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What are the options for Leaving Cert students outside of CAO?

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This week has been dominated by the release of CAO Round 1 offers and cut-off points for courses for 2021 which rose dramatically for many courses.

It is important to realise that there are plenty of options to progress in your education and training that do not depend on how many Leaving Cert points you have received.

As well as looking at the Available Places options on www.cao.ie, make sure to look at all the pathways open to you.

Post Leaving Cert Courses

Colleges of Further Education are still accepting applications for Post Leaving Cert (PLC) courses across a huge variety of career areas and sectors so check them out this week as places are filling up.

Entry to these QQI FET/FETAC courses is not based on points and once you complete them, you have the option to apply to higher education in Ireland, the UK and Europe through the many progression routes available.

Approximately one in five students applying to colleges and universities through CAO each year come from the further education sector.

PLCs give you a great foundation in a particular area before you have to commit to a longer undergraduate course.

Details of PLCs can be found on www.fetchcourses.ie , www.careeersportal.ie www.qualifax.ie and on the websites of your local colleges of further education or local Education and Training Board (ETB).

Check out www.kerrycollege.ie for an extensive range of options and help is available from their Admissions Office and Guidance Counselling staff. If you are interested in progressing onto higher education Information on progression routes see www.cao.ie.

Apprenticeships and Traineeships
It is also well worth looking at the range of apprenticeships available across multiple sectors including the twenty five craft apprenticeships categorised under motor, electrical, construction and engineering and an ever-growing number of options from fifteen different industry sectors including finance, ICT, biopharma, arboriculture, hairdressing, hospitality and food, insurance, logistics, property services, recruitment and sales.
These newer apprenticeships provide qualifications from levels 5 to 9 on the National Framework of Qualifications, which means that you can qualify to degree and masters levels in certain areas. Apprenticeships offer skills-based training with at least 50% of it taking place in the workplace and unlike full-time college courses, you are earning while you learn. For further information check out www.apprenticeship.ie
Like apprenticeships, traineeships focus on skills-based training in career areas where there is an identified skills need.
They span across a range of industry sectors including business and retail, media, manufacturing, agriculture, horticulture & mariculture, care, construction, engineering, animal science, fashion and beauty, finance, ICT, hospitality, sports & leisure and logistics. Traineeships last for between six and twenty four months with at least 30% on the job training.
You will find the details on https://www.solas.ie/programmes/traineeship/ and on the 16 Education and Training Board (ETB) websites located around the country including www.kerryetb.ie
National Learning Network

Explore the training options at the National Learning Network which has over 40 centres across the country offering specialist training and support services for students and adults who need special support. Training is provided in areas such as ICT, retail skills, construction skills, introductory and employment skills. You can get more information on www.rehab.ie/national-learning-network/ and you can contact the Kerry centre on tralee@nln.ie or 066-7122533

Study Abroad Options

There are still options for students to apply for colleges outside of Ireland. While most places are filled in Europe see www.eunicas.ie and www.medicalpoland.ie for details of some colleges that are still accepting applications. UCAS Clearing is open up to October 19 for students who wish to apply for vacant places on college courses in the UK. In these cases the sooner you apply the better.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Careers Advisor - For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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Vaccination centre leaves basketball club homeless

By Sean Moriarty With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre. The local side play Limerick Celtic away on […]

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With the National Basketball League set to get underway in two weeks’ time, Scott’s Lakers St Paul’s Killarney Basketball Club are still unsure where they will play their homes games this season as their usual venue is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre.

The local side play Limerick Celtic away on the weekend of October 8 and 9 and their first home game is set for October 16.

Currently their home venue at Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre is unavailable as it is being used as a COVID-19 vaccination centre and according to the Health Service Executive (HSE) this week, there are no plans in place, as of yet, to move out.

Killarney Cougars, the town’s newest addition to the National League, has secured the use of the gym at St Brigid’s Secondary School in the town centre but, as it stands, St Paul’s remain homeless as the season opener looms.

“It is ridiculous at this stage,” said head coach Jarlath Lee. “If you look at what is happening at the Sports Centre, there are very few people in and out of there now compared to the start [of the vaccination roll-out].”

The HSE when contacted by the Killarney Advertiser this week said that they would not be adding to a previous statement issued earlier this month, which said: “In relation to Killarney Sports and Leisure Centre, we are very grateful to staff and management for the use of their facility as a vaccination centre.

“Planning work is well underway for the next phase of the vaccination programme, locally and nationally. This includes a review of where vaccinations are administered in future, but we cannot confirm any decisions in relation to any particular location at this point in time.”

However, the HSE did confirm this week, that the Tralee Vaccination Centre, located at the Munster Technology University, will re-locate to the recently vacated Borg Warner factory in the town. The move is expected to be completed within the next week to 10 days.

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Triple treat for car lovers this weekend

Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days. Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town. Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part […]

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Killarney car fans are in for a triple treat this weekend with three different events to look forward to over two days.

Tomorrow (Saturday), Cannonball will blast through the town.

Over one hundred supercars, ranging from firm favourites like McLaren, Lamborghini, Ferrari, Aston Martin, Porsche, Maserati, Rolls Royce and Bentley are expected to take part while raising funds for the HOPE Foundation.

The cars will leave Kenmare at around 11.30am and will travel via Moll’s Gap to Killarney and onwards to Farranfore and Tralee.

“The cars will not be stopping in towns this year to avoid gatherings,” said an event spokesperson, but the Killarney Advertiser understands that the high-powered convoy will be stopping in Tralee for a lunch halt before making their way to Tarbert and the Shannon Ferry.

On Sunday, and as revealed by the Killarney Advertiser last week, the Killarney Valley Classic and Vintage Club will host its annual classic motorshow at the racecourse from 11am. This event will raise funds for St Francis’s Special School in Beaufort.

Cars n’Coffee Killarney will join the vintage club on Sunday. After a successful 2019 season at KC Print, Cars n’Coffee is looking for a new home in Killarney, and Sunday’s collaboration with the vintage club could pave the way for further events at the racecourse.

“Having events of this quality in Killarney shows that the town could soon become the car culture capital of Ireland,” said Cars n’Coffee organiser Ger Neeson.

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