Workplace Transversal Skills (Certificate) (Blended Learning) (September 2021)

University of Limerick (22CTWOTRUAD)
Key Programme Details
Award

Minor

NFQ Level

Level 7 About NFQ

Delivery Method

Blended

Mode

Part Time

ECTS Credits

48

General Information
Contact

Any queries please email: springboard@ul.ie

Email

springboard@ul.ie

Phone

061-234377

Address

Graduate & Professional Studies
Enterprise Research Centre
University of Limerick
Castletroy
Limerick
V94 T9PX

Important Dates
Application Deadline

01/08/2021

Start Date

06/09/2021

End Date

16/05/2022

About this Course

Applications will open Wednesday 16th June 2021.

The Certificate in Workplace Transversal Skills allows participants to learn and apply a set of transversal competencies and skills within an organisation. There are a wide range of transversal skills which are deemed to be necessary to empower the workforce and promote individual employability.

According to Bandura's Social Learning Theory, learning can be achieved by observing, modelling, and imitating the behaviours, attitudes, and emotional reactions of others. Bandura considers how both environmental and cognitive factors interact to influence human learning and behaviour. In this mode, delivery is through a combination of interactive workshops, online initially, and in person as circumstances allow, with live and recorded online activities and materials to maximise learner engagement.

Objectives

When students have finished this course they will be able to:
1. Define, categorise, and understand a wide range of transversal skills in workplace;
2. Plan, implement, monitor and improve their transversal skills at both operational and strategic levels.
3. Explain the impact of those transversal skills on their ability to work effectively.
4. Demonstrate their attainment of a number of skill through their practice portfolio.

Entry Requirements

The main objective of this programme is to upskill the Irish workforce in terms of the general and transversal skills they need in order to be more impactful in their workplace.

Therefore, there is no academic pre-requirement for entering this course of study. All applicants with a Leaving Cert are eligible to apply for this programme.

This wide entry requirement enables larger cohorts of Irish industries’ workforce to improve their transversal skills through this programme. And less number of the potential applicants will be excluded from enhancing their transversal skills due to lack of academic qualifications.

Long Description

The Certificate in Workplace Transversal Skills allows participants to learn and apply a set of transversal competencies and skills within an organisation. There are a wide range of transversal skills which are deemed to be necessary to empower the workforce and promote individual employability.

According to Bandura's Social Learning Theory, learning can be achieved by observing, modelling, and imitating the behaviours, attitudes, and emotional reactions of others. Bandura considers how both environmental and cognitive factors interact to influence human learning and behaviour. In this mode, delivery is through a combination of interactive workshops, online initially, and in person as circumstances allow, with live and recorded online activities and materials to maximise learner engagement.

Areas covered are:
1. Learning to Learn
2. Teamwork, Change, and Cultural Diversity
3. Career Development
4. Co-operative Workplace
5. Transforming Aspirations to Goals
6. Healthy and Productive Remote Working
7. Problem Solving Tools and Techniques
8. Transversal Skills in Practice.
These are well mapped with Bandura's theory of social learning and support people to have agency over their personal factors and to get the best out of environmental factors to achieve a sustainable change in their behaviour and learning.

The taught content is designed to support the skill implementation. Students will implement their learning in their practice site. This bridge between theory and practice helps students to have a more meaningful learning experience throughout this programme.

MODULES:
CE3002 LEARNING HOW TO LEARN: Online Learning and remote working skills
CE4102 - PRODUCTIVE AND HEALTHY REMOTE WORKING: psychological, technical, and managerial tips and
techniques needed for remote working
CE4122 - TRANSLATING ASPIRATIONS INTO GOALS: Transforming aspiration into a set of clear goals which can be
actioned
CO4232 - COOPERATIVE WORKPLACE: learn and implement the five principles of cooperation
PT3031 - TEAMWORK, CHANGE AND CULTURAL DIVERSITY: understanding and skills associated with each area
CA4003 - CAREER DEVELOPMENT: Job readiness and future employability training
AU4044 - PROBLEM SOLVING TOOLS AND TECHNIQUES: principles and methods of problem solving
AU4047 - TRANSVERSAL SKILLS IN PRACTICE: real life application of transversal skills

Timetable Info

Approx. 4 contact hours (face to face or online depending on government guidelines) per week. This is a part time course. You can keep up to date with the Universities plans for what semester 1 delivery will be here: https://www.ul.ie/covid/

