Education & Training

Longford Women’s Link CLG (LWL) is a women’s centre based in Longford Town and has been in existence since 1995. The organisation has grown considerably since then and now provides multiple services to women and their families including education and training, advocacy, childcare, counselling and supports for victims of domestic violence.

LWL is focused on providing our learners with the opportunity to access meaningful education and training that offers progression and real changes in their lives.

We are a long-standing provider of Community Education in Longford Town and County with Education and Training delivered according to the principles of Women’s Community Education (WCE) at our dedicated WCE Facility. We provide a wide range of services, including Education and Training (QQI Centre), using our Integrated Service Model. LWL is a third level Outreach Centre for IT Carlow and has previously facilitated outreach for UCD and NUI Maynooth and is a community partner college of An Cosán’s Virtual Community College (VCC) and The Irish Academy of Public Relations, providing much needed third level access in Longford and the Midlands. LWL’s purpose is to link women with the resources to change their lives and transform their communities and we have a long history of promoting the transformative nature of community education. Our learners have access to a wide range of accredited and non-accredited courses/modules including QQI and NFQ certification. LWL is a member of AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, and our Education and Training Manager is also on the Aontas Board.

LWL has been a QQI (& FETAC) provider since 2006.

LWL is focused on providing our learners with the opportunity to access meaningful education and training that offers progression and real changes in their lives. We endeavour to bring education into the community, focused on removing barriers and giving learners every opportunity to progress. Where possible we provide wraparound services that help our learners address issues, remove barriers and build their confidence.

LWL offers unaccredited courses, accredited QQI levels 3 to 6, industry specific courses such as FAR, Lámh and Manual Handling and Patient Moving and also works with third level providers to provide progression pathways to higher education into the community up to Masters at level 9.

Our learning environment is supportive, encouraging and our learners have a positive learning experience. The learner is the centre of all learning delivered in LWL. We listen, we encourage, we support and we work for the good of the learner.

Student Graduation

Some of our recent graduates

Current Courses

Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 5

Special Needs Assisting 5N1786 – QQI – Level 5

April to June 2022

The purpose of this programme module is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the practices and principles underpinning the role of a Special Needs Assistant to enable the learner to work effectively under direction in a special needs assisting capacity.

Class Dates:
Monday & Wednesday Classes: 7pm to 10pm

Start date: Wednesday 27 April 2022

Dates: 27 April
4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25, 30 – May
1, 8, 13, 15, 20, 22, 27 June.

Venue: Online via Zoom and blended learning
Due to Government advice regarding Coronavirus Covid 19, class will run online, however some classroom attendance may be required

Cost: €340

A €100 euro non refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course.

Full fees to be paid by Thursday 14 April 2022

A minimum of 80% attendance is required for this course.
You may qualify for funding, please contact 043 3341511 for further information.

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 415 11
Mobile: 087 205 8152

Special Needs Assisting QQI Level 6

Special Needs Assisting

6N1957 – QQI – Level 6
April to June 2022
(Class will also run again in Sept 2022)

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence in the theory and practice underpinning the education and care of those who present with special educational needs to enable the learner to assist in the provision of this education and care.

Requirements: Students should have completed a FETAC/QQI Level 5 SNA programme module or equivalent.

Dates: Thursday nights – 7pm to 10pm

28 April
5, 12, 19, 26 May
2, 9, 16, 23, 30 June

Venue: Online via Zoom and blended learning. Due to Government advice regarding Coronavirus Covid 19, class will run online, however some classroom attendance may be required

Cost: €290

A €100 euro non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course.

Full fees to be paid by Thursday 14 April 2022.

A minimum of 80% attendance is required for this course.

You may qualify for funding, please contact 043 3341511 for further information.

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 415 11
Mobile: 087 205 8152

Childcare QQI Level 5

Child Development 5N1764- QQI – Level 5

This programme module aims to provide the learner with an introduction to the theory and practice of child development from 0-6 years. The component aims to promote good practice, equality of opportunity and respect for diversity in lifestyles, religion and culture in early years care.

This programme module is part of an overall QQI Level 5 Major award Early Childhood Care and Education (5M2009).

Dates: Sept 2022 – Monday and Wednesday nights – 7pm to 10pm

Venue: Longford Women’s Link

Cost: €260

A €100 euro non refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course.

Full fees to be paid by TBA.

A minimum of 80% attendance is required for this course.

You may qualify for funding, please contact 043 3341511 for further information.

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 415 11
Mobile: 087 205 8152

Childcare QQI Level 6

cartoon children playing

Child Development 6N1942 – QQI – Level 6

The purpose of this award is to equip the learner with the knowledge, skill and competence relevant to the theory and practice of child development when working autonomously and with others in Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) settings.

This programme module is part of an overall QQI Level 6 major award Early Childhood Care and Education (6M2007).

Requirements: Students should have completed a FETAC/QQI Level 5 or equivalent in childcare.

Dates: Sept 2022 – Tuesday and Thursday nights – 7pm to 10pm

Venue: Online, some classroom attendance may be required.

Cost: €280

A €100 euro non refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course.

Full fees to be paid by TBA.

A minimum of 80% attendance is required for this course.

You may qualify for funding, please contact 043 3341511 for further information.

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 415 11
Mobile: 087 205 8152

Certificate in Challenging Behaviour

Level 8 Certificate in Meeting the Challenge of Challenging Behaviour

Institute of Technology, Carlow
NFQ Level 8 (10 credit module)
What is this programme about?
This programme supports managers, staff and carers to develop and implement comprehensive Behaviour Support Plans for people who present with behaviours that challenge. The programme will examine the model of positive behaviour support, proactive vs. reactive strategies, examine the causes of challenging behaviour, and examine non-aversive approaches and evidence positive behaviour support approaches.

