Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Sweet Making

Mairead, Lisa and the catering trainees were making beautiful fudge and truffles today in the kitchen.

Recycling Batteries for Laura Lynn

Sligo CTC are collecting batteries for Laura Lynn Ireland's Children's Hospice in conjunction with WEEE Ireland (the compliance scheme for battery and waste electrical and electronic recycling). Please bring in any old batteries and place them in one of the blue recycling boxes around the centre..



Thursday, 22 February 2018

Computer Course - Nature Gallery


Photo captured by Andrew of Benbulbin with some snow on it.  Don't forget to check out our
Nature Gallery link for a selection of beautiful photos taken by trainees.

Level 4 Business English with Emer

As part of training in the computer department Emer in conjunction with computers teaches a Business English module with computer trainees on a Friday.  Trainees can undertake the QQI minor award Business English (4N1108).  This module aims is to equip the trainees with the knowledge, skill and competence to communicate accurately and effectively in English in a business context.  Throughout the module trainees examine the various forms of communication, compose business documents and use spoken language in a range of business environments.

Patrick and Kayla have recently completed this module with great success, while Andrew and Gary are commencing it by examining some various key business terms to be included in their business dictionaries.  This is a very useful and beneficial module to have and it also can be used towards  a QQI Level 4 Major Award Pathway to Employment (4M2010).


Wednesday, 21 February 2018

Girls & Lads Active

Girls and Lads Active is a voluntary fun programme organised by Emer, Janell and Aideen.  It is aimed at helping the trainees find a physical activity that they enjoy and will keep up in their own time.  The range of activities are chosen by the trainees including walking, soccer, basketball, football, yoga, pilates and gymnastics.  This takes place every Wednesday between 2pm - 3pm. This programme is available for the computer, hairdressing, catering and exploring options group.  Today the girls are doing Zumba with Barbara and the lads are playing soccer or they can go to the gym in the sports complex.  This is a fantastic opportunity for the trainees to get out of the centre and keep fit and healthy!


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Computer Course - Office Duties and Information Stands

Alongside computer training this course equips trainees with the skills and knowledge needed to perform routine office duties.  Trainees get the opportunity to learn how to photocopy, use the scanner, laminate, shredding, binding, telephone skills, paper guillotine, filing etc. Andrew helps Marian out in the office doing filing, booklets, purchase requisitions, answering phone, spreadsheets, sign-in sheets, letters etc. The computer group are involved in designing posters for all the health promotion initiatives taking place in the centre.  Over the last few weeks trainees have put together stands including internet safety, recycling and stands for our “Information Morning” taking place next week. 

Internet safety information stand and posters

Trainees working on the information morning stand

Trainees using the photocopier, laminator & paper guillotine

Tuesday, 20 February 2018

Computer Course - Benefits for trainees using the blog


Computer Course - A day in the computer course captured by a photograph!

Photographs taken by computer trainees of a typical day in the centre!

Computer Course - Sligo CTC Blog


What is a blog?

blog is a discussion or informational website that is published on the World Wide Web consisting of diary-style text entries. Having a blog Is a great way for Sligo CTC to make themselves known by sharing information and images about what is happening in the centre. We use Google Blogger for publishing our blog.

Leanora working on the blog and Picasa.

What is Picasa?
Picasa is a image organiser and image viewer for organising and editing digital photos, plus an integrated photo-sharing website. We find Picasa easy to use and is great for creating collages and editing images putting borders, text & filters on them.


What camera do we use?
We use the Canon EOS 1300D DSLR camera for taking professional-like pictures and it is easy to use once you get the hang of it. It is a good quality camera with many great features. The trainees love using it to get out and about to take pictures.


Monday, 19 February 2018

Computer Course - Certification - ECDL

ECDL (European Computer Driving Licence)

Trainees get the opportunity to achieve their ECDL while on the computer course.  ECDL equips individuals with the IT skills they need to prepare for the workplace and further training.
ECDL is a globally recognised qualification
ECDL is the certification most widely recognised and highly valued by Irish employers
ECDL is online
ECDL can be used towards a QQI award
Online automated training and testing of learners

The ECDL modules available at Sligo CTC are:
  • Word Processing
  • Spreadsheets
  • Database
  • Powerpoint
  • Computer Essentials
  • Online Essentials 
  • IT Security


Patrick working on his ECDL on-line Database Diagnostics.

Computer Course - Computer Modules Level 4 - Certification

There are three level 4 computer modules available in the computer course.  Information Technology Skills is mandatory in order to achieve a QQI Level 4 Major Award Pathway to Employment 4M2010.  Each module is worth 10 credits.  The QQI modules are as follows:

  • Information Technology Skills 4N1125 
This module is exam based.  It gives trainees the knowledge and skills in IT concepts and terminology, file management, using the internet, creating and managing a personal email account and developing skills in data entry and word processing.
  • Computer Applications 4N1112
There are 3 exam in Computer Applications - Spreadsheets, Database and Computer Graphics.
  • Data Entry 4N1113
This module is exam based with three assessments - Speed and Accuracy, Document Production and Proof Reading.

