Duhallow Work & Training Opportunites for Women

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 and Seminars for Autumn/Winter 2018 will include:

Communications- QQI Level 5 
A compulsory module of the Health Care Support Worker QQI Level 5, learners will acquire communication skills necessary for personal and professional development; Understand the principles of communication; Develop skills to convey and interpret communicative messages in writing, orally and visually; Understand the role of technology in modern communication and its application in personal and vocational life.

Infection Prevention & Control QQI Level 5
The purpose of training course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence to prevent and control infection within the health services area.
Upon completion of this training course learners will be able to:
1. Explain the basic principles of infection and the application of standard precautions in relation to infection control, to include the significance of an Area of Infection Control.
2. Discuss the importance of infection prevention and control in the healthcare area, in providing a healthy environment for patients, staff and visitors.
3. Discuss the role and functions of the local infection control team members, to include local policy in relation to dress, staff health and travel associated infections.
4. Investigate the terms cleaning, disinfection and sterilisation to include cleaning standards, procedures and frequencies while paying special attention to decontamination of equipment, including patient care equipment.
5. Identify the main blood borne viruses which pose a threat and the methods that prevent the spread of infections.
6. Examine the role of antibiotics and the importance of correct and safe antibiotic use to avoid antibiotic resistance.
7. Differentiate between social hand hygiene, antiseptic hand hygiene and surgical hand hygiene to include the correct use of alcohol hand gels and the need for good personal skin care and efficient hand washing.
8. Implement the local terminal cleaning procedure in a range of settings, such as an isolation room, single use items and outbreak management.

Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 5
The purpose of the Special Needs Assisting course is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the practices and principles underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant to enable the learner to work effectively under direction in a special need assisting capacity.

Computer Skills for Work
This 5-week computer course will increase and advance each participants computer skills and knowledge. Learn how to use applications that are especially relevant in workplace contexts. This course is aimed at individuals who have basic computer experience & wish to learn skills for work. Prior computer experience is essential. Ideally each participant would have access to a computer system where the below applications are available.

Modules covered will include:
• Word
• Excel
• Powerpoint
• Internet Email
• General IT, Files Folders etc.

Please note: It is important that each client have basic computer experience and a working knowledge of the keyboard, mouse and be able to switch on and off a PC.

Sage Accounting
Sage is one of the leading accounts software applications used in business today for processing accounts and producing various financial reports.
The aim of this training course is to provide clients with the necessary skills & knowledge which will enable trainees to manage their own suppliers, customers, produce sales invoices & credit notes and allow each client process various reports at month end including VAT Returns monthly statements etc.

Course outline
• Introduction
• Irish Tax System
• Suppliers
• Customers
• Nominal Accounts
• Invoices, Credit invoices (returns)
• Bank Accounts
• Departmental Accounts
• Trial Balance
• Profit & Loss
• Monthly reports
• Debtors – Creditors
• Customer statements
• Vat Returns
• Month End
• Year End

Please Note: It is important that each client have basic computer experience and a working knowledge of the keyboard, mouse and be able to switch on and off a PC.

‘Moms Matter’- A groups for Mothers who work in the Home
These workshops will be geared specifically at mothers who work in the home or mothers whose children have grown up and have left the home. These sessions will be aimed at rebuilding mothers’ self-esteem and confidence in their own abilities, not just as caregivers, but as individuals, separate from everybody else. The project aims to build strong relationships and a support network through which women can gain friendship, support, and encouragement to strive for more positive outcomes for themselves. As the series progresses the mothers will have the opportunity to voice issues that present in being a stay at home mom, what they feel could combat these issues, and what they wish others knew.

Some of last year’s Moms commented that Moms Matter was “a group of like-minded women of various ages with a different story to tell from each and every one learning more about themselves”.

Sessions will include – My Identity; Getting to Know Me Again (Part 1); Coping with the Hustle and Bustle of Everyday Life; Getting to Know Me Again (Part 2); Being a “Good Enough” Mom and Becoming Integrated.

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.

Manual Handling
This training program is aimed at providing all persons at work with proper techniques when lifting, carrying, loading, pushing and supporting. Manual Handling training is a requirement of all workplaces. Manual Handling is a physical activity that takes place in every workplace, and in some cases the activity does not pose problem. However, it can be a potential workplace hazard when an employee is required to handled very heavy loads, which could result in a back injury. The type of manual handling activity that needs to be assessed is defined in Regulation 68 of the Safety, Health and Welfare at Work, (General Application) Regulations 2007

Course Content:
• Legislation
• Anatomy and Physiology
• Ergonomics
• Hazard Identification
• Risk Assessment
• Principles of Lifting
• Practical: Lifting, Moving, Carrying, Push and Pull

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/.

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

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