formal requirement, it gave them an advantage, while a further 17% stated that the qualification was not 76 required to secure their job, nine months after graduation.






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Make a positive mental health connection today! Poor mental health is touching our lives in ways it has never done before. People across all walks of our society are facing mental health struggles every day. Talking therapies have been proven to be an effective means of easing the effects of poor mental health. The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) and our members are committed to promoting safe and effective talking therapy for all people living in Ireland, from any background of any age. We’d like to help all those in need to take first steps towards positive mental health by connecting them with our members. Someone to Listen There are times in our lives when we or someone we know might struggle with mental health and need someone to talk to in a non-judgemental manner in a safe environment. Someone who is a qualified, accredited and vetted mental health professional. Many people in this situation are unclear where to find a qualified professional. The IACP can help you to make this first connection. When speaking with IACP staff,

you can be assured of the strictest confidentiality. Call us today on 01 230 35 36 to help you find an accredited therapist in your area. Alternatively, you can visit www.iacp.ie, where you will see our online directory. In our directory, you can find a list of our members in your area. These members can help with a range of issues including: Anxiety, Bereavement, Trauma, Stress, Self-Esteem Issues, Relationship Difficulties, Anger, Depression, Childhood Issues, Cancer Support, Work Related Issues, Addictions, Abuse, Adoption, Autism, Cultural issues, Dementia, Disability, Eating Disorders, Financial Issues, Infertility, Obsessions, Personal Growth, Phobias, PTSD, Sexuality, self-harm, Suicidal Feelings and Pregnancy. Who are we? The IACP is the leading and largest professional body for counselling and psychotherapy in Ireland with over 4,200 members.

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Registration open for National Flight Centre pilot training courses 637,000 more pilots needed worldwide over the next 20 years according to Boeing NATIONAL Flight Centre’s Pilot Academy, based at Weston Airport just 20 minutes from Dublin city centre, has opened registration for its Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL frozen) pilot training courses beginning in September 2019 and March 2020. Based in a newly renovated, dedicated college building the Academy offers an integrated/full time course where students can earn an ATPL in as little as 18 months, as well as a modular/part-time option for students who may wish to combine working and studying. One of Europe’s most respected and longest established flight training schools, National Flight Centre Pilot Academy offers a wide range of flight training and conversion courses. Students at National Flight Centre Pilot Academy, Sean Nutley, Greta Egan & Ivan Macken. Pic: Joe Keogh

Decades of experience Declan O’Shea, Director, National Flight Centre said: “Our Pilot Academy is designed for students who wish to complete an integrated or full time pilot training course as quickly as possible. Our academy boasts a fleet of Cessna 152s, 172s and twin engine BE76s as well as two FNPT II flight simulators and a crew of professional and dedicated instructors. "We have been training airline pilots here since 1977 so our expertise is built on decades of experience and we have strong links with some of the largest global airlines. "Our graduate pilots enjoy successful careers as Captains, First Officers, Training Captains and Type Rating Examiners with world leading airlines including Aer Lingus, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Cityjet, Easyjet, Emirates and Ryanair.” Weston Airport The Academy is located in a facility at Weston Airport that has been extensively refurbished featuring state of the art classrooms, briefing rooms and simulators all under one

roof. Declan continued: “While the integrated/fulltime training course involves significant investment by students this should be considered in light of the rewarding salaries that pilots can earn through their career. In fact there has never been a better time to become a pilot. "Right now there is a global shortage of pilots with all the main aircraft manufacturers forecasting the need for a significant increase from the current numbers.” In addition to the ATPL course, National Flight Centre Pilot Academy offers a wide range of full time and part time flight training courses including: • Private Pilots Licence (PPL) • Night Rating • Multi Engine Class Rating • Instrument Rating • Commercial Pilots Licence (CPL) • Airline Transport Pilots Licence (ATPL) The Academy also offers a range of conversion courses for pilots to gain European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) accreditation. Approved by the EASA, visit

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National Flight Centre at www.nfc. ie or follow on Facebook and Instagram. “At National Flight Centre we have everything you need to embark on a rewarding and successful career in aviation. We’re passionate about training the pilots of the future and supporting students to realise their dream of an exciting aviation career,” concluded Declan.

Students (left to right) at National Flight Centre Pilot Academy Mark Dowling, Adomas Guobys & Craig Keegan. Pic: Joe Keogh

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Can Ireland afford to

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Benefits of Wind

Wind costs (+ve) and savings (-ve) €bn nominal

Costs and benefits of wind farms for Irish consumers Figure 1 Cumulative costs and benefits of wind farms for Irish consumers 2000-2020 (€bn) 2000-2020 (€bn) Wholesale energy cost savings: 4 Wind farms require no fuel to run and therefore, once built, generate electricity at very low cost. As a result, DS3 costs 3 wind generation displaces more expensive electricity Constraint costs sources such as gas or coal-fired power stations or 2 Network costs electricity imports, reducing power prices on the 1 wholesale market. RES support 0.1 bn Fuel costs are an important component of electricEU non-compliance 0 ity bills, driving direct savings for consumers through (one year) CRM savings lower electricity tariffs. -1 Wholesale savings

