Archive for October, 2016


Irish Rail Making Tracks in Workplace Education Courses

Irish Rail staff with Joan Devlin (SFW) and Sinead O'Reilly

Irish Rail has been working very closely with Skills for Work and the ETBs across the country providing workplace courses to their staff. The support of Sinead O’Reilly (HR Irish Rail) who has promoted the SFW programme amongst their employees nationally contributed greatly to the success of the programme.

Skills for Work courses were designed to meet the educational needs of Irish Rail employees and delivered through the ETB adult education services.

At the recent awards presentation the SFW participants from Irish Rail praised Skills for Work, Irish Rail management and the tutors for providing a “brilliant course”.

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Mélange of QQI Awards Drumshanbo

SFW Awards Night Drumshanbo

Through the Skills for Work Programme in conjunction with Mayo, Sligo & Leitrim Education & Training Board, 35 staff form various work sectors were awarded Certificates in Computer Literacy, Internet Skills and Tourism Awareness through Personal Effectiveness in the Lough Allen Hotel on Monday 11th April 2016.

The SFW participants are pictured with Marian Lynch National Coordinator of the Skills for Work Programme, Pat Howley, Adult Education Officer, MSLETB, MSLETB Committee Members, Cllr Enda Stenson and Cllr. Paddy O Rourke, Skills for Work for the North West Region Coordinator for Leitrim, Sligo and Donegal, Niamh Lavin and Skills for Work tutors, Isabella Daly, Patricia Gardiner & Fiona Higgins

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Skills for Work at Enterprise Event in Dun Laoghaire

Launch of BOI Event

Skills for Work was invited to attend the BOI hosted Enterprise Town Event in Dún Laoghaire on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. This impressive event was held in DLR Lexicon and was officially opened by Minister of Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Mary Mitchel O’Connor TD, and by Ms Karen Cunningham, Bank of Ireland Dun Laoghaire Branch Manager (pictured).

Teresa McHale, our Skills for Work co-ordinator in Dun Laoghaire, was delighted to support this initiative which was designed to plan and deliver a range of activities to support and generate business in the Dun Laoghaire area. This Event was well attended by the local community and included plenty of fun activities for adults and children alike!

Karen has also invited Skills for Work to promote courses in BOI Dun Laoghaire. As soon as dates become available we will let you know as we would be delighted to see you there.

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Exploring Pastures New

Having attended the National Sheep Sheering Competitions in Tullynally Estate in Castlepollard, SFW Co-ordinators ,Marian O’Reilly and Noelette Dolan made great contacts with the Irish Cattle and Sheep Farmers’ Association (ICSA). They were officially invited by Hugh Farrell, Cavan County Chairman, to the ICSA Marquee to meet the National Sheep Chairman, John Brooks and Nessa Fitzgibbon PRO, along with other ICSA members from across the country. Mr Brooks was very interested in promoting the programme nationally and informed them that from January 2018 all Department Scheme Applications will have to be done on-line which is of great concern to the farmers. Noelette was then invited to address an ICSA Executive Meeting in Ardee which went very well – other guest speakers included local politicians and Samaritans – so she was in good company. As a result of this Noelette was then invited to address an ICSA National Event (Knowledge Transfer Beef Programme) in Enfield, Co Meath. Other speakers include Chris Daly ICBF, Adam Woods, Teagasc, Arthur Bredin, Progressive Genetics etc

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Farmers Returning to Education



The feedback from the farmers is very positive and I am delighted to see the level of skill and interest in using modern computer technology rising, as a result of the course.

I wished to open a new window to farmers to avail of the many advantages that IT can offer, and participants have now able to use a computer to register calves on line and find information the internet that’s of interest to them.

The course enabled one farmer to use his computer with confidence. He literally started from scratch!

Many of the participants have enrolled in advanced classes, to further raise their skill!

I am very pleased and appreciative at how the course has developed their skill and interest in internet. I will continue to recommend farmers to avail of the training.

Thanks to Mary (Adult Literacy Organiser) and Tipperary ETB tutors.

Joe Hand B. Agr. Sc. MBA

Teagasc,Castlemeadows, Thurles, Co.Tipperary.

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