“The Skills for Work Course gave me the confidence to go for the job!”
I left school at 13 without the ability to read or write and spent the next 40 years hiding the fact. After a life changing experience, I decided I wanted to learn to read and write and get back a basic knowledge of computers. The first steps for me and for most people is the hardest, was walking into the Adult Education Centre in Tramore Business Park. Once you build up courage to do that, the rest is easy.
I met Emma, who in a relaxing calming way, asked me what I wanted to learn, which in my case was reading, writing and basic computers.
I work as a labourer to a Fire Place Installer. I started a Skills for Work course learning how to use computers. I know nothing about computers but after that course I had an email address. I found the computer a useful learning tool for me.
After a year on this course an opportunity came up to go for a job as a qualified Fire Place Fitter. Before going back to education I would not have had the confidence to put myself forward for this position because it required that I complete a 3 day HETAS training course with a full exam. The [Skills for Work] course gave me the confidence to go for the job. I used my laptop to write up notes and research regulator pipe sizes. The laptop helped me to study for the exam. The exam required a 100% pass rate. Once I passed the HETAS course exam, I sent my CV and was offer the job.
I am well settled into my job now. We use computers to draw out designs, make quotations, research new material and design advertisements,
Thank you for the opportunity
A Clare-based adult education initiative has shortlisted for the prestigious AONTAS STAR Awards 2017, organised by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. The awards are part of its annual Adult Learners’ Festival and recognise outstanding work in adult education.
East Clare Learning in Action, based in Scariff, Co. Clare, offers a diverse range of courses which equip learners with skills required for the different stages of life in a rural community, including Family Learning, Skills for Work and Age Friendly Education. The initiative has been shortlisted in the ‘Adult Learning Initiatives that Promote Social Inclusion’ category.
The AONTAS STAR Awards – now in its 11th year – is a national awards initiative that celebrates the achievements of adult learners and adult education programmes throughout the island of Ireland. AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation, announced the shortlisted projects ahead of the annual Adult Learners’ Festival which takes place from 6th – 10th March 2017. The winners will be announced at The STAR Awards Ceremony in Dublin, which is the opening event of the Festival.
Commenting on the shortlisting of the awards, Niamh O’Reilly, CEO of AONTAS, said: “The STAR Awards are an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the positive impact adult and community education projects have on the lives of learners and their communities around Ireland. We’re delighted that this fantastic Clare project has been shortlisted for a STAR Award for the vital role it plays in the social, cultural and economic development of its local area.”
The judging process comprises two stages. In the first stage, nominated projects are shortlisted by an independent judging panel, whose membership is drawn from the education, business and technology sectors. The second stage gives staff and learners from the shortlisted projects the opportunity to meet with the judging panel before they make their final decision.
The Adult Learners’ Festival
The Adult Learners’ Festival is a nationwide celebration of adult learning coordinated by AONTAS, the National Adult Learning Organisation. The 11th Adult Learners’ Festival will take place from the 6th – 10th March 2017. Over the past decade, the Festival has become a firm fixture on the adult learning calendar with events taking place nationwide, including information sessions, taster workshops, sample lectures to small gatherings of people who love to learn. Visit www.adultlearnersfestival.com for more information.
Skills for Work is part of the East Clare Learning in Action initiative that has been shortlisted for an AONTAS Star Award next week. It is a great example of collaboration, partnership and integrated planning to ensure that learners can access all of the learning they want even though in a rural location. All of the learning within the initiative involves real -life projects which develop skills and competences beyond the usual classroom learning outcomes and make a contribution to the local community.
Margaret Lynch, who manages the East Clare Basic Education Service has developed this approach over a number of years, it works very well in East Clare but could work anywhere.
Margaret and Breda O Driscoll, our Clare CEF are attending the awards with the learners who gave a great account of the impact of this initiative for the judges recently.
Best of Luck to Everyone!
Skills for Work had a very productive day at the recent Manufacturing & Chain Event held in the City West Hotel. Skills for Work Co-ordinators had a great opportunity to meet with business from all over the country. There was a noticeable increase in interest for Skills for Work programmes from many of the companies present and from those visiting the Skills for Work Stand.
