Skills for Work at the Horse Show in the RDS

Hall 1 – Stand No. 7 August 9th- 13th


Skills for Work are delighted to be accepted by the RDS management as one of the groups promoting their product at this year’s National Horse Show. The Horse Show is a great place to meet groups of people offering a wide variety of information on interesting topics. This year Skills for Work will be available throughout the five days of the show to promote the extensive range of workplace educational opportunities for those interesting in returning to education.

Call to Hall 1, Stand No 7 to meet our Skills for Work staff or pick up some brochure and information to take away with you…


Skills for Work – Woodies Staff Galway City

Skills for Work recently ran a Computer course in Galway City attended by 8 staff from the 2 local Woodies stores. Six of the eight participants are pictured here receiving their Certificates of Course Completion. Also included in the photograph are Lynne Keery – AEO Galway & Roscommon ETB, Kieran Harrington – Adult Literacy Officer Galway City and Geraldine O’Haire – Skills for Work West Co-ordinator. The 35 hour course ran over 12 nights at Seville House, New Dock Street.

SFW GRETB & Woodies staff

Candidates will receive certification in “Internet Skills” and feedback would indicate that all have become a lot more proficient in using email and other internet applications. The candidates are looking forward to perusing further studies through Skills for Work later in the year.


Decare Dental, Claremorris

Eight staff from Decare Dental in Claremorris, Co Mayo completed a 35 hour Skills for Work course. The staff attend the course twice a week over six weeks over weeks. The course was delivered on company premises which allowed participants attend their SFW course at times suitable for both the staff and employer. The course was delivered by tutors from MSLETB.

Photograph with Decare Dental staff are Pat Howley, Adult Education Officer with MSL ETB, Nicola Blendell, Tutor and Geraldine O’Haire – Skills for Work West Regional Co-ordinator.


SFW Career Preparation Course Delivered in County Donegal

RDF SFW Group Co Donegal

SFW Participants photographed at the Adult Education Centre in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal with Martina Needhem AEO, Co. Donegal ETB.

These participants from the Reserve Defence Forces successfully completed a Skills for Work Course over four Saturdays. Over the four days of intensive tuition, the group worked on IT Skills, personal development and communication skills.

The participants commented on the fact that the course was run over a number of Saturdays as being a great benefit.


Food Allergies Workplace Course for the Hospitality Sector, Árainn Mhór Island.

Mná Tí Choláiste Árainn Mhóir a ghlac páirt i gcúrsa Cothaithe – Neamhoird bhia agus Ailléirge istigh ar an Oileán le gairid. Bhí an cúrsa á reachtáil ag Bord Oideachais agus Oiliúna Dhún na nGall faoin chlár Scileanna don Obair. D’fhoghlaim na mná tí fána neamhoird agus ailléirge éagsúla agus fán bhia atá fóirsteanach dona leithéid. Bhí seans acu tabhairt faoin chócaireacht iad féin le oidis úra a thriail mar a tchítear sna pictiúirí. Tá muid faoi chomaoin ag Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada as cistin na scoile a chur ar fáil.

Mná Tí pictured at Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal who successfully completed a Food Allergies and Intolerances course.

Mná Tí pictured at Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada, Árainn Mhór, Co. Donegal who successfully completed a Food Allergies and Intolerances course.

The SFW course was delivered on Árainn Mhór Island by Donegal ETB and was specifically designed to incorporate SFW teaching resources such as Food Nutrition and Culinary Skills. The course content supported participants in gaining an understanding of and developing a response to food intolerance, allergies and specific dietary requirements while creating nutritional meals for students – as pictured below.

Display of healthly food (Donegal ETB)


Women in Business

Skills for Work (DDLETB) was delighted to support the DLR Chamber Women in Business event in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney on 19th April 2017.

The theme of the event was ‘Wellbeing, Work and You!’ Speakers on the day included Eithne Fitzpatrick, owner and Managing Director of Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel and also Kathryn Thomas of Operation Transformation fame.

