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 Autumn/Winter 2019 will include:

Safety & Health at Work QQI Level 5 

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to promote and maintain safety and health in a work environment.

 Learning Outcomes

  1. Analyse the duties of employers and employees as specified in current Safety, Health and Welfare at work legislation and examine the role of the Health and Safety Authority.
  2. Explore the role of communication and training in the promotion and provision of health and safety in the workplace and the elements and functions of the safety statement. Exploring the factors which contribute to safe and healthy working environments
  3. Outline the principles and procedures of good housekeeping in the workplace.
  4. Explain the causes, prevention, emergency procedures, reporting and recording of accidents and dangerous occurrences. Analyse the causes and prevention of fire related events to include identification of emergency procedures, the fire triangle and fire equipment.
  5. Comment on specific hazards and risks when working with equipment to include mechanical and electrical equipment. Investigate how personal protective equipment (PPE) is used in the workplace.
  6. Explore appropriate procedures for use and disposal of hazardous materials and waste in the workplace to include reference to material safety data sheets (MSDS).
  7. Examine the control and associated risks of a range of health and safety issues to include noise, sound, fumes, dust or any vocationally specific work issue.
  8. Explain the typical contents of a first aid kit and their appropriate use.
  9. Examine a range of issues related to infection control to include conditions for the growth and development of micro-organisms, routes of infection, symptoms, ill-health, preventative measures and emergency procedures for suspected contamination.
  10. Investigate risk factors in relation to safety to include hazards, work environments, work practices, effects of medication, drink and drugs.

CV Preparation & Interview Skills Workshops

Your CV is the first impression that a prospective employer gets of you, so it needs to be a

carefully composed document. The aim of this workshop is to leave the participants feeling stronger, more assured, and more determined when seeking employment. 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 create a CV which will help them to stand out in front of future employers.

 Course Content

  • Preparing a high quality curriculum vitae for seeking employment.
  • Improve your interview skills & become more confident in an interview situation.
  • Assistance with putting together an action plan.
  • Help to prepare a high quality cover letter.
  • Psychometric testing which 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.

Course Benefits

  • Feel more confident in your preparation for making 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.
  • Have a better idea of career suitable to your skillset.

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.


“After the Offer”- A workshop for women preparing for the return to Work

These Workshops will provide women considering returning to the workforce or who have been successful in securing a new position with an opportunity to prepare for what this new stage of their lives will bring. “After the Offer” focuses specifically on the weeks and days leading up to, and after the start of a new job, and ultimately, a new stage in an individual’s life, giving participants a space to think about how they, as a whole person, may need to prepare for this new beginning, focusing on the lead up to their start-date in employment, and the immediate days/weeks preceding their start.

This programme will empower participants, equipping them with a set of techniques to manage challenges and obstacles, and be mindful and acknowledging of successes on their return to work.

Over the duration of the workshops, participants will be able to:

  • Identify their core values and design a way to use these values to support them in their daily lives;
  • Recognise how their self-limiting beliefs may present and create empowering beliefs as a strategy to manage self-talk;
  • Develop strategies to manage potential obstacles that may be encountered in the lead up to or on their return to work;
  • Consider elements that will make a return to work as seamless and stress-free as possible.

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 Workshop with Joan Cashman

This interactive ‘Dressing for an Interview’ workshop, delivered by Joan Cashman of the Colour & Image academy, 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!

Stress Management Workshops       

Course Description:

Join this 2-day fun interactive workshop, where you can learn how to manage stressful situations and explore how to live more mindfully in our current fast paced world.

 There will be regular meditation and relaxing gentle yoga sessions through the day, (bring along a blanket and cushion to enhance this relaxation experience) as well as tips on Decluttering, Mindful Eating, and self-care throughout this 2day workshop. Time is now to embrace life and live it to the fullest!

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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