Colleges and Education Providers in Mid-West to Showcase Course Options to Employees in Shannon companies

Helen Downes, CEO, Shannon Chamber is pictured with (from left): Peter Murphy, strategic business development manager, Ei Electronics and Joe Leddin, manager, Mid-West Regional Skills Forum at the launch of the upskilling event to be held in Shannon on 11 July. Photo: Eamon Ward.


In its first joint undertaking with the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum, Shannon Chamber is co-hosting an information event in Shannon at which colleges and training providers operating in the Mid-West will be on hand to outline the wide range of part-time, online and flexible learning course available in this region.

The event, being held in Ei Electronics’ Centre of Excellence at Shannon Free Zone, will run from 10am until 2pm. Local education training providers including the University of Limerick, Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board, Griffith College and Shannon Chamber Skillnet, who offer part-time flexible learning courses that are funded or part-funded by Government, will be in attendance.

Announcing the event, Shannon Chamber CEO Helen Downes said: “This event, in partnership with the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum is about creating awareness of the many ways employees can upskill to ensure that we have a highly skilled and talented workforce in the Mid-West region. It’s a timely event given that businesses and employees are planning their training options for the year ahead; this event will give them a wide range of options to choose from. It is an ideal opportunity to learn about various courses available and to meet with education colleges to discuss course details, the registration process and other queries they may have.”

Mid-West Regional Skills Forum manager Joe Leddin commenting on the value of an event of this nature added: “Talent is now the determining factor for companies to maintain competitiveness. Lifelong learning is not new; however, what is new is the rapid pace of change in technology with career pathways less defined. The purpose of this upskilling event is to showcase to employers and employees the range of Government-funded part-time flexible learning courses available. “

“This event, which is free of charge, is open to everyone working in Shannon companies and we would encourage companies to give their employees the time off to attend. Booking online via is essential.”