Respond! College held a graduation ceremony for Level 5 Health Service Skills and Healthcare Support Students on the 29th September 2017 at Johns College, the Folly, Waterford. 50 mature students from Waterford, Kilkenny and Portlaoise and received their QQI Level 5 major and minor awards in Healthcare. Mayor Reinhardt and Respond! CEO Declan Dunne were both in attendance.
The Healthcare programmes was delivered by Respond! College in 2016-2017, and the programmes were part funded in Kilkenny by Carlow Kilkenny ETB and in Waterford by Waterford Area Partnership. The students are now qualified carers and some of them are already using their qualifications in paid employment.
Programme Leader Sarah Barron said:
“We are very proud of all our students who worked very hard throughout the year and deserve this great day of celebration. This programme really shows what can happen when the community pulls together. We are very grateful to all those who part funded the programmes, without whom it would not of been possible.”
The students are looking forward to their careers as qualified carers as holding the Health Service Skills and Healthcare Support Certificate is now a prerequisite for entry/advancement within the caring profession. Respond! College’s teaching philosophy means that the students’ life experiences, both personal and professional, is highly valued and this becomes the centre point of the entire learning process. This allowed students to share knowledge, skills and experience in ways that were mutually beneficial.”
Posted: September 2017