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Monday, 12 November 2018

Student: Áine Smith from Cootehill, Co Cavan.
Course: QQI Level 5 in Childcare and QQI Level 6 in Childcare Supervisor
Completed: BA Hons Degree in Early Childhood Care and Education (4 Years)
Áine Smith - Childcare and Childcare Supervisor
Áine Smith - Childcare and Childcare Supervisor
"When I completed my leaving certificate I had no idea what I wanted to do. So, I opted to do a year in Cavan Institute in Childcare, this then progressed on to two years. The modules covered were excellent if you wanted to gain an insight into the early childhood sector in particular, child development and early childhood curriculum these elements were interesting but also are fundamental in the work place today. Each of the modules covered in the course give you the basis and confidence to go on to work in the sector but equally to progress in your studies. I developed skills in assignment presentation but equally in time management and meeting deadlines.

The variety and consistency of work placements allowed us, as students, in Cavan Institute to get a taste of what it is like to work in the early years sector. I attended placement in Halle, in Germany as part of my studies with Cavan Institute, this was a once in a lifetime opportunity. This experience allowed me to get a flavour of what it is like to work in the early years sector in an international placement. It allowed me to broaden my horizon as to the various job opportunities there are abroad.

This childcare course at Cavan Institute really emphasises the importance of early year’s educators to have a good knowledge of child development, but also to provide children with rich learning experiences. As a student you are encouraged to share any thoughts and ideas in relation to each module and this is extremely important as it also broadens your knowledge.

It is true to say that I would not have gone on to complete my BA Hons Degree in Dundalk Institute of Technology only for the supportive tutors that I had in Cavan Institute. I am currently working full time as a preschool leader in a prestigious early years' service in Cavan. As the early years sector continues to strive towards quality provision, it is essential to have quality trained staff.  At present I am engaging in continual professional development in a Leadership for Inclusion programme (LINC Programme) which is designed to facilitate early years’ educators to promote the inclusion of children with additional needs."

We wish you continued success Áine and thank you for your contribution.
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Student Testimonials

Students have been very kind to forward their own testimonials for courses they studied at Cavan Institute. Student testimonials are a useful tool to gain insight into courses, progression routes, work opportunities and college life. You can read more testimonials on our LinkedIn account.

Pre-University Cultural and Heritage Studies - Aisling Rose McDonald

"There is an abundance of nice things I would love to express about my time at Cavan Institute. For me, it will remain one of the most beneficial, enlightening and rewarding years of my life.
My course enabled me to gain a range of invaluable skills and a fountain of knowledge going forward on my educational journey. The Pre-University Cultural and Heritage Studies course meant that a multitude of possibilities was opened to me, and I had the brilliant opportunity to learn about the origins and historical background of my home town, delve into and discover how important it is to preserve and protect Irish Heritage and all that it encompasses. I enhanced my French-speaking skills and so much more. The year also rewarded me with being able to acquire practical skills and learn how to incorporate referencing into my assignments." Read more ...

Multimedia - Laura Kelleher

"After completing the Leaving Cert in 2013, unsure of what career path I wanted to pursue, I deferred my CAO offer for a year and chose to take a year to study Multimedia and Web Development in Cavan Institute. I did this for two reasons; one being I always had an interest in working with computers, and by studying this course I would get the chance to learn valuable skills that would benefit me regardless of what career path I found myself on at the end of the year, and thought it would be particularly useful due to the rate at which technology and the use of social media are advancing at present. Secondly, I decided to take a year to study at Cavan Institute, to bridge the gap between leaving secondary school and starting a third level college." Read more ...

Pre-University Law - Andrea Pownall

“My name is Andrea Pownall. I studied Pre-University Law at Cavan Institute for the academic year 17/18. I have always had a keen interest in Law, however, school just wasn’t for me. I ended up leaving secondary school in sixth year and I didn’t complete my Leaving Certificate.
At the time, I thought that I had completely ruined my chances of becoming a solicitor and working in the legal industry. I applied for the Pre-University Law course at Cavan Institute, expecting not to get accepted." Read more ...

Pre-University Art in Cultural and Heritage Studies - Sean McGovern

"After completing my Leaving Cert in 2016 and not getting the results I wished for I was naturally very disappointed, confused and not left with many options having gotten no offers. After weighing up my options I discovered the Pre-University Arts in Cultural and Heritage Studies in Cavan Institute and decided to apply. During the duration of the course, I was able to discover a great depth of history of my local area, gain an understanding of the Irish Culture and folklore, make some great friends and lastly experience life in the workplace and job interviews." Read more ...

Pre-University Arts in Cultural and Heritage Studies - Mary Kiernan

"I attended Cavan Institute in the 2016/2017 academic year as a full-time student on the Pre-University Cultural and Heritage Studies. I was a mature student, in my fifties, and enjoyed every minute of my time there. I was looking for a career change and this course came highly recommended by a past student. The course itself was very interesting with a range of modules including Heritage, Appreciation of Irish Culture, Local History, Folklore Studies and also modules that prepared me for going into the workforce. There was a great Communications module involving interview techniques, CV preparation etc." Read more ...

Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation Studies - Eli Mellor

"Without Cavan Institute, I doubt that I would be in the position that I am in today. I knew that I would not get the points needed in the Leaving Cert to do a Physiotherapy Course in Ireland, so I used Cavan Institute as a stepping stone to get into a University abroad. The course itself in Cavan Institute is filled with interesting topics such as Anatomy and Physiology, Injury Treatment and Prevention, Nutrition and Taping and Strapping." Read more ...

Childcare and Childcare Supervisor - Aine Smith 

"When I completed my leaving certificate I had no idea what I wanted to do. So, I opted to do a year in Cavan Institute in Childcare, this then progressed on to two years. The modules covered were excellent if you wanted to gain an insight into the early childhood sector in particular, child development and early childhood curriculum these elements were interesting but also are fundamental in the work place today." Read More ...

Pre-University Law and Administration and IT Skills - Devorca McCann

"I studied level 5 pre-university law and level 6 administration and IT skills. 

I chose to do the pre-university law course in Cavan Institute. It provided me with a great insight into the Irish law system. It provided me with practical skills that are required in the work place. As part of both courses one mandatory subject was work experience." Read More ...

Accounting Technician - Alex Vintea

Alex Vintea completed the final Accounting Technician exams in May 2017 in Cavan Institute and passed with flying colours.  Having no formal accounting qualifications prior to joining the course, Alex found the course difficult at the beginning but soon came to terms with the workload and managed to get through all his exams. Read more ...

Nail and Beauty Care - Sharon Monaghan

"I completed my work experience in December and as a result of my placement I was offered a full time job in May when the course is completed. I really enjoyed the course and the tutors are excellent. I am very happy with the course I choose to do and would recommend it to anyone.
I'm now working 4 days in a salon in Kells." Read more ...

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Monday, 8 October 2018

GDPR Compliance

The EU General Data Protection Regulations or ‘the GDPR’ comes into effect on 25th of May 2018 and it replaces the existing Data Protection Laws in the European Union. The reason for the change is to give people more rights, control and understanding of how their personal data is being used. The GDPR will have no impact on the services we provide to you. It does however require CMETB to keep you informed of the following:

The types of data we hold about you
The purpose it is used for

Your rights in relation to how it is processed.

To help you understand how and why Cavan Institute and CMETB processes your personal data, please read our Data Privacy Notices by clicking on this link.

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Friday, 6 July 2018

Course Code:
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Hospitality
QQI Code: 5M2083
Duration: 1 Year

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award.
Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these.

About This Traineeship
This traineeship provides an introduction to the broad range of skills and knowledge required to work in the hotel, accommodation, restaurant and food service sectors. By completing this course you will develop essential skills in areas like food service, food safety, basic kitchen skills, serving hot and cold beverages, bar service, handling payments, guest services and accommodation services. You will also gain hands-on experience that will help you build a career in the hospitality and food service sector.
You will spend 8 weeks working in 4 star and 5 star hotels and restaurants in the region. This will allow you to put your learning into practice in the work place, building your knowledge and developing your career potential. Work placement will be supported with a range of field trips to local restaurants and hotels where you will meet with employers and see the delivery of hospitality services. This traineeship is a focused combination of classroom-based learning with work-based learning within a supportive working environment.

Course Content
As part of this course you will study Customer Service, Reception and Frontline Office Skills, Accommodation Techniques, Menu Planning and Applied Nutrition, Restaurant Skills, Food Preparation, Food Safety (EHOA training and certification) Word Processing and Work Practice.

Employment and Further Training Opportunities
On successful completion of the course you can either apply for a job locally, decide to travel and work abroad or opt to progress to further study in Further Education Institutes, Universities or Institutes of Technology. Work placement employers will consider applications from trainees who complete this course, subject to meeting certain criteria.

Course Fees
There are no fees for this course. You will be entitled to Travel or Accommodation allowance, a Meal Allowance and access to the CETS Childcare scheme.

If you are on a Department of Social Welfare payment you may be able to continue to receive your payments, you should check with your DSP o cer. For those not in receipt of a DSP payment a bursary may be payable. This is at the discretion of the employer and is subject to satisfactory conduct and attendance.

Application forms and further details are available from CMETB Course Recruitment - 049 4353923 or or apply online

The Hospitality Traineeship is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020
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Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Corporate Transport Hospitality
Corporate Transport Hospitality

Course Code: CI061ST
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Security Studies
QQI Code: 5M2110
Duration: 1 Year

Entry Requirements

Full driver’s licence. Consideration will also be given to those under 23 who present with a Leaving Certificate, Leaving Certificate Applied (LCA), LCVP or a QQI Level 4 award.