Capacity payment savings: All electricity generators, as well as being paid for the -3 energy they produce, have historically also received a capacity payment for being available to produce -4 electricity. This total net cost is significantly lower than the gross cost of €3.3bn. This is due to wind-driven This strengthens Ireland’s security of supply. Irish reductions in wholesale power prices, savings on capacity payments, and avoidance of EU nonwind to security of supply without receivIreland cumulative fuel compliance These savings amount tocost a total of €3.2bn, which almost entirely offsets the Figure 7 costs. Ireland cumulative fuel cost Figure 8 contributes Ireland cumulative emissions additional cost of wind. ing netsavings compensation for this under the Capacity savings by wind, 2000-20 savings by wind, 2000-20 (m € by wind, 2000-20 nominal) (mtCO2) Remuneration Mechanism (€bn) Aside from the financial costs and benefits, we calculate that the deployment of wind generation in (CRM). This means that Ireland3 avoids: 35 generators do not benefit from capacity paywind 33 million tonnes of power sector CO2 emissions.ments, The total but carbon emissions from of wind capacity available is amount 30 of 33 Mt isthe Gas Coal 2.5 electricity generation in 2017 was 11.7 Mt, so a saving equivalent to almost 3 2 used to calculate the payments that are made to years of total carbon emissions in the electricity sector today . 25 2 fossil fuel generators. 137 TWh of fossil fuel consumption at a saving of €2.7bn. In comparison, Ireland consumed 44 TWh (3814 ktoe) of fossil fuels for electricity generationwind in 20172generation , so a 20 The greater capacity, the smaller 1.5 saving of 137 TWh is equivalent to 3 years of current fossil fuel consumption for electricity the15capacity payments to conventional generators so generation. the growth of wind power in Ireland has resulted in 1 It is important to note that our analysis does not take account 10 of the broader socio-economic a netofcapacity for consumers. benefits of wind. For example, we have not included the benefits job creation,payment cleaner air, orsaving the -2

Cumul. fuel cost savings, €bn

Cumulative emissions savings (mtCO2)

Net consumer costs, total

0.5 5 domestic wind energy instead of full societal benefit of lower carbon emissions as a result of using imported fossil fuels.

















Cumulative emissions savings (mtCO2)

Baringa Partners LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales with registration number OC303471 and with registered offices at 3rd Floor, Dominican Court, 17 Hatfield’s, London SE1 8DJ UK.


Avoided non-compliance costs: 0 The EU has committed to achieving 16% of final energy consumption from renewable sources by 20206. Ireland’s contribution to meeting this target 2 https://www.seai.ie/resources/publications/Energy-in-Ireland-2018.pdf Figure 8 Ireland cumulative emissions is set out in the Irish National Renewable Energy Wind in Ireland 2000-2020: costs and benefitsemissions Ireland cumulative savings by wind, 2000-20 Action Plan (NREAP), which is legally binding. savings(mtCO2) by wind, 2000-20 Ireland’s expected failure to reach a 16% renew5 35 able energy consumption share will result in a 30 progressive fine for each percentage point missed on the target. Given that wind generation helps to reach 25 the target and avoid fines, this represents a saving to 20 Irish taxpayers and consumers. 15 The study conservatively included only one year of non-compliance costs in our analysis. However, if 10 wind power had not previously been developed in 5 Ireland, it would likely take much longer than a single 0 year to make up the shortfall and therefore the fines could occur over multiple years. 0








Cumul. fuel cost savings, €bn

FROM a starting point of near zero in 2000, wind farm capacity in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) has grown to reach over 3.4 GW in 2018. It is expected to exceed 4.1 GW by 2020. To put this into context, the total installed generation capacity in ROI today is around 11 GW. Wind will contribute 11 TWh of electricity generation each year by 2020 – this is equivalent to around 35% of total electricity consumption. Initial figures indicate that in 2018 wind power surpassed 30% of Ireland’s electricity supply for the first time. In the study, Baringa Partners LLP (“Baringa”) has analysed the financial impact for end consumers of the deployment of wind generation in Ireland over the period 2000-2020. We have used our advanced inhouse models of the Irish electricity market to calculate how the costs and benefits for end consumers would have differed if no wind farms had been built. We have also calculated the impact of wind farms on carbon emissions and fossil fuel consumption. The analysis is based on historical data for the years 2000-2017, while the years 2018, 2019 and 2020 are based on a projection, as the study was carried out during 2018. Figure 1 presents a summary of our analysis of the total costs and Figure 7 for Ireland fuelof costwind benefits endcumulative consumers savingsin by Ireland wind, 2000-20 (m the € development over nominal) period 2000-2020. While wind farms 3 have increased end consumer costs Coalhave also in some areas, Gas they 2.5 resulted in significant benefits and 2 savings in others. Our analysis indicates that the 1.5 deployment of 4.1 GW of wind 1 generation capacity in Ireland between 2000 and 2020 will result 0.5 in a total net cost to consumers, over 0 20 years, of €0.1bn (€63 million to be exact), which equates to a cost of less than €1 per person per year.

o turn to renewables?

r for a euro The total net cost breaks down as follows: + €2.3bn wholesale energy cost savings + €0.2bn CRM savings + €0.7bn avoided EU non-compliance costs + €1.9bn renewable support costs - €0.4bn DS3 costs - €0.5bn network upgrade costs - €0.5bn constraint costs --------------------------------------------------- €0.1bn total costs 2000-2020 (€63m) Less than €1 per person per year

Costs of Wind

Wind in Ireland

Over 20 years, Irish wind generation has grown from very low levels to become a major energy source. From a starting point of near zero in 2000, installed wind farm capacity in the Republic of Ireland (ROI) has grown to over 3.4 GW in 2018, and is expected to exceed 4.1 GW by 2020. To put this into context, the total installed generation capacity in ROI is around 11 GW today. Wind will contribute around 11 TWh of annual electricity generation by 2020 – this is equivalent to around 35% of total electricity consumption. This has transformed the Irish energy system, and has resulted in both additional costs and benefits to the Irish consumer, which this study seeks to quantify. Figure 2 Irish wind installed capacity 2000-2020

Installed wind capacity (GW)

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Irish electricity demand & wind generation, 2000-2020

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Electricity consumption

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Network costs: Wind farms require access to the electricity grid to export their power. Wind farms are often built in regions with limited grid capacity, and given the fluctuating nature of wind in-feed, wind generation requires upgrades to the grid, with extra costs.



