Irish Rail Making Tracks in Workplace Education Courses

Irish Rail staff with Joan Devlin (SFW) and Sinead O'Reilly

Irish Rail has been working very closely with Skills for Work and the ETBs across the country providing workplace courses to their staff. The support of Sinead O’Reilly (HR Irish Rail) who has promoted the SFW programme amongst their employees nationally contributed greatly to the success of the programme.

Skills for Work courses were designed to meet the educational needs of Irish Rail employees and delivered through the ETB adult education services.

At the recent awards presentation the SFW participants from Irish Rail praised Skills for Work, Irish Rail management and the tutors for providing a “brilliant course”.


Mélange of QQI Awards Drumshanbo

SFW Awards Night Drumshanbo

Through the Skills for Work Programme in conjunction with Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education & Training Board, 35 staff form various work sectors were awarded Certificates in Computer Literacy, Internet Skills and Tourism Awareness through Personal Effectiveness in the Lough Allen Hotel on Monday 11th April 2016.

The SFW participants are pictured with Marian Lynch National Coordinator of the Skills for Work Programme, Pat Howley, Adult Education Officer, MSLETB, MSLETB Committee Members, Cllr Enda Stenson and Cllr. Paddy O Rourke, Skills for Work for the North West Region Coordinator for Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal, Niamh Lavin and Skills for Work tutors, Isabella Daly, Patricia Gardiner & Fiona Higgins


Skills for Work at Enterprise Event in Dun Laoghaire

Launch of BOI Event

Skills for Work was invited to attend the BOI hosted Enterprise Town Event in Dún Laoghaire on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. This impressive event was held in DLR Lexicon and was officially opened by Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchel O’Connor TD, and by Ms Karen Cunningham, Bank of Ireland Dun Laoghaire Branch Manager (pictured).

Teresa McHale, our Skills for Work co-ordinator in Dun Laoghaire, was delighted to support this initiative which was designed to plan and deliver a range of activities to support and generate business in the Dun Laoghaire area. This Event was well attended by the local community and included plenty of fun activities for adults and children alike!

Karen has also invited Skills for Work to promote courses in BOI Dun Laoghaire. As soon as dates become available we will let you know as we would be delighted to see you there.


Exploring Pastures New

Having attended the National Sheep Sheering Competitions in Tullynally Estate in Castlepollard, SFW Co-ordinators ,Marian O’Reilly and Noelette Dolan made great contacts with the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA). They were officially invited by Hugh Farrell, Cavan County Chairman, to the ICSA Marquee to meet the National Sheep Chairman, John Brooks and Nessa Fitzgibbon PRO, along with other ICSA members from across the country. Mr Brooks was very interested in promoting the programme nationally and informed them that from January 2018 all Department Scheme Applications will have to be done on-line which is of great concern to the farmers. Noelette was then invited to address an ICSA Executive Meeting in Ardee which went very well – other guest speakers included local politicians and Samaritans – so she was in good company. As a result of this Noelette was then invited to address an ICSA National Event (Knowledge Transfer Beef Programme) in Enfield, Co Meath. Other speakers include Chris Daly ICBF, Adam Woods, Teagasc, Arthur Bredin, Progressive Genetics etc


Farmers Returning to Education



The feedback from the farmers is very positive and I am delighted to see the level of skill and interest in using modern computer technology rising, as a result of the course.

I wished to open a new window to farmers to avail of the many advantages that IT can offer, and participants have now able to use a computer to register calves on line and find information the internet that’s of interest to them.

The course enabled one farmer to use his computer with confidence. He literally started from scratch!

Many of the participants have enrolled in advanced classes, to further raise their skill!

I am very pleased and appreciative at how the course has developed their skill and interest in internet. I will continue to recommend farmers to avail of the training.

Thanks to Mary (Adult Literacy Organiser) and Tipperary ETB tutors.

Joe Hand B. Agr. Sc. MBA

Teagasc,Castlemeadows, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.


Workplace Education Courses On Offer at the National Ploughing Championships 2016

September Tuesday 20th Wednesday 21st Thursday 23rd

Ploughing Championships

Preparations are underway again this year as the Skills for Work Co-ordinators look forward to participating in the 2016 National Ploughing Championships in Screggan, Tullamore, Co Offlay.  Come visit Skill for Work at the Duhallow Education and Business Exhibition Centre and talk to our Co-ordinators about the extensive range of educational courses available across the nation.Ploughing 2016

You’ll find Skills for Work in –


Block 3

Row 30

Stand No. 742

Looking forward to your visit!


For more information log on to www.skillsforwork.ie or call 014529600



Food and Drink Business Conference & Exhibition

Food,   Retail & Hospitality Expo

Skills for Work have been invited to the Food, Retail and Hospitality Expo  which is being held on the 14th of September at City West, Dublin. Skills for Work will also be speaking at the event which expects around 2000 people to attend on the day.

Entry is free so do come alone and visit the Skills for Work Stand and find out about the wide range of workplace educational courses available to employees around the country .





Stand No. F11


July 20th – 24th   RDS. Dublin.

Looking for information on educational course available to business across the country?

Then visit Skills for Work in the Main Hall, Stand F11 where our staff will be only too happy to tell you about the wide range of courses on offer in your local area.

 More information on www.skillsforwork.ie or contact info@skillsforwork.ie



Skills for Work Career Preparation Course for Defense Forces

Skills for Work Career Preparation Course for Defence Forces (Dublin ETB)

Just a few words to thank Joan Devlin SFW Co-ordinator Dublin Region and Tricia (CDETB) for an excellent Skills For Work programme which was delivered recently to members of the Defence Forces. The feedback from the participants has been wholly positive. The programme was delivered in a very professional manner and the participants praised the depth of knowledge displayed by the presenter. In all the programme comes very highly recommended by the participants and they all felt it will improve their chances of obtaining work in the future. Thank you very much for all your time and energy in facilitating Defence Forces personnel to have the opportunity to participate in this programme.


Ciaran Allen



Defence Forces Kilkenny June 2016

South East Region SFW Career Preparation Course (Kilkenny Carlow ETB)

Dear Deirdre,

Further to our phone conversation I would like to firstly say that the Skills at Work Programme has been an outstanding success, the feedback from the student has been so positive , I have seldom seen or heard such enthusiasm  about a course before . I feel that that it paramount that such courses continue as the benefit to members of the Defence Forces. It has greatly empower students and given them a new sense of confidence about their future , I would like to take this opportunity to thanks you for your help and support and on my own behalf and all the students to praise the facilitators of the course they were outstanding .

Best Regards

Des Macauley


Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) and Allied Irish Banks (AIB) Student of the Year Awards

SfW Tutor John Quirke receiving his Student of the Year  Award

SfW Tutor John Quirke receiving his Student of the Year Award

 Skills for Work Tutor Wins Student of the Year Award!

John Quirke, a tutor with Cork ETB who delivers a number of SFW courses has been awarded Student of the Year at the recent Award Ceremony hosted by WIT and sponsored by AIB.

John is one of many ETB tutors who have participated in the WIT course which was developed specifically for teaching staff in the Adult Education Service (AES).

The purpose of the WIT/ AIB award is to identify outstanding students who have excelled academically and or actively involved themselves in the life of their particular AES in a manner beneficial to both their course and the department in which they work.

 The subject area that John is studying is the “School of Lifelong Learning and Education BA (Hons) in Teaching in Further and Adult Education”.

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