Archive for February, 2015


Skills for Work Wins Nationwide Star Award!

Skills for Work being presented with their  Nationwide Star Award

Skills for Work being presented with their Nationwide Star Award

Skills for Work (SFW) were delighted to accept the Nationwide Star Award at the AONTAS Star Awards Ceremony at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin.   

Skills for Work is a national programme aimed at providing educational  training opportunities to help employees deal with the basic skills demands of the workplace. SFW is working with adults in employment who have achieved less than upper second level education or with outdated skills. A SFW programme includes a variety of subjects which supports the needs of employers and employees.

More than 300 people attend the presentation ceremony which was held in conjunction with the opening of AONTAS Adult Learners’ Festival.  The Award Ceremony recognised the importance of adult learning projects in combating a range of issues such as upskilling in the workplace, disability, unemployment, and the isolation of older people.

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One Million On-line Registrations

Skills for Work and its delivery of the Farmers On –line Training Course to farmers were very encouraged by a report in the Irish Independent recently on the increase in farmers using the Departments on-line site to return their calf registrations. The support provided by SFW to farmers as part of their course which is delivered locally by the ETB has no doubt contributed greatly to “breaking the million barrier for the first time ever”.

The report (Darragh McCullough, 27th January 2015) noted that “paperwork in farming is rapidly becoming a thing of the past – not due to any red-tape, but because farmers are moving more and more of their Department interaction on-line”.

The Minister for Agriculture Simon Coveney said “The use of the electronic herd registration removes the requirement to maintain the ‘blue book’, which reduces paperwork, errors, and the risk of penalties arising at cross compliance inspections”.

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