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.
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.
South East Region SFW Career Preparation Course (Kilkenny Carlow ETB)
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 .
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”.
“I am in my job 20 years and have not been in school in a long time. This course has given me the confidence to talk, get involved with people. It has taught me so much about who I am and what I am able to do. Thank you so much for helping me to find myself and believe I can do so much more in my education. There is no stopping me now, thanks to you”
Female (45) Warehouse Operative, Manufacturing Sector
Tara Winthrop Private Clinic found the Skills for Work course of enormous benefit to our employees allowing them to feel comfortable to communicate with others in a friendly, professional manner with confidence.
The classes were in a structured format allowing staff to have continuity and commitment.
Nuala Nedjati (SFW Co-Ordinator) we always found very professional and helpful in all aspects of organising the course. Nuala’s interpersonal skills are of the highest order which she uses in a discernible manner. She always delivered and ensured governance in regard to confidentiality of staff’s personal data.
The ETB tutor was always punctual, co-operative and assisted staff in their abilities to communicate in their roles of employment. The tutor was always prepared for her classes, she displayed an ability to actively listen and communicate effectively so staff have a desire to learn.
We would have no hesitation in supporting these courses to other companies.
Tara Winthrop Private Clinic,
To support the growing demand for Skills for Work courses by the Farming Community, ETBs and SFW provided in service training to tutors on the “On-Line Farm Registration Course”. The training provided to tutors makes it possible to increase the number the programme can deliver to farmers across the country.
The course is designed by the Department of Food, Marine & Fisheries (DFMF) to support farmers in completing and submitting documentation on line as requested by the satiety bodies and the EU.
For more information on the “On-Line Farm Registration Course” –
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.
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.
Community Education & Business Development
Home Instead Senior Care®
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.
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.