Award Winners Celebration for Skills for Work

Speakers pictured at the celebration from left, Ms Marian Lynch, Mr. David Nally, Ms. Sylvia Caldwell, Lieu. Col. John Martin. Ms. Niamh O’Reilly, Mr. Richard Mather, Dr. Fionnuala Anderson, Ms. Liz McDonnell Smith, Mr. Brian Curran.

There was a full house at the recent award winners event held by Skills for Work and Dublin & Dún Laoghaire ETB, with participants attending from the four corners of Ireland to share in the celebration of the programmes winning the European Training at Work Award.  

Key speakers included representatives from companies such as Keeling’s, Woodies DIY, Transport Industry, Lone Trader, and organisations the Defence Forces, AONTAS and Skills for Work.   The event provided an ideal opportunity for those who had participated in the programme, either as an employer or employee to speak about the importance of engaging in workplace education and how the company and its staff have benefited from the programme.   

The event was opened by Dr.Fionnuala Anderson, Director of FET (DDLETB).  


Invitation to Skills For Work Award Winners Celebration


Out in Force to Meet the Judges!

Corporal Vanessa Fox represented the Defence Forces when meeting the panel of Judge’s as part of the decision making process in choosing the AONTAS Star Award Winner 2018. Vanessa spoke about the many benefits the Skills for Work Career Preparation Course provided to the army staff who were about to leave the force and were returning to civilian life.

Meeting the judges in the Ashling Hotel were Marian Lynch, Geraldine O’Haire (SFW), Corp. Vanessa Fox and Paul Kilbride.

Paul Kilbride shared with the judges his experiences and why he participated in the Career Preparation Course highlighting the confidence it gave him adjusting to the life and family changes which occurred upon leaving the army. He also acknowledged that the course provided him with other opportunities to continue with his educational journey as part of the ETBs Adult Education Service. 

Delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, Skills for Work are now looking forward to the celebrations on the 5th March when AONTAS will announced the winners as part of the AONTAS Adult Learners Festival 5th – 9th March. 

More information about the AONTAS Star Awards can be found on www.aontas.com



Promoting Skills for Work at the Hospitality Expo!

Pictures at the recent Hospitality Expo in the RDS are Lillian Buckley (SFW South West), Geraldine O’Haire (SFW West), and Joan Devlin (SFW Dublin).

Skills for Work were delighted to participate in the recent Hospitality and Food Expo in the RDS. It provided an opportunity to meet new companies to promote the extensive range of courses available for staff working in this particular area of employment.  Workplace specify courses on offer include; Culinary Skills, Health & Safety in the Workplace, Communication Skills and Customer Service.

All Skills for Work courses are designed to meet the needs of the employer and their staff and are delivered locally by the Education Training Boards (ETB). Skills for Work courses are funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES).

For more information contact info@skillsforwork.ie


Skills for Work – Meeting the Judges, AONTAS STAR Award 2018

Skills for Work has been shorted listed for an award under the AONTAS Star Awards 2018 (Showcasing Teamwork Award Recognition). Participants from the very successful “CAREER PREPARATION COURSE”  will be meeting the judges on Monday 5th February to tell them about this fantastic course which is designed by Skills for Work to support workers who may be about to leave the workforce.

The Career Preparation Course was shortlisted under the “Adult Learner Initiative that Promote Wellbeing”

The Career Preparation Course is funded by the DES and delivered by the local Education & Training Boards.


VENTAC Learning Journey with Skills for Work


Back l/r: Christine Griffin, Krzysztof Zubrycka, Darren Fortune (General Manager Ventac), Tomasz Opoka, Joe Burke (Production Manager, Ventac), Catherine Byrne (AEO KWETB)
Front: Joanna Zubrycka, Jelena Rasnaca, Caroline Boyle (Resource Worker & Tutor KWETB), Kate Deans (Tutor KWETB, Annette Mangan (ALO KWETB) Missing from photo: Monika Cois
Photo: Nigel Gillis


Kildare Wicklow ETB and Skills for Work were very happy to celebrate with workers from VENTAC on their recent achievement on receiving their QQI Award certificate.

VENTAC designs, manufacture and supply acoustic solutions for Commercial and Industrial Vehicle OEMS. Servicing a variety of sectors worldwide and their product range supports the requirement of a broad range of vehicle application.

The presentation of awards was held in Tulfarris Co. Wicklow in October.

Photographed with their certificates are five workers from VENTAC, with Darren Fortune (General Manager) and Joe Burke (Production Manager,)
KWETB was represented by Catherine Byrne (AEO) Caroline Boyle,  Kate Deans and  Annette Mangan.   



Carrigaline Delivers Award Winning Skills for Work Programme

By Ciaran Lynch Cork ETB  

The Carrigaline Court Hotel working in partnership with the Cork Education and Training Board have just completed a ‘Skills for Work’ programme for employees at the hotel. Skills for Work (SFW) is a national programme which provides educational and training opportunities to help employees deal with the basic skills and the everyday demands of the workplace. The course which was successfully completed by 6 employees of the hotel was run for one afternoon each week between the months of September to November of this year.

