Aenid Doherty ( Enable Ireland) recipient of the Gerry Clarke Award at the Open Training College Conferring of Awards

Congratulations to all the recent graduates of the Open Training College who attended the Conferring of Awards ceremony on Saturday, 15 November at the RDS Concert Hall in Dublin. Almost one hundred graduates achieved third-level awards in the areas of Social Care and Management in the disability and wider non-profit sectors.

Special mention goes to Aenid Doherty (The Gerry Clarke Award), Paul Foster (Social Care Ireland Award for Academic Excellence), and Peter Shiels (The Wheel Management Award for Academic Excellence) for achieving their respective ‘Student of the Year’ awards on the day.

Aenid Doherty, a care worker at Enable Ireland, stated, ‘I am thrilled to have been awarded the Gerry Clarke Award for Excellence in Practice from the Open Training College. It is a great honour. He was a very popular tutor because he was so knowledgeable, yet so approachable and helpful to anyone who needed a bit of extra guidance on the Social Care course. I am also surprised and delighted to have received my Honours Social Care degree here today. I wish to thank my family, friends and co-workers for all the support along the way.’

97 Graduates received accredited awards for courses in:
■ BA in Applied Social Studies (Disability)
■ Certificate in Applied Management (Non-profit/Human Services)
■ Person Centred Planning – Focus on the Individual
■ Certificate in Supported Employment
■ Honours BA in Applied Social Studies (Disability)
■ Teaching Independent Living Skills
■ Higher Certificate in Applied Management (Non-profit/Human Services)
■ BA in Applied Management (Non-profit/Human Services

Each course is delivered through the award winning ‘Supported Open Learning model’ which is designed specifically to allow frontline workers and managers to benefit from access to accredited, flexible educational opportunities that transform their ability to implement best practice within human services in Ireland today.

More information about OTC courses can be found on the College website:, or by calling (01)2990580 or emailing


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