Computer Course - Computer Modules Level 3 - Certification

There are currently four Level 3 computer modules available in the computer course.  A computer module is mandatory in order to achieve a  QQI Level 3 Major Award in Employment Skills 3M0935 (60 credits).  Each computer module is worth 10 credits.  The QQI modules are as follows:

·    Word Processing 3N0588
The purpose of this module is to provide the trainees with the knowledge, skills and competence to create a range of clear and accurate documents using Microsoft Word. Eg. Menus, Letters, Curriculum Vitae, Tables, Memos, Editing & Formatting. Trainees have to put together a portfolio of assessment work and there is a skills demo exam at the end.

·         Spreadsheets 3N0542
The purpose of this module is to provide the trainees with the knowledge, skills and competence to perform some basic functions of a spreadsheet application using Microsoft Excel. Eg.  apply basic formatting, insert, delete rows, columns, worksheets & create formulas etc.

·         Database Applications 3N0554
The purpose of this module is to provide the trainees with an understanding of the basic concepts and functions of database using Microsoft Access. Eg. Using tables, queries, forms & reports etc.  Trainees have to put together a portfolio of assessment work and there is a skills demo exam at the end.

·         Desktop Publishing 3N0551
The purpose of this module is to equip the trainees with the knowledge, skills and competence to use Microsoft Publisher to produce a range of publications. Eg. Posters, Greeting cards, Bookmarks, CD covers, Brochures, Calendars & Postcards etc. Trainees have to put together a portfolio of assessment work and there is a skills demo exam at the end. 

Spotlight on the Computer Course

This week we will take a look at the computer course in the centre.  With I.T. part of everyday life, this course provides computer training in all commonly used software applications leading to certification in a wide range of QQI modules and ECDL.  Trainees also get the opportunity to engage in digital photography for the purpose of updating and maintaining the centre blog.  The computer group are also actively involved in putting together information stands in the centre and designing posters. 

It is mandatory to complete an IT module in order to achieve a major award in the centre.  While the trainees are in the computer group they also attend other timetabled classes  - Art, Communications, Maths, Literacy, Numeracy, Work Experience, Business English and Personal Effectiveness.  Some of the trainees are also involved in An Gaisce,  the Health Promotion Team and the Girls/Lads Active Programme.




Friday, 16 February 2018

Hairdressing Course - Facials



SKINCARE TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MEN

Personal Hygiene – It may appear to be an obvious one, but it is important to keep clean –shower daily, wash your pillows and bed sheets regularly – dirty pillows are linked to acne in teens.

Cleanse your skin – A cold rinse first thing in the morning followed by using a face cleanser designed for your type of skin  (spot prone, dehydrated etc.). Rub in circular motions for about 30 seconds and rinse again with cold water. Using cold water will close the pores. Pat dry using a towel, never rub!

Exfoliate – Using a facial scrub, apply twice a week. This will help remove dead skin cells, general dirt and unclog your pores – which will help fight against the likes of acne.

Moisturiser – Applying a moisturiser daily will keep the skin healthy and hydrated which will prevent dry or sensitive areas from forming. A good moisturiser will also help calm inflammation from shaving.

Change your diet – Breakouts are associated with a bad diet. Switch up the junk food for a diet with more greens and fruit and your skin can change dramatically over time.

Drink more water – As with the junk food, replace fizzy drinks with water – try to get 2 litres a day. Water will help flush toxins from your skin and body, helping to reduce breakouts etc. It will also keep you and your skin hydrated.

Don’t pop spots – As much as you may want to, do not pop or pick at spots as they may scar or get infected. Witch hazel facial tonner is cheap to buy and can be applied to spots to help dry them out.

Exercise – Getting at least 30 minutes of exercise a day improves much more than your skin, however not showering after can lead to a build up of sweat in your pores, which can lead to breakouts.

Sleep – A recommended night’s sleep is 8 hours, which makes the other 16 hours easier on your mind, body and skin.


Facemasks – A facemask once or twice a week will help battle breakouts, improve the appearance of your pores and hydrate your skin. You can pick the mask according to your skin and what is best suited to help. Facemasks range from charcoal, to oil control to intensive hydrating masks.
Facials being done on some of the boys from the Sports group

Thursday, 15 February 2018

Hairdressing Course - Roller Setting

When most people think of roller setting they undoubtedly think of granny’s latest hair style, but working with large rollers on medium to long hair the following effects can  be achieved.

A finished Roller Setting look

One of our talented learners Nikita doing Roller Setting

Roller Setting created on different types of hair

Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Valentine's Baking

Jamie baked some delicious love heart shortbread cookies for Valentine's Day today!

