Return to Work (leading to a QQI Minor Award in Personal & Professional Development) (November 2020)

Irish Times Training (SPRINGPPD02)
Key Programme Details
Award

Return to Work (leading to a QQI Minor Award in Personal & Professional Development 6N1949)

NFQ Level

Level 6 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Online

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

15

General Information
Contact

Amy Woodsmith

Email

awoodsmith@irishtimes.com

Phone

01 472 7101

Address

Irish Times Training, 24-28 Tara Street, Dublin 2

Role

Springboard Admissions

Important Dates
Application Deadline

02/11/2020

Start Date

23/11/2020

End Date

19/02/2021

About this Course

The Return to Work programme is specifically designed for individuals looking to re-enter the workforce after a multi-year career break; for example, as an at-home parent or carer. This course aims to provide this cohort with the opportunity to up-skill, to boost confidence and will provide a bridge back to high-calibre work for skilled professionals.

A key focus of this course will be on participants' transferable skills including time management, communications, problem-solving, delegation, resilience and other interpersonal skills, and confidence around those skills. Participants will also consider Budget Management & Project Management as part of their core skills refresh.

The changing nature and pace of work is a real concern for this cohort so participants will explore in detail how the world of work has evolved in recent years and how this influences different professions and roles, with a focus on changes in technology in the module entitled "Working in a Digital World."

A characteristic of this cohort, according to industry engagement, is not knowing where to start. This course includes a dedicated module on job-readiness to provide a clear route back into the workplace, focusing on job search strategy and including a suite of careers motivation, self-confidence and job ready workshops. Industry guest speakers from Dell, among others, will feature throughout to offer a range of advice, support and inspiration to the group.

Assessment will be via a combination of online assignments & skills demos which will focus on the practical application of course learnings to the workplace environment.

Objectives

On completion of this programme, participants will have the skills, knowledge and competencies to work independently or in a supervisory capacity in an administrative role in the private, public or voluntary sector and/or to progress to higher education or training.

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a minimum Level 5 award. In addition, applicants should ideally have basic computer skills.

Applicants without a Level 5 award will be considered on the basis of recognition of prior learning (RPL).

All participants may be required to submit a letter / statement signed by a Commissioner for Oaths confirming their recent employment history.

Long Description

INDUCTION

Ice-breaker & programme overview.

- Ice-breaker: Making the decision to return to work, pro’s & cons, sharing personal experiences
- Programme overview: getting to know one another and a review of the role and principles of personal development, including reflective practice and the role of a personal development plan

MODULE 1: ESTABLISHING MY GOALS, PRIORITIES & AREAS FOR ACTION

- Goal setting
- Reflecting on strengths
- Personal development planning
- Navigating change returning to work

MODULE 2: WORKING IN A DIGITAL WORLD

- Changing nature of work
- Role of technology
- Communications
- IT skills
- Social media

MODULE 3: CORE SKILLS REFRESH

- Cross-functional communication
- Customer service
- Problem-solving
- Decision-making
- Project management
- Budget management
- Time management

MODULE 4: BEING SUCCESSFUL IN THE WORKPLACE

- Planning & goal-setting at work
- Teamwork
- Delegation
- Power of Influence
- Managing Conflict
- Resilience

MODULE 5: JOB SEARCH READINESS

- Searching
- Building a professional network
- Presentation skills
- CV & LinkedIn
- Interview Skills

Timetable Info

5 days per week, virtual classroom sessions. Times will be 9.30am - 12.30pm each day.

Delivery Notes

Online

Application Procedures

Step 1: Register for an account on springboardcourses.ie or log in to your existing account using the “Login” section on the website.

Step 2: Log-in on Springboard website and click “Apply Now” on this course. You will be asked to complete a short application form.

Step 3: The Springboard team at Irish Times Training will respond to your application and request any relevant documentation.

At this stage you may be asked to present some or all of the following (required documentation differs depending on course):
- Social welfare receipt, letter from social welfare or letter from commissioner of oaths
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts/college results
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name
- Any other relevant documentation to support your application, such as a CV or professional certificates.

Step 4: Once your supporting documentation has been received your application will be sent to Ulster University for review.

Step 5: You will receive an email from the Springboard team at Irish Times Training letting you know if your application has been successful or unsuccessful.

Step 6: Log-in to Springboardcourses.ie to accept your offer.

Step 7: You will receive an email from the Springboard team at Irish Times Training with further details for the course.