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We offer both internal and external training to managers and staff in the Health and Social Care sector across Ireland.

HCIL Training


For 24 years HCIL have been involved in training in the healthcare sector, comprising of an award-winning training department who are responsible for carrying out training for all HCIL care staff.  


Our training team currently offers the following qualifications to Homecare staff:

     QCF Diploma in Health & Social Care at level 2, 3 and 5 - Northern Ireland 

     QCF Level 3 Diploma in Health & Social Care - ROI 

     Leadership and Management Awards

     Training and Development

     Assessor and IQA Awards

The training team have considerable experience in Health and Social Care together with the development and delivery of training.  Their backgrounds are in health care and nursing and all have qualified in the Post Graduate Certificate in Further Education.  All trainers hold the NVQ Assessors Award and Internal Verifiers award

HCIL carry out induction and specialist training for approximately 600 new care staff annually in both Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland. Learning is through a blended approach of e-learning, classroom and community based training.  Refresher mandatory training is carried out annually for all care staff. We also deliver annual mandatory training to over 900 existing care staff

The Training Journey

On joining the company, new staff receive a comprehensive induction training programme.  This initial 2 day induction programme has been developed in accordance with the NISCC induction standards and learning outcomes for Social Care workers as well as meeting the HSE tender requirements. 

Months 1 - 3 

Once induction is completed, care staff commence a structured mentoring and shadowing programme.  During the first 3 months of employment new staff will shadow a team member to allow 'on the job' training to continue

Months 3 - 6

After 3 months shadowing, the Care Assistants should be allocated their own clients. This, together with the completion of the NISCC Induction Workbook, will lead to full sign off at the end of the 6 months

Post 6 Months

New Care staff, on successful completion of their 6 months probationary period, will be given the opportunity to commence the Level 2 qualification in Health and Social Care at a reduced rate

Our training has 3 intake periods in the year (September, January and March) allowing existing staff apply to complete the Diploma in Health and Social Care registering their interest through an 'Expression of Interest' process. (Care staff with over 2 years' service are being given the opportunity to complete the QCF Diploma in Health & Social Care free of charge)

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