Newly-appointed CEO of the Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim Education and Training Board (ETB), Joe McDonagh, launched Gaelcholáiste Chomáin’s new range of PLC courses at the former Mayo VEC offices in Castlebar.
McDonagh pledged his support of the PLC system in Ireland stating that PLCs offered a fantastic stepping stone route into University for school leavers.
“The PLC system in Ireland has played a huge roll in education both school leavers and mature students. As they are offered in ETBs, formerly the VECs, it means that everyone can get access to education and training at a very local level and it is so important to us that everyone has access and an opportunity,” commented McDonagh.
Gaelcholáiste Chomáin, a gaelscoil based in Rossport, has offered PLCs delivered through English over the past number of years and Principal Jason Ó Mongáin was delighted to announce the commencement of new courses, tailored specifically towards today’s job market.
“We are strong supporters of the PLC system in Gaelcholáiste Chomáin and we’ve seen firsthand how students successfully take up full-time employment or advance to university after their completion.
“This year we are offering Office Administration, Business Studies, and Applied Sciences as well as our existing courses of Sustainable Architecture and Renewable Energy Systems and Engineering Technology with Marine Engineering Processes.
“We feel that these targeted courses are very relevant to today’s job market and as such we’ve seen a high percentage of past students either moving onwards to third level or into direct employment directly into the workforce or as an apprentice,” commented Ó Mongáin.
In a dramatic shake-up of the education system, the 33 VECs throughout the country have been amalgamated into 16 various geographical areas and have been renamed Education and Training Boards or ETBs. Gaelcholáiste Chomáin and other VEC schools in Mayo now come under the guidance of the Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim ETB under the stewardship of Joe McDonagh.
Much sought-after apprenticeship places are again open for competition for graduates of the PLC student cohort of 2012-2013. These apprenticeships are available solely to the PLC students of Gaelcholáiste Chomáin and are part of a partnership with Shell E&P Ireland the Corrib Gas Partners and Mercury Engineering.
This year’s apprenticeship competition is accepting applications for both a plumbing and electrical apprenticeship, all applications from PLC 2012-2013 students must be returned to the school by Wednesday 21st August.
Places on all PLC courses are limited, anyone interested in up-skilling opportunities please feel free to contact the school at (097) 88940 or firstname.lastname@example.org or log on to www.gcr.ie to download application forms.