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Hospitality Expo, RDS

RDS February 3rd and 4th.

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Come visit the Skills for Work stand at the RDS this February 3rd & 4th where you will have an opportunity to meet with the SFW Co-ordinators from across the country to discuss the extensive range of workplace educational courses available to companies interested in developing an ethos of Life Long Learning in the workplace. All courses are funded by the Irish Government.

There will also be a short talk and slide presentation at the conference by SFW on Thursday afternoon (4th).

You’ll find us in the Skills and Training section – Stand No 7.

We look forward to chatting with you!



Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference January

City West Dublin, 26th January 2016

Skills for Work will be attending the Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference at City West.  We are really excited about this fantastic event and welcome the opportunity to promote Skills for Work as one of the key exhibitors at this one day conference.

The theme for this year is “Creating an Innovative Manufacturing & Supply Chain Ecosystem” and is one of the key areas of interest to Skills for Work as it will provide the programme with lots of opportunities to promote the extensive suit of courses available for the manufacturing sector.

We look forward to meeting you there!


On-Line Training Programme Short Listed for Star Award 2016!

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It is a very exciting time for Skills for Work and the On-Line Farmers Training Course which has been nominated for the AONTAS Star Awards in the Munster Category. Participants and delegates will be meeting the judging panel on Tuesday 3rd February at the Clarion Hotel, Limerick.

The On-Line Farmers Training Course is delivered to farmers across the country by the ETB Adult Education Service and funded by the SFW programme through the DES. The course was developed in partnership with the IFA and Dept. of Agriculture, Food and the Marine.

Good luck and we looking forward to the day of judgement Star Award Ceremony on Monday 22nd February in the Double Tree Hotel. Dublin


Limerick ETB and SFW meet the Force!

Minister Jan O’Sullivan with Members of the Defence Forces and LCETB staff.

Minister Jan O’Sullivan with Members of the Defence Forces and LCETB staff.

A presentation of certificates by the Minister for Education and Skills Ms. Jan O’Sullivan to members of the Defence Force who had completed their Skills for Work Career Preparation Course took place in Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick.  The course was delivered by the Limerick Clare ETB (LCETB) Adult Education Services and is one of many courses delivered as part of the ETBs workplace education strategy.

 The Career Preparation Course funded through the Skills for Work Programme is aimed at workers who will be leaving the work force in the near future. The course content was adapted specifically to meet the needs of the Defence Forces returning to civilian life and seeking alternative employment options.  The Minister spoke highly of the SFW Programme and how beneficial it was to the Defence Forces participants and noted that on completing the SFW course participant had expressed interested in continuing with their educational journey.

Mr. George O’Callaghan Chief Executive, LCETB  speaking at the presentation congratulated all involved  in the organising and delivery of the course, with special thanks to  the  SFW Regional Co-ordinator, Adult Literacy Organisor, tutors, (LCETB),  Lieutenant Colonel Rory Sheerin and PSS Corporal  Michael O’Connor (Defence Forces).


Self Help with SunLife

Skills for Work participants from WWETB on  recent visit to Sunlife

Skills for Work participants from WWETB on recent visit to Sunlife

The Skills for Work participants (WWETB) were delighted to be invited to SunLife to review their help desk operations. This visit was to demonstration the importance of IT skills and communication skills and how such skills work towards enhancing job prospects and promotion with the company.

The visit to SunLife provided real life application of theory and practice to SFW participants by having the opportunity to meet with staff and provided greater understanding of how the “other side work”.  It also gives the learners a chance to evaluate their current circumstances and aspire to greater achievements


Women and Agriculture Conference

Minister Simon Coveney with Marian O'Reilly and Noelette Dolan

Minister Simon Coveney with Marian O’Reilly and Noelette Dolan

Minister Simon Coveney (TD) took time out of his busy schedule, to visit the Skills for Work exhibition stand, at the Women and Agriculture Conference, which was held in the Kinghtsbrook Hotel, Trim, Co. Meath.

