Women in Business

Skills for Work (DDLETB) was delighted to support the DLR Chamber Women in Business event in Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel, Killiney on 19th April 2017.

The theme of the event was ‘Wellbeing, Work and You!’ Speakers on the day included Eithne Fitzpatrick, owner and Managing Director of Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel and also Kathryn Thomas of Operation Transformation fame.

There was a great turn out for this event with over 100 business people in attendance and plenty of interest in Skills for Work!

with eithne Scott Lennon 2 19.4.17

Pictured is the DDLETB SFW co-ordinator Teresa McHale with the owner and Managing Director of Fitzpatrick’s Castle Hotel Ms Eithne Fitzpatrick. Also pictured (below) is Pat Neill, Chair of DLR Chamber, who was delighted to learn more about Skills for Work.

with Pat Neill 2 on 19.4.17


Skills for Work in Ballyshannon

SFW participants photographed with SFW Co-ordinator Simon Cosgrove at the Adult Education Centre in Ballyshannon, Co. Donegal and with staff from Donegal ETB after receiving their course completion certificate.

The group of participants from the Defence Forces successfully completed the Career Preparation Course – Transition to Civilian Life and Employment. This SFW course has been very successful and is delivered by ETBs nationally.


Skills for Work International Study Trip to Malta

Following the Skills for Work & AONTAS Study Trip to Malta hosted by the Ministry for Education and Employment of Malta, the group returned with lots of information on how the educational system operates and in particularly the role workplace education plays in supporting adult learners already in employment or seeking new career opportunities.

Adrian Moore from Irish Rail making a presentation to Ambassador Padraigh Mc Cosairc

Adrian Moore from Irish Rail making a presentation to Ambassador Padraigh Mc Cosairc

Over the course of the three days the group visited various educational organisations and companies. Some of which included a visit to the Institute of Tourism Studies, College of Arts, Science and Technology (MCAST) and Toyota car manufactures. We were also invited to participate on two adult education courses being delivered in the Lifelong Learning Centre at Msida. As the saying goes “no such thing as a free lunch!”… after breakfast each morning the group wrote up brief reports reflecting our experiences on all the events of the previous day.

Group participating in an adult education class in Malta

Group participating in an adult education class in Malta

One of the highlights of the visit was the invitation to meet with the Irish Ambassador to Malta, Padraig Mc Coscair at the Embassy where Adrian Moore (Irish Rail) presented him with a bronze commemoration coin of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising.

Visiting the Institute of Tourism

Visiting the Institute of Tourism

From our arrival in Malta to returning home to Dublin, everything ran very smoothly thanks to the excellent organisational skills of Christianne Fenech, Projects Manager, and Directorate for Lifelong Learning (Malta) and Saorlaith Ni Bhroin AONTAS (Ireland).


O’Donovan’s Hotel Clonakilty

Staff from O'Donovan Hotel Co.Cork

Staff from O’Donovan Hotel Co.Cork

Employees of the O’Donovan Hotel Clonakilty Co. Cork posing for a photograph after successfully completing their Skills for Work Communications for the Workplace and Customer Care Courses. Dina O’Donovan, proprietor, accommodated the workers in attending the course through rearranging rosters, providing time off and also facilitated staff by organising rooms to deliver the courses on the hotel premises. The Skills for Work course was delivered by tutors from Cork ETB.

More information about courses for the hospitality sector is available from lillianbuckley@skillsforwork.ie


Bringing Skills for Work to MALTA



European Agenda for Adult Learning



SFWIn collaboration with AONTAS, Skills for Work and employers, a transnational study visit will be taking place in April 2017. Four SFW participants from various companies including Irish Rail, Geodis Ireland and the Hospitality Sector will undertake a three-day professional exchange with government agencies and local companies in Malta. This is an ideal opportunity for SFW participants to share their experiences of returning to education in the workplace and the many benefits gained in their work, community and personal lives. Skills for Work Co-ordinators from the Dublin and North West region, the SFW National Co-coordinator and members of AONTAS will also be attending, representing the ETBs and the Irish government.logo_irishrail


In 2013, AONTAS was nominated, by the Department of Education and Skills to become the National Coordinator for Ireland. A privileged and important responsibility, AONTAS is now coordinating the ‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow’ which will run from 2015 to 2017. Marian Lynch, Skills for Work sits on the Project Advisory Group which oversees the implementation of the Project.Aontas


European Agenda for Adult Learning (EAAL), defines the focus for European cooperation in adult education policies. The Agenda highlights the need to increase participation in adult learning of all kinds (formal, non-formal and informal learning) whether to acquire new work skills, for active citizenship, or for personal development and fulfilment.



Skills for Work wishes to acknowledge the support provided by the companies by making it possible for the employees to participate in this important international study visit promoting workplace education.


Education and Training Fair, Tralee. Co Kerry – March 22nd

Lillian Buckley the South West Regional Skills for Work will be representing Skills for Work at upcoming Education and Training Fair which will be held in Tralee March 22nd.

The Education and Training Fair is one of many initiatives by Kerry ETB to promote adult education courses for those in employment or just wishing to take the first steps to return to education.

Come along to the Brandon Hotel Tralee to hear more about what’s on offer to business in Kerry or log on to www.skillsforwork.ie

Kerry ETB Education & Training Fair



Skills for Work Participants Testimonial

Maurice WWETB

Maurice, a Skills for Work participants speaking at a recent promotional event.

“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

Maurice (WWETB)


*PRESS RELEASE* Clare Initiative Shortlisted for Prestigious AONTAS STAR Awards

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.





Aontas Star Awards 2017

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!


Promoting Skills for Work – City West

SFW Co-ordinators Deirdre Gallagher (SE) and Fiona Fay (Dublin) preparing to give their presentation at the Manufacturing Chain Event

SFW Co-ordinators Deirdre Gallagher (SE) and Fiona Fay (Dublin) preparing to give their presentation at the Manufacturing Chain Event

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

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