Minister James Reilly recently announced the Learner Fund 4. Learner Fund 4 will subsidise eligible courses leading to a major award at Level 6 on the National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ).
Learner Fund 4 is opening for applications on Monday 25th January at 2pm, and will remain open until 10th March 2016.
Pre-school providers must submit an online application via their own PIP page, on behalf of their staff member, for a subsidised training course under the heading ‘Learner Fund 4’.
Learner Fund 4 will assist staff members to secure the necessary qualifications for the position as ‘ECCE Room Leader’ (i.e. Level 6 Award on the National Qualifications Framework).
To be eligible, the staff member must be currently working directly with children in a registered Early Childhood Care and Education (ECCE) programme setting and meet the criteria for the Learner Fund 4, which will be set out in the application process.
Please note:A maximum of one staff member per ECCE setting will be eligible to receive funding under Learner Fund 4.
The deadline for completion of minimum qualifications has been extended to 31st December 2016.
If you require any assistance with your application, a member of the WCCC team would be delighted to assist.