Rough Guide to the Student Grant 2017

There’s a lot to think about when going to college. Financial support is one of the big ones. Each year Crosscare Youth Information service produces a ‘Rough Guide to the Student Grant’. Below is the 2017 version, available for you to download and share freely.

 

You can download the ‘Rough Guide to Student Grant 2017’ here

There have been a few small changes to the grant for 2017, but for most people the criteria and figures will stay the same.  If you are eligible for the ‘Special top-up rate’ the threshold has risen to €23,000. The grant for some Post Graduate students has been reintroduced. Mature students that had previously dropped out of college can now apply for a grant for a plc course and there are changes around counting bursaries and for children of naturalized citizens. More detail about this can be found from the Dept of Education or you can click on this link to view their recent announcement of the scheme.
Our guide will give you a basic introduction to the grant, mainly around the types of questions we get mostly get asked about, including the thresholds, figures and eligibility criteria.
Some of the other costs of going to college:

  • PLC Programme Participant Contribution of €200 per year for Level 5/6 (Colleges for Further Ed).  You are exempt from this if you qualify for The Student Grant.
  • Student Contribution of up to €3,000 per year for Level 7/8 (ITs/ Universities). You are exempt from this if you are eligible for The Student Grant.
  • Fee for student facilities e.g. internet, services
  • Exam fees
  • Costs for specific courses e.g. Art material for design courses, – some course material can cost over €2,000
  • Travel Costs

 

If you are having any difficulty with any of the student grant process, whether that s uncertainty about one part of the application, or you would like us to sit with you and help complete the full  application form, then we are happy to help with that difficulty.

You can give us a call, contact us via social media or email. We also have offices in Bray and Arklow where you can meet an information worker, but we can also make arrangements to visit other parts of the county to meet with groups or individuals.

A PDF version of the Rough Guide can be downloaded here below

Student Grant Rough Guide2017

 

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Apprenticeships and other current opportunities


In our Facebook and twitter pages we have being making people aware of a number of Apprenticeship and training opportunities happening just at the moment. This post is just a quick round up of the different opportunities that are currently on offer

 

Apprenticeships

At the moment there are national recruitment campaigns happening for both the ESB and for Eir, while a new occupational apprenticeship has just been announced.

The ESB are recruiting Electrical Apprentices.

You need to be over 16 as of 1st June 2017 and have a minimum of a Junior Cert with Grade C (ordinary level)  in 5 subjects which must include Irish or English, Maths, Science (although this can include Technology  Home Ec and some other subjects)

Closing date for applications March 30th 2017

Further details can be found here

http://www.candidatemanager.net/cm/p/pJobDetails.aspx?mid=YGTWB&sid=BUDY&jid=GTBCXUWU&a=tXihOt3zRCE%253d

Note: YouthSpin hopes to host talks aimed at young people given by ESB staff. These will take place in the coming weeks in Bray and Arklow. Details will be advertised on our Facebook page, Twitter and through local groups when we have confirmed details.

Eir are recruiting Telecommunications Field Technician Apprentices

This is a two year apprenticeship, mostly field based. So applicants need to have a full driving licence before the end of April 2017. They need to have passed 6 subjects in the Leaving Cert or the LCA (Must have maths)

Closing Date for applications April 9th 2017

Further details can be found here

https://careers.eir.ie/wd/plsql/wd_portal.show_job?p_web_site_id=1964&p_web_page_id=278943&p_vacancy=eir-apprentice-programme-eir&p_lang=DEFAULT

 

Bus Eireann & Dublin Bus – Heavy Vehicle Mechanical Apprenticeship

Bus Eireann & Dublin Bus are recruiting for their 2017 Apprenticeship programme.

You must be 16 by August 1st

Candidates must have obtained the following minimum standards at the time of applying.

Grade C or higher at Ordinary Level in the Junior Certificate (or equivalent) in one sitting in the following subjects:

  1. Irish or English
  2. Mathematics
  3. Science Subject (Technology, Art, Craft & Design, Technical Graphics, Materials Technology (Wood), Home Economics or Metalwork).
  4. Any two other subjects

(Grade D or higher on higher level papers is acceptable)

Closing date is APRIL 1st

Further details are available here

http://www.buseireann.ie/inner.php?id=446

Atlantic Aviation Group Aircraft Maintenance Apprenticeship

If aircraft and engineering are your thing, then this might be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.  The scheme isn’t actually open just yet, but it will be very soon

If you might be interested you need to like or follow them on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. They will be advertising it through their social media rather than normal ways, so their Facebook etc is the best way to find out about their different courses.
For the apprenticeship, you have to be over 17 and have a good Leaving cert.

