As we are now a full month into 2018, we think it’s about time we kept you all up to date with what’s going on here at Mohill Enterprise Centre. It’s been a busy year so far particularly with regard to the various different training courses that are currently ongoing.
As you might know, Mohill Computer Training runs various different Computer Application courses for people of all abilities, from Beginners up to Advanced Users. Our flagship programme is our QQI Level 5 Full-time Computer Applications for the Workplace course but we also place a great emphasis on empowering newbie’s in the use of computers and in Information and Communication Technology in general. So, here’s the update on what’s been happening.
Full Time Course – QQI Level 5
Since the start of January the full-time class has been quite busy, initially completing the Personal Effectiveness module before moving on to the Database Methods module. In the middle of all this we even managed to fit in a Job Seeking Skills course.
The Personal Effectiveness module is an interesting module as it’s a little different from the other “practical” modules that we deliver. Personal Effectiveness involves developing some of the “soft skills” required to make one indispensible to an organisation; in fact some of these skills are essential life skills as well.
Given the wide demographic of our Learners its always great to see how each individual copes with standing in front of a group of 15 – 20 people in order to deliver a presentation. However, by module’s end, this is practically a piece of cake to most. Learners develop a great (and deserved) sense of confidence and control when they have to stand before a group and talk at length supported by presentational aids that they themselves have developed.
The Personal Effectiveness module also places great importance on individuals being able to work with others in a team setting with the aim of accomplishing a common goal. Each Learner takes on different roles to understand the different functions at play within organisations and in particular work-based meetings.
As I’ve said, mid-way during January we acquired the services of Niamh Brennan (Leitrim’s Adult Education Guidance Officer) to deliver a Job Seeking Skills course. Niamh has been delivering this course for us at Mohill Computer Training for over 10 years now and we see it very as an important component of our Full-time Programme. Niamh covers everything from developing a professional CV, Cover Letter and Personal Statement to the actual process of finding employment opportunities that suit a person’s interests and skills. She also covers interview preparation and conducts mock Interview for each of the Learners.
The Key to it All – Since the Personal Effectiveness module was completed the Learners have moved on to the Database Methods module. Databases are used in all organisations, perhaps unknowingly to many workers, and so are an essential tool that effective workers need to be familiar with. We are coming to the end of the second week of databases but the Learners are already familiar with designing Tables and Forms, setting up Relationships and designing Queries that interrogate and pull key information from the databases. So far, all involved are doing very well indeed.
During the month of January we also had the pleasure of delivering a short two week Beginners’ Computers course. This was a very enjoyable course for all involved as we concentrated only on what the course participants wanted to do; and this included some of the following:
- Getting to know the Computer
- Mouse and Keyboard skills
- Basic File Management
- Basic Word Processing
- Using the Internet
This course was purposefully very informal and was designed to suit the complete beginner. By course end all participants had picked up new skills and their confidence in using computers was much improved. They were even familiar with some computer jargon and the esoteric inner workings of computers!
Participating in such a course gives participants self-belief and a realisation that computers are not in fact difficult to use. Computers and software programs are simply a means to an end, a tool that allows the users achieve what they want, whether that’s buying something online or keeping in contact with loved ones via email or Skype calls.
Have you little or no experience with computers? Would you like to learn the basics? Then this is the course for you. A two week Introduction to Computers course will be starting in January 2018. This will cover the basics of getting started and is a brilliant way to whet your appetite and build confidence before committing to something more long-term. Now taking names for this course beginning on 08 January so call us on 071 9632024, email us at email@example.com or pop in and talk to a member of staff.
QQI Level 4 Computers
Our QQI Level 4 Computer Course Learners have started back after the Christmas break, this time with the Information and Technology Skills module. This module covers a wide array of topics including Computer Hardware and Software, File Management, Typing Skills, Word Processing and even an introduction to Spreadsheet. All in all, quite a lot going on.
Over the course of the next few months Learners will cover Word processing, Spreadsheets and Databases in more depth. It is the plan this year to complete a full award at level 4 which will included, mathematics, communications and work experience.
Our Bookkeeping and Payroll course recommenced in January and will run right up until March 2018. The course will focus on manual and computerised accounts using Sage software. A further bookkeeping course will be run later in 2018 so if you would like to learn all about bookkeeping and payroll using industry standard software then call us to register your interest.
These courses fill up fast so best to get your name on the list in good time.
Design Skills and Digital Fabrication
Starting on Friday 16th February
There will be an information and interview day on Friday 9th February.
With this course we are offering you the opportunity to learn about design and digital fabrication. Using a mix of classroom sessions, hands on lab work and self directed project work, this course will facilitate you to engage in a creative design process, appreciate design principles as a problem solving activity and gain an understanding of the role of digital fabrication in a design skill set.
If this is the course for you, then call us now on 071 9632024.
We have two courses beginning in February. There will be an internet security and basic computing course together with a navigating modern living course. These courses will run for one evening per week for 6 weeks. We will be contacting people shortly regarding the course start times and information requirements in order to take part in the course.
In March we will have a “Start your own business course” in partnership with the Leitrim Enterprise Office. Please contact us for more information.
Mohill Sustainable Energy Community (SEC)
We have just been informed that we have received funding to develop an energy master plan for the Mohill area. More news to follow once we get the details.
Why not get involved in Mohill Sustainable Energy Community (SEC) to avail of 35 – 80% of funding for residential properties and 30 – 50% funding for non-residential properties.
The “Better Energy Community” project aims to deliver energy savings to home owners, communities and private businesses. We have already upgraded three community facilities in Mohill in 2017. If you would like to avail of training, advice or funding then get involved, join Mohill SEC in 2018. Contact John on 07196 32024 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mohill Town and Village Renewal
We are also managing the Town and Village Renewal project together with our partner organisations from the local community. The town is already seeing the benefit of this funding with beautiful event lighting in place for Christmas. Other projects for 2018 will include developing a Heritage Trail, upgrading town seating, developing a Community Allotment, providing hot desk space in our Enterprise Centre and developing an Economic Development Plan for the Town. Please support these projects as time and some fund raising will be necessary.
Businesses in our Units
Unit 2 – Play Concepts: Manufacturers of Bespoke Soft Play Equipment – www.playconcepts.net
Unit 3 – Alpha Press – Printing of School Books
Unit 4 – Vacant – awaiting new tenant (news to follow)
Unit 5: Fit Kicks Fitness: Fitness for all the family
Unit 6: Mohill Tyre Centre – for all your tyre and general service needs
The year has started on a busy theme for our front desk. Services offered include typing, printing, photocopying, laminating and binding.
Call Bernie on 071 9632024 or pop into the centre for all your office and administration needs.
Thank you for your continued support.