Where will the employment opportunities for people with disabilities be created in the coming years?

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The overall aim of the programme is to provide learners with an opportunity to develop their educational, practical, personal and social skills, while also instilling confidence in the learner to facilitate their progression to employment, further education or training. The programme is aimed at early school leavers. Early school leavers can sometimes lack the confidence to take the steps in their life to pursue a career. This programme hopes to give any learner a boost to their confidence by developing their personal and social skills while also empowering them to make decisions and create career plans. The programme encompasses creative elements to allow the learner to develop their confidence in fun and imaginative ways in the context of the modern world.

The programme offers learners an opportunity to achieve a level 3 Major Award in Employability Skills 3M0935. The programme offers a range of mandatory and elective modules, which, combined, provide learners with the knowledge, skills, confidence and competencies they need to take the next step towards employment. The programme is approximately 650 hours in duration to be completed over one academic year, which includes both class contact time and the learner’s self-directed learning.

There are 8 programme modules on offer, each offering one FETAC component. Upon successful completion of the required compulsory and elective FETAC components a learner will achieve the required minimum 60 credits for a Level 3 FETAC Major Award in Employability Skills (The learner should achieve 65 credits in total in order to certificate requirements for FETAC and the module requirements for this programme).

There will be numerous transfer and progression options available to the learner up...

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...ntre in the centre that is open for a number of hours, three days a week. This provides additional support for learners that might be struggling with their numeracy skills. One-to-one tutors are also available, if needed.

• A career guidance counsellor is available for the learners to speak to during their programme. Learners are encouraged to avail of this service.
• The learner will have access to I.T. equipment including computers with the latest software. There is also high speed Internet in the centre for all staff and students to use.

• An advocacy support service is also available through the centre.

• The learners will be shown all of the available supports and resources during their induction/orientation week.

18 SPECIFIC VALIDATION REQUIREMENTS

There are no specific validation requirements for any of the components offered as part of this programme.

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