Archive for November, 2017


EU Commission Award Ceremony

Marian Lynch (SFW), Nolette Dolan (SFW) and Rosemarie Gibney (An Post) traveled to Brussels this week to accept the EU Commission’s Training at Work Award 2017 on behalf of all of the employers, participants and ETB staff members from around the country who contributed to the great success of the programme and the award.

This prestigious award is presented each year as part of the EU Vocational Education and Training Skills Week celebrated across Europe under the banner of Discover Your Talent.

The video below will give you a flavour of the event –


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European Winners Award for Irish Workplace Education Training Programme – Skills for Work!

European Winners Award for Irish Workplace Education Training Programme – Skills for Work!
The Skills for Work Programme has won the European Social partners to receive the European Vocational Skills Week – Training at Work Winning Award. The award will be presented to Skills for Work by the European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs, Skills and Labour Mobility Ms Marianne Thyssen in Brussels on Friday 24th November.
The Training at Work Award acknowledges organisations that promote career-long professional learning in micro, small and medium companies and which inspire new ideas and policies to support the upskilling need of adults in employment.

Skills for Work is a national Programme which provides educational training opportunities across Ireland to help employees deal with the basic skills demands of the workplace. Over 3,000 employees from various employment sector (Industry, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Retail, Farming Community and Transport) supported by their employers participate in the Skills for Work Programme each year.

Employers have reported that since engaging with the Skills for Work Programme, there has been many benefits to the company such as belter productivity, retention of staff, better team performances and an increase in staff putting themselves forward for additional training and promotional opportunities.
“Too often vocational training is seen as a second choice compared to academic studies, We need to change this and to show how it can lead to exciting and rewarding careers of all fields that you might never imagine.” Commissioner Marianne Thyssen

“It is an honor for Skills for Work to be the recipients of the European 2017 Training at Work Award. It is an acknowledgment of the quality provision of workplace education courses being delivered across the country to workers who may not have consider return to education and because of this opportunity being available to them, they have now taken the first steps on their journey to lifelong education.” Marian Lynch, National Skills for Work Co-ordinator

Skills for Work is funded by the Irish Government under the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS. The courses are delivered by the Education & Training Boards (ETB) across the country. The project is managed nationally by Dublin & Dún Laoghaire ETB.

For more information contact: Marian Lynch. Mobile 353 0 868337716
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Congratulations to Skills for Work!

Hi Skills for Work 

 That is fantastic news and well deserved!


 Sorcha & Team @ Applegreen



Dear Skills for Work

Delighted with the good news.

Kindest Regards

Tim Hayes

The Chartered Institute of Logistics & Transport in Ireland



Dear Skills for Work

Congratulations and well done from all here in SOLAS on this significant achievement.

Kind Regards


Gerard Gasparro

Director of Finance

An tSeirbhís Oideachais Leanúnaigh agus Scileanna


Hi Skills for Work

That’s is a truly wonderful thing and well deserved recognition, a living testament to all of the hard work you and your team put into Skills For Work. You and your team are inspirational to see in action and a real force to be reckoned with. Well done and long may it continue

Best wishes

Sinead O’Reilly

Irish Rail


 Dear Skills for Work

Congratulations on winning the Training at Work Award!

You definitely deserve it with your passion, hard work and enthusiasm!

Good luck in all your future initiatives!  

Kind regards,

Aliie Kazak
HR Generalist
Human Resources




GEODIS IRELAND LTD.                     
Damastown Industrial Park
Dublin 15 – Dublin / Ireland


Congratulations on the award, it is well deserved Dear Skill for Work

Paul Cummins

Án Post


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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

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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

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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”.



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