E-News May 2012
Congratulations to the following students who gained a Certificate in the following courses:
Ø Paul Morgan – Plasterer (CSR)
Ø Ian William Blackwood – General Construction Operative (CSR)
Ø Gerald Hillen – Carpentry & Joinery (CSR)
Ø Anthony Greenan – Bricklayer (CSR)
Ø Malachy McDowell – General Construction Operative (CSR)
Ø Christopher Murphy – Joiner (CSR)
Ø Patrick J Ward – General Construction Operative (CSR)
Ø Don McAlea – Carpentry & Joinery (CSR)
Ø Paul McGreevy – General Construction Operative (CSR)
Ø Damien Curran – Joiner (CSR)
Ø Daniel Steele – General Construction Operative (CSR)
Ø K Graham – General Construction Operative (CSR)
Ø Paul Brannigan – Joiner (CSR)
Ø Matthew Ford – OCR Level 2 in Text Processing
Ø Natasha Farrell – Unit 1 Legal Text Processing
Ø Garfield Murphy – (CSR)
Ø Peter Heelham – Trained Operator
Ø Geraldine Mulligan – Level 2 in Retail
Ø Donal Mackin – Level 2 in Retail
Ø Alex Burgess – Level 2 in Retail
Ø Aishling O’Sullivan – Unit Credit for Caring for Children
Ø Canon Fitzpatrick – Unit Credit for Caring for Children
Ø Deidre Hayes – Unit Credit for Caring for Children
Ø Lisa Burke – Unit Credit for Caring for Children
Ø Stephen Ruddy – Retail Knowledge Certificate
Ø Andrew Moris – Retail Knowledge Certificate
Ø Hannah Leavy – Retail Knowledge Certificate
Ø Daniel Maginn – Retail Knowledge Certificate
Ø Lisa Dobbin – Retail Knowledge Certificate
Ø Gerald O’Shea – (CSR – D)
Ø Alex Burgess – Level 2 in Communication
Ø Ryan McNeill – Entry Level 3 Adult Literacy
Ø Alex Burgess – Level 2 Application of Number
Ø Lisa Dobbin – Level 2 Application of Number
Ø Anthony Daly – NOCN Level 2 Award Indoor Supervision
Several TFS Yr 1 students have already achieved their essential skills and are processing to the next levels: Joseph McCarthy, Daryl Kearney, Ryan McNeill, Callum McLaughlan, Rebekah Carvill, Saffron Holli Carwford and Amy Dalton.
Amy Dalton is doing her placement in the Essential Skills department and is making an excellent contribution. She has created two display boards: one for ICT and another for employability skills. She is helping with the administrative tasks such as databases, filing, photocopying and record keeping
Well done to the following students who successfully completed the Training for Success programme:
Ashleigh Bryans – Administration work for local farmer
Shannon Rice – Burrendale Hotel
Alana O’Hare – Playday Nursery
Well done to the following Steps to Work Clients who successfully gained employment after the completion of their Course:
Victoria Hagan – Sheridan Legal Costings
Catherine Curran – Walkers Newsagent
James Martin – Housing Executive
Matthew Teggart – O’Hanlon & Farrell
Gerard Hill – Rowallane Gardens
Lawrence Eppleston – Brendan’s Bar & Restaurant
Barry Curran – B & C McKeown’s
Congratulations to James Curran who gained employment at Curran’s Bar & Seafood, Steakhouse Ardglass
Alex Burgess, a Level 2 Retail Student, at work in his new placement at Saintfield Griddle
What is VQ Day all about?
VQ Day is a national celebration of the impact vocational qualifications (VQs) have on learners and employers. It shines a light on and recognizes the millions of talented and skilled people throughout the UK who have been awarded VQs and used them as a platform for building successful careers.
Well done to the following on full attendance for the month of April 2012.
Ø Lisa Dobbin (WINNER)
Ø Yvette Ferran
Ø Peter O’Shea
Ø Alex Burgess
Ø Bronagh King
Ø Laura Emerson
Ø Deirdre Hayes
Ø Caron Fitzpatrick
Ø Danielle Aston
Ø Natasha Gouldie
On Tuesday 22nd of May, some of the young people and tutors from O’Boyle’s headed out to visit the continental market. The aim of this exercise was to allow the young people to experience the different cultures and foods available to them and maybe try something new. This outing also fitted in well with their current qualification the OCR in Personal Life Skills which helps young people to explore diversity and have a better understanding of culture and what this adds to our society.
The young people walked down to the market and spent their time looking around the variety of stalls and even tasting some of the produce from different continents. We chatted with a few of the vendors who came from Italy, Spain, France and Poland. The group found this very informative and seemed to enjoy the outing. Hopefully this gave them a better understanding of why we need different cultures and foods and also to make them see how difference can be a good thing – after all variety is the spice of life........
Congratulations to our Childcare NVQ Level 2 Student Clare Russell on the birth of her baby boy Aiodhan.
Ciaran McLaughlin was on Essential Skills Steps to Work Programme.
Level 1 Communication
Level 1 Application of Number
Level 2 NVQ Diploma in Professional Cookery.
Ciaran got employment as a chef in Currans of Chapeltown,
Which recently won the Best Gastro Pub of 2012 award.
Our Open Day will be taking place on the 23rd August 2012
The morning of the sponsored walk began with sunshine, optimism and plenty of energy and stamina. Two tutors and one manager from O’Boyle’s attended the walk along with fourteen students from the organisation. It was a very good turnout.
Our aim was to walk around Castlewellan Forest Park, three times which is the equivalent to ten miles. We all completed the course with ease and had great fun doing it. The students really enjoyed being outside the classroom and having the chance to be a part of a team.
Not only did we raise vital funds for Action Cancer, we also had the opportunity to bond and get to know each other better, a great opportunity to build tutor/student rapport.
Overall it was a great success and hopefully we will have raised plenty of money for a great cause. Cancer is a terrible condition for anyone to live with and can strike at anytime, therefore raising money and letting people know that we care about them and their illness is just as important as raising the profile of Action Cancer.
“Life is too short to wake up in the morning with regrets, so love the people who treat you right, forgive the ones who don’t and believe that everything happens for a reason.”
My visit to Barnaby’s was interesting; I thought it was very different to my own place as Barnaby’s has a Library and a snack/breakfast room, we had a talk with Sinead afterwards I was thinking of opening my own Nursery later in life I learnt that it would be a lot of work and a lot of money. I didn’t know I would have to work with Social Services, Government, builders and painters. I will be thinking of what I will be wanting to do later in life.
My outing to Barnaby’s Day Nursery and our class with our Tudor Aileen. We were given a tour around the Nursery. The owner Sinead explained to us what each room contains, then Sinead gave us a talk on her journey of progressing to become a manager of her own Day Nursery. I enjoyed seeing the difference between my setting and another setting. In later years I hope to achieve something higher on in my Childcare qualification.
I found the careers visit today very interesting. I thought it was quite different to my own placement because it has a library and a breakfast/dining room. It also has an upstairs to the Nursery. We had a career’s talk with Sinead who is the manager of Barnaby’s and she told us the people who would have to be involved when opening your own Nursery they are: Social Services, Architects, Builders and Health and Safety.
Today we went to Barnaby’s day Nursery in Downpatrick for a careers talk with Sinead who is the Manager/Owner of the Nursery. She took us on a tour of the Nursery showing us all the different rooms. She talked to us about her career path to Management. She told us that there are many things she is in charge of including Finance, Staff, Maintenance and Invoices. I found this brief very useful as it gave me an idea of what qualifications I need to progress in Childcare.
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