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Exciting opportunity for Inishowen workers 28.01.08

INISHOWEN people with years of work experience can turn their skills into a recognised qualification under an exciting new programme at Letterkenny Institute of Technology (LYIT).
If you have experience in the following areas - information technology; text processing; customer care; business management or office administration - you can receive recognition in the form of a third level qualification under the Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) programme.
An information session for those interested in the initiative will be held in LYIT on Monday, February 4 at 7pm.
The programme is relevant to employees from a wide range of backgrounds including office staff, retail staff, engineers, managers/supervisors and those employed in the public sector.
It works as follows: interested applicants attend the information evening and one training session where the RPL initiative is explained (note: if there is significant interest from individuals from the one organisation, the information and training session can be held at their workplace at a time that suits the employer); the applicant chooses a module that is relevant to their work experience and learning to date; the applicant will then be given the different components of that module; applicants must provide evidence of this learning by creating a portfolio (all applicants will receive free training on how to construct their portfolio and finally, the portfolio is given to a lecturer at LYIT who then makes a decision on whether or not to award recognition in the form of a certificate or credits.
"The applicant will have continuous support throughout the process. The portfolio can be created in the applicant’s own time and space in a relatively short period of time and it does not require attending night classes etc," said a spokesperson. "Also, because this project is Government-funded this year, the cost to the employee is minimal at around €60-€80). If the applicant wishes to receive single subject certificates/exemptions in additional modules, he or she can repeat the process again." For more information about this innovative opportunity please contact Oran Doherty on 074 9186707 or email him at oran.doherty@lyit.ie .
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