Meet the exhibitors taking part in WCVW 2016

12 Sep
Meet the exhibitors taking part in WCVW 2016

Looking to kickstart your career, change direction, upskill or learn a new hobby? Exhibitors taking part in Which Course Virtual Week 2016 event include third-level and private colleges; business schools; specialist colleges; part-time, evening and adult education course providers; distance-learning course providers; and health and hobbyist course providers. Here’s a round-up of exhibitors:


Ashfield College has a long and proud tradition of preparing students for the Leaving Certificate. Ashfield College topped the Irish Times 2013 School League Tables across all categories including No.1 Feeder School and No.1 School for High Points in Ireland. All of their teachers are highly qualified in their subject area. Many are published authors in their subjects.

Aspens Beauty College has been running courses for over 25 years at their city centre location. The College was founded in 1991 by Neelam Jethi in 1991 and has an excellent reputation in running short beauty classes. Classes are based on a one to one tuition to suit each student’s individual needs.

Coach4Life was founded by Carolyn Curtis. She is member of the International Coaching Federation. In January 2008 Carolyn became one of two trainers in Ireland licensed by Susan Jeffers to write and deliver workshops and courses based on Susan’s best-selling book Feel the Fear and Do It Anyway. Carolyn developed the Coach4Life Training Diploma programme to train exceptional coaches. This training course takes place in Cork, Lanzarote and online.

City Colleges offers students superb tuition, innovative and flexible study modes, the best and most up-to-date study materials, and a relentless commitment to personal attention. City Colleges represents a completely novel approach to third-level professional education and examination preparation. The City Colleges Group delivers programmes from two venues in Dublin and a suite of on-line courses nationwide.

The College of Progressive Education are leading providers of QQI accredited childcare and montessori courses, healthcare courses and special needs assistant training. Established in 1986, the college delivers quality courses in an enjoyable and supportive adult learning environment. All of their tutors are passionate about sharing their knowledge and experience with students. The college also has a dedicated team of academic advisors as well as tutors to support and advise students throughout their course.

The Dublin Institute of Design was established in 1991. DID offers runs full and part-time degree and higher education qualifications in interior design, graphic design, web design and fashion design. They also offer shorter accredited programmes in computer aided design, visual merchandising, fashion design, personal image and styling, graphic design, web design, interior design, app design, product design, and digital photography.

Founded in 2008, the Digital Skills Academy is an established, innovative leader of digital industry-linked online Higher Education & Training programmes. They have a proven track record of achieving graduate career goals. The Digital Skills Academy believes in valuable and cutting edge digital technology skills with real-life applications, and their international participants work with their industry partners, so every graduate has the skills, contacts and experience to hit the ground running in the tech world from the moment they graduate.

The Dundrum Academy of Performing Arts provides intensive training in drama, dance and music for kids aged 4-17. DAPA offers top training with well-known actors and performers, and is run by industry professionals. DAPA’s acting courses cover a wide range of skills. These include imaginative improvisation, acting skills, mime, script work, poetry, commedia del arte and physical theatre. The Singing and Music courses include chart and classical, but with a bias towards musical theatre, focusing on vocal training and pronunciation. Dance and Movement courses provide fun and challenging modern jazz ballet classes with a focus on fitness, spacial awareness and co-ordination.

The Emergency Services Training Institute was established in 2008. ESTI delivers the most flexible, accessible, cost-effective and professional education and training in emergency services in Ireland. ESTI specialises in the delivery of the highest quality education and training, taught by the very best Paramedic and Advanced Paramedic Tutors in the country, all of whom are fully operational in frontline, statutory, voluntary and private services in Ireland. Their clients include Dublin Fire Brigade; Dublin Airport Fire & Rescue Service; Kildare Fire Service; County Cork Fire & Rescue Service; Aer Lingus; Aer Arann; Cityjet and many others.

Focus Training in the UK is recognised by the fitness industry as a trusted training provider. They have a portfolio of high quality venues across the UK delivering a full programme of popular courses. Most of their qualifications are completed by a combination of tutor supported distance learning and attendance at a venue to complete a practical assessment or workshop. Focus Training offers outstanding tutors, excellent course materials and a level of support to help students gain their qualifications and fully prepare for a successful career as a fitness professional.

IE Network is a Dublin-based initiative of the Dublin Regional Authority. IE Network was founded in November 2010 to assist unemployed people who are highly skilled and/or professionals. IE Network facilitates professional and social networking amongst unemployed people who are highly skilled and/or professionals. They assist members become employed either through setting up a business, or by brushing up on their job-seeking skills, such as interview techniques and CV writing. Finally, the IE Network supplements public services with tailored professional training and events aimed at the specific needs of their members.

Innopharma College of Applied Sciences is an award winning global institute dedicated to applied sciences. The college is an education, research and technology institute for industry-led technology, education and training programmes in the pharmaceutical, medtech and food industries. Innopharma College of Applied Sciences has grown to become one of the top institutes delivering world-recognised qualifications up to Masters’ degree level in the pharmaceutical, medtech and food sectors.