DS3 costs: Another set of tools that the system operator uses to manage the power system is called ‘ancillary services’. The current ancillary services scheme in the All-Island market is known as ‘DS3’. Under DS3, electricity generators are paid to provide ancillary services. The growth of wind generation is driving an increased need for DS3 services, the costs of which are recovered from end consumers.

Overview of wind costs and benefits


Constraint costs: For stability reasons, the All-Island power system has to operate within certain operating limits or ‘constraints’. For example, one constraint sets a limit on the level of generation from wind, solar, or imports across interconnectors at any one time. These generation sources are ‘non-synchronous’ and this is known as the System Non-Synchronous Penetration (SNSP) limit. Other constraints set a minimum safe level of generation for specific groups of power plants. If these constraints are at risk of being violated, the system operator needs to intervene to turn up or turn down power plants, which comes at a cost. The growth of wind generation has driven an increased need for these interventions, adding to costs.



Renewable support costs: There have been two main support schemes for Irish wind generators since 2020 – the Alternative Energy Requirement (AER) and the Renewable Energy Feed-in Tariff (REFIT). Over the course of the AER and REFIT support schemes, Irish wind generators have typically received support payments for their output that reflect a premium above the prevailing price of wholesale electricity. This premium is paid by the Government and is recovered from end consumers through the Public Service Obligation (PSO) levy on energy bills and therefore represents a cost to end consumers.

This is an edited feature of the report, Wind for a Euro: Cost-benefit analysis of wind energy in Ireland 2000-2020, from leading energy and utilities consultants Baringa.

Wind in Ireland 2000-2020: costs and benefits Baringa Partners LLP is a Limited Liability Partnership registered in England and Wales with registration number OC303471 and with registered offices at 3rd Floor, Dominican Court, 17 Hatfield’s, London SE1 8DJ UK.

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Is there something stirring within you? Are you restless in spirit? Is there an urge within you to follow a new and different pathway? Are you listening to your deepest self with courage and conviction? Is God speaking to you through silent prayer, your own thoughts, emotions, values and attitudes, a relation, friend, book, magazine, advertisement, a life experience, a meeting or even a phone call? Are you waiting for someone to afďŹ rm, guide, support and encourage you to do what you are really thinking in your heart?

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As Little Sisters of the Poor, we find our Joy in God…in the elderly…and in community

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Haven The Haven is an Adult Education Centre in Basin Lane, Dublin 8. The aim of this centre is to create opportunities for adults, build confidence and develop skills through courses and support services. Since opening in 2008, courses have been offered in cookery, computers, creative art, crafts, yoga, personal care, and parenting. Also available are relaxation therapies, bio energy, English for beginners and counselling. A large and functional meeting room is used regularly by community groups in the area. Other rooms in the centre are used by the local playschool, Creative Kids.

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● Computer Courses ● English ● Parenting Courses ● Art and Crafts ● Other Courses

A variety of courses are provided so that adults can learn new skills. These courses range from cookery, and life skills, to art, flower arranging, mindfulness and bio energy.

The Haven Adult Education Centre, Basin Lane, Dublin 8. Tel: 01 473 8402 | E-mail: thehavenbasinlane@gmail.com


The Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre in Waterford THE Edmund Rice International Heritage Centre in Waterford, Ireland, is the resting place of Edmund Rice, founder of the Christian and Presentation Brothers. It is also the site of an impressive visitor centre, thriving community centre and beautiful chapel. Admission is free, and all are welcome. As well as being a visitor attraction and place of pilgrimage, the Edmund Rice Centre is also the heart and soul of the local community. One of the main ministries is the Information and Integration Unit which helps refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants to integrate into the local community. The centre is also used as a meeting point and recreational base by local businesses and community organisations.

Being a Brother for the World

Edmund Rice Museum Officially opened in 2008, the Edmund Rice Heritage Centre tells the story of Edmund Rice, the Ireland in which he lived and the growth of his congregations throughout the world. This modern museum has many captivating features including a multimedia tour of 18th century Waterford, complete with the sights, sounds and even smells of the city streets and dwellings. One of the centrepieces of the museum is a facial reconstruction of Edmund Rice. Thanks to the miracle of modern science, visitors to the centre can travel back in time and come face to face with a laser-generated image of Blessed Edmund’s head, made of resin, paint and clay. There’s also a life size replica of his

bedroom and a typical classroom in which he taught. "This modern museum has many captivating features including a multimedia tour of 18th century Waterford, complete with the sights, sounds and even smells of the city streets and dwellings"

Community centre Of course, there’s more to the Edmund Rice Centre than the museum and chapel. As well as being a visitor attraction and place of pilgrimage, it’s also the heart and soul of the local community. One of its main ministries is the Information and Integration Support Unit which helps refugees, asylum seekers and other immigrants to integrate into the local community. Activities include English language classes, computer skills, a drop-in centre, cultural events and free legal aid. Find out more about the visitor centre and the museum online at www.edmundrice.ie.

Are you wondering about what the next step in your life might be? Do you wish to make a difference in the lives of others? Christian Brothers offer new ways of being present and active, in education, community development and with marginalised people.

