If you are searching for training in Ireland you may notice the above logo appearing beside the words QQI certified or certified by QQI, but who are QQI?
“On 6 November 2012, FETAC completed its amalgamation with HETAC, NQAI and IUQB and a new integrated agency, Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI), was established. FETAC, HETAC and the NQAI are now dissolved. The new agency will continue to provide continuity of service as it evolves. QQI will bring any changes and updates to your attention over the coming weeks on its website www.qqi.ie” Source: ( http://www.fetac.ie/fetac/awardsinfo/awards.htm )
It’s very important to note whether the course you are taking is certified by this new awarding body and to familiarize yourself with the new QQI logo.
There is also an updated National framework of Qualifications (NFQ)
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.
Get online week is an annual digital empowerment campaign that promotes the use of digital technologies and learning digital skills. Having even basic digital skills will afford you a world of opportunity and the ability to become self sufficient in your learning. With so many great resources online, it is important to be aware of technologies that exist and how to access them.
“Every nine jobs out of ten today presumes digital skills of one standard or another” – Pat Rabbitte
At NCU Training, we know the importance of Digital skills. Over the past few years we have been offering free Digital skills training so people can get online and start using technology to their advantage. We are all about digital empowerment and we have helped over 2100 people get online and start gaining Digital skills in the past two years alone.
If you are interested in taking a free Digital skills course with us you can call 01-8479463 to book a place.
Some of the course topics include:
- Google services (Search, Email, Maps, Drive, YouTube, translate etc..)
- Banking online
- Government services online (motor tax, personal tax, local services etc..)
If you are interested in finding out more about Get Online Week you will find all the details on their website here
More websites worth looking at:
Grand Coalition for Digital jobs
Our free Digital skills course
Vice-President Neelie Kroes says digital literacy and e-skills are the new literacy
We are Delighted to announce that we are now bonded members of the ICPA. We are one of only seven bonded training centres in the country and are very proud to be included. We are however more exited about what the bond means for our students. Anyone wishing to come on a course with us can be safe in the knowledge that their fees are protected.
What it means for the learner.
In the past few years six private colleges have dramatically collapsed, abandoning thousands of students and leaving them with no prospect of recovering their fees – estimated to have run into millions and affecting Irish and international students.
It is difficult to explain and therefore hard to help students, particularly international students, understand that when they part with their money to take a course of study with a private college that has been officially registered and approved by the Irish government that the fees they paid are always at risk and that the Irish state takes no responsibility for these fees.
The ICPA Bond scheme addresses this situation in an extremely effective way and eliminates the dreadful consequences that can arise when a college suddenly fails. It is relevant for both international and Irish students.
The ICPA mutual Bond scheme is the first scheme of its kind to have been developed in any country in the developed world.
This fact was attested by the top accountancy firms who were invited in 2011 to tender for the development of a mutual Bond scheme and who could not identify a similar scheme in any other country.
Over 60 private colleges made enquiries about the ICPA scheme and below are the first tranche of approved colleges:
The Open College
The Learning Institute,
English Language Academy,
Martha McGinn Training,
Montessori Education Centre.
These colleges are now fully bonded when offering courses longer than 12 weeks duration awarded by the Qualifications Authority of Ireland (QQI) and are authorised to use the official ICPA Bonded logo:
For more details about the Bond scheme or the ICPA please contact: Richard Whelan Harry Walsh Independent Chairman CEO Tel: 087 7411711 086 8034989