Duhallow Work & Training Opportunites for Women

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This project is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 -2020

IRD Duhallow Work Opportunities for Women will provide training and personal development supports for women which will enhance women’s skills and importantly enhance women’s access to employment

IRD Duhallow is delighted to announce that it has been awarded funding through the Department of Justice and Equality supporting ESF PEIL Gender Equality – Women Returning to the Workforce.

This funding will provide a great opportunity to support women who may want to increase their self-confidence and assertiveness skills whilst also having the opportunity to take part in a series of training programmes, both accredited and non-accredited which will enhance women’s access to employment.

This training will be primarily targeted at women who are:

  • engaged in home duties;
  • newly unemployed not on the live register;
  • may have left the workforce but are now preparing to return to employment;
  • Women parenting alone;
  • Women with disabilities;
  • Carers;
  • Newly located to the area;
  • Migrant Women;

Importantly childcare may be subsidised where applicable for a person whilst undertaking the training programme. All training will be delivered in the James O’Keeffe Institute, Newmarket.

Upcoming Training Courses and Seminars for Spring/Summer 2019 will include:

ECDL Start (European Computer Driving Licence)      

Programme Description: The European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) is the world’s most successful IT skills certification programme. The ECDL establishes a standard for everyone who uses a computer in either a professional or personal capacity. It is a certificate that verifies competence in computer use, making the holder readily mobile within Ireland and internationally. ECDL START is a certificate which certifies and covers basic computer skills and the use of common applications in the workplace, the home and in society in general.

There are four modules studied on the ECDL Start Course which are:

  • Computer Essentials: This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to the use of devices, file creation & management, networks & protecting your advice and data security.
  • Online Essentials: This module sets out essential concepts and skills relating to web browsing, effective online information search, online communication & using e-mail.
  • Word Processing: This module allows candidates to demonstrate the ability to use a word processing application to accomplish everyday tasks associated with creating, formatting, and finishing small-sized word processing documents, such as letters and other everyday documents.
  • Spreadsheets: This module allows candidates to understand the concept of spreadsheets and to demonstrate an ability to use a spreadsheet to produce accurate work outputs.

 It is important that each learner has previous experience and a basic working knowledge of Microsoft Word/ Office. Ideally each learner should have access to a computer system where Microsoft Word & Office is available to maximise learning during the training course and after.

Course Name:             Palliative Care QQI Level 5 

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skills and competence to enable them to care for and address the needs of a person and their family after the diagnosis of a life-limiting illness, in a dignified, inclusive and holistic manner.

Learners will be able to:

  • Discuss the philosophy and principles of palliative care.
  • Summarise the structure and organisation of palliative care services.
  • Discuss the role of the support worker in the promotion of key issues such as life quality, self-esteem, respect, privacy and dignity in palliative care work.
  • Explore different attitudes to death and dying to include an understanding of individual patterns of grief, bereavement and loss.
  • Employ a range of communication strategies and processes which are central to the work in palliative care.
  • Apply a person-centred approach to caring for a person in the last days of their life.
  • Respond appropriately to the needs of the person who is confused in the last days of life.
  • Work effectively and with great sensitivity in relation to the dying person and their significant others in palliative care setting.
  • Use the range of skills required from a palliative support worker in relation to end of life care.

Assessment Technique:

Learner Record   70%        Assignment   30%


Intellectual Disability Studies QQI Level 5 

On course completion learners will be able to:

  1. Categorise the range of terms which have been used to label people with an intellectual disability as inappropriate and appropriate labels
  2. Define the terms intellectual disability and multiple disability
  3. Identify the advantages and disadvantages of both the medical and social models of support
  4. Recognise the effects of caring for a person with an intellectual disability on close and extended family members
  5. Promote the following in caring for a person with an intellectual disability: Dignity – Choice – Relationships – Contributing
  6. Promote positive attitudes toward people with an intellectual disability
  7. Outline the history of services to people with an intellectual disability in Ireland
  8. Explore past and current attitudes toward people with an intellectual disability
  9. Examine own attitude toward people with an intellectual disability
  10. Identify how the policies and practice of a given organisation reflect the attitudes of that organisation toward people with an intellectual disability
  11. Explain the known causes of intellectual disability
  12. Describe the levels of intellectual disability and how these are assessed
  13. Outline the potential impact of a multiple disability on a person
  14. Provide examples of services to persons with an intellectual disability that illustrate the medical and or social models of support
  15. Outline current approaches toward developing quality in the provision of services to persons with an intellectual disability and their families, to include standards and quality assurance
  16. Identify examples of progressive models of service delivery both from Ireland and from other countries
  17. Outline the range of physical, social, emotional, psychological and spiritual needs of persons with an intellectual disability
  18. Explain the role of the following in relation to individuals with an intellectual disability, their families and staff: Physiotherapist – Occupational Therapist – Speech and Language Therapist – Social Worker – Psychologist
  19. Explain the role of front line staff in providing individualised support to persons with an intellectual disability in accordance with their preferences and needs
  20. Illustrate the importance of working as part of a team in meeting the needs of persons with an intellectual disability