There was a great turn out for this event with over 100 business people in attendance and plenty of interest in Skills for Work!

with eithne Scott Lennon 2 19.4.17

Pictured is the DDLETB SFW co-ordinator Teresa McHale with the owner and Managing Director of Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel Ms Eithne Fitzpatrick. Also pictured (below) is Pat Neill, Chair of DLR Chamber, who was delighted to learn more about Skills for Work.

with Pat Neill 2 on 19.4.17


Skills for Work in Ballyshannon

SFW participants photographed with SFW Co-ordinator Simon Cosgrove at the Adult Education Centre in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal and with staff from Donegal ETB after receiving their course completion certificate.

The group of participants from the Defence Forces successfully completed the Career Preparation Course – Transition to Civilian Life and Employment. This SFW course has been very successful and is delivered by ETBs nationally.


Skills for Work International Study Trip to Malta

Following the Skills for Work & AONTAS Study Trip to Malta hosted by the Ministry for Education and Employment of Malta, the group returned with lots of information on how the educational system operates and in particularly the role workplace education plays in supporting adult learners already in employment or seeking new career opportunities.

Adrian Moore from Irish Rail making a presentation to Ambassador Padraigh Mc Cosairc

Adrian Moore from Irish Rail making a presentation to Ambassador Padraigh Mc Cosairc

Over the course of the three days the group visited various educational organisations and companies. Some of which included a visit to the Institute of Tourism Studies, College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and Toyota car manufactures. We were also invited to participate on two adult education courses being delivered in the Lifelong Learning Centre at Msida. As the saying goes “no such thing as a free lunch!”… after breakfast each morning the group wrote up brief reports reflecting our experiences on all the events of the previous day.

Group participating in an adult education class in Malta

Group participating in an adult education class in Malta

One of the highlights of the visit was the invitation to meet with the Irish Ambassador to Malta, Padraig Mc Coscair at the Embassy where Adrian Moore (Irish Rail) presented him with a bronze commemoration coin of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Visiting the Institute of Tourism

Visiting the Institute of Tourism

From our arrival in Malta to returning home to Dublin, everything ran very smoothly thanks to the excellent organisational skills of Christianne Fenech, Projects Manager, and Directorate for Lifelong Learning (Malta) and Saorlaith Ni Bhroin AONTAS (Ireland).


O’Donovan’s Hotel Clonakilty

Staff from O'Donovan Hotel Co.Cork

Staff from O’Donovan Hotel Co.Cork

Employees of the O’Donovan Hotel Clonakilty Co. Cork posing for a photograph after successfully completing their Skills for Work Communications for the Workplace and Customer Care Courses. Dina O’Donovan, proprietor, accommodated the workers in attending the course through rearranging rosters, providing time off and also facilitated staff by organising rooms to deliver the courses on the hotel premises. The Skills for Work course was delivered by tutors from Cork ETB.

More information about courses for the hospitality sector is available from lillianbuckley@skillsforwork.ie


Bringing Skills for Work to MALTA



European Agenda for Adult Learning



SFWIn collaboration with AONTAS, Skills for Work and employers, a transnational study visit will be taking place in April 2017. Four SFW participants from various companies including Irish Rail, Geodis Ireland and the Hospitality Sector will undertake a three-day professional exchange with government agencies and local companies in Malta. This is an ideal opportunity for SFW participants to share their experiences of returning to education in the workplace and the many benefits gained in their work, community and personal lives. Skills for Work Co-ordinators from the Dublin and North West region, the SFW National Co-coordinator and members of AONTAS will also be attending, representing the ETBs and the Irish government.logo_irishrail


In 2013, AONTAS was nominated, by the Department of Education and Skills to become the National Coordinator for Ireland. A privileged and important responsibility, AONTAS is now coordinating the ‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow’ which will run from 2015 to 2017. Marian Lynch, Skills for Work sits on the Project Advisory Group which oversees the implementation of the Project.Aontas


European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), defines the focus for European cooperation in adult education policies. The Agenda highlights the need to increase participation in adult learning of all kinds (formal, non-formal and informal learning) whether to acquire new work skills, for active citizenship, or for personal development and fulfilment.



Skills for Work wishes to acknowledge the support provided by the companies by making it possible for the employees to participate in this important international study visit promoting workplace education.

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