Further details can be found here or downloaded here

http://atlanticaviation.ie/atlantic-aviation-institute/apprenticeships/
http://careersnews.ie/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/Atlantic_Aviation_Group_DLB_WEB.pdf

 

Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship

The latest of the new ‘occupational’ apprenticeships has been launched. It is called a ‘Polymer Processing Technologist apprenticeship’. In simple terms, working with plastics and plastic moulding to produce plastic and polymer products for different industries.

polymer appUnlike the traditional apprenticeships the minimum education is Leaving Cert and the training goes all the way up to level 7. The training takes place in Athlone IT and online through Sligo IT

Unlike traditional apprenticeships where you would do a block college session, apprentices in this scheme would need to attend one day a week, while working for 4 days.

Apprentices will need to find companies that are willing to take on apprentices in order to apply. (Plastics Ireland have a map of all the different factories etc that are producing plastics and polymers.)

Further details can be found here
http://www.regionalskills.ie/ImageLibary/Midlands/Polymer-Apprenticeship-Brochure.pdf

 

Note – there is a bursary available for employers hiring women as apprentices.  This can be up to €2600 for 28 weeks.

Further information found via SOLAS here
http://www.fas.ie/en/Allowances+and+Grants/Female+Bursary.htm

Trainee programmes

Air Traffic Controller Programme

If you have considered a career as an air traffic controller then maybe a place in the Student Controller Programme would be of interest.

Applicants must be at least 19 years of age. They must also have passed at least five subjects in the Leaving Certificate (including Mathematics) with Grade C in at least two higher level papers or hold a comparable award at Level 5 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).

Note these are the minimum requirements. There is a series of follow up assessments and tests that follow the initial application.  aii logo

Closing date is 15th March

Further details can be found here

https://www.iaa.ie/careers/student-controller-programme

 

Red Rock training Scheme

To gain some real life experience of working on the set of a TV Drama, the makers of the TV Programme Red Rock are offering 6 week work placements in a variety of production  departments

Age or educational requirements are not mentioned, but applicants should submit a CV and covering letter. Red-Rock-21-june

Closing date for applications March 17th 2017

Further details available here

https://www.screentrainingireland.ie/news/red-rock-training-scheme-2017/

Other ongoing training

Carnew Training and Development Centre are holding a number of courses that start in the coming weeks

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Bray Area Partnership run a number of courses, such as Safe Pass, Barista Training and ECDL.

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Jobs

The Defence Forces are currently recruiting for the Army and Navy.

Army applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 25 years of age on the closing date for applications.

Naval Service applicants must be at least 18 years old and under the age of 27 years of age on the closing date for applications.

No formal education qualifications are required to join the Defence Forces as a recruit. However, you must satisfy the Interview Board and the Recruiting Officer that you possess a sufficient standard of education for service in the Defence Forces

Closing date for applications is April 5th

Further details available here for the army and here for the navy

http://www.military.ie/careers/army/recruits/

http://www.military.ie/careers/naval-service/recruits/

 

Note: YouthSpin hopes to host talks aimed at young people given by Defence Forces personnel. These will take place in the coming weeks in Newtownmountkennedy and Arklow. Details will be advertised on our Facebook page, Twitter and through local groups.

 

 

HEAR & DARE schemes 2017

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HEAR (Higher Education Access Route) and DARE (Disability Access Route to Education) are schemes that seek to offer University places on reduced points or extra college support for applicants that are  coming from social or economically disadvantaged backgrounds, or who are disadvantaged for reasons of a disability or learning difficulty.

We did a blog post last year outlining the different ways that you could apply and what the criteria was etc. There have been some changes this year to the DARE scheme, so we thought we would flag up the changes and remind people what the basic criteria was for each scheme. The blog post from last year can be found here (part 1) and here (part 2)

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DARE

DARE is available for school leavers under 23 who have a disability, and that can demonstrate that the disability has a negative impact on their education. the DARE Team have a list of the types of disabilities or specific learning difficulties, along with what documentation or evidence that is needed to go with the application.

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HEAR

HEAR is available to school leavers under 23 who may come from social and economic backgrounds that has a negative impact on their education. Other than income, some backgrounds are under represented in university intake, so HEAR attempts to provide support to students in families that haven’t traditionally continued into higher education.

