Four new full-time courses have also been developed in Animal Care, Donegal Weaving, Communications Systems Installation and Network Planner with applications now being accepted for these, and 120+ full-time and part-time courses across the county, through the ETB’s website course finder (https://www.donegaletb.ie/further-education-training/course-finder/).
The Animal Care course is a QQI Level 5 one-year Post Leaving Certificate (PLC) course in Letterkenny (Errigal College) which aims to provide training for those interested in working with animals. The eight modules including Animal Grooming, Animal Welfare, Animal Anatomy and Physiology, Business Administration and Work Experience, prepare students for setting up their own business, working in an animal care environment or to progress directly to higher education. Donegal ETB has the highest rate of progression to third level for its PLC students out of all PLC providers in the country.
The other three new courses, Donegal Weaving, Communications Systems Installation and Network Planner are forty-week traineeships, which have been designed in conjunction with industry, to prepare students for direct entry into employment upon completion as they combine directed off-the-job training in a classroom with on-the-job training in a host company.
The Donegal Weaving course has been developed in partnership with many of the county’s leading weaving companies in response to a shortage of weavers trained in the Donegal style of weaving. It is accredited by the Scottish Qualification Authority. Taking place in Kilcar, it offers the opportunity to gain the skills needed to work in this niche sector and contribute to the preservation of this heritage craft.