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Philip Mc Donald - Past Student ( Mature ) of Community Health Services (Level 5)



"I got a chance to do a basic computer course. From completing this course my Counsellor offered me a chance to come to Colaiste Ide College of Further Education.  At first I completed an education course called Explore Learning this was just two days a week, my tutor informed me of Social Care BTEI Level 4 part time course. This Social Care Course was three days a week, at the time I was not confident. However, with the help and educational support from the teaching staff they convinced me that I was well capable. I would like to stress there was times that I felt I was not up to the pressure and stress of college. There were times I felt like walking out but once I talked to my teachers they were there to support and guide me through my educational worries. As I look back I would not change a thing today it has helped me as a person and I am today giving something back to my community as Healthcare Assistant. This is PRICELESS. 

I completed this Social Care Level 4 course with good results and my confidence increased.  

I then applied for Community Health Services VTOS Level 5. This was a full-time course, which covered areas included; Care Skills, Care of the Older Person, Understanding Special Needs and Infection Prevention. I completed this course with good results and today I work as a Healthcare Assistant [H.C.A.] and a Personal Assistant [P.A.] to a client with Special Needs.

The job I do today is a rewarding job. I would like to say without the support from the teachers from Colaiste Ide I don’t think this would have happened. 

They are a credit to the educational system."

Click here to read about the Community Health Services programme.