Skills for Work was also one of the key speakers presenting their programme on the day
City West 31st January 2017
Exhibition Stand No. 122
Join SKILLS FOR WORK at the 2017 National Manufacturing Conference & Exhibition on the 31st of January 2017. Skills for Work is one of the exhibitors included in the impressive line-up of manufacturing leaders, academics and government agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates.
For more information on workplace educational opportunities for those in employment call to Exhibition Stand No. 22 where the Skills for Work staff will be waiting to provide you with a range of courses available to suit your employees requirements
This is the third– Career Preparation Course – Transition to Civilian Life and Employment delivered by, the Adult Basic Learning & Education Service (ABLES), based in the Glen in the north side of Cork City to members of the Defence Force, Collins Barrack, Cork,
The Career Preparation Course was designed by SFW specifically for members of the Defence Force planning to return to civilian life, and to support their transition to seeking new career opportunities.
Over the six days of intensive tuition, the group worked on CV building, job search methods, interview skills, IT skills, personal development and communication skills.
The SFW South West Region wish all the participants the very best of luck in their future learning journey and careers.
The course was delivered by Cork Education and Training Board’s and Skills for Work as part of the National Workplace Education Strategy. (www.corketb.ie)
Over the past year, Geodis Ireland has worked very closely with Skills for Work in Blanchardstown. Staff from the company recently completed a Personal and Interpersonal skills course which assisted them with improving specific skills needed for the workplace. The course was held every Tuesday and Thursday for 1.5 hours. Understanding the benefits this course would have for staff members and the company itself, Geodis kindly released their staff to attend the course.
According to Aliie Kazak HR officer, “this course was beneficial to employees as they learned to understand emotions and the way they impact on interpersonal relationships. The employees also learned how to improve decision-making skills, listening skills, and conflict resolution skills. The tutor was very patient and made every effort to tailor the course to suit everyone involved”.
In addition to this group, another group of staff members from Geodis Ireland are currently engaged in a computer course which is going very well and the employees are finding it hugely beneficial for their working life. They are currently concentrating on spreadsheets and this has helped immensely as they would have to deal with lists of stock in the warehouse on a daily basis. Having the knowledge of Excel makes their working day a lot easier and more productive.
When asked if the company would recommend SFW to other companies, Aliie commented that she would most definitely! “The support from Nuala Nedjati, the SFW coordinator was excellent; her communication skills on the phone, by email and in person were great. When I found myself in a difficult situation, Nuala came up with different Ideas and solutions to make our experience with Skills for work better and better”.
Skills for work would like to thank Geodis Ireland for their continued support and wish all participants the very best of luck with their continued learning.
The Big Business Breakfast event held on the 24th November at the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo
The recent Big Business Breakfast event held at the Glasshouse Hotel in Sligo on the 24th November provided local businesses in the Sligo region the opportunity to speak with the statutory bodies and learn what supports are available to business’s. There was a fantastic turnout, which included keynote speaker Brody Sweeney. He spoke about his new business venture Camille Thai, and urged the attendees to avail of the supports available to business owners in the region.
The Skills For Work programme have delivered a large number of courses in the region with feedback from both employers and participants on the courses being very positive.
Promoting Skills for Work courses to companies and their employees takes SFW regional Co-ordinators down many roads and byway, and this morning the Mart in Waterford was just another day in the life of a SFW Co-ordinator.
Donning the winter woollies and wellies was the required attire for attending the Farmers Mart on this cold winter morning. Using every means possible to capture the attention of the farmers while they negotiated the price of livestock, an opportunity arose to speak from “centre stage”.
Having a Cork accent meant I could speak at the speed of the auctioneer which was a great bonus and in no time at all I had caught their interest. On completing my sales pitch the response from the farmers was great, so much so that SFW set up two Farmers On Line Herd Registration Courses with WWETB.
Our work is not all about glamour but getting adults engaging in education!
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”.