• The Community Development courses were offered at different levels,
from Certificate to Masters Degree. Some of the courses were located on
the National Framework of Qualifications; others were not. This has implications
for students who may wish to progress to a higher level at a later stage.
• Work placement was an important part of some of the courses. However,
in some cases where students were already working in the community and
voluntary sector, supervised work placements were not provided.
A recommendation of the study was that the Having Your Say programme
would publish a list of all third level Community Development courses
in Ireland. In 2006 a directory of courses was published. Now, in 2007,
an up-dated list of courses, colleges and contact details for the courses
will be placed on the Combat Poverty website in due course.
New research is also being carried out to identify Community Development
courses available at ‘Further Education’ level. Further Education
in Ireland encompasses a very broad range of programmes from Post Leaving
Certificate (PLC) courses to Adult Literacy classes to Apprenticeships.
The study is on-going and researchers at Ralaheen will present their findings
shortly. To contribute to the study or to find out more information, contact:
Combat Poverty (Tel. 01-670 6746. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. Website:
www.cpa.ie) or Ralaheen Ltd (Tel. Helen
O’Leary on 01-679-3400. E-mail: email@example.com).
- Issue 21, Spring ‘07