Skills for Work WIN European Award!


Dear Skills for Work 

I am happy to inform you that the Skills for Work Programme was chosen by the European Social Partners to receive the European Vocational Skills Week – Training at Work Award.

The award ceremony will take place on 24 November 2017 in Brussels. I hope you and your colleagues and the representatives of the consortium which implemented the programme would be able to join us for the event.

The award will be given by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Ms. Marianne Thyssen.
Training at Work AwardThis award aims to reward organisations that promote career-long professional learning in micro, small and medium companies and to inspire new ideas and policies.

Best regards,

Anna Nikowska
Policy Officer
DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion


Testimony received following the recent Skills for Work and AONTAS event

“It was great to meet you all again yesterday and even though it was not what I was expecting especially the speaking I really enjoyed the event and took a lot of interest in it.

Thank you for giving me the opportunity to attend as I think it has increased my confidence with speaking to people in public.

I really think AONTAS and Skills for Work are doing tremendous work for people like myself and wish both organisations well for the future”.

 – Willie Kellett


Representative from GEODIES Ireland Ltd and Irish Rail share their experience of the Skills for Work Programme

Representatives from GEODIS Ireland Ltd, Irish Rail, DDLETB and Donegal ETB at Skills for Work & AONTAS event

At the recent Skills for Work closing event of the Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow Mr Paddy Lavelle (CE) DDLETB noted the great work of the programme and its contribution to upskilling workers in various companies over the years. “Nearly 3000 workers participate on SFW courses each year, which has contributed greatly to supporting both the employers and employee in many ways especially by providing this opportunity to upskill their workforce”.

Speaking on behalf of Irish Rail, Ms Sinead O’Reilly, in her presentation mentioned that over 200 workers attended Skills for Work courses and many of the staff have “gotten promotions and better positions within the company. Others have gone on to third level and this is all down to the fact that they took up a Skills for Work course”.

GEODIS Irelands Ltd was represented by Ms. Allie Kaza and Mr. Willie Kellet. Ms Kaza., highlight how the company and its staff have benefited from engaging with Skills for Work and this has “raised the profile of the company as being very progressive with a great interest in upskilling their staff”.




‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow’ – AGENDA


To register for the event please click here or RSVP to Lorna’Sullivan   losullivan@aontas.com  

Please note there is no charge for this event.







Invitation to Skills for Work and AONTAS Event October 24th 12.00

Skills for Work and AONTAS would like to extend an invitation to you to attend the closing event of the ‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow EU project.

Skills for Work is a national workplace educational programme funded by the Department of Education and Skills. The aim of Skills for Work is to provide educational opportunities to adults in employment who may have left school early with no formal educational qualifications or qualification which may be out of date and wish to up-skill with the support of their employer.   Skills for Work courses are delivered by the local Education & Training Boards (ETBs).

Skills for Work provides workplace education courses to more than 2700 employees each year. 

This will be an opportunity to meet with employers and employees from companies who have participated in the Skills for Work Programme and of course to hear about the recent study trip to Malta by Skills for Work participants.

As National Coordinator for the EAAL AONTAS led out on the project ‘Learning Today for a Better Tomorrow’ 2015 -2017. Working closely with Skills for Work as well as the Project Advisory Committee, AONTAS was responsible for the effective communication and dissemination of this project.                                                                                                   

To register for the event please click here or RSVP to Lorna’Sullivan   losullivan@aontas.com  

Please note there is no charge for this event.



Workplace Training – Dublin Horse Show RDS 2017


This event was another successful promotional campaign for Skills for Work. The SFW Co-ordinators met with many companies at the show who expressed an interested in promoting the programme to their staff. Skills for Work is looking forward to developing tailored courses to meet the various workplace educational needs of the companies. Some of the course included Health & Safety, Food & Nutrition, Communications and IT Skills.  

Skills for Work Coordinators pictured at the RDS Skills for Work Stand are Deirdre Gallagher, Geraldine O’Haire, Noelette Dolan and Nuala Nedjati. 


“Positive, Enthusiasm, Empowerment, Confidence”

Hi Deirdre.  

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 it paramount that such courses continue as the benefit to members of the Defence Forces. It has greatly empowered students and given them a new sense of confidence about their future, I would like to take this opportunity to thank 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.  

Best Regards  

Des Macauley  





National Ploughing Championships 2017

Interested in workplace training courses?  Come meet Skills for Work at the National Ploughing Championships 19th -21st September.


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Skills for Work will be at the National Ploughing Championships again this year. This is a great opportunity to meet the Skills for Work Co-ordinator and find out about the many courses on offer to the farming community and local businesses. Skills for Work course are funded by the Department of Education and Skills and are delivered across the country by the ETBs.

For more information log on to www.skillsforwork.ie


“A Very Positive Learning Experience!”

Nypro Bray, Co Wicklow

“27 of our colleagues recently participated in a Skills for Work programme that ran over a 9 month period. There was great participation by everyone involved in the programme with a very positive teaching / coaching relationship developed between the students and teachers over the duration of the course. Everyone was delighted with the outcome with the skill level improvements that we were targeting achieved. This was a very positive learning experience for everyone involved, a big thank you to the Skills for Work team that partnered with us to deliver such a successful training programme.” – Kevin Heffernan, General Manager.




HID Global Galway Advertising Skills for Work Courses!

“Thanks for all your help with IT course for redundancy leavers. They were all very grateful and the feedback has been very positive.

If there are any courses coming up in September, October or November in the area of Basic IT skills, I would be very interested in advertising here and sending some operators on this.

Can you please send me details of dates of upcoming courses? I would expect to have at least 6 people interested. Thank you.”

– Marian Campbell, HR Manager.

The Skills for Work course for HID Global staff was held over seven day at Ionad Foghlama, Casla, Co. naGaillimhe.

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