**New Dates Available for several locations – see bottom of post – updated 14/06/19**

Summary:

At Aspire Training, we offer learners the opportunity to complete both the QQI Level 5 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting (QQI Code: 5N1786) and the Level 6 Minor Award in Special Needs Assisting (QQI Code: 6N1957) together. Achieving both the Level 5 and 6 awards can enhance employment opportunities in a variety of places such as mainstream schools, special schools and areas within general community care or advocacy.

Programme Profile and Timeframe:

This programme is designed to enable learners to work effectively as Special Needs Assistants and gain an understanding of the skills required to ensure children they are working with become independent learners. They will learn to work under the direction of the teacher and work as part of the multidisciplinary team.

This programme is run over either 12 evenings, one evening per week, or six alternate Saturdays depending on the location. It is a blended learning programme and learners will complete reading and assignment work at home between classes.

Entry Requirements:

Fluent English is required and it is recommended that participants will have some relevant work or life experience in working with children with special needs.

Work Experience:

Work experience is not a mandatory requirement to pass this programme. We do, however, encourage our learners to complete some voluntary work experience over the duration of the programme. Learners who wish to complete voluntary work can be issued with a letter from Aspire Training confirming they are enrolled on the course.

Course Materials:

Currently, learners are emailed the handouts required weekly. Please note that while you may like to print out your handouts, laptops and tablets are welcome in class. We are currently working on an online platform for course materials and hope learners will be able to avail of this in 2019.

Tutors:

All tutors on this programme are qualified in their specific fields to a minimum level of two above that of which they are teaching. Our tutors also have practical experience in their individual fields along with experience and qualifications in adult training and development.

Tutoring Methodologies

A variety of methods and approaches are used including: practical demonstrations, oral presentations / interviews, individual tutorial support, assignments and projects, work experience, discussions and debates, role play and attendance by specialist guest speakers.

Fees:

Learners completing both Level 5 and 6 Special Needs Assisting can avail of a discounted price of €650.00.

Payment is made in three instalments as follows:

Payment 1: €100.00 Booking deposit, this is payable when booking to secure your place

Payment 2: €275.00 payable before your first class

Payment 3: €275.00 payable two weeks after payment 2.

For learners who wish to complete individual modules, for example just Level 5 or just Level 6 (having previously completed their Level 5) the cost will be €400.00 per module.

Please note that deposits/fees paid are non-refundable unless the course is changed or cancelled by ourselves.

Funding:

If you are in receipt of a payment from the Department of Social Protection, on a CE Scheme or participating in activation schemes you may be eligible for some funding. Please contact the office for further advice in relation to this.

Available Dates:


Ballinasloe
Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre
Tutor: Felicity Magliocco
Level 6 –
Monday, June 24th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, July 1st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, July 8th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, July 15th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, July 22nd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, July 29th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Mullingar
Aspire Training Room
Tutor: Geraldine Corcoran
Level 6 –
Tuesday, July 9th, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday, July 16th, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday, July 23rd, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday, July 30th, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday, August 6th, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Tuesday, August 13th, 6.30pm – 9.30pm
Edgeworthstown/Granard
The Greville Arms Granard
Tutor: Geraldine Corcoran
Level 6 –
Saturday, July 6th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 13th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 27th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Daingean
The Old Schoolhouse
Tutor: Arlene Finnerty
Level 6 –
Saturday, July 6th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 13th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 27th, 9.30am – 4 pm

Castlebar
St. Geralds Parish Centre
Tutor: Marcena Davitt

Level 6 –
Saturday, July 20th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, July 27th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, August 10th,
9.30am – 4 pm (provisional)

Oranmore
Maldron Hotel
Tutor: Nicola Acton

Level 5
Monday, July 8th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, July 15th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, July 20th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Monday, July 22nd, 7 pm – 10 pm
One more evening TBC, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6
Monday, August 12th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, August 19th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, August 26th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, August 31st, 9.30am – 4 pm
Monday, September 2nd, 7 pm – 10 pm

Mullingar
Aspire Training
Tutor: Tara Concannon

Level 5
Thursday, July 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, July 25th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, July 27th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Thursday, August 1st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, August 8th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6
Saturday, August 10th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Thursday, August 15th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, August 22nd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, August 24th, 9.30am – 4 pm

Ballinasloe
Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre
Tutor: Felicity Magliocco

Level 5 – 
Wednesday, July 24th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, July 31st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, August 7th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, August 14th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, August 21st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, August 28th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6 – 
Wednesday, Sept 4th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Sept 11th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Sept 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Sept 25th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 7 pm to 10 pm
One more evening TBC
Mountmellick
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Nadia Kartas
Level 5
Thursday, August 8th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, August 17th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Thursday, August 22nd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, August 29th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, Sept 5th, 7 pm – 10 pm


Level 6 – 
Thursday, Sept 12th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, Sept 19th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, Sept 28th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Thursday, Oct 3rd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Thursday, Oct 10th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Ballaghaderreen
Venue TBC
Tutor: Marcena Davitt

Level 5 – 
Saturday, Sept 7th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, Sept 21st, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, October 5th, 9.30am – 4 pm

Level 6 – 
Saturday, October 19th, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 2nd, 9.30am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 16th, 9.30am – 4 pm

Click on the link below if you would like to secure your place on this training course: https://www.aspiretraining.ie/registration-form/