Abbeyleix Further Education Centre

John Walsh, Joan Martin, Miroslav Rusnak and Michael Curley pictured during last week's Abbeyleix FEC Awards Day.               Pic Kevin Byrne
The Further Education Centre provides a wide range of employment related courses, access courses for higher level education and vocational skills and training for school leavers and mature students from throughout Laois and the surrounding counties.

The Further Education Centre provides a wide range of employment related courses, access courses for higher level education and vocational skills and training for school leavers and mature students from throughout Laois and the surrounding counties.

One of the programmes offered at the Centre is the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (V.T.O.S.).

This programme is specifically designed for people who left school without formal qualifications or for those who are keen to change their career direction.

On this programme social welfare benefits are retained and additional benefits include travel allowances, availability of childcare places under the CETS scheme and access to a book lending scheme. The Centre has 80 places on this programme and qualifying criteria are available on the website.

The Leaving Certificate and Skills courses are popular choices under this scheme. Students who achieve the requisite skills and knowledge can then progress to one of the Post Leaving Certificate FETAC Level 5 & 6 courses at the Centre.

The Centre offers a range of PLC courses. Why enroll on a PLC course? and why at Abbeyleix Further Education Centre? A PLC courses can serve a variety of purposes – equipping school leavers and mature students with the necessary skills for the workplace. Many employers when recruiting entry level staff expect that they will have a FETAC Level 5 and in some cases Level 6 qualifications. A PLC course can also act as a stepping to college. Many school leavers use these courses to give themselves breathing space before committing to a 3rd level course. A big advantage of a PLC course is that it can provide a direct route to third level through the Higher Education Links Scheme. The success of this programme can be judged from the rise in the number of PLC students applying to the CAO nationally each year.

Why complete a course at Abbeyleix Further Education Centre? Students enjoy the relaxed and friendly environment created by the interaction of staff and students. The relatively small size of the student population at the Centre lends itself to a more individual approach to learning. The Centre offers courses at FETAC Levels 4-6 enabling students to complete a year’s study and progress to another course within the Centre. Students can avail of careers advice through AEGIS (Adult Educational Guidance & Information Service) with a member of staff attending the Centre one day a week and a Student Support Officer attending the Center one morning a week.

An exciting development over the last number of years is the progression opportunities opening to FETAC Level 6 students at the Centre. From September 2013 completion of the Business Level 6 Major awards allows students apply directly for advanced entry to

2nd year of the Higher Certificate in Business leading to an honours degree in Carlow IT and completion of the Art level 6 Major award allows advanced entry to 2nd year of the BA Design (Ceramics) in Limerick School of Art & Design. The Centre is continuing to work closely with local 3rd level institutions to develop further progression opportunities for their students.

This September, the Centre is introducing a new course at FETAC Level 5 in e-Business and Marketing. This is a one year course. It offers a wide range of subjects. The main aim of the course is to allow students gain practical and theoretical appreciation of the role played by technology in business today. It also allows students to appreciate the opportunities presented by the web and e-Business to successfully market products and services.

If you have any further queries or wish to apply for a course please access our website www.abbeyleixfec.ie. where you can apply on-line or contact the Centre on 057 8731127.