FET Kilmallock Road Campus: Pictured here are Chris Doyle, Engineering Teacher, Jayne Foley, Art, Craft & Design Teacher, Patricia Kennedy, VTOS Co-ordinator and Shane Cullinane, Assistant VTOS Co-ordinator (Picture taken before social distancing). Pictures: Cian Reinhardt/ilovelimerick.

FET Kilmallock Road Campus offers great courses for Further Education and Training

FET Kilmallock Road Campus in Limerick City is a vibrant and modern Further Education and Training Centre. They offer a wide range of exciting course options, including the Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme (or VTOS for short) – a full-time course of study that is free of charge and offers childcare supports and training allowances. VTOS courses include Office Administration, Healthcare, Retail Skills, Contact Centre Operations, Art, Craft and Design, Engineering, ICT and the Leaving Certificate.

Other course areas on offer at the campus include Youthreach, Pathways to Engineering, Hospitality and the FAI Player Development programme. Further Education and Training will empower you to make the transition back into paid employment or further your studies.

The supportive team is there to help you make the right choice for wherever you want your Further Education and Training journey to take you. Gain valuable educational qualifications in a pleasant and welcoming environment. Family-friendly hours apply and individual career guidance is provided for all.

Courses include:

Art, Craft and Design

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

QQI Level 5 Major Award

Our course philosophy is simple – explore, express, create. If you have a keen interest in art, this course will enable you to express your creativity through a range of artistic processes including Design, Ceramics, Digital Photography, Painting, Drawing, Graphic Design, Animation and Fine Art. This course will allow you to develop a portfolio of work suited to your individual interests and talent. The Art Studio at Kilmallock Road Campus is an attractive, well-equipped space that offers a unique learning environment.

On completion of this course, you will have the opportunity to showcase your artwork to the public. You can also progress to Higher Education or into employment.

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Healthcare Assistant

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

QQI Level 5 Major Award

This course will equip you with the knowledge and skills to fulfil the role of a healthcare assistant. Modules include Care Skills, Care Support, Care of the Older Person, Communications, Infection Prevention and Control, Safety and Health at Work, Palliative Care Support and Work Experience.

As a QQI Level 5 Major Award qualification is the minimum requirement for an individual to work within the healthcare sector, this course will enable you to gain employment in this industry. Patient Moving and Handling as well as Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons will also be provided.

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Engineering Skills

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

QQI Level 4 Major Award

This engineering course will provide you with the opportunity to gain a foundation in a range of important skills for a potential future career in engineering. The choice of subjects includes Maths, Communications, Engineering Workshop Processes, Electronics, Technical Drawing, IT and Work Experience. The course is delivered within our modern engineering workshop facilities at Kilmallock Road Campus.

On successful completion, you will also have the option of continuing your studies or seek employment.

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English for Employment Employability Skills

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

QQI Level 3 Major Award 

This course helps you to develop English language skills needed for the workplace. A wide range of accredited modules are offered including Communications, Maths, ICT, Business and practical skills at QQI Levels 3 and 4. As well as greatly improving your English language ability, you will be offered meaningful pathways into Further Education and Training and employment.

At the end of this course, you will be able to speak, read and write in English, as needed for employment. This course is for you if you are a non-native speaker of English.

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Office Administration

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

QQI Level 5 Major Award with Digital Marketing and ECDL

This course provides high-quality training in administration skills that will equip you to gain employment as a clerical officer, secretary, receptionist and front office operations. It is an intensive nine-month course that covers Word Processing, Text Production, Spreadsheet Methods, Bookkeeping, Payroll, Information and Administration, Communications and Work Experience. You will also have the opportunity to gain additional certification in Digital Marketing and ECDL. This very popular course offers a range of career pathways with proven potential to access employment.

On successful completion, you will have the option to further your studies through Higher Education or seek employment.

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Contact Centre Operations

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

QQI Level 5 Minor Award

This course will enable you to acquire the skills and knowledge to use information and communications technologies in an e-business context. You will learn how to operate effectively in handling customer queries and issues in a contact centre support role. You will also have the opportunity to study additional modules including Communications, Customer Service, Database Methods and Retail Sales Techniques.

On completion of the course, learners may progress into employment in a contact centre or continue their studies through Further Education and Training. This course is for you if you have good communications skills and enjoy working in team environments.

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Retail Skills

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

QQI Level 4 Major Award

This course will allow you to gain the knowledge and skills to work in the retail sector. You will develop the ability to deal with customers, understand retail sales techniques, payment procedures and other aspects of the retail environment. Modules include Retail Sales Techniques, Retail Payment Procedures, Customer Service, Communications, Business Maths, ICT, Personal Effectiveness and Work Experience. The course is delivered on a modular basis, which gives you the choice of taking up employment or remaining on the course to complete the full Retail Skills award. There is a strong practical element to this course with work experience offered.

