|Learning at work, either through studying for a qualification or taking specific training, is a great way to fit learning into your life.
If you’re already in work, your employer might be able to help; if you want to get back into work, you can try a work-based learning programme.
FÁS provide funding for recognised qualifications. Do check with your training provider if they are currently offering FÁS sponsored courses.
If you’re already working -
Your employer may provide training which could lead to a vocational or academic qualification. This could be free basic skills training, training relevant to your job, or asking an experienced member of staff to act as your coach or mentor. Some employers fund a wider range of learning as part of their employee development programmes.If you’re a member of a trade union your union may have learning facilities available to you
If you want to get back into work
If you want to start working, it’s worth noting that most jobs these days require some knowledge of computer skills. The benchmark course is ECDL - The European Computer Driving Licence. While this course is the entry level qualification for your CV, it is not a beginners course. So, if you are new to computers be prepared to do at least one course prior to taking an ECDL course.
FÁS run many courses aimed at people returning to work, as do other private course providers.