International Career Institute (ICI) is a leading provider of distance education. Using experienced industry based faculty and the latest resources, ICI delivers career and lifestyle focused courses to a broad range of people and businesses worldwide. ICI is part of a network of affiliated colleges established in 1978. Together, they educate tens of thousands of students yearly worldwide.

Motions Health & Fitness Training are one of the longest established and best known institutions in Ireland, offering health and fitness courses with professionally accredited qualifications.
These include the Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (Accredited by University of Limerick) and Certificate in Sports Massage Therapy (Accredited by ITEC). These professionally recognised qualifications are highly regarded in Ireland and abroad.

NUI Galway is a constituent university of the National University of Ireland. A tertiary-level educational institution, NUIG is ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities in the world. Founded in 1845, NUI Galway has earned international recognition as a research led university with a commitment to top quality teaching. The University is home to more than 17,000 students and around 2,500 staff. NUI Galway’s teaching is delivered across over 60 disciplines, which are organised into 16 Schools and – in turn – five Colleges. At their Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development, NUI Galway offers an extensive range of professional, part-time and evening courses.

The Open College is Ireland’s largest provider of QQI awards in Distance Learning and eLearning. The Open College was founded to deliver flexible programmes and education choices to the public utilising a variety of delivery methods. The college offers a choice of over 90 QQI Levels 5 & 6 distance eLearning component Certificates and Major Award programmes in a variety of categories. The Open College are approved to offer awards which are part of the Irish National Framework of Qualifications. This is overseen by the Irish Department of Education. The QQI qualifications achieved through The Open College are fully recognised by employers both nationally and internationally.

Paramount College, part of the Paramount Professionals Global Group, provides Education and Training Courses to both individuals and companies. They deliver QQI accredited programmes and have significant experience and expertise in the design and delivery of multiple courses providing a one stop shop for all training needs. Their Micro Learning Programmes provide education and training delivered in bite-size flexible modules to meet the specific needs of individuals and businesses.

Pitman Training in Maynooth offers the widest range of training programmes in the area. Their adult education courses include the Pitman Training Diploma programmes. These are entirely job focused on IT and office skills, so that you can be confident about getting the job you want, changing your career direction, or learning higher level skills to progress your career. Well over 70 percent of Pitman students go on to get jobs within six months of completing their Pitman Training Diploma studies.  The training takes place in their new centre in Maynooth. Pitman Training Diplomas and Certificates are nationally and internationally recognised qualifications.

Pitman Training in Swords offers a range of high quality courses and diploma programmes, which are the gateway to a well-paid career as a PA, secretary, book-keeper, administrator, IT professional or manager. Pitman Training Centre helps 10,000 people every year to get the skills they need for the careers they want. Whether you’re interested in secretarial, Microsoft Office, keyboard skills, book-keeping and accounts, IT or any of their other courses, their training is designed to help both boost your confidence and enhance your skills. Every Pitman Training course is designed to provide the knowledge and experience that employers are looking for.

Pitman Training located in the town centre of Mullingar is a one-stop shop for getting upskilled, retrained and ready for employment. The Pitman Training Mullingar jobs team is clued into what jobs are out there, where they are and who to apply to. They work closely with each student to help them successfully gain the skills/training and experience which will give them the cutting edge when applying for jobs or looking to move up the ladder at work.They also link in with businesses to get you work experience and job opportunities. By combining both the skills you gain from their training courses with the work experience that they arrange you will become more employable.

At Pitman Training in Naas, their friendly and helpful staff are on hand to help you achieve your goal, whether it is updating your current skills or moving to a new career. Whether you’ve just left college, are returning to work, looking for a new career or haven’t studied for many years, Pitman Training in Naas can help. They also have a CV expert to help you to present yourself in the most positive way to your prospective employer. Pitman Training helps 10,000 people every year to get the skills they need for the careers they want.

The DJ School provides courses for party and club DJs in Ireland. In addition, the DJ training offers you practical, hands-on training by leading DJs in Ireland. Since 1999, The DJ School has teamed up with Star DJs, Ireland’s largest DJ providers, and together run the leading training programme in Ireland to cater exclusively for night-club and party jocks. The DJ School is an intensive course held at a city centre nightclub. The DJ School runs over three consecutive Saturdays. No experience is needed to take part in this course and all equipment is supplied.

The Radio School has been in operation since 1995 and offers a range of radio broadcasting courses designed and developed to meet the demand for highly-trained personnel in the Broadcasting and Media Industries. Their radio course modules are highly intensive programmes aimed at giving participants a thorough grounding in the areas of broadcasting. Areas such as voice-training, editing, news-reading to digital recording, radio commercial production and engineering are topics included in their syllabi. The practical element of their courses are held at the studios of a local radio station. This enables students to view, first-hand, the various operational aspects of the radio station, and to learn in professional surroundings.

In 2012, four respected education providers– Barony, Elmwood and Oatridge Colleges and SAC – merged to become Scotland’s Rural College. SRUC delivers comprehensive skills, education and business support for Scotland’s land-based industries. This is founded on world class and sector-leading research, education and consultancy. The integration of these three complementary ‘knowledge exchange’ services is of significant value to all with an interest in land-based activities – be they learners, businesses, communities or policy-makers.


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