The Learning For Life programme is the suite of training modules provided at NCBI’s Rehabilitation Training Centre based at Whitworth Road, Drumcondra, Dublin 9.
This programme currently has eight certified modules at level 1 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ). These courses are:
- Let’s Talk, which encourages the learner to be more confident in social situations, by developing key communications skills.
- Personal Care, which promotes good practice in one’s personal appearance, management of clothes and general well-being.
- Personal Safety, which promotes an awareness of the environment around you, both inside and outside. It promotes a sense of independence and encourages learners to explore the wider world.
- My Choices, which encourages learners to think through short-term, medium-term and long-term decisions, and understand their implications.
- Food Choice and Health, which encourages good practice in diet and the preparation of healthy nutritious meals. This module is linked with a practical cookery course.
- Setting learning Goals, which encourages the coordinated planning of learning of all kinds. Participants are encouraged to develop strategies for obtaining and using information.
- Fit For Life, which encourages a more healthy approach for learners. There are a range of theoretical and practical sessions in this course, and participants get the opportunity to experience new and previously un-tried physical activities.
- Sound, Rhythm and Music, which encourages an appreciation of and awareness of music as an expression of one’s emotions.
Within the ‘Learning For Life’ programme, a number of modules carry certification from both QQI (formerly FETAC) and ICS-Skills, who manage the European Computer Driving License (ECDL).The European Computer Driving License (ECDL) sits at the equivalent of level 4 on the NFQ, and is an assessment of a wide range of competencies in the use of a computer and associated applications.
Other non-certified courses include: creative Writing, Braille, Kitchen Skills, Orientation and Mobility, Community Awareness (work preparation skills), Customer Service Skills, French, ceramics, crafts and textiles, swimming, access to the gym and yoga.
More information about the Learning for Life programme is available by contacting Stuart Lawler, the Centre’s manager by email firstname.lastname@example.org or Tel: 01 8307033.