Here at the Galway City Partnership, we have a wide variety of educational opportunities for the unemployed and underemployed, i.e., an individual who does not have enough paid work or not doing work that makes full use of their skills and abilities. We work closely with several local education and employment providers, such as Galway Roscommon Education Training Board (GRETB), Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS), Galway Community College (GCC), and the Local Employment Service Network (LESN), to ensure that individual needs are assessed and provided for.
Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme
This project is being funded by the Irish Government and the European Union under the European Social Fund
We work in conjunction with the GRETB in providing unaccredited classes in three main areas, Yoga, Cookery and Art. Participants attend a local venue at the Westside, Ballybane or Ballinfoile areas of the city. Courses run for a period of eight to ten weeks. Each class lasts two hours, one day per week, in which participants will get practical, hands-on experience in their preferred activity. The unaccredited courses are designed as taster classes for people who might never have been in or are long- term absent from education.All the courses are free of charge, apart from cookery for which a nominal fee is required to cover the cost of ingredients used. All participants are registered prior to the start of classes.
We provide several accredited courses which vary according to the employment market each year. Generally, we run at least one HACCP QQI Level 4 annually. Since 1998 it has been a legal requirement for all food businesses to have a food safety management system based on the principles of HACCP. The course requires two full days attendance in a local city centre venue and an assessment for successful completion. We run Healthcare modules which make up part of the QQI Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support Assistant, such as Care of the Elderly, Care Skills, and Palliative Care. Successful completion of eight modules in total is required to achieve the full qualification. Due to an increase in demand for Special Needs Assistants in both primary and secondary schools, an online SNA course has been run by Galway City Partnership over the past couple of years. The qualification awarded on successful completion is QQI Level 6. The course is run over twelve weeks and students complete the course entirely online and at their own pace.
Galway City Partnership work closely with several local education providers. The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (VTOS) provide full- time courses to the long term unemployed, aged over 21.Courses include Computer and I.T. Skills, Office Administration Procedures, Nursing Studies and Graphic Design with Art and Media. The Galway Community College (GCC) offer a range of courses in disciplines such as Design and Technology and Science and Engineering. The Galway Technical Institute (GTI) offer opportunities inHairdressing and Beauty, Sport, General Studies, plus many more.
For further information on any of the above, please contact Donnacha at the Galway City Partnership, either by phone or email or simply drop in for an informal chat. Normal working days: Monday to Thursday 8.30-4.30.