What Industry Says

“Over the last few years I have been working closely CFE Dundrum with regards student placements for work experience. At Powerscourt Estate and Gardens we strive to provide our visitors with a unique horticulture experience and this has to be matched with the presentation of our gardens. This requires my staff to be extremely diligent and sometimes pedantic with their work. The students I have received from CFE Dundrum have been of excellent work ethic often needing to meet specific deadlines within maintenance tasks and always come with a high level of horticultural knowledge, open to learning and perfecting their skills with myself and my team. Students I have received for work placement from CFE Dundrum have gone on to receive summer employment here and even part time positions, which I believe is vital to experiencing garden maintenance throughout the four seasons and how plants respond to our climate. ”

Alex Slazenger Head Gardener at Powerscourt Estate

What Our Graduates Say

“The Garden Design & Landscape course in the College gave me a solid foundation and the appetite to pursue further studies. The enthusiasm and support from the lecturers in CFE played a pivotal part in my chosen career path and having completed an Honours Degree in Horticulture, I am now self-employed and work as a Horticultural Therapist and teacher.”

Debbie Bailey, Gardening and Landscape Design

“I am so grateful to have been given the opportunity to study on the Health Care Support course. I went back to College as a mature student, which could have been daunting, but I was empowered by the support I received from all the tutors involved in the course. It was one of the best decisions in my life. The course has led me to my current position as Health Care Assistant in Simpsons Hospital doing a job I thoroughly enjoy.”

Diana Jackson, Health Care Assistant 2015/2016

“After years of being at home raising my family I enrolled in the Craft, Textile and Design QQI Level 6 course. The course brought out the creativity in me giving me a new passion for textile art and the confidence to start my own business - etsy.com.ie/shop/RaggedLadyTextiles. I would strongly recommend the Art Craft and Design course to anybody who has an interest in design and textiles.”

Niamh O’Connell Crafts & Textiles

“The Nursing Studies course is of a very high standard; the lecturers are excellent and the support throughout the course second to none. My QQI award gained me a place through the CAO on the Children’s and General Nursing Degree programme in UCD. I am now in third year and thoroughly enjoying the course. I am deeply indebted to the College that I am now pursuing the career I have always wanted.”

Chris Roe, Nursing Studies

“After many years away from education, I returned with a fear of the unknown. I secured a place on the level 5 Computer course and loved it from the moment I started. After progressing onto the level 6 Networking course I gained advanced entry into year two of a DIT degree. I was awarded a first class honours Computing degree in 2014 and am currently completing a Masters in Cyber-Security. I accredit this to CFE showing me the educational light. I am now working for IBM, recently promoted and learning for life!”

John Clarke Computer Systems and Networks Graduate, IBM CyberSecurity Employee

“I completed a Medical Secretary course in Dundrum CFE. I found the teachers very helpful and they prepared me very well for assignments and exams. I am now in full time work and I would recommend Dundrum CFE to anyone looking to go back to education.”

Deborah Jackson Medical Secretary Graduate

“When I decided to return to education as a mature student, CFE Dundrum was my first choice. I cannot speak highly enough about the learning experience – the tutors are super friendly, supportive and approachable. After graduating with the Applied Social Studies award, I was accepted to NUI Maynooth and it is only now that I can see how well I was prepared for Third Level education.”

Iveta Hermannova Psychology and Social Studies Graduate

“After completing my QQI Level 5 award in Dundrum College of Further Education, I went on to study at college in DIT studying Early Childhood Care and Education and I wouldn’t have continued my academic career without encouragement and advice from teachers and class mates in CFE Dundrum. I think Dundrum CFE is a great college where all teachers are hardworking and dedicated to creating a positive atmosphere. I was extremely grateful for the support and guidance I received at Dundrum CFE and I believe the college promotes inclusion and equality for all its students.”

Danielle Ryan ECCE Graduate

“I really enjoyed my time on the Nursing Studies course and made friends for life. I learned so much thanks to the dedicated tutors. My goal was always to go on to a nursing degree, and with my QQI award I was accepted into the DkIT degree in General Nursing. I feel extremely lucky to have got my place and wouldn’t be where I am now without the year I completed in CFE Dundrum. I would definitely recommend this College to anyone!”

Simone Baston Nursing Studies Graduate

“I attended the College for two years studying Early Childhood Care and Education. From the experience and knowledge that I have learned from my tutors and colleagues I am now working and using these skills every day. This course has helped me find a career path in life and I thank everyone in CFE Dundrum for the knowledge and memories that I will treasure forever. ”

Paula Berry, ECCE Level 6

“During my time in the College studying Early Childhood Care and Education, I found the teachers were very helpful and I really learned a lot from them. I am now studying a BA Honours in Applied Social Studies in the social care area. All staff from the Principal, to the teachers and office staff are very pleasant and are all very approachable. They were always willing to help as well. I would highly recommend the College to anyone. ”

Lisa Ronayne, ECCE Level 6

“I completed the two year course in Early Childhood Care and Education and thanks to the excellent tutors and the knowledge they imparted, I am now happily employed in the childcare sector. The support I received during my two years at the college gave me the confidence and self-belief that no matter what age you are you can always continue to learn. ”

Susan Burke, ECCE Level 6

“Being passionate about gardening, I decided to enrol on the Gardening and Landscape Design course in the College. During the course we covered garden maintenance, geology trips, and Botanic Garden trips, and even designed and built a garden from start to finish! Having been away from education for a number of years, this course gave me the confidence, skills and options I needed to become involved in the world of Horticulture from access to immediate employment to furthering my education in this area. CFE Dundrum has a great team. This course was definitely a ‘Step in the right direction! ”

Rosemary Flynn, Gardening and Landscape Design

“I successfully completed a QQI Level 5 course in Arts, Crafts and Design. During the year so many techniques were covered by the teachers, some of my favourites being embroidery, sculpture, print making, weaving and felt making, to name just a few. I enjoyed every minute of the course and am now hooked on Textile Art. I produced a portfolio of work which I presented to Ballyfermot CFE when applying to progress to their Fibre Art and Textile Design Course. I have now graduated with a Higher National Diploma and have been exhibiting my work at the Art Source event in the RDS November 2016. ”

Grainne Quinn, Craft and Textiles