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Funding Information For Hair, Beauty & Fitness Courses

Funding Information For Hair, Beauty & Fitness Courses

Funding Information For Hair, Beauty & Fitness Courses image

It would seem that in the current climate many people are looking to retrain or up-skill and depending on your circumstances, you may be entitled to funding for courses in the hair, beauty, makeup, fitness or complimentary therapy sectors. We have had lots of calls to the Waverley Academy office over the last few months from persons wondering if they could access funding to do any of our courses. So I decided to do some research and contact the various state agencies to get some information. I thought it would be a reasonably simple piece of research, but there doesn’t seem to be a cohesive policy on the issuing of training/education funds, although I do hope the following information will be of some help.

Good news

The good news is that there is funding available, but it very much depends on individual circumstances. If you are unemployed you should sign on at your local dole office and register with FAS at your local FAS office in order to try and access funding. It would seem that two categories getting preference for funding are persons unemployed or persons in receipt of some form of social welfare benefit. So if you are looking to retrain, up skill or return to education, two of the main offices that you can contact are

Local Employment Services

Local employment services, known as LES offices ( also distinguished by the “Obair”logo or Intreo). Theses offices offer a wide range of services from career planning to job searching and also have a role in accessing funding. It would also seem that they can advise you if you are entitled to funding and how and where to get it. I think this would be a very good starting point and a quick phone call or visit might save you a lot of work. (contact details at bottom of article)

Local Social Welfare Offices

Local social welfare offices, which have a ‘ jobs facilitator’ . Social welfare also have a role to play in issuing funding for training/education which is mainly via the local welfare offices and the jobs facilitator. You can be referred by social welfare or FAS to the jobs facilitator or you can contact them directly and make an appointment. (contact details at the end of this article)

The role of FAS/SOLAS and Department of Social Protection

In recent times, many of the services provided by FAS have been transferred to the Department of Social Protection, however many of the services, offices, personnel and programs remain the same. One of the main functions is still to provide training for its clients. They also play a role in assisting with career planning via their guidance officers in local offices. The main priority of FAS at local level would be to help you identify a course or career which they can provide through their own training programmes. However in some cases, they may provide you with funding or help you access funding for courses which they do not provide the grant is called the Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG)

FAS may provide funding for the student to receive such training at a private college. One of the schemes setup is The Technical Employment Support Grant (TESG).

• Visit your nearest FAS office. All FAS Placement Officers should be aware of the TESG

• Demonstrate to your FAS Placement Officer that attending this course is part of your Career Plan to return to work.

Important

Irrespective of which agency you choose to contact, it is important that you have some sort of ‘ career plan’ that incorporates the course which you are looking for funding for. The person who is issuing, or making recommendations for the funds to be issued, will need to know that the course will enhance your career or employment prospects, or lead to self employment and may also form part of a progressive education pathway.

Contacts

Advice Services in Dublin City

1. Adult Education Guidance Service (City of Dublin ETB)

Dublin City (Inner City -Dublin 1,3,5,7 areas )

01-878 7495

dicaegs@eircom.net

2. Adult Education Guidance Service (City of Dublin ETB)

Dublin City (North Central/East -Ballymun, Coolock, Darndale, Santry, Kilmore, kilbarrack, Priorswood, Whitehall, Drumcondra, Harmonstown, Raheny, Dublin 5,Dublin 17)

01-8623835

michelle.morrissey@aes.cdetb.ie

3. Adult Education Guidance Service (City of Dublin ETB)

Dublin City (North West)

01-8443243

roisin.brassil@aes.cdetb.ie

4. Adult Education Guidance Service (City of Dublin ETB)

Dublin City (South West City- Dublin 8, 10,12, 6W)

01-4547193

aegs.crumlin@aes.cdetb.ie

5. Adult Education Officer (City of Dublin ETB)

Dubin City (North Central City)

Celia Rafferty 01-8623828

celia.rafferty@aes.cdetb.ie

6. Adult Education Officer (City of Dublin ETB)

Dubin City (North Inner City)

Bernadette Sproule 01-8746607

bernadette.sproule@aes.cdetb.ie

7. Adult Education Officer (City of Dublin ETB)

Dubin City (North West City -Cabra, Finglas,Ballygall)

Kevin Smullen 01-8348018

kevin.smullen@aes.cdetb.ie

8. Adult Education Officer (City of Dublin ETB)

Dubin City (South East City -Mansion House, Merchants Quay, Pembroke, Rathmines, Royal Exchange, South Dock, St.Kevins, Ushers, Wood Quay. Dublin 2,4,6,8 )

Eithne Doherty 01-6684571

eithne.doherty@aes.cdetb.ie

9.Adult Education Officer (City of Dublin ETB)

Dubin City (South West City Dublin 8,10,12 & 6W)

Liz O’Sullivan 01-7090250

liz.osullivan@aes.cdetb.ie

Check out more here for more listings www.onestepup.ie

A good starting point for inquiring about funding (and maybe receiving guidance with a career plan ) can be the Local Employment Services (LES offices – see link below) http://www.localemploymentservices.ie/locations/

Or the new Intreo offices also provide a wide range of employment services http://www.welfare.ie/en/Pages/List-of-Social-Welfare-Local-and-Branch-Offices-by-County.aspx I do hope this information will be of help to you and good luck with your efforts

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