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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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TEFL with Business Management

Course Code(s):  6M4985
QQI Award Code:  6M4985 Business
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Ballsbridge College of Further Education

Ballsbridge College of Further Education


 
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Course overview

Course Code 6M4985
QQI Award Code 6M4985 Business
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

Ballsbridge College of Further Education is one of the leading providers of daytime and evening courses in English as a Foreign Language (EFL) and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) in Dublin.
The college offers FETAC certification and prepares students for the Cambridge suite of examinations including the First Certificate (FE) and the Certificate in Advanced English (CAE).
Training is also provided for the International English Language Testing System (IELTS). Accordingly the college is well equipped with the resources and expertise to provide quality training in TEFL. Teachers of EFL are in constant demand both in Ireland and throughout the world. The EFL sector is worth an estimated 900 million a year to the Irish economy, with over 130,000 students coming to enrol on courses ranging from short summer courses to year-long intensive courses every year. In addition there are many opportunities teaching adults and children from other countries now resident in Ireland.
This course is recognised by the Advisory Council of English Language Schools (ACELS), the regulatory body for TEFL teaching in Ireland working under the aegis of the Dept of Education & Skills. It provides students with a professional set of management and business as well as TEFL skills.

The key elements of TEFL are:
An introduction to English Language Teaching
The four skills: Listening, Speaking, Reading, Writing
Teaching Practice
The EFL section of the course is 120 hours.
Teaching practice is mandatory and organised by the College.
The course also provides Business Management Training to prepare participants for administration work in Language Schools Teaching, Monitoring and Evaluation
This course is recognised by the Advisory Council of English Language Schools (ACELS), the regulatory body for TEFL teaching in Ireland working under the aegis of the Department of Education & Skills. It provides students with a professional set of management, business as well as TEFL skills.

What will you Study?

Work Experience (6N1946)
Communications (6N1950)
Business Management (6N4310)
Sales Presentation (6N3567)
Business Law (6N4045)
Marketing Management (6N4188)
Spreadsheets (6N4089)
Computerised Accounts (6N3911)








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Progression to CAO Courses

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BALBX 6M4985

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