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Spread the Word And Get involved!  - College Awareness Week

This year marks a very special occasion – the launch of a national campaign called College Awareness Week (www.collegeaware.ie) which will be held from November 24-30.  

The campaign encourages individuals and organisations to spread the word that going to college and having a post-secondary plan is both important and achievable.  The campaign is being endorsed widely by over twenty national agencies, including the Department of Education and Skills, the National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education, Vincent de Paul, IGC, NAPD and IBEC.

We invite you to consider the following:

  1. Host an event in your organisation – no matter how big or small- and upload details about this event to our website
  2. Circulate the save the date to members of your organisation
  3. Visit our website at www.collegeaware.ie for ideas and resources
  4. Include our logo as part of your email signature
  5. Include our banner ad on your website or digital screens
  6. Follow us on Twitter (and retweet) and Facebook

Your contribution to this nationwide campaign matters and will help to accomplish our goals, which are:

·         Celebrating the importance of going to college

·         Showcasing local role models who have gone to college

·         Creating a college-going culture in your community or organisation

·         Helping students to become college-ready

·         Supporting an increase in the number of students who progress to college

While College Awareness Week is a national campaign, it is essential that activities focus specifically on the communities that experience low rates of participation in college.  Events which take place in DEIS schools and in communities identified in the HEA’s Consultation Paper: Towards the Development of a new National Plan for Equity of Access to Higher Education (August, 2014) are very much prioritised.

For further information, please check out www.collegeaware.ie or contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Qualifax will be exhibiting at the following upcoming events:

Higher Options: 17th, 18th & 19th September 2014.

Time: 9.00am to 3.00pm daily

Location: RDS, Simmonscourt, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4.

Stand: 77 (next to Europass) opposite the Inspire Cafe

Event Website: www.irishtimes.com/higher-options

Qualifax will have an exhibition stand at this popular event.  The Irish Times Higher Options event help Leaving Cert., Transition Year & 5th Year students make decisions about their study & career options.  Qualifax can help you make informed choices by providing comprehensive information on further and higher education and training.  Ask for a demonstration or just come along for the chat.  Check out the Points Calculator or Interest Assessment Test.  If you are thinking about subject choices, why not browse out our Minimum Subject Requirement Module.  For information on Open Days view our online Calendar of Career Events and lots more......

2014 National Ploughing Championships: 23rd, 24th & 25th September, 2014.

Location: Ratheniska, Stradbally, Co Laois.  Block 1, Row 29, Stand 502.

Event Website: www.npa.ie

One of Europe's largest Outdoor Exhibition and Agricultural Trade Shows attracting on average 189,000 visitors.

Visit the Qualifax indoor exhibition stand in the Tented Trade Village which caters for every element of rural life including Education, Business, Craft Village, Food Fair, Health, Lifestyles, Home & Garden, Sports & Leisure and Fashion.

 

Adult Education & Training Exhibition - Cork City Hall, Wednesday 3rd & Thursday 4th September 2014 from 1pm - 8pm - Admission Free

Qualifax will be exhibiting at the 37th Adult Education & Training Exhibition.  Are you upskilling, retraining or perhaps changing career?  If so, why not pop along to the Qualifax stand for information on further and higher education and training courses. 

Visit the Europass stand located next to the Qualifax stand.  Europass is an  initiative which aims to  help you make your skills  and qualifications clearly  and easily understood in  Europe - whether you are  enrolling in an education  or training programme,  looking for a job, or  getting experience abroad.

Join the Qualifax / Europass Workshop on Wednesday 3rd at 5pm for a demonstration on how to search courses and other information on Qualifax. Learn how to build your CV online with Europass & create a European Skills Passport, which helps to ensure your qualifications & skills are recognised across the EU.

Enter the Europass Competition to win* an Apple iPad mini.  The lucky winner will be announced at 6pm on the 4th September 2014.  *Terms and conditions apply.  See www.europass.ie for details.

   

The Europass Diploma Supplement is issued to higher education and training graduates along with parchment and transcripts of results. The document aims to help the holder of the qualification explain their skills and competences. Section 8 of the National Diploma Supplement template has recently been revised to reflect changes in the national higher education and training system. The major awards of the NFQ are now the main focus of Section 8. This is to ensure the Diploma Supplement serves as a useful recognition tool. To view the revised National Diploma Supplement go to: http://www.europass.ie/europass/euro_dip.html

Are you a student at third level?  Ask your college for your Diploma Supplement.  The revisions to the Diploma Supplement make it easier for you to explain exactly what you can do to employers here or abroad!

 

It has been 9 years since AHEAD in partnership with the IGC developed the Great Expectations handbook on inclusive guidance practice for those of you working with students with disabilities. Since then the number of students with disabilities moving onto further and higher education has risen exponentially, representing 4.6% of the total student population.  www.ahead.ie

AHEAD are in the process of developing a web based resource for Guidance Counsellors and we would like to know what’s been happening in the intervening years. What are the challenges you face and how can we be of assistance?

Please complete this brief survey by the 18th of June and you will be entered into a draw for a mini iPad: click here

The winner will be announced at Better Options which is being held in the National College of Ireland on the 8th of December 2014.

   

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