Golden West College, Dublin, has announced it will be offering free online courses in the coming months to anyone who wants to learn to be a student at the college.
The initiative was launched in response to a shortage of college teachers in Ireland, who are struggling to find enough to fill the vacancy.
The college said it has received a record number of applications from students across the world wanting to learn English and become teachers.
“Many students come from countries with higher standards of education than Ireland, and are also keen to learn how to do their part to build an inclusive society,” said Clare Mackey, the college’s head of international education.
“The college wants to provide an opportunity for these students to explore their own country and work towards an educational journey abroad, without being judged for who they are as a person.”
It’s an opportunity that many students have never had before and we want to make sure that everyone has a chance to discover what’s possible.
“Students who want to learn more about the college, including its history and current offerings, can apply for courses via its website.”
We are happy to help students who are interested in exploring their own countries, or looking to work abroad in the future,” said Ms Mackey.
The new courses will be offered in English, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, as well as courses in maths, history, social work and history and geography.
Online courses can be found at www.goldenwestcollege.ie, or by calling 1800 627 030.