New Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness from Motions Health & Fitness

Motions Health & Fitness is a training provider that offers people who are interested in health & fitness the opportunity to work at what they love. Motions run a number of university accredited courses in Dublin for anybody interested in becoming a fitness professional. Personal fitness is now the most popular form of physical activity in Ireland. With growing numbers participating in all forms of exercise there is an increasing demand for fitness professionals to teach classes, design fitness programs and give guidance and support to people of all ages and levels of fitness.

Motions has just announced that they will be offering a new Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness course this Autumn in D.I.T. Kevin St, Dublin 2. This is a two year full time undergraduate course providing the opportunity to gain a university accredited professional qualification as a specialist fitness professional. The course is aimed at people who would like to work as fitness coaches, personal trainers, gym-instructors and studio teachers in all aspects of the leisure industry. The course is open to anybody with an enthusiasm and interest in health, fitness and physical activity and a desire to promote and teach this to others. The course offers advanced modules in year 2 thus allowing students to develop specialist areas of expertise.

The Higher Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness (HCEHF) is the only university accredited specialist fitness qualification in Ireland. The HCEHF is accredited and awarded by the University of Limerick and all students on the Dublin course are registered UL students. There are other courses that take place in University facilities but they are not accredited by that University.

The HCEHF is a Level 6 major qualification on the Irish National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). This Framework provides a way to compare qualifications and to ensure that they are quality assured and recognised at home and abroad. It is also on the European Qualifications Framework and it is an EQF Level 5.

In addition to the educational recognition, this qualification is also recognised as the highest Industry standard award by Europe Active. Europe Active represents the European Health & Fitness sector in Brussels. Europe Active is also a standards setting body for the health and fitness industry and promotes best practice in instruction and training. The HCEHF is aligned on the Europe Active Sectoral Qualification Framework (SQF) at Level 5. It has the highest academic standard of any fitness instructor qualification in Ireland and the highest industry recognised standard. The course is approved for SUSI grants for those who are eligible. Even though it is a third level course it is not subject to CAO application.

Motions continues to offer the Certificate in Exercise & Health Fitness which is the primary qualification for Fitness Professionals in Ireland. There are 2 part time options in Dublin City Centre, one a day course and the other a night course. The qualification is also accredited by the University of Limerick. Details of the courses are on

Learn more about Motion Health & Fitness here.


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One day training courses from Pery Square Business College

Pery Square Business College will be holding a number of one-day training courses helping students to upskill. These include a one day PowerPoint training course, which will teach students how to give a professional presentation. Pery Square offers PowerPoint Training at an Introduction, Intermediate and Advanced levels.

Pery Square Business College are also holding a one day LinkedIn Workshop. Participants will learn how to set up a LinkedIn profile and brand themselves or their business. They will also learn how to use LinkedIn as an effective networking and marketing tool.

For more information email or phone 061 310 155.



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Major Digital Skills Deficit in Growth Sectors, says Leading Educator and Entrepreneur

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Improving digital skills among existing workers, as well as new graduates, will be crucial if we are to maintain Ireland’s competitive edge in a number of growth sectors. That’s according to Paul Dunne, CEO and Founder of Digital Skills Academy.

“Staff in a number of key sectors in this country – such as banking, finance and telecommunications – will need to upskill for the future” he says. “There is a risk that the digital technology now widely used in these industries elsewhere in the world is outpacing the existing expertise of Irish staff in corresponding sectors.”

Government and government agencies have highlighted fintech in particular as a target growth sector for the Irish economy, and while there is plenty of startup activity, those already working in the financial services sectors could contribute more to these innovations if they had greater levels of digital capability. “This is only natural,” says Dunne. “Figuring out how to get ahead without falling behind in the process is a challenge for anyone already in full-time employment.”

The importance of improving digital fluency also extends to Ireland’s aspiring workforce. The most recent GradIreland recruitment survey highlighted the importance of digital skills in determining the kinds of jobs the graduates of 2016 and beyond will be qualified for. The survey found most jobs for graduates are currently in banking, insurance and financial services.