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Reference Guide Briefing:

The education system in numbers Number of full-time students in institutions aided by the Department of Education, 2017/2018

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

Level First Level


Students 563,459

Primary Schools


Special Schools


Second Level (excluding PLC students)






Community and Comprehensive


Second-level Students in PLC Courses






Community and Comprehensive


Third Level (2017)


University Sector


Technology Sector


Teacher Training Institutions


Other Aided Institutions




School Size at First and Second Level in 2017/2018

First Level All Sceond Level Second Level Excluding PLC PLC

No. of teachers/academic staff 2016/17 2017/18 35,669 36,773 27,966 29,544 26,273 27,919 1,693 1,625

Number of schools aided by the Department of Education 2016/2017 16/17


First Level



Primary Schools (Mainstream)



Special Schools



Second Level













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The Pupil Teacher Ratio in National Schools

First Level

Second Level

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50 – 99



100 – 199



200 - 299



Total enrolment in all national schools (at the start of the school year) Total number of allocated posts (as at the 30th June in the given school year)

300 - 499



Pupil-teacher ratio in all national schools







Expenditure per Student (euro 2015 prices ) 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015

Primary 5,471 6,064 6,753 6,992 6,338 6,418 6,417 6,326 6,005 6,295

Secondary 7,731 8,820 9,774 9,852 8,794 8,860 8,939 8,320 8,115 8,257

Third Level 10,054 10,806 11,676 11,052 9,778 9,223 8,721 8,194 7,591 7,576











Teaching teachers of mainstream classes



Average class size in mainstream classes



2016 60,248 58,465

2017 61,654 58,543

52,211 2,819 677 2,758 118,713

52,583 2,623 564 2,773 120,197

Total enrolment in mainstream classes

Public Examination Candidates Junior Certificate Candidates Leaving Certificate Candidates of which Leaving Certificate School Candidates External Candidates VTOS/PLC Candidates Leaving Certificate Applied Total Exam Candidates

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






First Level






Second Level (excludes PLC)






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Listings Careers Information . . . . . . 106, 107 Government Departments . . . . . . 107 Government Services . . . . . . . . . 107 Education Institutes . . . . . . . . . .108 Education and Training Boards . .109 Education Centres. . . . . . . . . . . .109

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

Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport 1 Fitzwilliam Plc, Dublin 2. D02 DT68 ☎ 01 6763188 : www.cilt.ie

The Arts Council 70 Merrion Sq, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6180200 : www.artscouncil.ie

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

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

Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development A3 The Locks, Charlotte Quay Dock, Dublin 4 ☎ 01 6780090 : www.cipd.ie

Association of Chartered Certified Accountants La Touche House, 1st Floor IFSC, Dublin 1.D01 R5P3. ☎ +44 (0)141 582 2000 : www.accaglobal.com/ie

Computers in Education Society of Ireland c/o Drumcondra Education Centre, Drumcondra, D9. : www.cesi.ie

Chambers of Commerce of Ireland 11 St Stephen's Green, D2 D02 FY84. ☎ 01 4004300 : www.chambers.ie Association of Consulting Engineers of Ireland 46 Merrion Sqr, Dublin D02 VF66. ☎ 01 6425588 : www.acei.ie Association of Garda Sergeants & Inspectors 6th Floor, Phibsborough Tower, Dublin 7. ☎ 01 8303166 : www.agsi.ie Association of Occupational Therapists of Ireland Office 1 & 2, First Floor, Haymarket House, Smithfield, Dublin 7. ☎ 01 874 8136 : www.aoti.ie Association of Secondary Teachers of Ireland Thomas MacDonagh House, Winetavern Street, Dublin D08 P9V6. ☎ 01 6040160 : www.asti.ie An Bord Altranais 18/20 Carysfort Ave, Blackrock, Dublin. A94 R299 ☎ 01 6398500 : www.nmbi.ie

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Construction Industry Federation Construction House, Canal Road, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4066000 : www.cif.ie Design and Crafts Council of Ireland Castleyard, Kilkenny. R95 CAA6 ☎ 056 7761804 : www.dccoi.ie Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies 10 Burlington Road, Dublin. D04 C932. ☎ 01 6140100 : www.dias.ie Dublin Adult Learning Centre 3 Mountjoy Square, D1. ☎ 01 8787266 : www.dalc.ie Economic and Social Research Institute Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin D02 K138. ☎ 01 8632000 : www.esri.ie Education Research Centre DCU St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra. D09 AN2F. ☎ 01 8373789 : www.erc.ie Engineers Ireland 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland ☎ 01 6651300 : www.engineersireland.ie

Gorta Self Help Africa, 17 - 22 Parkgate Street, Dublin D08 NRP2 ☎ 01 6615522 : www.selfhelpafrica.org

Institute of Public Administration 57/61 Lansdowne Rd, Dublin D04 TC62 ☎ 01 2403600 : www.ipa.ie

Honourable Society of King’s Inn Henrietta Street, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 8744840 : www.kingsinns.ie

Institute of Industrial Engineers Great George's Street, Waterford City. X91 AH9K. ☎ 01 5252527 : www.iie.ie

Irish Institute of Training and Development 4 Sycamore House, Millennium Business Park, Naas, Co Kildare. W91 TF95 ☎ 045 881166 : www.iitd.ie

Insurance Institute of Ireland Insurance Centre, 5 Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, Dublin 1, D01 E7E8. ☎ 01 6456600 : www.iii.ie

Insurance Ireland Insurance Centre, 5 Harbourmaster Place, IFSC, Dublin 1, DO1 E7E8 ☎ 01 676 1820 : www.insuranceireland.eu

Irish Association of Social Workers 114 Pearse St., Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6774838 : www.iasw.ie

Irish Management Institute Sandyford Road, Dublin 16. ☎ 1800 22 33 88 : www.imi.ie

Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland 38 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6445500 : www.scsi.ie

NewsBrands Ireland Clyde Lodge, 15 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4. ☎ 01 668 9099 : newsbrandsireland.ie

Law Society of Ireland Blackhall Place, Dublin 7. D07 VY24. ☎ 01 6724800 : www.lawsociety.ie Accounting Technicians Ireland 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 649 8100 accountingtechniciansireland.ie Institute of Advertising Practitioners in Ireland 12 Clanwilliam Square, Grand Canal Quay, Dublin 2. D02 CD51 ☎ 01 6765991 : www.iapi.ie

