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We asked Elaine McGarrigle from CRH plc to give some advice for people considering this job:

Elaine McGarrigle

Mechanical Engineer

CRH plc

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Elaine McGarrigle

The most important skill that a person in my position can have is communication.

One needs to be able to communicate effectively with people of all levels in order to do a days work. I think that this is the most important quality, to be able to fit in well with people, everyone from the operators to the senior management, one needs to be able to read them and how best to communicate with them.

An interest in basic engineering and in the heavy machine industry.

It is important to realise that working as a mechanical engineer in Irish Cement does not generally involve sitting at your desk all day. It involves alot of hands on, on-site work so a person needs to be prepared to get their hands dirty.

Another quality that is important is to be willing to learn. Even after a number of years in college, one needs to be eager to learn the ins and outs of a new environment; how cement is made, what equipment is involved, what generally goes wrong and how it is fixed.

Everyone will help and teach you but you need to open your mind and be prepared to take it all in.

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Hairdressing & Beauty Studies

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Collinstown Park Community College

Collinstown Park Community College
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Course overview

Course Code 5M3351
QQI Award Code 5M3351 Hairdressing
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This is a one year course designed to give training in the skills and education required for the Hairdressing and Beauty industries. Students will do a work experience module which will involve spending one day per week on work experience.

What will you Study?

Mandatory Components:
Hairdressing Theory and Practice 5N3345
Hairdressing Science 5N3346
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
Work Experience 5N1356
Customer Service 5N0972

Elective components :
Skin Care, Eye Treatments and Make Up 5N3466
Word Processing 5N1358
Creative Styling 5N3349
Cosmetic Studies 5N5307
Retail Selling 5N1619
Important Colleges may add/remove modules to keep the course updated and to meet demands. Almost all PLC courses have a Work Experience module, which requires students to find their own placement in an area directly related to their course.

Progression to CAO Courses

Higher Education Links Scheme (HELS)

This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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CAO with Any QQI Major Award

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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
5M3351

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Further Research

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Sample Careers

If you are interested in this course, then some of these occupations may be of interest. These suggestions are related by Career Sector and Career Interests, and may be worth exploring.
Dressmaker   Make-Up Artist - TV/Film  
Makeup Artist Assistant - TV/Film   Beautician  
Beauty Consultant   Tattoo Artist  
Footwear Designer   Fashion Technologist  
Designer / Maker - Craft   Fashion Stylist  
Milliner   Hairdresser  
Beauty Therapist   Funeral Director  
Tailor   Wigmaker  
Hair & Scalp Specialist   Photographer - Fashion, Press & Sport  
Retail Merchandiser    

Related Career Sectors

This course prepares people for careers typically found in the sectors below. You can explore information relating to these sectors by clicking on the titles below.
Fashion & Beauty
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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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