However, the study also found that the biggest knowledge shortfall cited by employers (48.3% surveyed) when hiring graduates was insufficient IT and digital skills proficiency.

Digital Skills Academy programmes aim to address the digital skills gap seen in Ireland and internationally.

The one year, online and part-time BSc Degree programmes, accredited by Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT), are designed to rapidly enhance participants’ career prospects through a blend of online learning and real-world experience working on live industry-assigned projects.

Participants graduate with expertise and extensive experience working in international cross functional virtual teams (Coders, Managers, Marketers, Sales professionals and Digital Designers working together) and with advanced skills in problem-solving, decision-making, and design-thinking.

Digital Skills Academy headquarters can be found in Dublin’s Digital Hub. “Our location in this thriving digital space is no coincidence,” stresses Dunne. “We chose the Digital Hub so that we would have direct and continuous contact with organisations pioneering the digital revolution currently fuelling the global economy. This gives our programme designers – and by extension our participants – access to what’s happening in the digital space in real time.”




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Gaiety School of Acting summer courses now enrolling

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Have you ever considered a course in acting or theatre? The world-famous is currently taking bookings for their evening summer courses in Acting for Camera, Introduction to Drama, Stand-Up Comedy, Musical Theatre and more.

For more information on taking a summer evening course with the GSA, see

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Brand new Masters in Theatre Practice

National Theatre School University College Dublin and the Gaiety School of Acting, the National Theatre School of Ireland, are offering a new one year Masters in Theatre Practice.

The MA in Theatre Practice is for highly motivated students who want to lead tomorrow’s theatre industry. The programme will offer a unique hybrid model of teaching and learning focusing on academic and practice-based modules and taught by academics at UCD and professional artistic experts and specialists in theatre practice at GSA.

The dynamic combination of conservatory and academia will provide students with an inspiring and challenging environment in which to research and experiment in practices of innovative theatre making. Students will have access to UCD’s full range of facilities as well as the GSA’s suite of studios in their centre-city location.

Applications are invited from those who have an undergraduate degree in a relevant field or discipline and who has practical experience in any theatre or performance discipline. Accreditation of prior experience in lieu of academic qualifications will be considered.

Admission procedures: application, interview, performance workshop, writing sample. Distance and international interviews will be accommodated.

To apply, see


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New MA from NUI Galway: Early Childhood Studies (Masters)

NUI Galway has announced a new Master of Arts in Early Childhood Studies. This programme is designed to support emerging professional roles within the broader Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) sector and to prepare existing practitioners for future opportunities. It offers a progression route for students of NUI Galway’s part-time BA in Early Childhood Studies and Practice but is also open to graduates of other institutions. The course is offered on a part-time blended learning basis over two years. It is designed to complement and support continued employment. Visit NUI Galway’s course page to find out more.

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New Course from NUI Galway: Diploma in Marketing (Online)

NUI Galway has announced a new part-time Diploma in Marketing, which is delivered fully online. Online learning offers a flexible mode of delivery which allows students to study at times that suit their schedule, from any location as long as they have internet access.

This course is aimed at anyone seeking a marketing qualification to develop their careers. Students will be equipped with key concepts and skills, vital to embark on a career in marketing. Visit the NUI Galway course page to find out more.


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Not all accounting qualifications are the same… The CIMA Difference

Most accounting qualifications train people for private practice, working on external audit and tax issues. CIMA prepares people for a career in business. It teaches skills for strategic advice, managing risk and making key decisions.

With employers identifying the need for finance professionals to be valuable right across the organisation, CIMA’s unique blend of management accounting, financial accounting and business focused subjects continues to produce competen tand confident Chartered Global ManagementAccountant™ (CGMA®) professionals who can lead their organisations to sustainable success.

The CIMA syllabus is designed to deliver a strong understanding of all aspects of business so our members can contribute in many areas of an organisation.