Irish Fish Producers' Organisation 8 Anvil Court, Killybegs, Co Donegal. ☎ 074 9741468 : www.ifpo.ie

The Institute of Banking IFSC, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 6116500 : www.iob.ie

Irish Congress of Trade Unions 31/32 Parnell Sq, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 8897777 : www.ictu.ie

Institute of Certified Public Accountants in Ireland 17 Harcourt Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 4251000 : www.cpaireland.ie

Irish Council for International Students 41 Morehampton Road, Dublin 4. D04 AE28 ☎ 01 6605233 : www.internationalstudents.ie

Chartered Accountants Ireland Chartered Accountants House, 47 Pearse St, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6377200 : www.charteredaccountants.ie

Irish Dental Association Unit 2, Leopardstown Office Park, Sandyford, Dublin 18. ☎ 01 2950072 : www.dentist.ie

Institute of Guidance Counsellors 17 Herbert Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6761975 : www.igc.ie

Irish Farmers Association Irish Farm Centre, Bluebell, Dublin 12. ☎ 01 4500266 : www.ifa.ie

Irish Pharmacy Union Butterfield House, Butterfield Ave., Dublin 14. ☎ 01 4936401 : www.ipu.ie

Institute of Professional Auctioneers & Valuers 129 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6785685 : www.ipav.ie

Irish Recorded Music Association IRMA House, 1 Corrig Ave, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. : www.irma.ie

Irish Professional Photographers Association 38/39 Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 401 6878 : www.irishphotographers.com

Irish Medical Organisation 10 Fitzwilliam Place, Dublin D02 Y322 ☎ 01 6767273 : www.imo.ie Irish National Teachers Organisation 35 Parnell Square, D1. ☎ 01 8047700 : www.into.ie Irish Nurses and Midwives Organisation The Whitworth Building, North Burnswick St, Dublin D07 NP8H ☎ 01 6640600 : www.inmo.ie

Careers Information (cont) Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists College of Surgeons St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin D02 H903 ☎ 01 4022148 : www.iscp.ie Irish Taxation Institute South Block, Longboat Qy, Grand Canal Harbour, Dublin D02 H927 ☎ 01 6631700 : www.taxinstitute.ie Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI) Piper's Hill, Kilcullen Road, Naas, Co Kildare Phone: 045-901070 / 045-901698 : www.etbi.ie Marketing Institute of Ireland South County Business Park, Leopardstown, Dublin 18. D18 E659 ☎ 01 2952355 : www.mii.ie

Meet in Ireland Amiens Street, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 884 7134 : www.meetinireland.com The Olympic Council of Ireland Olympic House, Harbour Rd, Howth, Co Dublin. D13 XK75 ☎ 01 8660555 : www.olympics.ie Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland PSI House, Fenian Street, Dublin 2. D02 TD72 ☎ 01 2184000 : www.thepsi.ie Irish Photographic Federation ☎ 0871204654 : www.irishphoto.ie

Public Relations Institute of Ireland 84 Merrion Square Dublin 2. ☎ 6618004 : www.prii.ie

The College of Progressive Education 38-40 Parliament Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 4884300 : progressivecollege.ie

Royal Institute of Architects of Ireland 8 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6761703 : www.riai.ie

Society of Actuaries in Ireland Clanwilliam House Clanwilliam Place Dublin D02 AV90 ☎ 01 634 0020 : www.actuaries.ie

Teagasc Oak Park, Carlow. R93 XE12 ☎ 059 9170200 : www.teagasc.ie Association of Optometrists Ireland Kevin Culliton Rooms, 13 Greenmount House, Harolds Cross Rd, Dublin 6W. ☎ 01 453 8850 : www.optometrists.ie

Union of Students in Ireland The Union of Students in Ireland, 14 Mount Street Upper, Dublin 2. D02 EY24. ☎ 01 7099300 : www.usi.ie USIT 19/21 Aston Quay, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 602 1906 : www.usit.ie

Society of the Irish Motor Industry 5 Upper Pembroke Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6761690 : www.simi.ie

Veterinary Ireland 13 The Courtyard, Kilcarbery Park, Nangor Road, Dublin 22. ☎ 01 4577976 : www.veterinaryireland.ie

Teachers Union of Ireland 73 Orwell Road, Rathgar, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4922588 : www.tui.ie

Vocations Ireland St Mary's Centre Fitzwilliam House, 185-201 Merrion Rd, Dublin 4. D04 NX60 ☎ 01 260 3707 : www.vocationsireland.com

Department of Finance Upper Merrion Street, Dublin D02 R583 ☎ 01 6767571 : www.finance.gov.ie

Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation 23 Kildare Street, Dublin D02 TD30 ☎ 01 6312121/ LoCall 1890 220222 : www.dbei.ie

Government Departments Dail Eireann Leinster House, Dublin D02 XR20 ☎ 01 6183000 : www.oireachtas.ie Dept of Agriculture, Food & the Marine Kildare Street, Dublin D02 WK12 ☎ 01 6072000 : www.agriculture.gov.ie Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht 23 Kildare Street, Dublin D02 TD30 ☎ 01 6313800 : www.chg.gov.ie Department of Children and Youth Affairs Block 1, Miesian Plaza, 50-58 Baggot Street Lower, Dublin 2. D02 XWI4. ☎ 01 6473000 : www.dcya.gov.ie

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment 29/31 Adelaide Rd, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6782000 / LoCall 1890 449900 : www.dccae.gov.ie/

Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection Aras Mhic Dhiarmada, Store Street. Dublin 1. ☎ 01 7043000 : www.welfare.ie

Department of Defence Station Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. W12 AD93 ☎ 045 492000 : www.defence.ie

Department of the Taoiseach Government Buildings Upper Merrion Street, Dublin D02 R583 ☎ 01 6194000 / LoCall 1890 227227 : www.taoiseach.gov.ie

