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While sixth-year students are very busy preparing for practical and oral exams, it is a quiet time of the year in relation to the CAO. Of course, this does not mean that students should not be thinking about life after the Leaving Cert and there are a number of non-CAO options they can consider now, including these:
The ESB is currently heavily engaged in a marketing campaign to recruit apprentices to their electrical apprentice scheme. The application process closes on March 25. This apprenticeship has been running for many years now and is extremely popular.
Applicants must hold at least a Junior Cert with Irish, English, maths, science and two other subjects. However, as competition is likely to be high, a strong Leaving Cert may be helpful. The application form will take 60 minutes to complete and will time out if left inactive for too long.
Applicants will also be asked to take an online aptitude test in five different areas. These will include verbal reasoning, spatial awareness, mechanical/technical, logical reasoning, numerical reasoning. Interested applicants will find more information by phoning 1890 393939 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Recruitment is also open for a number of other apprenticeships, including Ryanair’s aircraft maintenance and engineering apprenticeship and Bus Eireann’s heavy vehicle mechanic apprentice.
See also the apprenticeships.ie website.
The Racing Academy and Centre of Education (RACE) based in Kildare offers training for careers in the equestrian industry. Programmes include jockey and trainer courses, stable hand and management courses, as well as farrier training. The trainee jockey course is a 42-week residential programme, which allows graduates to become apprentice jockeys. It is also recognised by QQI as a Level 4 award. The assistant trainer course will allow graduates to obtain an assistant trainer’s licence and progress towards a full trainer’s licence. Graduates will also receive a FETAC Level 5 award.
As you can see from our important career dates list, this week there are a number of further education colleges holding open days and interview sessions. I have been approached by some sixth-year students this week who have asked me if it is too late to apply for a PLC. We have been encouraging our sixth-year students to apply for further education courses since November, however there are always some who choose not to do this.
Perhaps it is receiving less than ideal mock results that has focused minds. Regardless of the reason, I am glad to say it is not too late to apply.
All applicants should be aware, however, that further education colleges will continue to meet and interview applicants until all their places have been filled. Popular courses fill up quickly and some may already have their quota of students. However, not all those places may be taken up, so there could be availability down the line. Therefore, it is essential for students to apply now if they have not already done so. This will allow them to head into their mocks and orals safe in the knowledge that they have a college place waiting for them in September.
Aoife Walsh is a guidance counsellor at Malahide Community School, Co Dublin
CEEDS announced the opening of their new, modernised IT training rooms and brand new Public Internet and Email Access on Monday 25th June 2018. With the help of generous grants from Google Ireland and The Holiday Home Project
Established in 1993, CEEDS, a voluntary organisation, is situated in Aras
After 25 years in the community, CEEDS is proud to continue still to provide much needed locally based services to their community and surrounding areas.
The Project aimed to provide the community with a Centre of Digital Excellence, with fast Internet facilities and the technology to continue to provide quality training for years to come.
Bearing in mind the changes in the IT sector, digital trends and upcoming changes in EU data policy (GDPR) they had to build a stable, reliable and future-proofed Training Centre. CEEDS donated their old equipment to Camara, a Global I.T charity donation program. There PC’s have found their new home in a School in Ethiopia, providing badly needed technical resources to an impoverished region.
Maria Flynn (Board Member ) Grace Wills and Eddie Costello (CEEDS) Stephanie Lavelle (Google) at the launch of the Training Facilities
We have two events in the coming weeks that NCU will be attending and giving information out about our courses and answering any questions you might have. The events are held by Department of social protection under their pathways to work initiative , an employment, training and guidance scheme.
The first event will be on Tuesday the 27th of May in the Bracken court hotel, Balbriggan from 10:30am to 15:45pm
The second is being held on Thursday the 5th of June in the Ashbourne Community centre, Ashbourne Co. Meath from 10:00am to 4.00pm.
So if you are looking at one of our courses and are attending one of these events, we will be available to answer any questions. We look for ward to meeting you.