Course Description
This course aims to train students to work as professional drivers or chauffeurs in the corporate transport hospitality and security sector. It will appeal to mature students with experience/background in the state security services (An Garda Síochána, Defence Forces, Emergency Services). This course will equip students with the skills set required to work in this sector, to ensure the safety and security of executive, corporate and VIP passengers. This will include customer service skills, interpersonal skills and intercultural awareness, guarding skills and security threat awareness. The course will also train students in basic motor vehicle maintenance, pre-journey vehicle inspection and health, safety and welfare practice and procedures. Students will have the opportunity to prepare for the Special Public Service Vehicle (SPSV) test. In order to apply for this licence, students must hold a full driver’s licence and be aged 25 or over.

Course Content

  • Legal Practices & Procedures
  • Security Industry Procedures
  • Guarding Skills
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Motor Vehicle Practice
  • Occupational First Aid
  • Tourism Principles and Practice
  • Language (Beginners French or Spanish)
  • Customer Service
  • Work Experience
  • Behavioural Studies

Career Opportunities
Opportunities for graduates of this course may include working as chauffeurs or drivers for national and international ground transport operators in the emerging business and tourist markets both in Ireland and in Europe. Graduates may also decide to set up their own business, providing local chauffeuring services.

Progression Opportunities
At Cavan Institute: Graduates of this level 5 award can progress to the level 6 course in Security Operations and Administration (Supervisory) at Cavan Institute.
Elsewhere: Graduates are also eligible to apply through the CAO and/or Higher Education Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate or degree programmes at Institutes of Technology or Universities (please check with the particular institution regarding local eligibility requirements).
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Course Code: CI061BA
Course Level: 5
Award Title: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Barbering and
City and Guilds Level 2 Diploma in Barbering
QQI Code: 5M3351
Duration: 1 Year

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate or Leaving Certificate Applied or LCVP or QQI Level 4 Award. Equal consideration will be given to mature applicants (those aged over 23) who do not meet these.

Course Description
This is a one year full-time course. It is targeted at males and females who are interested in a career in Barbering. Subjects within the course are tailored for the male hairdressing industry and include barbering techniques, styling and finishing of men’s hair, colouring, lightening and perming men’s hair, and safety and health at work. Students will have an opportunity to work on male clients throughout the course. Work placement is an integral part of the course. Students are encouraged to seek their placement specifically in barbershops.

Course Content
  • Barbering Techniques
  • Hairdressing Science
  • Work Experience
  • Safety and Health at Work
  • Retail Selling
  • City and Guilds Barbering
  • Hairdressing Theory and Practice
  • Customer Service
  • Personal Effectiveness
Career Opportunities
On completion of this course graduates will be job-ready having acquired the skills to work in the male hairdressing industry as qualified barbers. Other opportunities include employment on a cruise liner, participating in completion work, working in the wholesale/retail sector or as a technician for a leading company in the vocational area.

Progression Opportunities
Graduates of this course may progress to the second year of a Hairdressing course in Cavan Institute where they will advance their City and Guilds qualifications and study for the Department of Education and Skills Junior Trades Certificate.
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Thursday, 1 February 2018

Course Code: CI061AC and CI062AC
QQI Award Letters: RAXXX (ROA)
Course Certification: Accounting Technicians Ireland (ATI)
Course Duration: 2 Years

Accounting Technician - Computerised Accounting
Accounting Technician - Computerised Accounting

Course Description
This course is aimed at students who are interested in pursuing a career in accounting/finance.
Accounting Technicians are skilled persons who work at middle management level and who provide essential financial and accounting support information to professional accountants and to senior management. Some examples of positions available to qualified Accounting Technicians include: accounting supervisor, budget officer, assistant accountant and payroll administrator. 

At the end of their two years of study and having complied with all the requirements of Accounting Technicians Ireland, students will be awarded the Certificate MATI (Members of the Accounting Technicians Ireland).

Accounting Technicians Ireland, in a recent survey of their members, state that "almost 95% of our members are employed. As an Accounting Technician you will be qualified to work in many types of accountancy jobs. There is always a stong demand for these skills in the marketplace."

Course Content
Year 1

  • Computer Applications
  • Financial Accounting 
  • Taxation 
  • Business Management
  • Law and Ethics
Year 2

  • Advanced Financial Accounting
  • Advanced Taxation
  • Management Accounting
  • Integrated Accounting Systems
  • Work Experience
Work Experience
Work Experience is an integral part of this course. Students complete one day per week work experience in year 2 in areas of work, which are relevant to their course, both in the public and private sectors.

Course Certification
The Accounting Technicians Ireland examinations entitle the student to exemptions from examinations of the following Accountancy Bodies:
Institute of Certified Public Accountants (CPA)
Chartered Association of Certified Accountants (ACCA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland (ACA)
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England, Wales, Scotland
Institute of Taxation

Career Opportunities
The accounting technician qualification is a recognised pathway to attaining a professional accountancy qualification through the Certified Public Accountancy course available at Cavan Institute and elsewhere. Even if you do not aspire to qualifying as a professional accountant, the course provides a solid theoretical and practical base that can be used to achieve a successful career in other related areas of business.

Entry Requirements
Leaving Certificate candidates, refer to the Accounting Technicians Ireland Website for entry requirements.

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