Dept of Education and Skills Marlborough St, Dublin D01 RC96 ☎ 01 8896400 : www.education.ie Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government Custom House, Dublin D01 W6X0 ☎ 01 8882000 : www.housing.gov.ie

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

Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade Iveagh House, 80 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin D02 VY53 ☎ 01 408 2000 : www.dfa.ie Department of Health Block 1, Miesian Plaza, 50 – 58 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, D02 XW14 ☎ 01 6354000 : www.health.gov.ie

Department of Justice and Equality 51 St Stephen’s Green, Dublin D02 HK52 ☎ 01 6028202 : www.justice.ie Department of of Public Expenditure and Reform Government Buildings, Upper Merrion St, Dublin D02 R583 ☎ 01 676 7571 : www.per.gov.ie

Government Services An Bord Pleanála 64 Marlborough Street, Dublin D01 V902 ☎ 01 8588100 / LoCall 1890 275175 : www.pleanala.ie Central Statistics Office Skehard Road, Cork. T12 X00E ☎ 021 4535000 : www.cso.ie

Courts Service of Ireland 15/24 Phoenix Street North, Smithfield, Dublin 7. ☎ 01 8886000 : www.courts.ie Data Protection Commissioner 21 Fitzwilliam Square South, Dublin 2. D02 RD28 ☎ +353 (0)761 104 800 : www.dataprotection.ie

Garda Siochana Phoenix Park, Dublin D08 HN3X. ☎ 01 6660000 : www.garda.ie

Ombudsman 18 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin D02 HE97 ☎ LoCall 1890 223030 : www.ombudsman.ie

Passport Office 42-47, Lower Mount Street, Dublin D02 TN83 ☎ 01 6711633 :dfa.ie/passports-citizenship

HEAnet 5 George’s Dock, IFSC, Dublin D01 X8N7 ☎ 01 6609040 : www.heanet.ie

Ordnance Survey of Ireland Phoenix Park, Dublin D08 F6E4 ☎ 01 8025300 : www.osi.ie

Irish Prison Service IDA Business Park, Ballinalee Road, Longford. ☎ 043-3335100 : www.irishprisons.ie

Met Eireann Glasnevin Hill, Dublin D09 Y921 ☎ 01 8064200 : www.met.ie

Office of Public Works Jonathan Swift Street, Trim, Co. Meath C15 NX36. ☎ 046 942 6000 : www.opw.ie

Revenue Dublin Castle, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 6792777 : www.revenue.ie

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Educational Institutes in Ireland American College Dublin 2 Merrion Square, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 676 8939 : www.iamu.edu Athlone Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. ☎ 090 6468000 : www.ait.ie Burren College of Art Newtown Castle, Ballyvaughan, Co. Clare. ☎ 065 7077200 : www.burrencollege.ie Church of Ireland Theological Institute Braemor Park, Dublin D14 KX24 ☎ 01 492 3506 : www.theologicalinstitute.ie

DIT (Technological University Dublin) 143/149 Rathmines Road, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 4023000 : www.dit.ie IT Blanchardstown (Technological University Dublin) Blanchardstown Road North, Dublin D15 YV78 ☎ 01 8851000 : www.itb.ie IT Tallaght (Technological University Dublin) Old Blessington Rd, Tallaght, Dublin D24 FKT9 ☎ 01 4042000 : www.it-tallaght.ie

Cork Institute of Technology Bishopstown, Cork T12 P928 ☎ 021 4326100 : www.cit.ie

Dun Laoghaire Institute of Art Design & Technology Kill Avenue, Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. A96 KH79 ☎ 01 2394000 : www.iadt.ie

CIT Cork School of Music Union Quay, Cork T12 E9HY ☎ 021 480 7310 : csm.cit.ie

Maynooth University Froebel Department of Primary and Early Childhood Education ☎ 01 474 7400 : www.nuim.ie/froebel

CIT Crawford College of Art & Design Sharman, Crawford St, Cork. ☎ 021 4335200 : crawford.cit.ie

Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Galway H91 T8NW ☎ 091 753161 : www.gmit.ie

University College Cork Western Road, Cork T12 YN60 ☎ 021 4903000 : www.ucc.ie DCU Church of Ireland Centre CIC Office, AHCDG09 , Dunboyne House, DCU All Hallows. ☎ 01 700 6074 : www.dcu.ie/ church-of-ireland-centre Marino Institute of Education Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9. ☎ 01 8057700 : www.mie.ie Dublin Business School 13-14 Aungier Street, Dublin D02 WC04 ☎ 01 4177500 : www.dbs.ie

Institute of Technology, Tralee Tralee, Co. Kerry. V92 CX88 ☎ 066 7145600 : www.ittralee.ie

St. Angela’s College Lough Gill, Sligo F91 C634 ☎ 071 9143580 : www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie

Letterkenny Institute of Technology Port Rd, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. F92 FC93 ☎ 074 9186000 : www.lyit.ie

Carlow College, College Street, Carlow R93 A003 ☎ 059 9153200 : www.carlowcollege.ie

Limerick Institute of Technology Moylish Pk, Limerick. V94 EC5T ☎ 061 293000 : www.lit.ie Mary Immaculate College South Circular Road, Limerick. ☎ 061 204300 : www.mic.ul.ie DCU Institute of Education Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3. ☎ 01 884 2212 : www.dcu.ie/institute_of_ education Milltown Institute of Theology & Philosophy Milltown Park, Sandford Road, Ranelagh, Dublin 6. ☎ 01 269 8388 : milltown-institute.ie National College of Art and Design 100 Thomas Street, Dublin 8. ☎ 01 6364200 : www.ncad.ie