This programme is appropriate for people who support and care for children and adults in all caring and support services, such as:
• Practitioners
• Care Staff
• Teachers
• Clinicians
• Service providers
• SNAs

What subjects will I study?
• Self Awareness
• Supervision
• Ethical Responsibility
• Mentoring
• Implementing a Positive Behavioural Support Model

On completion of this programme, students should be able to:
• Recognise and understand the causes of challenging behaviour;
• Conduct a comprehensive behaviour assessment;
• Design a multi-component positive behaviour support plan;
• Implement, review and evaluate support plans.

Entry Requirements:
All applicants will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lifelong Learning reserves the right to require applicants to attend for an interview to determine their suitability for the programme.

Duration: Part-time 1 evening per week – Thursday – 7pm to 10pm.
Start date: Thursday 13 January 2022 to 7 April 2022

Course Location: Delivered online. In keeping with LWL’s Community Education ethos, and in line with all Covid-19 Public Health Guidelines, onsite peer group learning/study groups will be put in place as part of the course delivery for those who wish to avail of this. Details to follow.

Fees: €120 euro – there will be a €100 euro refund on successful completion of the course.
This course is supported by The Ireland Funds. Normal fee: €450

Closing date for application 30 November 2021

If you have any further queries or registration form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 415 11
Mobile: 087 205 8152

This project has been kindly supported by The Ireland Funds

Fire Warden

Fire Warden
Fire Warden Course

Date: TBA

Time:
Morning class – 10am to 1pm.
Or
Afternoon class – 2pm to 5pm.
Or
Evening class – 7pm to 10pm

Venue: Longford Women’s Link

Class size: Maximum of 8 per class.

Cost: 50 euro per person.

A 20 euro non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course. Full course fees should be paid prior to the start of course.

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 41511
Mobile: 087 205 8152

FAR – First Aid Response

First aid

3 Day FAR (First Aid Response) course

Includes Paediatric First Aid

As and from 1 June 2018, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will only recognise the PHECC First Aid Response Education and Training Standard (FAR) as meeting the needs of occupational first aid (OFA) in all workplaces. Details available at: www.hsa.ie

Class dates: Class every month, please call 0433341511 for next available dates
Time: 9am to 4.30pm
Venue: Longford Women’s Link
It is essential to attend all 3 dates.

Students will receive a card and certificate on successful completion of the course.

Cost: 275 euro.

Class is limited to 8 participants – Tea/Coffee provided

A 100 euro non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course. Full course fees should be paid prior to the start of course.
You may qualify for funding, please contact 043 3341511 for further information

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 41511
Mobile: 087 205 8152

FAR – First Aid Response Refresher

2 Day FAR (First Aid Response) Refresher course

Class dates: Class every month, please call 0433341511 for next available dates
Time: 9am to 4.30pm
Venue: Longford Women’s Link
It is essential to attend both dates.

Students will receive a card and certificate on successful completion of the course.

Cost: 200 euro

Class is limited to 8 participants – Tea/Coffee provided

A 60 euro non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course. Full course fees should be paid prior to the start of course.

You may qualify for funding, please contact 043 3341511 for further information.
As and from 1 June 2018, the Health and Safety Authority (HSA) will only recognise the PHECC

First Aid Response Education and Training Standard (FAR) as meeting the needs of occupational first aid (OFA) in all workplaces. Details available at: www.hsa.ie

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 41511
Mobile: 087 205 8152

Lámh

Module One Lámh Course

Course Overview:

Now available as an online course.

Module One Lámh Course is for those working with children and adults who use Lámh to enhance their communication. It is suitable for teachers, SNAs, social care workers, PAs and preschool staff and others, who work in mainstream and special schools, preschools, adult support services and other settings.

Qualifications Required:
No previous Lámh training required.

Class Date: TBA – you will have self-learning to complete in the 3 weeks prior to the Saturday class.
Start time: Saturday class – Group 1 – 9.30am to 1pm or Group 2 – 2pm to 5.30pm

Course Duration: 6.5 hours – Online made up of 3 hours of self-learning and 3.5 hours live online training with a Lámh Tutor
Course Content:
Module One online course is now up and running. The Module One Online course is divided into:

A self-learning section for participants (approx. 3 hours) – you will have a 3 week window to complete this in advance of the Saturday class.
1 live session with a Tutor, totalling 3.5 hours – on a Saturday. You will be allocated to a morning or afternoon group.
Module One Lámh signs (100 signs)
Using Lámh signs to support communication
The Lámh signing environment

Costs: €110
A €50 euro non-refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course.

Final fees should be paid by TBA.

Learners will be registered with Lámh.
There is a maximum of 12 participants in the course – 2 groups of 6.

Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 41511
Mobile: 087 205 8152

Manual Handling and Patient Moving

MANUAL HANDLING AND PATIENT MOVING

Date: Class every month, please call 0433341511 for next available dates
Time: 10am to 4pm
Location: Longford Women’s Link

Cost: 85 euro per student

A 40 euro non- refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course. Final fees to be paid prior to the start of class.

Course is limited to 10 students.

Tea and Coffee provided.

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 41511
Mobile: 087 205 8152

Manual Handling

MANUAL HANDLING

Date: Class every month, please call 0433341511 for next available dates
Time: Morning or Evening
Location: Longford Women’s Link or online Via Zoom

Cost: 50 euro per student

A 30 euro non- refundable deposit is required to secure a place on this course. Final fees to be paid prior to the start of class.

Course is limited to 10 students.

Tea and Coffee provided.

If you have any further queries or require a booking form, please contact –
Pamela Latimer – Education and Training – Business Development Manager
Email: pamelalatimer@lwl.ie
Tel: 043 33 41511
Mobile: 087 205 8152

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