Skills for Work Wins Nationwide Star Award

Skills for Work Wins Nationwide Star Award
Skills for Work (SFW) are delighted to celebrate the programme’s achievement on becoming the Nationwide Star Award Winners 2015.

The Nationwide Award was presented to Skills for Work by AONTAS in recognition of the contribution the programme has made in providing workplace education courses to workers across the country.

Skills for Work is a national programme that provides educational training opportunities to help employees deal with the basic skills demands of the workplace.

Skills for Work provides courses to workers who may be early school leavers or have no formal qualifications. The courses are designed to meet the needs of the employee and employer.

All courses are themed to the specific educational requirements of workers in the various sectors and cover topics which include: Communications, Numeracy /Maths, Customer Care, Industry Knowledge Preparation Course, Food & Nutrition and Health & Safety in the Workplace.

The hands on recruitment and promotional strategies used by the Skills for Work Regional Co-ordinators offers encouragement to adults in the workplace to engage in educational training, which may be delivered on company premises or the ETB Adult Education Service (AES). Through the co-operation of local ETB Adult Literacy Services (ALS) and employers across the country, workplace specific courses and subject specific tutor and student resources were developed to meet the requirements of participants and employers.

As a result of very successful promotional strategies and a positive response from participants and employers, the Skills for Work programme has gained recognition across a wide range of employment sectors and organisations wishing to engage with the programme. Skills for Work also hosted a number of study visits from government organisation across Europe interested in developing programmes based on the Skills for Work model.

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Marian Lynch
National Co-ordinator