Griffith College Cork Mews House, 62 Wellington Rd, Montenotte, Cork, T23 P5PC. ☎ 021 4507027 : www.griffith.ie/cork

National College of Ireland (NCI) Mayor Street, International Financial Services Centre, Dublin 1. ☎ 1850 221 721 www.ncirl.ie

Griffith College Dublin South Circular Road, Dublin DO8 VO4N ☎ 01 4150400 : www.griffith.ie/dublin

NUI Galway University Road, Galway H91 TK33 ☎ 091 524411 : www.nuigalway.ie

Griffith College Limerick O'Connell Avenue, Limerick. ☎ 061-31 00 31 : www.griffith.ie/limerick

Maynooth University Maynooth, Co. Kildare. ☎ 01 7086000 : www.maynoothuniversity.ie

Hibernia College Block B, The Merrion Centre, Merrion Road, Dublin 4. ☎ 01 6610168 : www.hiberniacollege.com

Portobello Institute 43 Dominick Street Lower, Dublin 1. ☎ 01 8920000 : www.portobelloinstitute.ie

Dublin City University Dublin 9. ☎ 01 7005000 : www.dcu.ie

Institute of Technology, Carlow Kilkenny Road, Carlow. ☎ 059 9175000 : www.itcarlow.ie

Queens University Belfast University Road, Belfast BT7 1NN ☎ 0044 2890 245133 : www.qub.ie

Dundalk Institute of Technology Dublin Road, Dundalk, Co. Louth. A91 K584 ☎ 042 9370200 : www.dkit.ie

Institute of Technology, Sligo Ash Lane, Ballinode, Co. Sligo. F91 YW50 ☎ 071 9155222 : www.itsligo.ie

Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland 123 St. Stephens Green Dublin 2. ☎ 01 4022100 : www.rcsi.ie

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St. Patrick’s College Maynooth Co. Kildare W23 TW77 ☎ 01 7083600 : www.maynoothcollege.ie Shannon College of Hotel Management Shannon Airport, Co. Clare. ☎ 061 712210 : www.shannoncollege.com LIT Tipperary Nenagh Road, Thurles, Co. Tipperary. Cashel Court, Clonmel, Co. Tipperary ☎ 0504 28072 : www.lit.ie/tipperary Trinity College Dublin College Green, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 8961000 : www.tcd.ie University College Dublin Belfield, Dublin D04 V1W8 ☎ 01 7167777 : www.ucd.ie University of Limerick National Technological Park, Limerick V94 T9PX ☎ 061 202700 : www.ul.ie University of Ulster York Street, Belfast, Co. Antrim, BT15 1ED ☎ (048) 7012 3456 : www.ulster.ac.uk Waterford Institute of Technology Cork Road, Waterford. X91 K0EK ☎ 051 302000 : www.wit.ie OTHER INSTITUTIONS

St. Nicholas Montessori College Block C, Century Court George’s Street Upper Dún Laoghaire. A96 R2V3. ☎ 01 2806064 : www.smsi.ie The College of Progressive Education 38-40 Parliament Street, Dublin 2. ☎ 01 4884300: www.progressivecollege.ie Stranmillis University College Stranmillis Road, Belfast BT9 5DY. ☎ (048) 90381271 : www.stran.ac.uk BUSINESS COLLEGES Quinn School of Business, UCD Belfield, Dublin 4 ☎ 01 716 4833 : www.ucd.ie/quinn Smurfit School of Business, UCD Carysfort Avenue, Blackrock, Co Dublin, A94 XF34 ☎ 01 716 8934 : www.smurfitschool.ie DCU Ryan Academy for Entrepreneurs Innovation Campus, DCU Alpha, Old Finglas Road, Glasnevin, Dublin 11 ☎ 01-7006786 : www.ryanacademy.ie The Kemmy Business School University of Limerick ☎ 061 202 700 : www.ul.ie/business AGRICULTURAL COLLEGES Ballyhaise College Ballyhaise, Co Cavan, ☎ 01 4338108 : www.teagasc.ie/education/ teagasc-colleges/ballyhaise/ College of Amenity Horticulture National Botanic Gardens, Glasnevin, Dublin. ✉ john.mulhern@teagasc.ie : www.teagasc.ie/education/ teagasc-colleges/botanicgardens

Open University in Ireland Holbrook House, Holles Street, Dublin 2. D02 EY84 ☎ 01678 5399 (ROI) : www.open.ac.uk/ republic-of-ireland

College of Agriculture, Food & Rural Enterprise (CAFRE) Levaghy, Enniskillen, Co Fermanagh. BT74 4GF ☎ 028 6634 4853 : www.cafre.ac.uk

St. Mary’s University College 191 Falls Road, Belfast BT12 6FE, ☎ 048 90327678 : www.stmarys-belfast.ac.uk

Clonakilty Agricultural College ☎ 023 883 2500 : www.teagasc.ie/education/ 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 : www.etbi.ie Cavan & Monaghan Education & Training Board info@cmetb.ie : cavanmonaghan.etb.ie Cork Education & Training Board 21 Lavitt's Quay, Cork T12 HYT9 info@corketb.ie : cork.etb.ie City of Dublin Education & Training Board CDETB Administrative Offices, Town Hall, 1-3 Merrion Road Ballsbridge, Dublin 4 Ph: 01 688 0614 : cityofdublin.etb.ie Donegal Education & Training Board Administrative Offices Ard O’Donnell Letterkenny Ph: 074 916 1600 : www.donegaletb.ie

Dublin & Dun Laoghaire Education & Training Board 1 Tuansgate, Belgard Square East, Tallaght, Dublin 24 01 452 9600 : www.ddletb.ie

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

Galway & Roscommon Education & Training Board Head Office 091 874 500 Roscommon Office 090 662 6151 : galwayroscommon.etb.ie