Over 650 women from across Ireland attended the event. It was a great opportunity to meet the women and promote the SFW programme. Many thanks to Helena Scully, Irish Farmers Journal, for organising our stand and liaising with us at all times. A great time was had by all involved.




KWETB, SFW and RH Lenses partnership – Skills for Work Students receiving their QQI Award 13 October 2015 in Tulfarris Hotel


KWETB, SFW and RH Lenses partnership -  Skills for Work Students receiving their QQI Award 13 October 2015 in Tulfarris Hotel. Blesington.

Celebrations – The Wicklow Way!

There was great excitement at the Tulfarris Hotel, Blessington on the 13th October when students from the Kildare Wicklow ETB (KWETB) received their QQI Awards.  The award ceremony presented certificates to groups of students from the Adult Education Service (AES) in Baltinglass and Blessington, Co Wicklow.  Those receiving QQI awards also included employees from RH Lenses a company based locally in the Blessington area who were attending the AES as part of the Skills for Work Programme.



SFW at the 84th National Ploughing Championship

At the NPC 2015 were Marian O'Reilly, Mary Hennessy, Lillian Buckley (SFW)

While the National Ploughing Championships  would traditionally has been viewed as a day for “men in wellingtons” , it has now taken on a life of its own as an enormous venue for promotion  which includes anything from  buying a tractor to returning to education. Skills for Work (SFW) were delighted to be part of the 84th National Ploughing Championships, which is rated as one of the biggest outdoor agricultural exhibitions in Europe.

Skills for Work Co-ordinators welcomed the opportunity to meet and chat with people from all over Ireland. Visitors from the UK envied Irish farmers in having herd registration on- line training programmes for farmers, provided by SFW through the ETBs AES.  While the event is mainly geared towards the agricultural sector, it is an opportunity to advertise the extensive range of SFW courses available to up skill employees from various employment sectors.  People came to learn more about our sample programmes, in some cases to ‘get better details’.    Others came to talk about the transformation in their lives which was helped by participating on SFW programme. The varied elements of the course,   the face to face interaction with fellow participants and the move towards further progression within the adult education service were some of the comments made by past SFW participants.

Skills for Work Co-ordinators had a very busy 3 days in attendance at the Stand at the NPC in Ratheneska.  We will miss the fantastic site and facilities available over the last 3 years in Portlaoise, but are already looking forward to meeting and greeting visitors and SFW participants to Tullamore for 2016.


Scileanna le haghaidh Oibre i láthair ag Comórtas Náisiúnta Treabhdóireachta 2015

Bhí comórtas na bliana seo á reáchtáil i Ráithín an Uisce, An Sráidbhaile i gCo. Laoise agus is cinnte go bhfuil an-athrú agus fás suntasach tagtha ar an gcomórtas seo ó reáchtáladh sa cheantar sin é in 1943.

Tá páirt lárnach agus an-tábhachtach ag an ócáid seo ag cur chun cinn agus ag tabhairt ardán d’fheirmeoirí na tíre seo ó 1931. Bíonn an-tóir ag gach aois ghrúpa idir óg agus aosta ó ghrúpaí scoile agus grúpaí pobail ar an gcomórtas seo gach bliain. Anuas ar réimse breá leathan d’imeachtaí a bheith ar siúl ag comórtas na bliana seo idir seimineáir, seisiúin eolas ar ábhar éagsúla a bhaineanna le feirmeoireachta, ainmhithe agus saol na tuaithe, oideachas, gnó, ceardaíocht, cúrsaí sláinte, spóirt, cócaireacht agus ceardlainne  éagsúla agus réachtáilfar imeachtaí idir siamsaíocht den scoth, ceol, damhsa, is le comórtais, neart spraoi agus neart eile sa phuball.

Sholátraigh na Comhordnaitheoirí Réigiúnacha Scileanna d’Obair eolais agus scaip siad litríocht I measc an phobail forleathann a bhí I láthair.

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