Assessment Technique:

  • Assignment 60%
  • Examination – Theory 40%


Networking for Employment Seminar    

This two-hour Information Seminar will cover a wide range of topics relating to the importance of networking for employment. Topics covered on the night will include:

  • What is networking?
  • Potential benefits of networking
  • Barriers to networking
  • Networking for introverts
  • Exploring your existing network & investing in what you have
  • Building a job search network
  • Online networking
  • Existing networks for women nationally and locally
  • Creating Networking Goals


CV Preparation & Interview Skills Workshop
The aim of this workshop is to leave the participants feeling stronger, more assured, and more determined when seeking employment. Your CV is the first impression that a prospective employer gets of you, so it needs to be a
carefully composed document. This 3-day workshop will help you to produce an effective CV
that will give you a better chance of being successful in your search for a job. The workshops will also focus on critical success factors for sitting an interview.

Who should attend?
Anyone who wants to sharpen their skills and stand out in front of future employers.

Course Content
• Preparing a high quality curriculum vitae for seeking employment.
• Improve your interview skills.
• Assistance with putting an action plan in place.
• Help to prepare a high quality cover letter.

Course Benefits
• Feel more confident in your preparation for a job application and interview.
• Understand the needs of your potential employer and learn how to communicate your skills and experience to the employer’s needs.

Personal Development
This eight-week Personal Development training programme will include modules on some of the following topics: Developing Self-Esteem, Saying No, Managing Feelings, dealing with anger & anger management, developing communication skills with the aim of building self-confidence and self-esteem and to discover inner strengths and resources. This programme will incorporate one to one mentoring and guidance sessions with the tutor.

Course Objectives
Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to:
• Take control of their future
• Manage your feelings
• Building your self-esteem
• Live each day with purpose
• Overcome barriers to their personal achievements
• Improve their relationships

Styling for an Interview
This interactive ‘Dressing for an Interview’ workshop, will teach you which colours & style of clothes will suit your shape, personality and lifestyle. The evening workshop will look at those “Finishing Touches” to include hair makeup, interview techniques and body language. The morning session will include a colour demonstration on each person, advice on the best styles for your body shape, proportion and scale and we will finish by discussing interview looks (for different sectors) and how to create a working wardrobe that works for You so you look and act the part and you get the job!

Psychometric Testing

Psychometric testing is designed to find job-relevant information and will include a combination of aptitude and personality tests which measure your job-relevant cognitive abilities and personality. Psychometric tests can be very useful in career planning, helping you to understand more about your personality, interests, aptitudes and skills and how these might shape your career, personal choices and your return to the workforce.

Assertiveness Workshop
The aim of this workshop is to help women to build their confidence as well as enhancing their communication skills in their personal and working life. Assertiveness is a communication tool. Being assertive means being able to stand up for your own or other people’s rights in a calm and positive way, without being either aggressive, or passively accepting ‘wrong’.
This workshop will help women to:
• Learn to be Assertive
• Build your self-confidence and improve your ability to deal with others
• Develop effective communication skills
• Manage emotions & conflict
• Deal with criticism
• Learn confrontational skills
• Enforce positive thinking

For further information on the PEIL programme and to discuss your eligibility for any of the above programmes please call Jacinta on 029-60633 or email [email protected] Courses can also be booked online at https://www.irdduhallow.com/upcoming-events/.

ireland's european structural and investment funds programmes logoEuropean Union logodepartment of justice and equality

This project is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 -2020

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