5
Dec

VENTAC Learning Journey with Skills for Work

 

KWETB ANNUAL WEST WICKLOW QQI AWARDS PRESENTATION – BLESSINGTON ADULT BASIC EDUCATION SERVICE
SKILLS FOR WORK PROGRAMME WITH VENTAC Tulfarris 4th October 2017
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.   

 

1
Dec

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

 

26
Nov

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 –

 

22
Nov

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

16
Nov

Congratulations to Skills for Work!

Hi Skills for Work 

 That is fantastic news and well deserved!

 Congratulations.

 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

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
Mulhuddart
Dublin 15 – Dublin / Ireland

 


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

Paul Cummins

Án Post

 

16
Nov

Skills for Work WIN European Award!

 

Dear Skills for Work 

I am happy to inform you that the Skills for Work Programme was chosen by the European Social Partners to receive the European Vocational Skills Week – Training at Work Award.

The award ceremony will take place on 24 November 2017 in Brussels. I hope you and your colleagues and the representatives of the consortium which implemented the programme would be able to join us for the event.

The award will be given by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Ms. Marianne Thyssen.
Training at Work AwardThis award aims to reward organisations that promote career-long professional learning in micro, small and medium companies and to inspire new ideas and policies.

Best regards,

Anna Nikowska
Policy Officer
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion

6
Nov

Testimony received following the recent Skills for Work and AONTAS event

“It was great to meet you all again yesterday and even though it was not what I was expecting especially the speaking I really enjoyed the event and took a lot of interest in it.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend as I think it has increased my confidence with speaking to people in public.

I really think AONTAS and Skills for Work are doing tremendous work for people like myself and wish both organisations well for the future”.

 – Willie Kellett

3
Nov

Representative from GEODIES Ireland Ltd and Irish Rail share their experience of the Skills for Work Programme

Representatives from GEODIS Ireland Ltd, Irish Rail, DDLETB and Donegal ETB at Skills for Work & AONTAS event

At the recent Skills for Work closing event of the Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow Mr Paddy Lavelle (CE) DDLETB noted the great work of the programme and its contribution to upskilling workers in various companies over the years. “Nearly 3000 workers participate on SFW courses each year, which has contributed greatly to supporting both the employers and employee in many ways especially by providing this opportunity to upskill their workforce”.

Speaking on behalf of Irish Rail, Ms Sinead O’Reilly, in her presentation mentioned that over 200 workers attended Skills for Work courses and many of the staff have “gotten promotions and better positions within the company. Others have gone on to third level and this is all down to the fact that they took up a Skills for Work course”.

GEODIS Irelands Ltd was represented by Ms. Allie Kaza and Mr. Willie Kellet. Ms Kaza., highlight how the company and its staff have benefited from engaging with Skills for Work and this has “raised the profile of the company as being very progressive with a great interest in upskilling their staff”.

 

 

18
Oct

‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow’ – AGENDA

 

To register for the event please click here or RSVP to Lorna’Sullivan   losullivan@aontas.com  

Please note there is no charge for this event.

 

 

 

 

 

18
Oct

Invitation to Skills for Work and AONTAS Event October 24th 12.00

Skills for Work and AONTAS would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the closing event of the ‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow EU project.

Skills for Work is a national workplace educational programme funded by the Department of Education and Skills. The aim of Skills for Work is to provide educational opportunities to adults in employment who may have left school early with no formal educational qualifications or qualification which may be out of date and wish to up-skill with the support of their employer.   Skills for Work courses are delivered by the local Education & Training Boards (ETBs).

Skills for Work provides workplace education courses to more than 2700 employees each year. 

This will be an opportunity to meet with employers and employees from companies who have participated in the Skills for Work Programme and of course to hear about the recent study trip to Malta by Skills for Work participants.

As National Coordinator for the EAAL AONTAS led out on the project ‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow’ 2015 -2017. Working closely with Skills for Work as well as the Project Advisory Committee, AONTAS was responsible for the effective communication and dissemination of this project.                                                                                                   

To register for the event please click here or RSVP to Lorna’Sullivan   losullivan@aontas.com  

Please note there is no charge for this event.

                                                                                                                               

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