The advise that I would give to someone considering this job is to do their Leaving Cert and do the Transition year as this would give an opportunity to get some job experience or do some voluntary work within the community.
Do a Level 5 FETAC health related course. The skills and qualities that are needed to do this type of work are a real sense of caring for other people, communication skills, listening skills, be able to take and give constructive criticism without causing or taking offence, patience a willing to give your best effort to your work.
The Investigative person will usually find a particular area of science to be of interest. They are inclined toward intellectual and analytical activities and enjoy observation and theory. They may prefer thought to action, and enjoy the challenge of solving problems with clever technology. They will often follow the latest developments in their chosen field, and prefer mentally stimulating environments.
All over Ireland, lots of people are returning to learning and improving their reading, writing and maths. They are people who want to catch up on what they missed at school, parents who want to help children with their homework and those who would simply like to write a letter home. Whatever the reason for going back to learning, the benefits are always the same. Not only do people improve their old skills, but they also gain the confidence to learn new ones.
Currently in Ireland there are over 57,000 adults attending literacy courses nationwide. This service is mainly provided by the ETB Adult Literacy Services and is highly dependent on volunteers giving up 2 – 3 hours a week to tutor. At the moment there are 4,000 volunteer tutors providing one-to-one literacy tuition to adults with reading and writing difficulties.
If you are interested, or know someone else who could benefit from a course contact your local Adult Education Officer (AEO) in your nearest ETB (Education and Training Board) for advice.
In the past literacy was considered to be the ability to read and write. Today the meaning of literacy has changed to reflect changes in society and the skills needed by individuals to participate fully in society. It involves listening, speaking, reading, writing, numeracy and using everyday technology to communicate and handle information.
The aim of NALA’s Distance Learning Service is to provide high quality free distance learning opportunities targeted at improving literacy without regards to social, economic and cultural backgrounds and taking account of all levels of technical ability.
www.writeon.ie is NALA’s interactive web site to help people improve their reading, writing and numbers skills online. The content is pitched at QQI Level 2 and Level 3. Users can study at the own pace and in their own time to improve their skills or get a national qualification. Users of the site can have their skills assessed across a number of areas and then be prescribed an individual learning plan to improve these areas. At the end of the learning phase, users are presented with an opportunity to have their skills assessed and request a national qualification. This is the first time that accreditation at this level has been offered in Ireland using the Internet.
Freephone Literacy Support
The freephone support line is operational throughout the year and is staffed by experienced operators who can identify learner’s needs and advise them on literacy services available to them. Much of the work carried out on the phone involves listening to caller’s previous and often negative experience of education and reassuring them that adult education is a very positive experience.
Following this callers are usually referred to their local ETB literacy service for one-to-one or group tuition; linked with a literacy tutor who will tutor them over the phone; and/ or posted relevant material.
For a full list of adult literacy supports around the countryclick here
Where do you find out more Adult Basic Education courses? If you are interested, or know someone else who could benefit from a course contact your local Adult Education Officer (AEO) in your nearest ETB for advice.
Not immediately as Ive just finished my Higher Diploma within the last year and that was very intense, with a massive commitment needed from me and my family. However there is compulsory refresher training and clinical up skilling on an ongoing basis that Ill need to do. As you can see from above there is never a shortage of courses or further education open to Paramedics and Advanced Paramedics and no doubt in the near future there will be a course or position that I fancy advertised on the notice board.