Skills for Work Presenting at the National Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition


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


ABLE(S) and Willing!

SFW participants photographed outside the NCO’S mess in Collins Barracks Cork with staff from CETB and the Defence Force after receiving their course completion certificate.

SFW participants photographed outside the NCO’S mess in Collins Barracks Cork with staff from CETB and the Defence Force after receiving their course completion certificate.

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)


SFW “Course to “Suit Everyone”

Members of Staff from Geodis Ireland receiving their certificates of completion. Pictured with tutor Yvonne Herd and HR officer Aliie Kazak.

Members of Staff from Geodis Ireland receiving their certificates of completion. Pictured with tutor Yvonne Herd and HR officer Aliie Kazak.

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.


Ocean Media ‘Big Breakfast Event’

Simon Cosgrove, NW Skills for Work Coordinator, Padraig Greene, Josephine McGread MSL ETB

Simon Cosgrove, NW Skills for Work Coordinator, Padraig Greene, Josephine McGread MSL ETB

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.


A Day in the Life!


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 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.

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