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Living with Epilepsy? This course could be for you

Training for Success is a course for people with epilepsy run in The Institute of Technology, Sligo


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Training for Success is a course for people with epilepsy run in The Institute of Technology, Sligo in partnership with Epilepsy Ireland and funded through SOLAS. The course is a FETAC  accredited Level 4 Major Award in Employment Skills. It is the only course of its kind in Europe  The overall purpose of the programme is to facilitate progression to further learning and/or work. 

The project aims to enable students to:

  • Identify a career of their choice.
  • Set realistic educational and employment goals and plan to achieve them.
  • Acquire skills and confidence to gain employment.
  • Learn about the nature and management of epilepsy
  • To promote inclusion in the third level environment   
  • To enhance individual employability

The course provides the experience of life in a third level college for many who would not normally have that opportunity. Twelve learners are currently involved, approximately 222 have participated since 1998.

Who can apply?

People with epilepsy who may have experienced difficulty in school, in choosing a career, or may have had to change career direction as a result of developing epilepsy, may have difficulty coming to terms with the diagnosis, may also need to develop their personal skills; self-image, self-confidence and social skills.

The course is not a third level course, however students are registered I.T. Sligotered ascourse are registered as students id a third level establishment students and have access to all of the facilities and services available on campus. Most importantly, students feel they are part of a modern vibrant third level institution.

All of the people teaching on the course are I.T. Sligo lecturers.

What's involved?

The modules include: Epilepsy Management, Career Planning, Communications, Health and Fitness, Personal Effectiveness, Mathematics, Teamwork, Understanding Interculturalism, Work Place Safety, Work Experience and Spanish.

SOLAS and all eligible students are paid a SOLAS training allowance equivalent to their social welfare payment and an accommodation allowance of €69.90 per week. This enables students to move to Sligo to participate in the course.

In 2013 Training for Success won the Aontas National Award for ”an outstanding contribution to adult education”! Our new course starts on the 24th of August this year and runs for a full year.

How to apply

Complete an application form and send it to: Training for Success, The Institute of Technology, Ash Lane, Sligo. We will then arrange an interview for you. No particular educational qualifications are required. Students must be capable of independent living.

For further information contact us on Broderick.honor@itsligo.ie or Tansey.maire@itsligo.ie. Ph. 071 9155303. Alternatively further information is available on www.epilepsy.ie follow the link to Training for Success.

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Published March 1st, 2017
Last updated March 13th, 2017
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