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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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Realists like to find practical solutions to problems using tools, technology and skilled work. Realists usually prefer to be active in their work environment, often do most of their work alone, and enjoy taking decisive action with a minimum amount of discussion and paperwork.
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Childcare Supervision - Advanced

Course Code(s):  6M2007
QQI Award Code:  6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level
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St. Fanahan's College

St. Fanahan's College
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Course overview

Course Code 6M2007
QQI Award Code 6M2007 Early Childhood Care and Education
Award National Framework of Qualifications level

Course Description

This one year programme is designed for those who wish to pursue a career in childcare. Graduates of this course may work as a special needs assistant or a nanny, take up positions in nurseries, pre-schools and crches. However, graduates at this level will be qualified to take up leadership positions in childcare facilities as well as setting up their own childcare business.

The course is also suitable for those already working in childcare who wish to gain a relevant qualification. As part of this programme, learners not already working in the childcare field will have to gain 20 days relevant practical experience during the course.

What will you Study?

Child Development
Supervision in Early Childhood Care
Occupational First Aid
Early Childhood Programmes
Work Experience
Communications
Social and Legal Issues in Childcare
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.

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