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.


Unit  No.6

Row No. 30


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.


Skills for Work Key Speakers at the Food & Drink Expo.

City West Hotel, Wednesday 13th September

Exhibit Stand No. 15

 Skills for Work is delighted to be invited to speak at the upcoming Food & Drink Expo in City West conference Centre.

Regionals Co-ordinators Noelette Dolan (North West) and Deirdre Gallagher (South East) will be making a presentation “Confidence in Your Workplace Skills” to some of the 2000 people attending the one day event.

This is a great opportunity for companies to hear about the many workplace educational training courses availably to employers funded by the Dept. Education and Skills and delivered locally by the Education & Training Boards. For more information call to Exhibit Stand No 15 or log on to www.skillforwork.ie


Recent SFW Celebrations at NYPRO Bray

The CEO of NYPRO, Kevin Heffernan presented certificates to staff from the company after they completed a Skills for Work Workplace Language Course. Mr. Heffernan complimented the staff on their commitment to the course and the dedication they showed as they learned new skills which in turn has benefited the company greatly. Based on the success of this SFW course the company are discussing with SFW and KWETB progression routes to further their workplace learning.

NYPRO CEO – Kevin Heffernan

Mr Heffernan also praised the high standard of tuition delivered by SFW and the KWETB tutors.


Skills for Work at the Horse Show in the RDS

Hall 1 – Stand No. 7 August 9th- 13th


Skills for Work are delighted to be accepted by the RDS management as one of the groups promoting their product at this year’s National Horse Show. The Horse Show is a great place to meet groups of people offering a wide variety of information on interesting topics. This year Skills for Work will be available throughout the five days of the show to promote the extensive range of workplace educational opportunities for those interesting in returning to education.

Call to Hall 1, Stand No 7 to meet our Skills for Work staff or pick up some brochure and information to take away with you…


Skills for Work – Woodies Staff Galway City

Skills for Work recently ran a Computer course in Galway City attended by 8 staff from the 2 local Woodies stores. Six of the eight participants are pictured here receiving their Certificates of Course Completion. Also included in the photograph are Lynne Keery – AEO Galway & Roscommon ETB, Kieran Harrington – Adult Literacy Officer Galway City and Geraldine O’Haire – Skills for Work West Co-ordinator. The 35 hour course ran over 12 nights at Seville House, New Dock Street.

SFW GRETB & Woodies staff

Candidates will receive certification in “Internet Skills” and feedback would indicate that all have become a lot more proficient in using email and other internet applications. The candidates are looking forward to perusing further studies through Skills for Work later in the year.


Decare Dental, Claremorris

Eight staff from Decare Dental in Claremorris, Co Mayo completed a 35 hour Skills for Work course. The staff attended the course twice a week over six weeks. The course was delivered at the local ETB Further Education Centre which allowed participants attend their SFW course at times suitable for both the staff and employer. The course was delivered by tutors from MSLETB.

Photographed with Decare Dental staff are Pat Howley, Adult Education Officer with MSL ETB, Nicola Blendell, Tutor and Geraldine O’Haire – Skills for Work West Regional Co-ordinator.

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