Essential Skills Certificate

(Workplace Community & Education)

 

LTT - PencilWhat boxes do I have to tick?

An open mind, a willingness to take a small risk, a level of determination and a readiness to attend at an EQUAL Ireland Information Session! This will explain all of the nuts and bolts. There are no set educational requirements, so whether you have a Junior Cert or a Leaving Cert OR NOT or if you left school many years ago you should still come along and talk with us. We’ll make sure that you are welcome and at the end of the session well able to make an informed decision.

Indeed many of our participants had been out of school or formal education or training for many years and yet successfully completed the programme. More than likely the same will be true for you.

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If you would like to:

        • Find out more about this programme by phone or email
        • Book a place or
        • Request an invitation to the next EQUAL Ireland Information Session regarding a programme please click here 

Learning to Learn Module

Importantly if you have already completed the Learning to Learn Module of this Programme you are automatically entitled to entry on this course and will only have to complete five additional modules to earn your Certificate

 

LTT - MoneyHow much will it cost?

The cost to you depends on your circumstances. If you are unemployed or employed in the private sector there may be funding available. Best advice is to come along to an  EQUAL Ireland Information Session and we will try to sort it out there. Even if you do have to pay yourself we have a staggered payment system to take the immediate pain out of paying.  Don’t let money stop you coming to at least the Information Session

 

Content What Skills & Knowledge will I acquire?

This is a follow on programme from Learning to Learn. It will provide you with the opportunity to re-engage with your self-development; build your self-confidence; enhance your job prospects; and improve your chances of success in the workplace, the community, in further education or in training.

 

The Modules for this programme are listed below:

COMMUNICATIONS

The Communications module will enable you to:

  • Use resources in their workplace, community and educational settings confidently and competently to research a given topic
  • Formulate a grammatically correct written composition of 300 words
  • Design and deliver a 5-minute presentation on a given topic

 

In other words you will be better able to present yourself or your ideas and suggestions either verbally or in written form

 

EVERYDAY NUMBERS

The EQUAL Ireland approach is solidly grounded in everyday life from Supermarket Bills to Credit cards from Mortgages and Rent to Pensions, Wages and Benefits. Once you have successfully completed this module you will:

 

  • Have an understanding of how mathematics works in the context of everyday life
  • Achieve a range of mathematical skills and knowledge relevant to everyday activity at home in the workplace, community or educational setting
  • Understand aspects of everyday mathematical knowledge and skills relevant to their programme of education and the workplace
  • Greater confidence, comfort and competence in using their mathematical knowledge and skills

 

MATH’S FOR SCIENCE & ENGINEERING (See also In Development)

The aims of this module are to:

  • Introduce you to mathematical knowledge and skills relevant to your intended degree or other programme
  • Develop your problem-solving and interpretation skills
  • Develop your ability to handle abstractions and generalisations
  • Promote your confidence and competence in using your mathematical knowledge and skills

 

When you successfully complete this module you should be able to:

  • Carry out routine computational procedures to appropriate levels of accuracy.
  • Interpret mathematical statements and information.
  • Demonstrate appropriate use of a calculator.
  • Apply mathematical knowledge and skills to solve problems on related subjects.
  • Analyse information including information presented in unfamiliar contexts.
  • Select appropriate strategies leading to the solution of problems.

INTRODUCTION TO HUMANITIES

The aims of this module are to:

  • Provide you with an understanding of Humanities
  • Equip you with the skills necessary to pursue a qualification in Humanities

 

When you successfully complete this module you should be able to:

  • Identify the key components of culture
  • Outline the development of Sociology
  • Identify the importance of networks, partnerships and capacity building.
  • Describe the process of community development

 

INTRODUCTION TO ENTERPRISE

Module Aims:

The aims of this module are to:

  • Introduce the learner to entrepreneurship and the traits of the entrepreneur.
  • Explain the importance of strategy and how to develop a strategy for business
  • Introduce the key concepts of customers and markets
  • Show how marketing and sales are interlinked

 

Module Learning Outcomes:

A learner who successfully completes this module should be able to:

  • Identify the importance of enterprise in business
  • Explain the importance of strategy and how to develop a strategy for business
  • Identify the key concepts of customers and markets

 

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SKILLS

The aims of this module are to:

Provide you with the knowledge and skills in using the basic functions of a computer and it’s operating system environment including:

  • WORD for typing letters and reports;
  • Excel for calculations;
  • PowerPoint for Presentations;
  • eMail for communications and the Internet for almost everything else including personal everyday research whether it’s for Cinema Listings, Sports results or where to get the cheapest Home Insurance?.
  • File Management

Even if you don’t know what a ‘mouse’ is at the outset don’t worry once you successfully complete this module you will be comfortable and basically competent in a range of IT Skills

 

Learning AssesmentLearning Assessment 

Your learning is usually measure by assignments. There are no traditional exams and you can submit draft assignments on which we will give you constructive feedback before you submit your final paper. Maths and IT skills are tested through ‘In Workshop Assessments’ – not exams – and Assignments

 

 

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How long is the Programme? 

PROGRAMME TITLE MODULES DURATION AWARD CREDITS
Essential Skills Certificate (Workplace, Community & Education) 6 8 Months

[One workshop on average per Module. Workshop are held at a time best suited to the participants not the tutor]

HETAC
Level 6
60

 

 

RunnerWhen does it start?

EQUAL Ireland programmes are not tied to any academic year or schedule. Once we have 15 to 25 people in an area or enterprise we can start the programme in a matter of a week or two.

 

 

Jobs OfferWhat Jobs or Job Placements will I get?

With a successfully completed Essential Skills Certificate (Workplace Community & Education) you will have obtained your first 3rd Level Qualification HETAC Level 6 on the National Qualification Framework or put more simply ‘a level above the Leaving Certificate’. You will be more confident, better able to present yourself at interview or in writing, be more at ease with computers, email, internet research etc. and comfortable with everyday mathematics. You will have a good understanding of Enterprise and Community development but perhaps most importantly you will have proven to yourself and to the Education Authorities that you have the ability not only to learn but to apply this learning in everyday life.

 

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More Information

If you would like to:

        • Find out more about this programme by phone or email
        • Book a place or
        • Request an invitation to the next EQUAL Ireland Information Session regarding a programme please click here