Special Needs Assistants are recruited in an educational setting in a capacity to assist in the care of pupils with additional needs in a non-teaching nature. Ultimately, it is a care and support role, working under the full guidance and supervision of the class teacher.

Special needs assistants make a huge contribution in supporting those through their time in education while providing a safety net for the child, and a friendly face they can grow to trust. Special Needs Assisting is undeniably a rewarding career, an invaluable asset to a classroom and an essential piece to the education system.

Special Needs Assistants are welcome to work in mainstream or in dedicated special needs schools. Opportunities range from full-time to part-time, contract, substitute through to permanent roles. Career prospects are ongoing in schools across Ireland. We selected just one website to demonstrate the encouraging job market with 14 special needs assistant roles currently advertised on EducationPosts.ie.  Advertised roles include primary and secondary schools across full-time, permanent and standard positions. Current employment opportunities are available across Dublin, Cork, Waterford, Wicklow, Mayo, Meath, Carlow and Kilkenny. Once registered to the website you can keep up to date with all new job announcements in your area. 

In support of employment opportunities QQI courses at Portobello Institute ultimately prepare learners to take on and progress across a variety of roles within the sector. We offer relevant training in special needs assisting for both QQI Level 5 & 6. The Level 5 course is the industry standard and covers all fundamentals required for the role. The Level 6 course is more advanced and offers students a broader knowledge and a greater understanding of the issues surrounding disabilities and learning difficulties. Both courses together allow learners to be fully equipped to meet the needs of the children.

We offer students a continued schedule of QQI Level 5 and 6 courses to allow for ongoing advertised roles throughout the year and also for the full allocation of posts across schools for September. Learners can study through part-time, intensive and distance learning.

For full course details come and see us at our upcoming open day on Thursday 19th April or call us on 01 8920024 for course details or megan.corr@portobelloinstitute.ie