Hairdressing Course - Do's and Dont's



Hairdressing Course - Valentines Day Upstyle

A simple yet elegant Valentines day inspired Upstyle

Hairdressing Course - Upstyle

This amazing 1950's inspired upstyle was created by one of our talented learners

Hairdressing Course - Upstyle

Beautiful upstyle created by one of our wonderful learners

Hairdressing Course - Valentines Upstyle

Beautiful Valentines Day inspired upstyle created by Nikita

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Hairdressing Course - Blow-Drying Tips

  • Is Your Hair too Wet? Your hair should be 60-to-65 percent dry before you start to blow dry your hair with a brush.
  • Root Lift: For a  blow dry that looks as good as when you last left the salon, encourage more root lift using your fingers before using a brush,
  • Where to Start? When blow drying take your hair in sections, starting at the roots then glide the brush through the mid-lengths. Repeat this two or three times before turning in the more difficult ends.
  • Which Brush to Use? As a rule the larger the brush the smoother the hair. For wiry or coarse hair use a brush with as many bristles as possible, an old type nylon bristle brush is ideal. Heat retaining brushes (Brushes with a metal core) are everywhere at the moment, while fantastic for adding curl and shine to hair; a word of caution, the metal core can get extremely hot and care should be used when using them.


  • Want your blow dry to last? Blow drying is not something that should be hurried. Each section of hair that is dried should be allowed cool on the brush; this will allow the hair to “set” the desired style and your blow dry to last much longer.
  • Hair Products: The golden rule “Less is best” applies, volumiser and root lift sprays should only be applied to the roots. Hairsprays should only be applied from a distance allowing for even distribution and remember to brush out at night before bed.
  • Heat protection: heat protection sprays can be used on wet or dry hair and should be used before using any heated appliances.  
  • Hair straighteners: it is important for you to remember that hair straighteners damage the hair. Don’t hold the straighteners in the same position for too long, always keep it moving!  It is important to use heat protection every time.  

The Hairdressing Group

(L-R) Kayleigh, Blaithin, Nikita, Mary, Shannon, Emma & Kyle 

Hairdressing Course - Curls

There are many ways of curling hair, today Kayleigh is using a wand to style short hair.

Hairdressing Course - Wash and Blow-Dry

Before and After of a wash and blow-dry by Emma with the help of Nikita

Wash and blow-dry on curly hair by Blaithin with the help of Nikita
Wash and blow-dry on curly hair by Kayleigh & Shannon

Pancake Tuesday



Breakfast time - catering trainees busy preparing delicious pancakes and fresh fruit salad for breakfast!

Monday, 12 February 2018

Hairdressing Tips


Did you know??

©   Hair is made up mostly of keratin, the same protein animals’ horns, hooves, claws, feathers, and beaks are made of.

©   Hair grows slightly faster in warm weather, because heat stimulates circulation and encourages hair growth.

©   All hair is dead, with the exception of the hair that’s still inside the epidermis of your scalp.

©   Hair contains information about everything that has ever been in your bloodstream, including drugs, and is one of the most commonly used types of forensic evidence.

©   The only thing about you that can’t be identified by your hair is your gender—men’s hair and women’s hair are identical in structure.

©   Black is the most common hair colour. Red is the rarest and only exists in about 1 percent of the world’s population, with blonde hair found in 2 percent.

©   Hair can grow anywhere on the human body with the exception of the palms of hands, soles of feet, eyelids, lips, and mucous membranes.

©   The scientific term for split ends is “Fragileitas Crinium.”

©   At any given time, 90 percent of the hairs in your scalp are growing, while the other 10 percent are resting.

©   Each strand of hair can support up to 100 grams in weight. Multiply that by the average 100,000 to 150,000 strands on each head, and your entire head of hair could support the weight equivalent to two elephants. 

Hairdressing Course - Shampooing and Treatment Applications



 Learners have the opportunity to apply a variety of quality mask and oil treatments.

Spotlight on the Hairdressing Course - "Introduction to our Hairdressing Area"

This week we are taking a look at the hairdressing course available in the centre.  This is a very popular course and is suitable for individuals who want to learn the basics of hairdressing while gaining recognised QQI certification. Completion of this course would form an excellent foundation for those hoping to participate in full-time “salon training” or progress further to Level 5 hairdressing course.


Course Content:

• Introduction (Hairdressing theory)
• Shampooing
• Hair-Care  
• Face shapes and Styles to suit
• Blow-Drying Techniques
• Knowledge of Hairdressing Tools
• Treatment Application
• Setting

• Colour Application

Participants will be offered part-time work experience with a host salon.

Upon successful completion of this course, 6 months full-time salon placement  (Link-work) is offered to learners who show commitment to a career in hairdressing.

All learners participating on the link work programme will be offered progression to Level 5 ETB hairdressing course. 

Thursday, 8 February 2018

Beautiful Sligo






Photos taken today by Rachel Bruen and Kayleigh Farragher down around Doorly Park.  The girls are currently on a two week work placement studying Education Studies in Mario Institute, Dublin.