Healthcare Assistant Traineeship


On successful completion of the programme the learner is awarded a QQI Level 5 Certificate in Healthcare Support.

The Course

The Care Assistant (Care for the Elderly) Traineeship is targeted at school leavers, unemployed people and mature applicants who are interested in working as a member of a care team and pursuing a career as a Care Assistant in the Care of the Older Person sector.    

The duration of the Care Assistant (Care for the Elderly) Traineeship programme is 36 weeks.   The Traineeship consists of 16 weeks off-the-job training with an ETB, 15 weeks integrated training (3 days per week with an ETB and 2 days per week with a host employer) and 5 weeks on-the-job training with a host employer.

The Job

A Care Assistant is capable of performing the range of skills and tasks required in the day to day care of clients in nursing homes or hospitals, those attending day care centres or in need of assistance in their own homes.

The skills and tasks include practical caring tasks such as; assisting with toileting and bathing, managing meal times, feeding dependant clients, assisting with dressing and mouth care and using relevant aids and equipment, lifting and handling of clients, and performing tasks including bed making.

The Person

You must have reached the current statutory school leaving age of 16 years and have achieved a standard of education equivalent to Junior Certificate.   You must have the ability to communicate and to take direction.   You should demonstrate an interest or previous experience in the care sector and must submit a recent medical report from your doctor prior to commencement of the training programme, to ensure your medical fitness for the occupation of Care Assistant in the Care of the Older Person sector.


When qualified you will have opportunities to progress to senior positions in the Health Care sector through your experience and further education or training which you may undertake in areas such as the Social Sciences and Nursing Studies.

So What Next?

You should contact your local DSP Employment Services Office for information on how to register for this Traineeship and the location and date of the next available course.

In preparation for the Traineeship you may choose to identify a potential Host Employer for the Work Place Training element of the course.

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