Delivery Notes

Blended

RPL Information

The University of Limerick operates a policy for the Recognition of Prior Learning, both formal and informal/experiential learning. Informal and experiential learning includes non-accredited personal and professional education; work based training and relevant life/work experiences. This learning is assessed initially for entry on to particular courses of study but may additionally lead to academic credits and exemptions from subjects on the intended course of study. Applications for RPL are dealt with on an individual basis, facilitated by representatives from the relevant academic departments and Registrar's office at the University of Limerick. RPL for Springboard+ 2021 will be managed by Graduate and Professional Studies as part of the application process. Graduate & Professional Studies provides support and assistance to guide the learner through their RPL application and in compiling their portfolio. The process is student centric, with consideration made on a case-by-case basis, through submitted documentation and communication with the application team and course director. The operation of the RPL policy has been applied successfully to previous cohorts. Academic and professional qualifications, work and life experience are important considerations in assessment, but motivation and overall potential for the selected course has been a major factor in evaluating applicants.

Application Procedures

APPLICATION TO A SPRINGBOARD+ COURSE WITH THE UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK IS A 2 STEP PROCESS.

Step 1 is to submit your application on the Springboard+ website, you will then be sent a link via email to apply to the University of Limerick (UL) directly (this will be step 2). You must provide all documents requested on this email which must be uploaded with your application on the UL site. It is only when we receive ALL requested documents that your application is considered complete.

Note : It may take a few days after your application is updated to 'Pending' on the Springboard+ website for us to send you the link to apply to UL (step 2).

Please note we will need to correspond with you by email throughout the application process. For this reason, we ask that you regularly check your email and spam folders.

Required Documents for UL application:

Delays in receiving these documents will affect the progress of your application.
- Photo or Scanned original copy of your transcripts for all years of study. (Graduates of UL need only provide us with their Student ID number.)
- Photo or Scanned copy of passport to verify ID and full legal name.
- A copy of your most recent CV, please note that by providing this document you are agreeing that we may send it to members of industry if you require assistance when searching for an Industry Learning Placement (ILE) or project work (applies to some courses only).
- Proof of Status, e.g. unemployed, employed, self-employed, returners. Acceptable documents are outlined in 'Acceptable Documents for Proof of Status' section.
- Applicants who do not have English as their first language may satisfy English Language
requirements:
• If your qualifications have been obtained in a country where English is an official language this will suffice
If this is not available, the following additional documents must be provided:
• English translation of your qualification(s)/transcripts
AND
• English language competency certificate


FEES - EMPLOYED & FORMERLY SELF EMPLOYED ONLY
All employed participants must pay a contribution of the course cost directly to the provider for all level 7-9 courses. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also. The onus is on the participant to arrange payment of this fee. The HEA will fund the remainder of the cost directly to the provider. Please note some formerly self-employed applicants not in receipt on DEASP payment are liable for 10% fees also.

Employed and formerly self-employed (outlined above) participants will be required to make a 10% course contribution of €187 directly to the University of Limerick.

Springboard+ will pay all fees for unemployed and returner participants.

Course Acceptance
Should an offer be made, in order to accept a course offer employed participants must pay a non-refundable fee of €187 which acts as the acceptance of an offer.

ACCEPTABLE DOCUMENTS FOR PROOF OF STATUS
In order to avail of Springboard+ funding you must provide written proof as outlined below:

Unemployed
Written proof from the Department of Employment and Social Protection (DEASP) that you are in receipt of an eligible payment (see Springboard+ site).

Returners
Swear a declaration before a Commissioner for Oaths attesting to your status and provide written proof.

Employed/Self Employed
Provide a copy of most recent P60 or other relevant revenue documentation or a letter from their current employer to confirm employment or self-employment.

Formerly Self-Employed
Provide a letter/statement from Revenue stating that the applicant is no longer trading or a similar letter from the applicants (former) accountant should be sufficient. Swear a declaration, witnessed by a Commissioner of Oaths, stating that the applicant is no longer self-employed.

NOTE: If your employment status changes during the application process it is your responsibility to inform a Springboard+ coordinator at UL and to provide proof of new status.

To be eligible for Springboard+ funding applicants must be resident in the state.

Please note you may be required to verify your Nationality and Residency status.

For Returners and Employed/Self-Employed applicants, the following rules apply :
- must be ordinarily resident in an EU/EEA/Swiss state for at least three of the five years preceding their entry to the programme.
** Note: The period of residency for holders of Stamp 4 or Stamp 4 EU FAM is calculated from the date of receipt of the Stamp 4.
Any period of residency in the state before this date will not be taken into consideration ( ie you must hold Stamp 4 for three of the five years preceding)