Voting Starts Soon For A New Post-Primary School In Citywest & Saggart.

Parents in Citywest and Saggart are working with Dublin and Dún Laoghaire ETB in order to open a new Community College in 2020.

Our Community Colleges put inclusion at the heart of learning where everybody is supported to reach their full potential.

In our classrooms, we promote a Universal Design for Learning where each student’s needs and abilities are considered and planned for. This way, everybody engages with the curriculum at their level of attainment.

In addition to the highest quality teaching and learning in our schools, we also provide the highest-spec shared community facilities that local sports clubs and community groups benefit from.

Take a look at the testimonials below from parents and children on why they are supporting DDLETB for the new post-primary school in Saggart/Citywest.

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Blackrock Further Education Institute & Erasmus+ Learning Opportunities

Five Blackrock Further Education Institute students of Information Technology have recently returned from the beautiful city of Utrecht in the Netherlands having successfully completed a mandatory two week work experience placement as part of their QQI level 5 major award.    Working with BFEI’s partner, ROC Midden, the students who are currently studying Games Design and Development, Computer Science and Web Design and Digital Media, were assigned to Success Media, a digital media company.

During their placement Cian, Jack, Rajendr, Evan and Seán Óg were given an opportunity to practice and develop their web authoring and design skills.  They also enjoyed developing their WordPress and search engine optimisation skills. And when work ended at 5pm each day, there was plenty of opportunities to explore the cultural and social aspects of this very vibrant city.  Cian Cusack described it as the “best experience of my life” while Jack Landy reported that the “whole experience has given my confidence a huge boost”.

Léargas, as the National Agency for supporting international exchange and collaboration, provided the funding to cover the cost of flights, accommodation, and day to day living expenses for all participants.  The positive impact on the students has been considerable.  They have thoroughly enjoyed the experience of living, learning and working abroad.  They have had a unique opportunity to enhance their technical and professional skills thus enhancing their employability. Living away from home for the first time has greatly enhanced their self-confidence and independence. Evan Doyle wisely advised that “any student who gets the opportunity to participate in Erasmus+ should take it”!

BFEI is still relatively new to Erasmus+ projects, having successfully completed their first student mobility project only last year.  The plan for the future is to expand our involvement so students studying with us in all disciplines can have the opportunity to experience this unique learning experience.








Local Youth Club Grant

Apply Now For Local Youth Club Grant Scheme 2019

The Local Youth Club Grant Scheme supports youth work activities at a local level by providing grant aid towards the cost of running clubs and groups and is part funded by the proceeds from the National Lottery.

Download Local Youth Club Grant Scheme Application Form here – latest date for receipt of applications is 3rd May 2019

The scheme is open to over 1,600 youth groups and clubs, with an estimated 90,000 club members around the country.  The primary focus of the scheme is to assist volunteer-led youth clubs that provide a programme of youth work activities for young people.  Clubs that work with young people but are not specifically providing youth work may also be eligible to apply under the scheme.

These grants are made available to all youth clubs and groups through the local Education and Training Boards (ETBs).   The scheme, which is open to new entrants, will be advertised locally and applications for funding will be invited by the ETBs from local groups in their respective areas.  Each ETB will be advertising the scheme on their website over the coming months.

Minister for Children and Youth Affairs , Dr. Katherine Zappone expressed confidence that the additional monies being allocated would positively impact on the lives of young people. She said:

“In every part of the country which I have had the opportunity to visit, I have seen at first hand the important impact that youth clubs have on local communities and the lives of young people who attend these clubs. These clubs are providing adventure, activities and opportunities for our young people.

The impact of small clubs working on the ground is huge, reaching practically every community in the country – and is deserving of Government support.

Through their efforts, young people are developing their talents, skills and experiences which will make them leaders of the future.

This additional funding will mean a greater volume of volunteer-led youth activities over the next year, which is a priority for my Department. I encourage every volunteer club or group to check locally for application details and see how it can benefit their work.”

Download the full guide to the Local Youth Club Grant Scheme here.