A comparison has been carried out between CIMA and following professional bodies, to help you identify the difference:

ACCA – Association of Chartered Certified Accountants

CPA Ireland – Certified Public Accountants Ireland

ICAI – Institute of Chartered Accountants Ireland

ICAEW – Institute of Chartered Accountants England and Wales

To find out more see the CIMA Difference.

Find out more about CIMA and what the qualification can offer you at:

For more information contact CIMA at: | E: | T: +353 1 643 0400



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CIMA Ireland is holding open evenings this June

The Chartered Institute of Management Accountants, CIMA Ireland, is hosting a number of open evenings around Ireland in June 2016.

Open evenings are a perfect opportunity for anyone considering the CIMA professional qualification in management accounting. You can learn about entry routes, study options, exams, careers and ask any questions you have.

During the open evenings CIMA qualified professionals, tuition providers, affiliated employers, and recruitment specialists Morgan McKinley/Hays will share insights, experience and advice on career opportunities and earning potential.

There has never been a better time to be a management accountant. CIMA qualified management accountants, particularly at senior level, are in demand more than ever. The open evenings will allow attendees to explore the internationally recognised CIMA qualification.

Open evenings dates

7 June Registration – 18:00 

Presentations – 18:30

Clayton Hotel, 22 Ormeau Ave Belfast
14 June Registration – 18:00 

Presentations – 18:30

Cork IT, Rossa Ave Cork
14 June Registration – 18:00 

Presentations – 18:30

Armagh City Hotel, 2 Friary Rd Armagh
16 June Registration – 18:00 

Presentations – 18:30

Clayton Hotel, Ballybrit Galway
21 June Registration – 18:00 

Presentations – 18:30

CIMA Ireland Office, Harcourt Rd Dublin
23 June Registration – 18:00 

Presentations – 18:30

Limerick Strand Hotel, Ennis Rd Limerick

Register to attend

If you would like to attend an open evening, please click here to register.

*Disclaimer: by registering for this event you are agreeing to allow the data provided to be shared with the sponsor who may contact you regarding the subject matter presented. Terms and conditions are available here.


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WIT announces a project to help youth workers empower young people

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) has announced a research project for youth workers to help them empower the young people that they work with.

Many people who work in education or training, whether in schools, the workplace or the community, wish they could better help their students or clients to live up to their full potential. Sometimes trainers need some extra training themselves.

WIT, along with the National Youth Council of Ireland, the Men’s Development Network, and the Centre for Health Behaviour Research is working on a research project exploring the impact of the ‘Facilitation Skills for Health and Wellbeing’ training on youth workers and their organisations across eight organisations nationwide.

This project is jointly funded by the National Office for Suicide Preventions and Health Promotion and Improvement, Health and Wellbeing Division within the HSE.

“Training in the areas of soft skill development such as communication, interpersonal skills and leadership is essential when working with young people. These skills are fundamental in developing rapport and trust which ultimately enables the work to happen with young people,” said Dr Paula Carroll, one of the research project supervisors and lecturer with the Department of Health Sport and Exercise Science at WIT.

“The training model is supportive on a number of levels. Youth workers attend with a colleague from their centre, training is also offered to managers and the whole staff so that the learnings can be integrated into practice within the organisation.”


WIT’s new MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being

The training is founded on elements of WIT’s new MA in Advanced Facilitation Skills for Promoting Health and Well Being which is being offered this September. These skills are in high demand amongst front line service providers and management.

Over the years WIT has trained highly regarded community, social and youth workers, teachers, and those working with marginalised or vulnerable groups, as well as health professionals and management staff.

The current training and research project with youth workers builds upon the findings of previous research, and those involved say that it is the most effective training model to date.

“The focus of the training is based on facilitation skills carried out through group work and personal development that reflects how youth workers can interact and work with young people. We’re finding that this specialised training helps youth workers accept and understand that everyone is coming from a different place and difficulties completely vary from person to person,” explained Dr Carroll.

“Youth workers are learning on many levels as a result of this training and these learnings have begun to be integrated into their practice which they believe will benefit the young people with whom they work.”


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