Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) Service has published its new FET Prospectus for the incoming academic year, 2022-2023, which includes several exciting new courses starting across the county in September.
The Prospectus provides detailed information on over 120 full and part-time courses in a diverse range of areas from Levels 1-6, many of which are funded by the European Union – NextGenerationEU.
These include administration, business and finance; art, craft and design; construction and the built environment; courses for people with disabilities; customer care; early childhood care and education, engineering and manufacturing; enterprise engagement; family learning; general learning; hair and beauty; health and social care; horticulture; IT and computing; languages; Leaving Certificate for adults; sports, recreation and fitness; tourism and hospitality; transport and logistics; veterinary and the Youthreach programme for early school leavers.
It also contains information on how to gain qualifications through the Recognition of Prior Learning process and supports for business.
Amongst the many courses listed in the Prospectus are three newly developed courses in Data Science, Early Care and Learning and Public Works Operations and Maintenance.
Data Science skills are in increasing demand and this thirty-six week course has been designed in conjunction with industry to focus on developing skills and processes required to interpret large amounts of data from a variety of data types to assist in decision making and drive business forward. This full-time course will provide students with entry level skills within the financial technology sector in databases, data analytics, programming and project management.
As a leading provider of childcare courses in the county over the years, the ETB has recently developed a new Level 5 Early Learning and Care course in line with best practice in the early learning and care sector (0-6 years). It aims to improve the quality of childcare provision across the county and is available as a one-year full-time QQI Level 5 award in Letterkenny and Buncrana as well as a part-time option in a number of other locations.
Working in partnership with Donegal County Council, the FET Service has also developed a full-time Public Works Operations and Maintenance traineeship to provide work ready operatives for entry level operations and maintenance positions for the construction or local authority sectors. Taking place in Letterkenny, it provides guaranteed work placements across the county with Donegal County Council, a range of industry qualifications and can be completed in thirty-five weeks, placing those interested in these positions well ahead of other applicants.
Speaking about the publication of the Prospectus, Donegal ETB’s Director of Further Education and Training, Ciaran O’Brien said, “the mission of Donegal ETB is to offer education and training opportunities that help students to achieve their full potential and to contribute to the social, cultural and economic life of their communities. Our FET Service provides a diverse range of certified courses from NFQ Levels 1-6 in every corner of the county to meet this mission and I’m delighted to see all of these published together in this new Prospectus.”
He added, “Last year almost 7,000 people availed of our FET courses across the county so we’re looking forward to welcoming many more new students this Autumn and next year.”
The ETB’s Prospectus can now be viewed in the Publications and Resources section of its website or contact the Adult Guidance and Information Service by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 074 9178088 for further information.
Applicants can also apply online for these courses through the ETB’s website (https://www.donegaletb.ie/fetcoursefinder).