Archive for February, 2018


Out in Force to Meet the Judges!

Corporal Vanessa Fox represented the Defence Forces when meeting the panel of Judge’s as part of the decision making process in choosing the AONTAS Star Award Winner 2018. Vanessa spoke about the many benefits the Skills for Work Career Preparation Course provided to the army staff who were about to leave the force and were returning to civilian life.

Meeting the judges in the Ashling Hotel were Marian Lynch, Geraldine O’Haire (SFW), Corp. Vanessa Fox and Paul Kilbride.

Paul Kilbride shared with the judges his experiences and why he participated in the Career Preparation Course highlighting the confidence it gave him adjusting to the life and family changes which occurred upon leaving the army. He also acknowledged that the course provided him with other opportunities to continue with his educational journey as part of the ETBs Adult Education Service. 

Delighted to have been shortlisted for this prestigious award, Skills for Work are now looking forward to the celebrations on the 5th March when AONTAS will announced the winners as part of the AONTAS Adult Learners Festival 5th – 9th March. 

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Promoting Skills for Work at the Hospitality Expo!

Pictures at the recent Hospitality Expo in the RDS are Lillian Buckley (SFW South West), Geraldine O’Haire (SFW West), and Joan Devlin (SFW Dublin).

Skills for Work were delighted to participate in the recent Hospitality and Food Expo in the RDS. It provided an opportunity to meet new companies to promote the extensive range of courses available for staff working in this particular area of employment.  Workplace specify courses on offer include; Culinary Skills, Health & Safety in the Workplace, Communication Skills and Customer Service.

All Skills for Work courses are designed to meet the needs of the employer and their staff and are delivered locally by the Education Training Boards (ETB). Skills for Work courses are funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES).

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Skills for Work – Meeting the Judges, AONTAS STAR Award 2018

Skills for Work has been shorted listed for an award under the AONTAS Star Awards 2018 (Showcasing Teamwork Award Recognition). Participants from the very successful “CAREER PREPARATION COURSE”  will be meeting the judges on Monday 5th February to tell them about this fantastic course which is designed by Skills for Work to support workers who may be about to leave the workforce.

The Career Preparation Course was shortlisted under the “Adult Learner Initiative that Promote Wellbeing”

The Career Preparation Course is funded by the DES and delivered by the local Education & Training Boards.

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