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Skills To Advance


Avail of Training and Certification opportunities for your employees on a range of QQI modules at Level 4 & 5 at Coláiste Íde.

Skills to Advance

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Skills To Advance aims to equip employees with the skills to progress in their current job, or to take advantage of new job opportunities. It is a national initiative that provides upskilling and reskilling opportunities to employees in jobs undergoing change and to those currently employed in vulnerable sectors.

Skills to Advance aims to equip employees with the skills they need to progress in their current role or to adapt to the changing job market.

Working closely with small and medium-sized enterprises, Skills to Advance helps employers identify skills needs and invest in their workforce by providing subsidised education and training to staff.


Contact Lisa Bohan (Deputy Principal) via the following mobile number: 087 6990696 or contact us at

- If employers are eligible no costs will apply.
- Enrolling now
- Visit links below for more insight:

Skills To Advance - Infection Prevention & Control Testimonials

"The science and the philosophy behind infection control was clearly outlined for the us as students. The videos presented the practical aspects of implementing an Infection Protection Protocol. We were encouraged to try for ourselves and this aspect of the course was useful, and its legacy will be visible in our school going forward. The pace and the knowledge were geared to the learner and their environments."
Martin Kavanagh (Board of Management National School)

"I found the zoom classes extremely easy to understand. Our tutor was very interactive and was able to adapt a slide to make it relevant to each person’s specific occupational requirements."
Mary Cahill (Preschool Owner)
"I felt that this training had come at exactly the right time as we are currently looking at how to protect the people that use it. I have started to look at all areas within the building from the front door to a computer mouse and see them in a different way. I feel I now have the skills and knowledge about infection prevention and control that will help me to keep my surroundings safe.  From this training I have also gained so much more personal knowledge that I will take with me and use daily probably for the rest of my life and it has also given me an insight into the challenges people within the healthcare system face daily which has increased my respect for them immensely."
(Liz Skilling) 

How is the programme delivered?

By Education and Training Boards (ETBs) in your region
Online with tutor support, or when feasible, a blend of online and in-person training
Flexible scheduling to suit both business and employee requirements 

Duration depends on the delivery schedule agreed between the employer and the ETB providing the training. The certificate could be completed over 3-4 months with the diploma typically taking 9-12 months.  

Employees can choose the certificate or diploma option, depending on their training needs, and can progress from certificate to diploma level. Local ETBs can help companies decide which level is most suitable to the employee’s needs.

What is the cost of the programme?

If eligible, there is no monetary costs involved provided the employee is in employment and this applies to modules being offered at QQI Level 4 and Level 5.

Further information, from Solas, can be found at the links below:


Coláiste Íde College of Further Education Cardiffsbridge Road, Finglas West, Dublin 11

T 01 834 2333 / 01 834 2450 F 01 834 7242 E W

Funded by the Irish Government and supported by the European Union.

Colaiste Ide College of Further Education European Regional Development Fund Ireland's EU Structural Funds Solas CDETB - City of Dublin Education & Training Board