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Healthcare Traineeship

Healthcare Traineeship

This healthcare traineeship has worked with many residential care facilities in the Cavan and surrounding areas to allow our trainees to secure their 12-week work experience.

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Healthcare has seen exceptional challenges over the last few years with COVID-19. Healthcare workers within all healthcare settings have been known for their resilience in working in a challenging workplace environment. This has never been more evident. Health care workers have been on the frontline, working above and beyond to be there for their employers/colleagues but most importantly, for their patients/residents/clients.

This 38-week full time traineeship is a QQI level 5 in Health Service Skills. Within this 38-week traineeship, learners complete 12 weeks of work experience. With the combination of college and work experience, learners will acquire knowledge and develop skills with an overall competence and confidence to work in the provision of holistic care in a variety of healthcare settings. After completion of this traineeship, you can work as a Healthcare Assistant, Healthcare Attendant, Carer, these titles are used interchangeably depending on your workplace.

This traineeship has worked with many residential care facilities in the Cavan and surrounding areas to allow our trainees to secure their 12-week work experience.

About This Course

Course Content

  • Care of the Older Person

  • Care Skills

  • Care Support

  • Infection Prevention and Control

  • Rehabilitation Support

  • Understanding Mental Health

  • Palliative Care Support

  • Personal Effectiveness

  • Work Experience

Healthcare Traineeship

Entry Requirements

Education: NFQ Level 4 or equivalent when accessing a Level 5 programme. CERFL proficiency at B2 for access to Level 5 courses for those whose first language is not English. Mature learner entry requirements available via the local ETB pathway. Additional requirements may apply to non-EU/EEA Applicants and may be subject to full international fees (Please refer to Information for International Learners). *Each provider may have additional requirements, not outlined above.

Aptitude: Applicants must have a motivation to learn, an interest in the subject and the ability to acquire the knowledge, skills and competencies set out in the course.

Previous Experience: Applicants must be able to demonstrate a moderate range of knowledge, skills and competencies relevant to the course, be able to work with responsibility and demonstrate the ability to work on their own initiative.

Further Study

At Cavan Institute:

Graduates of this course in Healthcare Traineeship may progress to the first year of a BA in Applied Social Studies in Social Care, which is a level 7 Athlone Insti­tute of Technology degree programme where students take year one in Cavan Institute and remaining years in AIT. Gradu­ates may also apply for a place on the one-year level 6 course, Health Services Supervisory Management also available at Cavan Institute.


Graduates are eligible to apply through the CAO and/or the Higher Educa­tion Links Scheme for entry to year one of a range of higher certificate and degree programmes at Institutes of Technology and Universities (please check with the institution regarding local eligibility requirements).

Career Opportunities

On successful completion of this course, many of our trainee’s secure employment within their work experience setting prior to the end of the traineeship.

You can also progress to work within the public or private healthcare settings, Acute Hospital Setting, Residential Care Facilities, Homecare, Palliative Care, Rehabilitative Care, Mental Health services.


QQI Level 5 Certificate in Health Service Skills

PHECC Cardiac First Response Community Training (CFR-C)

Patient Moving and Manual Handling

Management of Actual or Potential Aggression (MAPA)

Safeguarding Vulnerable Persons

Children’s First

Course Fees

There are no course fees and individuals may also be eligible for a range of financial support, including a training allowance or company bursary, travel, and meal allowances. CMETB Traineeships programmes are co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund.

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