Learn new skills through FÁS training courses
BY DERMOT CARR
FS provides a wide range of full-time and part-time training programmes during the day and in the evenings that are available to both unemployed and employed persons, as well as for those who have been recently made redundant.
For job changers or those wishing to up-skill, a range of accredited courses are also on offer to cater for this need. FS Training Centres are located in Letterkenny and Gweedore with training also provided in many other areas of the county through contracted training and community night training.
FS Specific Skills courses and FS Traineeships are full time courses and typically take a few months or more to complete. They provide training for learners in the skills needed in the workplace and are fully certified leading to a major award on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
Some examples of Specific Skills training include a range of courses in Office and Administration, Book keeping and Accounts, Construction, Supervisory Management, I.T, Hairdressing and Self- Employment/Start Your Own Business training. Traineeship Programmes combine directed off-the-job training in a FS or FS approved training centre alongside certified workplace training. A sample of the traineeships on offer include; Beauty Therapy, Healthcare Assistant and Childcare Practitioner.
If you find that other commitments are a barrier to availing of the full-time day courses, FS also provides a wide range of part-time Evening Courses at one night per week over 10 weeks that are specifically designed to provide certified, short up-skilling modules. Unemployed persons who wish to take an evening course may do so free of charge providing they meet eligibility requirements.
In October 2010 FS in the Letterkenny and Inishowen area held a number of presentation days where learners who had successfully completed FS modules were presented with congratulatory scrolls. Speaking at the events, Anne Mc Govern, Regional Director North West addressed each group and spoke about the inherent willingness of the people of Donegal to continue furthering their skills and certification in a tough economic climate where life-long learning is key to future employment prospects in the region.
A further Presentation ceremony will be held to recognise learners in Gweedore who have successfully completed F..S. training programmes through Gweedore Training Centre in the spring 2011.
To find out more about FS training courses please go to the FS website at www.fas.ie or contact your local F..S Employment Services Office or your local FS Training Centre.