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 : www.laoisoffalyetb.ie

Kerry Education & Training Board Centrepoint, John Joe Sheehy Road, Tralee, Co. Kerry V92 P2FE Ph: 066 712 1488 : www.kerryetb.ie 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 : kildarewicklow.etb.ie

Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board Marshal House, Dooradoyle Road, Limerick. V94 HAC4. Tel: 061 442100 : www.lcetb.ie Longford & Westmeath Education & Training Board Longford Office 043 3334004 Westmeath Office 044 934 8389 HQ: Mullingar : longfordwestmeath.etb.ie

Louth & Meath Education & Training Board Dundalk Office Chapel Street, Dundalk, Co. Louth 042 933 4047 Meath Office Abbey Road, Navan. 046 906 8200 HQ: Drogheda : louthmeath.etb.ie Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education & Training Board Mayo Office Administrative Offices, Newtown, Castlebar 094 902 4188 Sligo Office Quay Street Sligo 071 91 94800 Leitrim Office Administrative Offices, St. George’s Terrace, Carrick-onShannon 071 96 21362 : mayosligoleitrim.etb.ie

Tipperary Education & Training Board Nenagh Office Office Church Road, Nenagh. E45 XD59 067 31250 Clonmel Office Western Road, Clonmel. E91 WK13 052 612 1067 : tipperary.etb.ie 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 : waterfordwexford.etb.ie

Education Centres Athlone Education Centre Moydrum Road, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. ☎ 090 6420400 : athloneeducationcentre.com

Connemara Teacher Centre Aird Thiar, Cárna, Conamara, Co. na Gaillimhe. ☎ 087 791 6876 : www.imchonamara.com

Dublin West Education Centre Old Blessington Road, Tallaght, Dublin 24. ☎ 01 4528000 : www.dwec.ie

Limerick Education Centre 1st Floor, Marshal House, Dooradoyle Rd, Limerick. ☎ 061 585060 : www.lec.ie

Tipperary Education Centre MIC, St Patrick’s Campus, Cathedral St, Thurles. ☎ 086 - 6008860 : www.tippec.com

Blackrock Education Centre Kill Ave., Dun Laoghaire, Co. Dublin. ☎ 01 2365000 : www.blackrockec.ie

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

Galway Education Centre Cluain Mhuire, Wellpark, Galway. ☎ 091 745600 : www.galwayec.ie

Mayo Education Centre Westport Road, Castlebar, Co. Mayo. ☎ 094 9020700 : mayoeducationcentre.ie

Tralee Education Centre North Campus, Dromtacker, Tralee, Co Kerry. ☎ 066 719 5000 : www.edcentretralee.ie

Gort A Choirce Education Centre Gort A Choirce, Leitir Ceanainn, Co. Donegal. ☎ 074 9165556 ✉ inmr@eircom.net

Monaghan Education Centre Knockaconny, Armagh Road, Monaghan. ☎ 047 74000 : www.metc.ie

Tuam Education Centre St Patrick’s Primary School Dublin Road, Co. Galway. ☎ 093 25877 : www.tuamec.ie

Donegal Education Centre Floor 2/3, Pier 1, Quay Street, Donegal. ☎ 074 9723487 : www.donegaledcentre.ie

Kildare Education Centre Friary Road, Kildare Town, Co. Kildare. ☎ 045 530200 : www.eckildare.ie

Navan Education Centre Athlumney, Navan, Co. Meath. ☎ 046 9067040 : www.ecnavan.ie

Waterford Teachers' Centre Newtown Road, Waterford. ☎ 051 311000 : www.wtc.ie

Cavan Education Centre Co. Cavan ETB Administrative Offices, Church View Square, Cavan.☎ 049-4332259 : www.cavanec.ie

Drumcondra Education Centre Drumcondra, Dublin 9. ☎ 01 8576400 : www.ecdrumcondra.ie

Kilkenny Education Centre Seville Lodge, Callan Road, Co. Kilkenny. ☎ 056 7760200 : www.eckilkenny.ie

Sligo Education Centre IT Sligo Campus, Ballinode, Sligo, Co. Sligo. ☎ 071 9138700 : www.ecsligo.ie

West Cork Education Centre The Square, Dunmanway, Co Cork ☎ 023 - 8856757 : westcorkeducationcentre.com

Clare Education Centre Government Buildings, Kilrush Road, Ennis. ☎ 065 6845500 : www.clareed.ie

Dundalk Education Centre 1 Brickfield Gdns, Newry Rd, Dundalk, Co. Louth. ☎ 086 7707400 : www.dundalkec.ie

Laois Education Centre Block Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. ☎ 057 8672400 : www.laoisedcentre.ie

Tarbert Education Centre Comprehensive School, Tarbert, Co. Kerry. ☎ 069 60005 : www.tarbertesc.ie

Wexford Education Centre Milehouse Road, Enniscorthy. Y21 T271 ☎ 053 9239100 : www.ecwexford.ie

Carlow Education Centre Kilkenny Road, Carlow. ☎ 087 2079448 : www.eccarlow.ie Carrick-on-Shannon Education Centre, Marymount, Carrick-on-Shannon. ☎ 071 9620383 : www.carrickedcentre.ie

Dingle Education Centre An Chuillin, An Daingean, Co. Kerry. Tel: 066-9151866 : kerryetb.ie

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Reference Guide Briefing:

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WWW.SMSI.IE At the St. Nicholas Centre of Excellence in Montessori Education, we have been preparing Ireland's leading Montessori teachers and early years practitioners since 1970. We are fully accredited by QQI and our programmes are recognised by DCYA (for free childcare scheme capitation rates), Pobal and SUSI (for student grants - full-time only). IRELAND'S ONLY DEDICATED MONTESSORI COLLEGE


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Education Reference Guide 2019-2020  

Education Reference Guide 2019-2020