European Winners Award for Irish Workplace Education Training Programme – Skills for Work!

European Winners Award for Irish Workplace Education Training Programme – Skills for Work!
The Skills for Work Programme has won the European Social partners to receive the European Vocational Skills Week – Training at Work Winning Award. The award will be presented to Skills for Work by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Ms Marianne Thyssen in Brussels on Friday 24th November.
The Training at Work Award acknowledges organisations that promote career-long professional learning in micro, small and medium companies and which inspire new ideas and policies to support the upskilling need of adults in employment.

Skills for Work is a national Programme which provides educational training opportunities across Ireland to help employees deal with the basic skills demands of the workplace. Over 3,000 employees from various employment sector (Industry, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Retail, Farming Community and Transport) supported by their employers participate in the Skills for Work Programme each year.

Employers have reported that since engaging with the Skills for Work Programme, there has been many benefits to the company such as belter productivity, retention of staff, better team performances and an increase in staff putting themselves forward for additional training and promotional opportunities.
“Too often vocational training is seen as a second choice compared to academic studies, We need to change this and to show how it can lead to exciting and rewarding careers of all fields that you might never imagine.” Commissioner Marianne Thyssen

“It is an honor for Skills for Work to be the recipients of the European 2017 Training at Work Award. It is an acknowledgment of the quality provision of workplace education courses being delivered across the country to workers who may not have consider return to education and because of this opportunity being available to them, they have now taken the first steps on their journey to lifelong education.” Marian Lynch, National Skills for Work Co-ordinator

Skills for Work is funded by the Irish Government under the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS. The courses are delivered by the Education & Training Boards (ETB) across the country. The project is managed nationally by Dublin & Dún Laoghaire ETB.

For more information contact: Marian Lynch. Mobile 353 0 868337716
email mlynch@ddletb.ie
www.skillsforwork.ie or info@vocationalskillsweek.eu

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