VTOS Newbridge is now located on the top floor (2) of the new Medical/Dental Centre (Aras Slainte) on Station Road, Newbridge, Co. Kildare. You are all very welcome to call up for an informal chat on 8th May from 10.30 to 1pm for the VTOS OPEN DAY. This is an opportunity to chat to tutors, enquire about courses, book a place and enjoy free refreshments. The VTOS co-ordinator will also be here to chat to you. There will also be some students here who have completed the VTOS Programme and will share their experiences with you.
If you are unemployed, over 21 and in receipt of Social Welfare benefits for 6 months or more, you could be eligible to get back into education here in VTOS Newbridge. You can study Childcare, Community Health Care, Art/Craft/Design, Business Studies, IT Studies as well as 3rd Level Preparation. All books, materials etc are provided free of charge. Courses are full time from September to May 2015 and the qualification is FETAC Level 5 (now QQI) which is the equivalent to Leaving Cert in a vocational area. You could then go straight into employment or build on your FETAC 5 and progress to 3rd Level Education at Institutes of Education or Universities.
(Remember that Co. Kildare VEC is now called KWETB since merging with Co. Wicklow VEC. The combined VECs are now known as Kildare/Wicklow Education and Training Boards.)
NOTE RE OPEN DAY: PLEASE COME IN THE FRONT MAIN ENTRANCE DOOR AS THE REAR DOOR FROM THE PAY CAR PARK IS FOR CURRENT STUDENTS AND ACCESS IS VIA PIN NUMBER. THANK YOU.
What is Wider Options?
It is a one year mature adult education programme ideally suited to: people who have been in the home for a number of years or have retired; those working in minimum-wage jobs who wish to progress their career; mature people who left school early without a formal qualification; people with school going children who wish to do something for themselves.
The course provides an introduction to the main areas of business theory and training in the relevant computer practices used in the modern office/business environment. There are no formal educational requirements for this course but applicants must have a basic level of literacy. Core classes are between 9am and 1.10 daily to facilitate people with school going children. Optional modules are available in the afternoons.
For further details about the course or the Information Morning, please contact St. Conleth's Community College at 045 431417 or Adult Education Guidance Service at 045 448512.