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Types of Courses
Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) Courses
PLCs are full-time and last for one to two years. They offer a mixture of practical work, academic work and work experience. They are designed as a step towards skilled employment and, as such, they are closely linked to industry and its needs.
A work based structured education and training programme which combines and alternates learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre. An apprenticeship begins with a contract of employment with an approved employer.
Traineeships typically take from 6-20 months full-time to complete. They provide occupation-specific training and integrate formal classroom training and workplace coaching with a host employer. Courses facilitate those entering the labour market for the first time and persons wishing to up-date or acquire new skills.
Youthreach is a full-time programme, usually over two years, for young people, aged 15 to 20, who left school early and are not are not working. It leads to awards typically at levels 3 and 4 on the NFQ. Learners are supported in setting individual learning plans aimed at increasing their self-esteem, skills and knowledge and ability to get a job.
Part-time evening courses, typically of 30 hours over 10 weeks, provide short up-skilling modules for both unemployed and employed persons. Examples of courses include Interior Design, Computer Aided Design, Supervisory Management, and Start Your Own Business.
Back to Education Initiative
The Back to Education Initiative 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 on a flexible part-time basis with classes offered in the morning, afternoons, evenings or weekends.
Skills for Work
Skills for Work is a national programme aimed at providing opportunities to help employees deal with basic skill demands of the workplace. Programmes are designed in a flexible way to meet the needs of employer and employees. All courses include literacy and numeracy elements and subjects ranging from communications, computing, interpersonal skills, problem-solving and report-writing.
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS)
The VTOS Scheme provides a range of courses to help people who are unemployed re-enter the workforce. The courses are full-time and are usually delivered over two years. The courses aim to help participants prepare for employment, self-employment and further education and training. Some examples include ICT, Art and Design, Business Administration, Childcare and Digital Media.
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