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VENTAC Learning Journey with Skills for Work


Back l/r: Christine Griffin, Krzysztof Zubrycka, Darren Fortune (General Manager Ventac), Tomasz Opoka, Joe Burke (Production Manager, Ventac), Catherine Byrne (AEO KWETB)
Front: Joanna Zubrycka, Jelena Rasnaca, Caroline Boyle (Resource Worker & Tutor KWETB), Kate Deans (Tutor KWETB, Annette Mangan (ALO KWETB) Missing from photo: Monika Cois
Photo: Nigel Gillis


Kildare Wicklow ETB and Skills for Work were very happy to celebrate with workers from VENTAC on their recent achievement on receiving their QQI Award certificate.

VENTAC designs, manufacture and supply acoustic solutions for Commercial and Industrial Vehicle OEMS. Servicing a variety of sectors worldwide and their product range supports the requirement of a broad range of vehicle application.

The presentation of awards was held in Tulfarris Co. Wicklow in October.

Photographed with their certificates are five workers from VENTAC, with Darren Fortune (General Manager) and Joe Burke (Production Manager,)
KWETB was represented by Catherine Byrne (AEO) Caroline Boyle,  Kate Deans and  Annette Mangan.   


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Carrigaline Delivers Award Winning Skills for Work Programme

By Ciaran Lynch Cork ETB  

The Carrigaline Court Hotel working in partnership with the Cork Education and Training Board have just completed a ‘Skills for Work’ programme for employees at the hotel. Skills for Work (SFW) is a national programme which provides educational and training opportunities to help employees deal with the basic skills and the everyday demands of the workplace. The course which was successfully completed by 6 employees of the hotel was run for one afternoon each week between the months of September to November of this year.

SFW which is a national programme recently received international recognition and acclaim when it won the European Vocational Skills Week – Training at Work Award. To date the programme has engaged with over 3,000 employees with the support of their employers coming from a wide range of sectors including Industry, Hospitality, Food & Beverage, Retail, Farming Community and Transport. 

Commenting upon the programme, Lillian Buckley, SFW Regional Coordinator said, “We are delighted to have had this opportunity to deliver this course in partnership with management at the Carrigaline Court Hotel. The Skills for Work programme is a win-win situation for all parties concerned as it promotes and delivers learning in the workplace, which in turn contributes towards the creation of a well-educated and highly skilled workforce. It also raises the competency level of employees and often assists in coping with frequent and ongoing changes in work practices.”

This strong endorsement of the programme was also supported by Eilis Howard, HR Manager at the Carrigaline Court Hotel, who said, “The training provided through the Skills for Work programme has been a very positive experience for us. The course was set up in such a way that it directly responded to the particular learning needs of the group of our employees that were on the course. I would like to congratulate those who participated in the course for their commitment and efforts in taking on the course and successfully completing it. I would also like to commend the local Cork ETB team based in Carrigaline for the quality of the training and expertise they demonstrated in delivering the course.

Speaking about the course and looking to the future, Ciarán Lynch of the Cork ETB said, “A special acknowledgement must also be made to the Hotel’s management for their engagement with Skills for Work. Though the running of the programme comes with little financial cost to employers, it does however require their full support to release staff to attend the course to ensure its successful delivery and I commend the hotel’s management for the investment they have made in facilitating and supporting their employees in doing the course and I look forward to continuing this partnership with them and other employers into the future.

Skills for Work is funded by the Department of Education and Skills and SOLAS and courses are delivered by the Education & Training Boards (ETB) across the country. For more information about this programme visit


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