VTOS means Vocational Training Opportunities Scheme. VTOS gives unemployed adults over 21 the opportunity of returning to full time education, while retaining their benefit.
This is a two year VTOS course which is designed to provide learners with a broad understanding of Community Development. Learners will be given the knowledge, skills and competencies required for working with people in an educational environment.
Year 1 QQI Level 5
Social Studies – Sociology , Human Growth & Development – Psychology, Care Provision & Practice – Basic counseling skills, Team Working – Drama, Combined Materials – Art, Word Processing – Computer skills, Communications, Work Placement
Year 2 QQI Level 6
Group Work Theory &Practice, Conflict Management, Community Development Theory, Community Development Practice, Personal & Professional Development, Team Leadership, Community Organization Management, Social Analysis
QQI Level 5 and Level 6
All VTOS applicants must be over 21 and in receipt of or a dependent of a Social Protection payment for a least 6 months before starting the course. Participation in a CE or FAS scheme counts in the calculation of six months once you must be in receipt of a relevant Social Protection payment immediately before starting the course.All applicants who present for this course will be given individual guidance by qualified tutors who are in a position to make recommendations as to what courses may suit their learning needs.
Successful candidates have gained places in first year of universities such as Trinity College Dublin and National University of Ireland, Maynooth. Others have gone on to work in the field of community development.
This is an area of study that offers excellent career opportunities within education and the community development area.