Transition Training Programme
The Transition Training Programme is funded by the Health Service Executive and is delivered in line with New Directions Policy. Its core values are person-centeredness, community inclusion, active citizenship and high-quality service provision.
Each person is facilitated in designing and developing their own Individual Training Plan and supported to work towards their goals by their individual Keyworker. This plan is reviewed on an on-going basis during the year and re–shaped as appropriate. We use a holistic approach which includes providing supports for education, employment, health, relationships, community and independent living skills.
What will I learn on this programme?
This is a three year HSE funded training programme which aims to provide trainees with a range of vocational and leisure related experiences. After the three years trainees will be able to make a well informed choice regarding further training or employment.
Students will achieve QQI Level 3 modules in Communications, Personal Effectiveness, Functional Math, I.T., Career Preparations, Personal Finances, Personal and Interpersonal skills, Health and Fitness, Arts and Crafts, Personal Care and Presentation, and a range of other modules.
Students can also participate in literacy classes, horse activities, cooking, community links and a broad range of sport and recreational activities.
There are regular day trips and community activities as well as an annual 3 day trip away. At the end of the programme you will receive a QQI FETAC Level 3 certificate for the modules you have completed. If you complete the required number of modules you will receive a QQI Level 3 Certificate in General Learning.
If you are over 18 years of age, are physically able for the demands of the course and have a learning disability you are eligible for the programme. Contact the programme manager if you have a question about your eligibility. You do not need experience with horses to take part on this programme but you must enjoy working outdoors in all weathers.
All applicants must be registered with the HSE Occupational Guidance Service.
At the end of the programme you will receive a QQI Level 3 certificate for the modules you have completed. If you complete the required number of modules you will receive a QQI Level 3 Certificate in General Learning.
The programme is designed to give you an opportunity to sample a broad range of vocational, community and training activities so that you can make a well informed choice about what you want to do when you finish the programme.
There are opportunities for you to progress into further training within Festina Lente when you finish the Transition Training Programme. We also have a HSE funded adult day service for those who need further support. Places on these programmes are subject to application and available funding.
There is an intake of new trainees each September. Sometimes places become available during the academic year and if this happens new trainees may be able to start.
Click here to download our Transition Training Programme Application Form or contact our Training and Community Education Manager Sabrina Tierney on 01-272 0704 (ext.207) to get an application form posted out. You will also need to register with the HSE Occupational Guidance Service. Please contact our Training and Community Education Manager Sabrina Tierney for more details on to register.
You will have an informal interview with the programme manager. If you are eligible for the programme you will be offered an orientation week. This gives the instructors an opportunity to get to know you and gives you a chance to sample the programme and see how you like it. After the orientation week a place on the programme may be offered.
A record of your work is kept in a portfolio throughout the year and each May an external examiner will visit the centre to look at individual portfolios. Sometimes there are practical assessments throughout the year, e.g. in cookery and computers. There are no written examinations on this programme.