**New Dates Available for several locations – see bottom of post – updated 16/09/19**

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 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:


Ballinasloe
Ballinasloe Enterprise Centre
Tutor: Felicity Magliocco
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: Mountmellick
Tutor: Nadia Kartas


Level 5
Thursday, August 15th, 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:
Ballaghaderreen Resource
Centre, The Shambles.
Tutor: Marcena Davitt
Level 5:
Saturday, Sept 28th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Oct 12th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 2nd, 9.30 am – 4 pm

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

Westport
Venue: The Westport Woods
Hotel
Tutor: Rita Paine

Level 5:
Monday, Sept 16th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Sept 23rd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Sept 30th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Oct 7th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Oct 14th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Oct 21st, 7 pm – 10 pm

Monday, Oct 28th, BANK HOLIDAY

Level 6:
Monday, Nov 4th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Nov 11th, 7 pm – 10 pm
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
Donegal (Monday Group)
The Donegal Education
Centre, Pier 1.

Class Full – See Donegal Town
(Wednesday Group)

Level 5:
Monday, Sept 23rd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Sept 30th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Oct 7th, NO CLASS
Monday, Oct 14th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Oct 21st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Oct 28th, BANK HOLIDAY
Monday, Nov 4th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Monday, Nov 11th, 7 pm – 10 pm

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.

Level 5:
Wednesday, Sept 25th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Oct 2nd, NO CLASS
Wednesday, Oct 9th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Oct 16th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Oct 30th, 6 pm – 9 pm
Wednesday, Nov 6th, 6 pm – 9 pm

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
Waterford
Greenway Manor Hotel
Tutor: Yvette Aylward
Level 5:
Wednesday, Sept 18th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Sept 25th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Oct 2nd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Oct 9th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Oct 16th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Oct 23rd, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6:
Wednesday, Oct 30th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Nov 6th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Nov 13th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Nov 20th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Nov 27th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Dec 4th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Sligo
Sligo City Hotel
Level 5:
Saturday, Sept 28th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Oct 12th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 2nd, 9.30 am – 4 pm

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
Cavan
Venue: The Crystal Hotel
Level 5:
Saturday, Sept 14th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Sept 28th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Oct 12th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Nov 2nd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 16th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 30th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Portlaoise
Venue: The Parish Centre
Tutor: Chloe Keegan
Level 5:
Saturday, Sept 28th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Oct 12th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Nov 2nd, 9.30 am – 4 pm 

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 
Ballymahon
Venue TBC
Starting Tuesday, Sept 17th
7pm – 10 pm
Full list of dates TBC shortly.

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