South East Regional Skills NewsletterApril 2019

Engineering the South East 
A new group is being formed in the South East with the aim of advancing engineering to drive a successful region. It will focus on ‘Skills’, ‘Promotion’ & ‘Communications’ and is open to engineering, manufacturing and construction companies. Details.

Kilkenny apprentices take top prize in Generation Apprenticeship competition 
A team of apprentices from CDS Architectural Metalwork in Ballyfoyle, Kilkenny have taken the top prize in the national Generation Apprenticeship competition. The four-man team shared the first place with a team from the West of Ireland and a prize of €2,000. Details.

ETBs offering companies training under new ‘Skills to Advance’ initiative  
Employers across multiple sectors can now access training for their employees from their local Education & Training Board (ETB) under a new initiative ‘Skills to Advance’. The focus will be on enhancing skills of employees whose skill level in a particular area is below Level 5 on the NFQ.  Further information (here).  Skills to Advance more information.

Calling Employers in Manufacturing for EXPLORE 
Employers with manufacturing staff needing to improve digital skills are invited to consider the EXPLORE Initiative. Delivered part time over six weeks for free. Excellent feedback to date. See details.

More Work Permits for Engineering, Construction & Logistics  
Changes to the employment permits system for workers from outside the European Economic Area means greater access to Ireland for engineering and construction professionals and trades in particular. See details.

Edmond Connolly
Edmond Connolly is the South East Regional Skills Forum Manager. If you need any support or guidance in terms of your industry’s skills needs contact Edmond at edmondconnolly@regionalskills.ie  059 917 5217 or 087 8314729.

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