SFW Career Preparation Course

SFW participants from the Air Corps and DDLETB  AES staff

SFW participants from the Air Corps and DDLETB AES staff

A sunny day in Lucan with members of the Air Corps on a four-day Skills For Work programme. The group took part in the Career Preparation – Transition to Civilian Employment course in Autumn. This course was adapted specifically for members of the Defence Forces planning to return to civilian life and embark on a change of career and employment. Over the four days, the group worked intensively on CV building, career options, job search methods, and interview skills and practise. We wish all the participants the very best with their plans.
The course was delivered by the Dublin and Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board’s Adult Education Service as part of its Workplace Education strategy.

Participants are photographed outside Lucan Institute of Further Education (LIFE Centre) in Lucan along with members of the Air Corps and staff of DDLETB.


Home Instead Testimonial


Just a note on the Skills For Work programmes with Home Instead Senior Care. 

We had a carers meeting earlier in the week and the feedback was wonderful. The programmes have been a great success and so well received by our staff, especially those who had been out of formal education for years. In particular, the staff commented on the individual attention they received in the classes and the excellence and patience of the tutors in addressing their identified needs around literacy and IT up skilling.  Any apprehension about moving towards achieving the Level 5 Health Care Skills Award has been removed.  This success is in no small part due to personal commitment and effort by the SFW co-ordinator and DDLETB AES (Dundrum) while conducting the one to one meetings at our various sites.  The assessment tool allowed for balanced class levels and the flexibility in delivery addressed the variety of needs identified during the assessment process.

As an organisation we are happy that key areas for staff development were addressed and Home Instead Senior Care will not lose valuable employees.  Thanks again SFW for working closely with our management team on the Skills For Work programmes and I look forward to working with you on further staff development opportunities.

Kindest regards


Bernadette Ruddock

Community Education & Business Development


Home Instead Senior Care®  



At the AONTAS Star Awards 2016!

Joan Devlin, Margare McGrath, Margot Wash, Marian Lynch and Tony Hopkins (DAF&M)

Joan Devlin, Margare McGrath, Margot Wash, Marian Lynch and Tony Hopkins (DAF&M)

Skills for Work were short-listed for the Munster Category in the recent AONTAS Star Awards and were delighted to attend the celebrations in the Double Tree Hotel where the winners were announced.  While the Farmers Herd Registration On-line Training Course didn’t win, it was an honour to be amongst the 33 Adult Learning Programmes short-listed.

A special thanks to Tony Hopkins who represented the Department of Agriculture, Food & Marine (DAF&G) at the awards ceremony.

Congratulations to everyone and SFW  are looking forward to entering again next year.


“Food Allergies and Intolerance Course” – Skills for Work and Gael Linn

Mná Tí Chol Bhun an Inbhir le Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Gael Linn

Mná Tí Chol Bhun an Inbhir le Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Gael Linn

Mná Tí from Gael Linn summer colleges took part in a nine week Skills for Work course “Food Allergies and Food Intolerances”.  The course was delivered in Irish to women living and working in the Gaeltacht areas of Co. Donegal.  The course was specially designed to incorporate SFW teaching resources such as Food and Nutrition and Culinary Skills which were translated into Irish. The course content supported participants in gaining an understanding of and responding to food intolerance, allergies, specific dietary requirements, and creating nutritional meals for students of all ages whom the Mná Ti cater for throughout the year.


The women spent time identifying and learning about the different allergies and food intolerances that exist. They planned meals for students with special dietary requirements in terms of nutrition, cost and ease of cooking. There was also a practical element of the course where the women cooked meals and shared recipes providing the group with an opportunity to put their learning into practice.


We can now make meals that saves us time and money as we

learnt how to create menus that can meet a lot of students special

dietary needs and we don’t have to make lots of  different dinners


 “Because of doing this course I save money as I don’t waste as

 much food as I used to because I can add or change different

ingredients to the meal when cooking for special diets such as

coeliac or dairy free”.   


We can make gluten free bread, cakes, pizzas and many

more dishes since doing this course”.  


The course was delivered by Donegal ETB as part of the SFW programme in the North West.


For more information on this course contact margarettimoney@skillsforwork.ie or info@skillsforwork.ie




An Chéad ag Scileanna D’Obair!

Mná tí Chol. Mhachaire Rabhartaigh le Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Gael Linn

Mná tí Chol. Mhachaire Rabhartaigh le Réamonn Ó Ciaráin, Gael Linn

Mná Tí Ghael Linn a Ghlac Pairt i gCúrsa Cothaithe, Neamhoird Bhia agus Ailléirge

Mná Tí Ghael Linn a ghlac pairt i gCúrsa Cothaithe , Neamhoird Bhia agus Ailléirge.  Cúrsa 9 seachtaine faoin chlár Scileanna don Obair – clár náisiúnta atá á reachtáil i dTír Chonaill ag Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Dhun na nGall. 


Chaith na Mná Tí tréimhse ag fiosrú agus ag foghlaim fána ailléirge agus eadulaingtí a thig leis a bheith ar na páistí  faoina gcúram. Rinne siad béilí a phleanáil do réimse daoine le riachtanais bia speisialta agus rinne siad iad a mheas ó thaobh cothú, costas agus indéantacht.  Ag deireadh an chúrsa chuir siad an méid a d’fhoghlaim siad i bhfeidhm nuair a rinne siad na béilí seo a chócaireacht.


Meeting the Judges: On-Line Herd Registration Course.

SFW tutors, participants and Co-ordinators meeting the judges

SFW tutors, participants and Co-ordinators meeting the judges

The interviews with the panel of judge as part of the AONTAS Star Awards took place this week in Limerick. The Munster region of the Skills for Work Programme was short listed in the Munster Category for the On-Line Herd Registration Training Course delivered to the farming community.

It was an opportunity for the judges to hear first-hand from participants attending the on-line training course about their experiences and the benefits the course had in contributing towards gaining new skills relevant to their specific work sector, especially in the area of modern technology and documentation required by government agencies.

 Speaking with the judges on behalf of the On-Line Herd Registration Training Course were: Marian Lynch, Margot Walsh, Margaret McGrath, Lillian Buckley, Breda Leahy, Billy Leahy, and Tom Long


Éistí Le Seo! Radio Na Gaeltacht

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Scileanna D’Obair, Bean an Tí, Gael Linn agus Bord Oideachais & Oilúna, Dhún na nGall.


Gael Linn

Raidió Na Gaeltachta


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!

Shortlisted for a STAR Award_FINAL

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

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