Self-evaluation of Write On 4 Work for the Labour Market Activation Fund 2010

Write On 4 Work was a distance learning programme for adults in receipt of a jobseeker’s payment for longer than three months, who wished to improve their basic skills and gain a qualification at FETAC (Further Education & Training Awards Council) Level 3. Participants worked at their own pace, using the learning website www.writeon.ie. They could enrol directly onto the programme and learn independently online until accreditation, or could avail of the assistance of a tutor over the phone. 500 free places were available on this programme, which began in October 2010 and ended on the 30 June 2011.

 

The course offered major awards at FETAC Level 3 in Employability, General Learning and Information and Communication Technologies. There were 11 minor awards (listed below) and participants could apply for a one off €100 success bonus upon completion of one of these minor awards.

 

The 11 minor awards were:

1.    Career Preparation;

2.    Computer Literacy;

3.    Digital Media;

4.    Communications;

5.    Functional Maths;

6.    Personal and Interpersonal Skills;

7.    Application of Number;

8.    Personal Effectiveness;

9.    Mathematics;

10.  Internet Skills; and

11.  Health and Safety Awareness.

 

NALA’s Distance Learning service has been operating successfully since 2008, including providing a FETAC Level 2 (with Recognition of Prior Learning capacity) online resource. NALA’s Level 3 distance learning programme was the first in Ireland to be accredited by FETAC under the new Common Awards System in October 2011 and www.writeon.ie is the only website in this country to offer accreditation at FETAC Level 3.

 

Write On 4 Work aimed to develop a learner’s basic skills, including improving literacy, numeracy and ICT skills for the purpose of job seeking, preparation for a career and planning lifelong learning. Participants could also acquire concrete job-seeking skills, including developing a CV, cover letter and preparing for interviews through the programme.

 

As well as offering the above and the possibility of formal certification, the programme also encouraged learners to identify areas and opportunities for personal development and increased self-confidence. They developed personal learning plans and were supported throughout on their pathways to progression.

Author
NALA
Date of Publication
Wednesday, 5 November, 2014
Publication Category
NALA research