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If you are really interested in people and have good interpersonal skills, you will find this job very rewarding.

Like a lot of jobs, you will not be using all the theoretical knowledge you gained in University or College, but you will develop significant management potential and the environment is stimulating and rewarding.

As an engineer, you will probably spend about 50% of your time in the office, and the other 50% out in the plant.

You should also expect that you may be asked if you are willing to travel abroad. This would be very attractive to most people, and a definite means to gain great experience, but it may not suit everyone.

You should ideally be a balanced person, someone with a good deal of technical knowledge, but also a good ability to deal with people.

Responsibility and challenges will be given to you from day one, and if you can handle the pressure, you will gain more and more responsibilities, ultimately leading you to gain invaluable experience, and undoubtedly onto a successful management position.

With the global nature of ICL's parent company CRH, this could be yours in Ireland or one of many countries worldwide.

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Nutrition & Dietetics

Course Code(s):  5M5267
QQI Award Code:  5M5267 Food Science
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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Whitehall College of Further Education

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Course overview

Course Code 5M5267
QQI Award Code 5M5267 Food Science
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This new programme introduces students to the topical and developing area of nutrition and dietetics. By combining theory and practice (students will be required to attend a Work Placement during the programme), it is aimed to give students broad based, relevant knowledge in this vast area of study.

What will you Study?

Dietetics
Nutrition
MicroBiology 5N0737
Food Processing
Communications 5N0690
Food Chemistry 5N2748
Work Experience 5N1356
Safety and Health at Work 5N1794
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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Old FETAC Code New QQI Code
CASFX 5M5267

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National Statistics for this Award (All Ireland)

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