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 installments 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:

Donegal (Monday Group)
The Donegal Education
Centre, Pier 1.
Tutor: Victoria Roach

Class Full – See Donegal Town
(Wednesday Group)

Level 6:
Monday, Nov 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Nov 25th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Dec 1st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Dec 9th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Dec 16th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Dec 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Donegal (Wednesday Group)
The Donegal Education
Centre, Pier 1.
Tutor: Victoria Roach
Level 6:
Wednesday, Nov 13th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Nov 20th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Nov 27th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Dec 4th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Dec 11th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Dec 18th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Sligo
Venue: Sligo City Hotel
Tutor: Emma Reynolds

Level 6:
Saturday, Nov 16th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 30th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Dec 14th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Portlaoise
Venue: The Parish Centre
Tutor: Chloe Keegan
Level 6:
Saturday, Nov 30th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Dec 14th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Dec 21st, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Ballaghaderreen
Venue:
Ballaghaderreen Resource
Centre, The Shambles.
Tutor: Marcena Davitt
Level 6:
Saturday, Nov 30th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Dec 7th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Dec 14th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Oranmore
Venue: The Maldron Hotel
Tutor: Antionette Reilly
Level 5:
Saturday, Nov 9th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 16th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 30th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Dec 14th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Jan 11th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Jan 25th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Mullingar
Venue: Aspire Training Room
Tutor: Felicity Magliocco

Level 5:
Saturday, Nov 16th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Dec 7th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Dec 14th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Jan 11th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Jan 18th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 1st, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Ballinasloe/Athlone
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Felicity Magliocco
Level 5:
Monday, Nov 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Nov 25th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Dec 1st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Dec 9th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Dec 16th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Jan 6th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6:
Monday, Jan 13th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Jan 20th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Jan 27th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Feb 3rd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Feb 10th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Feb 17th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Tullamore
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Tara Concannon
Level 5:
Saturday, Jan 11th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Jan 25th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 8th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Feb 22nd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 7th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 21st, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Waterford
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Yvette Aylward
Level 5:
Saturday, Jan 11th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Jan 25th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 8th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Feb 22nd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 7th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 21st, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Letterkenny
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Kerry Nee
Level 5:
Saturday, Jan 11th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Jan 25th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 8th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Feb 22nd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 7th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 21st, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Donegal
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Victoria Roche
Level 5:
Saturday, Jan 18th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 1st, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 15th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Feb 29th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 14th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 28th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Oughterard
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Antoinette Reilly
Level 5:
Tuesday, Jan 14th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Jan 21st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Jan 28th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Feb 4th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Feb 11th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Feb 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6:
Tuesday, Feb 25th, 10 pm -10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 10th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 17th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 24th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 31st, 7 pm – 10 pm

Cavan
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Tracey Gorman
Level 5:
Tuesday, Jan 14th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Jan 21st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Jan 28th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Feb 4th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Feb 11th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Feb 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6:
Tuesday, Feb 25th, 10 pm -10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 3rd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 10th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 17th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 24th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Mar 31st, 7 pm – 10 pm

Birr
Venue:
Tutor: Lorraine Searson
Level 5:
Wednesday, Jan 15th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Jan 22nd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Jan 29th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Feb 5th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Feb 12th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Feb 19th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6:
Wednesday, Feb 26th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Mar 4th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Mar 11th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Mar 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Mar 25th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Apr 1st, 7 pm – 10 pm   

Ballymahon
Venue: TBC
Tutor: Tracey Gorman
Level 5:
Wednesday, Jan 15th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Jan 22nd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Jan 29th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Feb 5th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Feb 12th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Feb 19th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6:
Wednesday, Feb 26th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Mar 4th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Mar 11th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Mar 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Mar 25th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Apr 1st, 7 pm – 10 pm 

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