 Changes to the DARE scheme for 2017

  • This is the second year of changes to the scheme.  Some were introduced last year including a change to define the scheme as one aimed at students whose disabilities have had a negative impact on their education. With this came an evidence based Education Impact Statement. Verification of disabilities could be done by GPs from last year, and a prioritisation of students eligible for both DARE and HEAR.
  • After a review of the 2016 changes, some more adjustments have been made
  • If applying on the basis of a specific learning difficulty, psychological assessment reports can not be of any age, however, attainment scores (whether from school or psychologist) must be from after 1 Feb 2015.
  • Development Coordination Disorders are no longer required to submit a full pyscho-educational report from the previous 3 years – they can by of any ange.
  • GPs can now complete the confirmation of diagnosis.
  • Instead of a statement there is now an ‘Educational Impact Statement checklist’ that is done by the person applying alongside their teacher
  • The school section of the Education Impact Statement has been reduced, which the Scheme says will make it easier for schools to complete and for parents and applicants to understand.
  • Applicants don’t need to include previous schools if they have changed secondary school (unless their current school is unable to capture the impact of the disability).
  • There is a more comprehensive teachers manual.

To get precise and exact information and explanation of the changes you can download or read a document called ‘Important Changes to DARE 2017 by clicking HERE

Further reading
The DARE Handbook 2017

The DARE Information leaflet 2017

The HEAR information Leaflet 2017

The HEAR Handbook 2017

Why you should join your local library

A library is like having the internet in a building. If you can imagine it, chances are someone has written about it. And in the same way that clicking a link brings something new, each shelf or room in a library offers more and more new discoveries for the curious mind.

If you think a library is a dusty old building full of old people telling you to shush, where all you can do is get a book…then think again.

 

I was going to a flowery, romantic piece about how brilliant libraries are, how they open portals to other worlds found only in books, are a playground for the imagination, and can take you to places you might never visit. But, while all of that might be true, the reality is the Library Service speaks for itself on a much more practical level.

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Yep – That’s MY library card 🙂

What my library card does

A good library service really is one of the best things our County Council provides for us.

Think about it for a minute.

 

That’s just the stuff you take away from the library!

Stay in the library and –

  • You get free wi-fi,  and use of computers
  • There is study space if you are a student – quiet space for homework
  • You can sign up for, and take, e-learning classes (Not available in all of Wicklow’s libraries)
  • You can sit and read a magazine or newspaper freely available for all
  • There are places to find out about your local, and sometimes, family history
  • All libraries tend to have story time events for little ones, so a great place for both parents and children to meet with friends
  • There are book clubs for adult, teens and junior readers
  • There are different holiday activities including arts & crafts or different workshops (check your local library for dates of different events)
  • Blessington Library for example, hosts a lego club, autism support and citizens advice among its services.
  • It is also a great place to find out about local services on the various posters and flyers on the notice boards
  • You get REALLY friendly, helpful and knowledgeable staff

 

And you know the jokes about FINES?  If you are late, they only charge 5 cent per day. So if you were a week late it would be 7days x5cent =35cent.  That is a fair deal by any standard.

 

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Image Source: Otis College of Art & Design Library – Found at mrlibrarydude.wordpress.com

 

Where can I join?

We are well served for libraries in Wicklow.  There are ten around the county, and if you can’t get out to a library, or there is none near you, Wicklow has a mobile unit that travels to different locations right around the county.

 

A tiny bit of history

I got my love of reading from my dad. I fed that love through the library in Enniskerry.  Another reason I’m fond of that library in Enniskerry is because it’s a Carnegie library. One of three in Wicklow (Bray and Greystones are the other two).  I love that fact, because Carnegie libraries are names after Andrew Carnegie from Scotland who made his fortune in America, and one of the ways he shared his wealth was by building almost 3000 public libraries around the world.

 

A short flowery bit

If I was king of the world, I’d give everyone a library card. Of course, it would be a little unnecessary because, everyone can already get a library card for free, or at least they can in Co Wicklow.

Libraries are for everyone. They don’t discriminate.  Whether you are a millionaire who could buy their own library, or a poor family that can’t afford to buy a single book, your library card entitles you to the same service, the same welcome and the same experience.

Books broaden our horizons. They are the gateways to possibility and potential. So libraries are like a great bunch of keys to a humongous number of gateways…yeah, too much!!

 

Join your local library. You’ll never regret it.