On successful completion of this course, you will have the skills, knowledge and competency to work under supervision in the retail sector and or to progress to Further Education and Training.

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Leaving Certificate

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

SEC Award at NFQ Level 5

The Leaving Certificate full-time programme has fantastic progression opportunities for adult learners. Our subject choice includes English, Maths, Biology, Physics, Economics, Accounting, Business, Art, Engineering and Construction. Irish is also available if you wish to access the Bachelor of Education Degree course at Mary Immaculate College. If you are an international learner, you will have the opportunity to sit a range of Leaving Certificate language exams. You will study at a pace suitable to your own level of ability in a friendly, learner-centred environment. Intensive supports, including Career Guidance, is provided. The entry requirement for this programme is Junior Certificate or equivalent, with good proficiency in the English language.

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Employability Skills

FET Kilmallock Road Campus

QQI Level 3 Major Award

This course will give you the opportunity to complete a QQI Level 3 Major Award in a range of subjects suited to your individual learning goals. A wide range of choice is on offer and includes English, Maths, Business, ICT, Healthcare, Woodwork, Engineering and Art. The course provides a solid educational foundation in the core skills of reading, writing, numeracy and ICT. It enables you to develop your strengths to make informed choices in your Further Education and Training journey.

This course offers fantastic progression links to the Leaving Certificate, to apprenticeships or into employment.

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In compliance with COVID-19 public health guidelines, the Further Education and Training Centre currently remains closed to the public but continues with enrolment planning for the 20/21 academic year.


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Pictured at the VTOS Limerick 2019 open day is style queen Celia Holman Lee along with artists from across Limerick. Picture: Conor Owens/ilovelimerick.

VTOS Open Day 2019 helps long-term unemployed return to full-time education

By ilovelimerick correspondent Chloe Reidy

The Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme Limerick Open Day 2019 was a great success for Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board at the Further Education and Training Centre, Kilmallock Road Campus. The open day took place on Thursday, April 11, from 11 am to 2.30 pm and was part of the Limerick Lifelong Learning Festival 2019.

The open day was a big success, with visitors and prospective learners having the opportunity to visit information stands and hear about the courses on offer at the centre.

Patricia Kennedy, the coordinator of VTOS tells me, “The day was such a great opportunity for the public to visit and see what courses that we have on offer. We have brilliant facilities and the staff are wonderful, and dedicated to supporting the students.”

Events that took place on the day included the Portrait Artist Festival, The Irish Revolution 1919-1922 and ‘What is Social Enterprise?’.

Jayne Foley who teaches the Art, Craft, Design class said, ‘The Portrait Artist Festival gave students of the Art, Craft, Design class and members of the public an opportunity to create a portrait of Irish model, fashion stylist and television presenter, Celia Holman Lee. Celia was so much fun and so enthusiastic and kind to the artists. What a lady!”

Celia said of the event, ‘I’m delighted to have the opportunity to take part in such a wonderful event that encourages lifelong learning. I believe we never stop learning and should always strive to learn and grow to the best of our abilities, so to be able to contribute in this small way is a great privilege’.

The Irish Revolution 1919 – 1922 lecture was a discussion about the Civil War, in honour of its 100th anniversary held by historian Frank Noonan.

The last event ‘What is Social Enterprise?’, gave local social entrepreneurs the opportunity to meet one another and speak about how to make a positive social impact on our society.

Earlier that week, on Tuesday, April 9, VTOS Limerick held an Intercultural Day for others to experience the great diversity of cultures at the Kilmallock Road Campus, with global food stands, tribal drumming and plenty of music on offer.

The VTOS Open Day 2019 was a chance for the Further Education and Training Centre to show to the public what courses they have on offer. The centre offers both the Junior and Leaving Certificates, with nine subjects to choose from for the Leaving Certificate, which is studied over the course of one year, instead of typically two. Other courses on offer, are Career Pathways, English for Work, Retail Sales, Healthcare Support, Office Administration, all ranging from QQI Major Award Levels 3-5.

VTOS is designed to help long-term unemployed return to full-time education without losing their social welfare benefits. VTOS will help participants make the transition back into paid employment or back to further education and eventually leading to paid employment. Participants will make new friends; acquire valuable education qualifications in an adult friendly environment.

The centre also provides many other benefits, which include, books and equipment being supplied, assistance with the cost of childcare/creche, examination fees paid for, free parking on campus, state of the art facilities and meal and travel allowance, including a direct bus to the city centre.

The Lifelong Learning Festival ran from April 8 -14 and is the culmination of work by various partners in promoting learning for all ages throughout the Limerick region in what is promised to be a week of fun and engaging activities, which are free and open to everyone.

For more information on VTOS Limerick, go here.

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