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By Niamh Dwyer, Guidance Counsellor

Much media attention focuses on CAO applications and the points required for various courses in Higher Education Institutions. It is essential that students and adults consider the multiple options available to them through the further education and training sector as entry to these courses is not based on Leaving Certificate points. The varied opportunities can be explored under three categories – Post Leaving Cert Courses (PLCs), Traineeships and Apprenticeships.

Post Leaving Cert Courses prepare school-leavers, or adults returning to education, for direct employment and also can be used as a progression route for entry to higher education. Once students have completed a one year (Level 5) or two year (Level 6) PLC they can continue directly into the workplace and also have the option of applying for a huge variety of CAO courses using the points achieved in their QQI qualification. There are hundreds of PLCs offered by Colleges of Further Education all over the country. Further details are available on www.fetchcourses.ie, and an extensive range of courses for progression are offered by Kerry College of Further Education (KCFE), see www.kerrycollege.ie. Killarney Community College also offers a very successful and long-running PLC course locally in Office Administration, see www.killarneycc.ie.

Traineeships are programmes of structured training which combines learning in an education and training setting and in a workplace, aiming to improve employment outcomes for participants by giving them the opportunity to develop cutting edge skills and knowledge on-the-job, making them more skilled, more employable and enhancing their career options. Trainees can be school leavers, mature learners, people in employment and out of employment. Currently, there are over 70 traineeship programmes available around the country with new traineeships being developed on an ongoing basis across a range of industries and sectors in response to identified skill needs. For further details see www.traineeship.ie and for details of programmes currently open for registration see www.fetchcourses.ie.

Apprenticeships are programmes which alternate learning in the workplace with learning in an education or training centre by blending a combination of on-the-job employer-based training and off-the-job training which prepares participants for a specific occupation and leads to a recognised qualification. See www.apprencticeship.ie for details. The craft apprenticeships such as Engineering, Electrical, Motor and Construction lead to the QQI Level 6 Advanced Certificate Craft. Since 2016, a wide range of new apprenticeships have been developed in areas as varied as Computers and ICT, MedTech, Insurance, Finance, Accountancy, Logistics and Hospitality. For details of employers that are currently seeking to take on apprentices see www.apprenticeshipjobs.ie.

Kerry College of Further Education and Training is holding an Open Week from March 2 to 6 giving the opportunity to school leavers, jobseekers or those looking to upskill or change career to visit their campuses at Clash Road, Monavalley and Listowel. All details are available on www.kerrycollege.ie/openweek/.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra and is PRO of the Kerry Branch of IGC. Email – careerfocusnow@gmail.com

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No 2021 return for Killarney on Ice

By Michelle Crean Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year. Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year. […]

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By Michelle Crean

Fans of the ice will be disappointed to hear that Killarney on Ice will not return for a second year.

Following its huge popularity year on year since returning to Killarney in 2015, the promoters of Killarney on Ice are disappointed to confirm that they are unable to operate again this year.

Rising case numbers, uncertain COVID-19 restrictions, and insurance challenges have been the main drivers behind the decision not to open, according to the company.

As Kerry’s only festive ice rink, the facility has brought much fun and life to the town over the years, attracting thousands of people from all over the county, and indeed the whole country, with many families coming to stay overnight in Killarney and enjoying all that this great town has to offer.

As well as friends and families coming to skate, schools, youth clubs, sports teams and employees of local companies use the group booking discount rate to plan sessions on the ice, and Killarney on Ice would like to thank them all for their continuing loyalty.

“We sincerely hope to be back better and stronger in 2022, and we look forward to welcoming all of our valued customers,” Tim O’Donoghue, the promoter of the rink, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“In the meantime, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year.”

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10 new jobs announced for Kerry County Council

The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets. The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects. The plan […]

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The Government has approved 10 new posts for Kerry County Council to assist with the delivery of their social housing targets.

The news was announced today (Friday) as part of the Government’s new housing plan ‘Housing for All’ which commits to strengthening the capacity of Local Authorities to initiate, design, plan, develop and manage housing projects.

The plan acknowledges that this requires the resourcing of housing delivery teams and the posts being announced include a wide range of positions from engineers to quantity surveyors and architects with provision also made for the necessary administrative resources.

“I welcome this announcement by my Cabinet colleague Minister for Housing, Local Government and Heritage, Darragh O’Brien,” Minister Foley said.

“Housing is a key priority for Government and these new posts are an endorsement of the excellent work carried out by Kerry County Council and a deserved recognition of their continued commitment to providing social housing to all local communities across Kerry.”

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