The training I received at LCFE gave me a more professional approach to broadcasting, from the use of recording equipment to preparing for interviews and effective audio and script editing, it has all been of benefit to me. I now do a lot of court reporting, so having that grasp of the law and legal concepts has helped me to make more informed decisions about broadcast content. I am grateful to all the staff at Limerick College of Further Education for helping me to achieve my goal.
Eric Clarke – Broadcaster and Court Reporter at Limerick’s Live 95FM
In my mid-30’s, I got the opportunity to complete the Beauty and complementary Therapies programme in LCFE. It was a 2-year full-time programme. We studied for the following qualifications in ITEC and CIBTAC Diplomas in the 1st year: Indian Head Massage, Body Therapy and Aesthetics. We also did Work Experience in Beauty Salons. In 2nd year we prepared for Diplomas (ITEC and CIBTAC) in Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Hopi Candles and Electrical Epilation. Our two years’ hard work finished with extra exams to achieve the most prestigious award CIDESCO which is recognised all over the World. The programme was run by fantastic teachers who passed on their knowledge to us and who were passionate about their different areas of expertise. I can give some advice to everyone who would like to attend this programme: have passion for all of the subjects, like working for people and work hard from the very beginning and you will achieve all of the rewards as I did.
I graduated from the Computer Applications Programme with a QQI Level 5 Certificate after completing the Accountancy Technician Programme at LCFE. To gain proficiency in various computer applications and to advance my knowledge in business and business management I obtained a QQI Level 6 Certificate in Advanced Administration. I’m currently pursuing a degree in Accounting and Finance at LIT.
I can safely speak for my class APS1 when I say this year in Limerick College of Further Education has been a year to remember. Our class ended up been so close by the end of the year. Of programme we had our ups and downs but with a little bit of encouragement from a friend or a teacher, we always landed back on our feet. The support from our teachers throughout the year has being amazing, they were always very supportive and approachable. APS1 possibly have been through a lot more than any other class in the college. We shared laughter, close bonds and jokes. However, we also shared bereavement. Yet again the class and teachers supported each other through thick and thin. When we took one step backwards, we always jumped two steps forward and it made us stronger as people. On behalf of APS1, I would like to thank all the teachers for their support and hard work they put into the year. This year will never be forgotten.
After taking a year out to go travelling, I decided to return to education and enrolled in the Pre-Nursing programme in Limerick College of Further Education. This programme taught me everything I needed to know about working in a health care setting, while the work experience gave me the practical skills to work in a patient care environment.
My experience at the college was an excellent one, the teachers gave me huge encouragement, the modules were interesting and I made some great friends along the way. The one year duration of the programme enabled me to consider many future career options,
and during the year I got offered a place to study Nursing in the UK and various work opportunities as a care assistant in my area – all which would have not been possible without the completion of the Pre-Nursing programme. I’m now studying Occupational Therapy in the University of Limerick. I have no doubt that my time in LCFE contributed to me obtaining a place on this programme, and has laid the foundations for me to pursue a future career in health care.