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There’s still time to return to learning

Wednesday, 2nd January, 2019 4:48pm

There are still places available in a new course designed to help people return to learning launched in Cork last month.

The QQI Level 3 Employability Skills course was launched by Cork Education and Training Board’s (CETB) CityNorth College of Further Education.

The Back to Education Initiative (BTEI) encourages interested parties to return to a learning environment that is suited to them by providing part-time further education programmes for young people and adults.

Anyone who has left full-time education can take part in a BTEI course with preference given to those who have left school early and, for example, may not have done the Junior Cert or less.

The aim of the course is to give people an opportunity to combine a return to learning with family, work and their other commitments and responsibilities.

The course welcomes learners of all ages, abilities and nationalities and promises to provide a learning environment which is both innovative and supportive.

Those who may be in receipt of a social welfare payment such as job-seekers or disability payments, carer’s allowance, one-parent family allowance, or medical cardholders, are all entitled to apply for the courses.

One particular course that CETB is anticipating to be especially popular is the Employability Skills course which will take place from Monday to Thursday each week and will incorporate core modules such as computer literacy, word processing, caring for children, and retail industry knowledge.

The participants of this course will acquire skills, knowledge and understanding of these core modules and will be given the possibility to gain practical experience that their potential future employers may look for when hiring additional staff members.

The Employability Skills course offers progression to further education and training, either at part-time level or fulltime level programmes such as community healthcare assistant, hairdressing, computers and online customer service and warehousing skills. The concept of the BTEI is to facilitate adults and young people who may have previously dropped out of school early, enabling them to return to education in an area they feel would be most beneficial to them.

In order to accommodate commitments outside of the course, an emphasis has been placed on course flexibility with courses offered on a part-time basis in the mornings and afternoons.

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