Training and Education

Laois Partnership Company delivers a wide range of training and education supports under the Back to Education Training Initiative (BTEI) and the company’s Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP).  These educational and training programmes aim to increase participants’ chances of securing employment and self-employment through education and training. The programmes are also designed to facilitate educational progression along the NFQ framework by providing relevant QQI accredited courses.The courses are aimed primarily at participants who are at higher risk of social exclusion, and priority is given to those who do not have a Leaving Cert. A specific target group of this programme are young people aged 15 – 24 years who are not in employment, education or training.

The following training programmes are on offer in 2016: QQI Level 3 Computer Literacy, QQI Level 4 Information Technology, QQI Level 4 Computer Applications, QQI Level 5 Healthcare (3 modules), QQI Level 4 Horticulture (6 modules), QQI Level 4 HACCP (2 courses) and QQI Level 3 Culinary skills (3 modules).

In conjunction with the LOETB, Laois Partnership Company is also offering two QQI Level 4 Major Awards in Catering Support and Employment Skills. These Local Training Initiative (LTI) programmes will commence in September 2016. Both programmes are full-time and are 32 weeks in duration. The Catering Support programme will take place in the Further Education Centre in Mountmellick and the Employment Skills programme will take place in the Macra Hall in Mountrath.

In addition to QQI accredited training, Laois Partnership Company hopes to offer a range of DSP funded skills packages in 2017. These include Warehouse and Forklift training, Chainsaw (City and Guilds CS 30 – CS 32), Hand Held Pesticide Application (City & Guilds NPTC) and Safe Pass training. Also on offer is a QQI Level 5 Office Skills package consisting of Reception & Frontline Office Skills, Spreadsheet Methods and Book Keeping.

For further information, please contact Mary Kelly, Training and Employment Officer at or phone 087 2230710

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