SFW which is a national programme recently received international recognition and acclaim when it won the European Vocational Skills Week – Training at Work Award. To date the programme has engaged with over 3,000 employees with the support of their employers coming from a wide range of sectors including Industry, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Retail, Farming Community and Transport. 

Commenting upon the programme, Lillian Buckley, SFW Regional Coordinator said, “We are delighted to have had this opportunity to deliver this course in partnership with management at the Carrigaline Court Hotel. The Skills for Work programme is a win-win situation for all parties concerned as it promotes and delivers learning in the workplace, which in turn contributes towards the creation of a well-educated and highly skilled workforce. It also raises the competency level of employees and often assists in coping with frequent and ongoing changes in work practices.”

This strong endorsement of the programme was also supported by Eilis Howard, HR Manager at the Carrigaline Court Hotel, who said, “The training provided through the Skills for Work programme has been a very positive experience for us. The course was set up in such a way that it directly responded to the particular learning needs of the group of our employees that were on the course. I would like to congratulate those who participated in the course for their commitment and efforts in taking on the course and successfully completing it. I would also like to commend the local Cork ETB team based in Carrigaline for the quality of the training and expertise they demonstrated in delivering the course.

Speaking about the course and looking to the future, Ciarán Lynch of the Cork ETB said, “A special acknowledgement must also be made to the Hotel’s management for their engagement with Skills for Work. Though the running of the programme comes with little financial cost to employers, it does however require their full support to release staff to attend the course to ensure its successful delivery and I commend the hotel’s management for the investment they have made in facilitating and supporting their employees in doing the course and I look forward to continuing this partnership with them and other employers into the future.

Skills for Work is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS and courses are delivered by the Education & Training Boards (ETB) across the country. For more information about this programme visit www.skillforwork.ie



EU Commission Award Ceremony

Marian Lynch (SFW), Nolette Dolan (SFW) and Rosemarie Gibney (An Post) traveled to Brussels this week to accept the EU Commission’s Training at Work Award 2017 on behalf of all of the employers, participants and ETB staff members from around the country who contributed to the great success of the programme and the award.

This prestigious award is presented each year as part of the EU Vocational Education and Training Skills Week celebrated across Europe under the banner of Discover Your Talent.

The video below will give you a flavour of the event –



European Winners Award for Irish Workplace Education Training Programme – Skills for Work!

European Winners Award for Irish Workplace Education Training Programme – Skills for Work!
The Skills for Work Programme has won the European Social partners to receive the European Vocational Skills Week – Training at Work Winning Award. The award will be presented to Skills for Work by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Ms Marianne Thyssen in Brussels on Friday 24th November.
The Training at Work Award acknowledges organisations that promote career-long professional learning in micro, small and medium companies and which inspire new ideas and policies to support the upskilling need of adults in employment.

Skills for Work is a national Programme which provides educational training opportunities across Ireland to help employees deal with the basic skills demands of the workplace. Over 3,000 employees from various employment sector (Industry, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Retail, Farming Community and Transport) supported by their employers participate in the Skills for Work Programme each year.

Employers have reported that since engaging with the Skills for Work Programme, there has been many benefits to the company such as belter productivity, retention of staff, better team performances and an increase in staff putting themselves forward for additional training and promotional opportunities.
“Too often vocational training is seen as a second choice compared to academic studies, We need to change this and to show how it can lead to exciting and rewarding careers of all fields that you might never imagine.” Commissioner Marianne Thyssen

“It is an honor for Skills for Work to be the recipients of the European 2017 Training at Work Award. It is an acknowledgment of the quality provision of workplace education courses being delivered across the country to workers who may not have consider return to education and because of this opportunity being available to them, they have now taken the first steps on their journey to lifelong education.” Marian Lynch, National Skills for Work Co-ordinator

Skills for Work is funded by the Irish Government under the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS. The courses are delivered by the Education & Training Boards (ETB) across the country. The project is managed nationally by Dublin & Dún Laoghaire ETB.

For more information contact: Marian Lynch. Mobile 353 0 868337716
email mlynch@ddletb.ie
www.skillsforwork.ie or info@vocationalskillsweek.eu


Congratulations to Skills for Work!

Hi Skills for Work 

 That is fantastic news and well deserved!


 Sorcha & Team @ Applegreen



Dear Skills for Work

Delighted with the good news.

Kindest Regards

Tim Hayes

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Ireland



Dear Skills for Work

Congratulations and well done from all here in SOLAS on this significant achievement.

Kind Regards


Gerard Gasparro

Director of Finance

An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna


Hi Skills for Work

That’s is a truly wonderful thing and well deserved recognition, a living testament to all of the hard work you and your team put into Skills For Work. You and your team are inspirational to see in action and a real force to be reckoned with. Well done and long may it continue

Best wishes

Sinead O’Reilly

Irish Rail


 Dear Skills for Work

Congratulations on winning the Training at Work Award!

You definitely deserve it with your passion, hard work and enthusiasm!

Good luck in all your future initiatives!  

Kind regards,

Aliie Kazak
HR Generalist
Human Resources




GEODIS IRELAND LTD.                     
Damastown Industrial Park
Dublin 15 – Dublin / Ireland


Congratulations on the award, it is well deserved Dear Skill for Work

Paul Cummins

Án Post


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