Free event for Mid-West SMEs interested in maximising their potential for growth in 2017

Pictured at the launch of ‘Up-Skilling the Mid-West’ (l-r) :Grainne Walsh, Network Manager, Business Excellence Skillnet, Sue Davies, Technical Coordinator, ulearning Skillnet, Gerard Murray, Network Manager, ulearning Skillnet, Cillian Griffey, Network Manager, Shannon Chamber Skillnet, Linda Barron, Network Manager, Aviation & Aerospace Skillnet and Aviation Finance Finuas Skillnet, and Anne Morris, Network Manager, Limerick Chamber Skillnet.  Photo: Eamon Ward.

 

Nine Skillnets training networks based in the mid-west are running a free information session for SMEs entitled ‘Up-Skilling the Mid-West’ in Limerick on Monday, 6th March 2017 from 8.45am – 1pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel. SMEs in the Mid West are encouraged to attend to find out what subsidised training options are available for their staff, and how they could save time and money by engaging with one of their local Skillnets networks.  

Skillnets networks are funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills. Training networks work with their member businesses to design and deliver training that is cost efficient due to the funding available, relevant to their needs, provided at a time and a location that suits them, and of a high quality. Over 770 companies in the Mid-West are currently benefitting from training through their local Skillnets network.

The event will be opened by Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen T.D.. Other speakers will include Paul Healy, Chief Executive of Skillnets, and existing network members: Conor Flanagan, CEO, Atlantic Aviation Group and Michael Sheehy, Owner, Alert Liability Management, who will speak about how membership of a Skillnets network has helped their businesses.

There is also the opportunity to participate in taster training sessions being delivered on the day by industry professionals.  Peter Nolan, Management Consultant, Franklin Covey will speak on the world’s premier personal leadership development solution ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.   Nolan is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach, and has represented Franklin Covey in Ireland since 2014.  He was also an SME business owner for 18 years and led a team of 30 employees in the import and distribution sector. 

Malin Kelly, Director, Modig Corporate Services Ltd will be speaking about Management Wellbeing.   Kelly has a decade of experience in working with businesses on safety, health and welfare issues at work and will speak about innovative and practical solutions that businesses have implemented in this area.

Dr Ardawan Lalui, Lalui Leadership will talk about SMEs going through a transformation process.  Dr. Lalui has been involved in leadership and management development for over 20 years. Both at coaching/mentoring and consultancy levels he has acted for a wide range of organisations. More recently he was involved in a major EU FP7 project as chief architect for the development of a transformation programme for SMEs.

The Skillnets networks hosting the event are Aviation & Aerospace Skillnet, Aviation Finance Finuas Skillnet, Business Excellence Skillnet, Irish MedTech Association Skillnet, ulearning Skillnet, Limerick Chamber Skillnet, Shannon Chamber Skillnet, Innovation & Lean Sigma Skillnet and Lean Water & Energy Skillnet.

Bookings for the event can be made by contacting Cillian Griffey on 061 360 611 or by email at cgriffey@shannonchamber.ie  

 

 

About the Mid-West Skillnets Networks

Aviation & Aerospace Skillnet provides a variety of courses giving improved access to specialised training for SME companies and organisations in the aviation and aerospace sectors both in the Mid-West and nationally.  

 

Aviation Finance Finuas Network provides solutions and training programmes that meet the specific needs of the international financial services and aircraft finance/leasing sectors for SME and multinational companies in the Mid-West and nationally.

 

Business Excellence Skillnet provides management development training for SME and multinational companies in the Mid-West and nationally.

 

Irish MedTech Association Skillnet designs and develops programmes in areas of quality, regulatory affairs, technical manufacturing and product development for the medical technology sector for SME and multinational companies in the Mid-West and nationally.

 

ulearning Skillnet provides a variety of training to mixed sector SME and multinational companies including management, science and technology in the Mid-West region.

Limerick Chamber Skillnet provides a variety of training to mixed sector SME and multinational companies including engineering, IT, hospitality and hairdressing in the Mid-West.

Shannon Chamber Skillnet provides a variety of training to mixed sector SME and multinational companies in the Mid-West.

 

Innovation & Lean Sigma Skillnet provides Lean and business improvement training courses for SME and multinational companies in the Mid-West and nationally.

 

Lean Water & Energy Skillnet provides utilities and water management training to SME and multinational companies in the Mid-West and nationally.

 

About Skillnets:

 

Established in 1999, Skillnets supports and works with private enterprise in Ireland and their employees to address their current and future skills needs. Skillnets provides high-quality training and development through over 60 learning networks in a range of regions and

sectors. Skillnets is actively supported and guided by national employer and employee bodies such as IBEC, Small Firms Association (SFA), Construction Industry Federation (CIF), Chambers Ireland and the Irish Congress of Trade Unions (ICTU).

 

Skillnets receives funding from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills (DES). The organisation model, with its deep roots in enterprise, has enabled Skillnets to make a substantial and enduring contribution to the national skills agenda and to the competitiveness of Irish enterprise.

 

For further information: www.skillnets.ie   

 

 

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