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:


Tullamore

Venue:
The Central
Hotel

Tutor:
Tara
Concannon
Level 5:
Saturday, Jan 25th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 8th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Mar 7th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Apr 4th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Apr 18th, 9.30 am – 4pm
Saturday, Date TBC

Waterford

Venue:
Viking Hotel

Tutor:
Yvette
Aylward
Level 5:
Saturday, Feb 8th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 22nd, 9.30 am-4 pm
Saturday, Mar 7th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Apr 4th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Apr 18th, 9.30 am – 4pm
Saturday, Date TBC

Letterkenny

Venue:
The Swilly
Group

Tutor:
Kerry Nee
Level 5:
Saturday, Jan 25th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 8th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Feb 22nd, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, Mar 7th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Apr 4th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 18th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Donegal

Venue:
The Central
Hotel

Tutor:

Victoria
Roche
Level 5:
Saturday, Jan 18th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, Jan 25th, 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 28th, 9.30 am -4pm
Saturday, April 18th, 9.30 am -4 pm

Cavan

Venue:
The Crystal Hotel

Tutor:
Natasha
Lynch
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 31st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Tuesday, Date TBC
Tuesday, Date TBC

Ballymahon

Venue:
Bridgeways FRC

Tutor:
Felicity
Magliocca &
Tara Concannon
Level 5:
Wednesday, Jan 29th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Feb 5th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Feb 12th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Saturday, Feb 15th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Wednesday, Feb 19th, 7 pm – 10 pm


Level 6:
Wednesday, Mar 11th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Apr 1st, 7 pm – 10 pm 
Wednesday, Apr 8th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Apr 15, 7 pm – 10 pm 
Wednesday, Date TBC
Wednesday, Date TBC

Galway City

Venue:
Maldron
Hotel,
Galway City

Tutor:
Antoinette Reilly
Level 5:
Saturday, 28th March, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 4th or 18th TBC , 9.30 am- 4 pm
Saturday, April 25th, 9.30 am- 4pm
Level 6:
Saturday, May 9th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, May 23rd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, June 6th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Tuam

Venue:
Ard Ri Hotel

Tutor: Edel Killarney
Level 5:
Saturday, 28th March, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 4th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday April 18th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Level 6:
Saturday, May 9th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, May 23rd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, June 6th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Letterkenny
Venue:
Tutor:
TBC
Ballina/Mayo

Venue:
Twin Trees Hotel

Tutor:
Level 5:
Saturday, March 28th, 9.30 – 4 pm
Saturday, April 4th , 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 18th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Level 6:
Saturday, May 16th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, May 23rd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, June 6th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Monaghan Town

Venue:
The Four Seasons Hotel

Tutor:

Level 5:
Saturday, March 28th,9.30 am -4 pm
Saturday, April 18th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 25th, 9.30 am – 4 pm

Level 6:
Saturday, May 9th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, May 23rd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, May 30th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Mullingar

Venue:
Aspire Training

Tutor: Deirdre Molloy
Level 5:
Wednesday, Mar 25th, 7 pm -10 pm
Wednesday, April 1st, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, April 8th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, April 15th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, Apr 22nd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, April 29th, 7 pm – 10 pm

Level 6:
Wednesday, May 6th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, May 13th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, May 20th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, May 27th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, June 3rd, 7 pm – 10 pm
Wednesday, June 10th, 7 pm – 10 pm
Ballinasloe
Venue:
Tutor:
TBC
Portlaoise

Venue:
The Parish Centre

Tutor: Patricia Salmon
Level 5:
Saturday, March 28th,9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 4th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, April 25th,9.30 am – 4 pm
Level 6:
Saturday, May 9th, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, May 23rd, 9.30 am – 4 pm
Saturday, June 6th, 9.30 am – 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/