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Full-time FET Programmes

Specific Skills Training (SST) courses are typically around 6 months to complete and are designed to meet the needs of industry and business across a range of sectors.  QQI accreditation at Levels 4-6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) and in other cases industry specific qualifications. Examples of SST courses include, Computer Applications and Office Skills, e Business, MySQL, Retail Skills, Health and Beauty, Business Administration, Sports & Recreation, Construction Skills, Professional Cookery, Hospitality, Business Process Improvement, Manual and Computerised Payroll, Precision Engineering, Software Development.  SST typically includes work experience/practice modules with placements of 3-6 weeks. 

Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) provides courses in a combination of general studies, vocational skills and opportunities for work experience so that they are able to enter or re-enter immediate skilled jobs in the labour market. The courses generally lead to major awards at NFQ Levels 5 and 6.  Generally courses are one academic year on a full-time basis.  Courses are delivered under a range of Educational Departments such as Business & Administration, Healthcare Studies, IT/Computing & Design, Social Studies & Childcare, Arts & Music, Agriculture, Engineering, Sport and Construction. 

Traineeships provide job-specific training which combines direct training and workplace training (Work Based Learning, WBL) with an employer. All programmes lead to QQI Major awards at levels 4 to 6 on the NFQ. Traineeships take nine - eighteen months to complete. Examples of Traineeships: Hospitality Engineering, Childhood Care & Education, Healthcare Support, Hairdressing and Beauty Therapy. Traineeships have significant Work based Learning (WBL) requiring sponsor/placement periods throughout the 6 – 18 month programme (Block and Day release combinations).

Apprenticeships typically consists of 3 off-the-job training phases and 4 on-the-job phases.  Apprenticeships Phase 1, 3, 5 and 7 are on the Job phases (placement) of 3 – 4 years. To undergo the Apprenticeship programme individuals must first be registered by an employer.

Community Training provided through Community Training Centres, Local Training Initiatives and Specialist Training Providers (for people with disabilities). All Community sector training leads to accreditation at Major Levels 3-5.

Youthreach is a 2 year full-time programme for early school leavers aged between 15-20 years of age, leading to a range of accreditation at levels 3-5 on the NFQ.  Learners are facilitated in setting individual learning plans aimed at increasing their self-esteem, skills and knowledge and ability to get to progress into further education or employment.  

Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) provides a range of courses to meet the education and training needs of people who are unemployed. It gives participants opportunities to improve their general level of education, get a certificate, develop their skills and prepare for employment, self-employment and further education and training. They are usually delivered over two academic years on a full-time basis of 30 hours per week. The courses lead to a range of awards across NFQ levels.  Some examples include ICT, Art and Design, Business Administration, Childcare, Digital Media, Sound Production, Traditional Irish Music, Institute of Accounting Technicians and Leaving Certificate.

Part-time FET Programmes

Back to Educational Initiative (BTEI) provides part-time Further Education programmes for young people and adults. It aims to give participants an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and other responsibilities. Programmes are offered in partnership with a number of agencies throughout the country on a flexible part-time basis. Classes are offered throughout the year in the morning, afternoons, evenings or weekends. Courses lead to a range of accreditation at levels 1-6 on the NFQ.  Examples include Healthcare, Childcare and ICT. 

Adult Literacy Programmes are provided to people inside and outside of the labour force who want to improve their communication skills, i.e. reading, writing, and numeracy and information technology. Programmes are typically delivered for 2-4 hours per week during the academic year.  They also provide English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL). 

Skills for Work is a programme aimed at providing opportunities to help employee’s upskill to meet demands of the workplace. Programmes are 35 hours duration and designed in a flexible way to meet the needs of employer and employee. Most programmes are accredited.

Part-time Evening courses of typically 30 hours duration over 10 weeks provide short up-skilling modules for both unemployed and employed persons. Examples of courses include Welding TIG, Interior Design, ECDL, CAD, Door Security, Supervisory Management, and Start Your Own Business. Courses generally lead to accreditation at levels 4-6 on the NFQ or certification from a recognised United Kingdom or Industry accrediting body. 

Blended Learning Courses can last up to 6 months and utilise the best mix of classroom, lab, practical, on-line training and tutor support to suit the need of those individuals who need a more flexible way to meet their training needs. Examples include CAD 3D Parametric Modelling, Industrial Automation, Electrical/Electronic Control Systems and Management Development, Manual and Computerised Payroll and Bookkeeping. Courses are delivered all year round and lead to accreditation at levels 4-6 on the NFQ or certification from a recognised United Kingdom or Industry accredited body. 

Community Education offers courses to adults who wish to return to or continue their education.  It is generally developed in local community projects and centres.  Accreditation may be provided from NFQ level 1-5.  Informal or hobby type courses are not accredited.  Examples include Sign Language, Art & Crafts and Personal Development.

Support Services:

Mayo Sligo & Leitrim Education and Training Board (MSLETB) Provision; FET Sector:

Adult Educational Guidance and Information Service helps people to make informed educational career and life choices.  Adults can start from where they left off in education and the Guidance Service will support the adult from where he or she is right now. 

Other Offerings:

Collaboration with industry to develop new National Career Traineeships (Hospitality and Engineering).

Increasing capacity to meet the growing demand for Apprenticeships.

Up -skilling for industry. Specific/targeted training for Industry and Business.

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