Orla completed the QQI Level 5 in Special Needs through intensive training at Portobello Institute in July 2017. Orla has always had a keen interest in special needs and before starting this course was employed in the financial services.

She completed the intensive course in one full week which allowed her to fast track her qualification. “The option to complete the course over a week particularly suited my needs and overall goal. “

Orla found the staff at the Portbello Institute to be extremely professional at all times. When she contacted the Institute about completing the Special Needs Assistant course found the academic advisor to be so helpful and answered all queries in confirming her decision to complete the course.

"The tutors encouraged us to ask questions throughout every class and overall made the course very interesting. We were also provided with a lot of very relevant materials and information. As the tutors were working in the industry they were able to share their experiences of working with children with special needs which was extremely beneficial."

“Overall, I found the tutors to be excellent and thoroughly enjoyed the course. The tutors made every student feel very comfortable and there was always a lovely atmosphere in class." 

Orla has successfully completed the course and has already secured a job as a special needs assistant in a secondary school which she will start in a few weeks time. "I would highly recommend studying with the Portobello Institute and hope to complete the QQI Level 6 course in Special Needs over the next number of months.”

Portobello Institute offers a range of learning methods to students wishing to study special needs, both in Level 5 and 6. We offer courses through intensive training in Dublin, 12 week evening courses in 22 regions across Ireland and distance learning.

Special needs assistants are dedicated, resourceful and passionate about their work and are ultimately an invaluable asset to any classroom. If you would like to start your rewarding journey come and see us at our Open evening on Thursday 21st September from 5-7pm or call 01 8920024.