People Management and Leadership Competencies on Shannon Breakfast Menu

Helen Downes, chief executive, Shannon Chamber receiving her Certificate in Advanced Leadership from the Timoney Leadership Institute, pictured with (from left): Antonio Hidalgo, secretary general. Instituto Internacional SanTelmo, Spain; Eamon Sinnott, general manager, Intel Ireland and John Killeen, chairman, Timoney Leadership Institute and chairman, Marine Institute. Photo: Karl Hussey Photography


Shannon Chamber, Atlantic Aviation Group and the University of Limerick (UL) are joining forces in a concerted effort to encourage more business executives to perfect their management and leadership skills.


As part of its Skillnet undertakings, Shannon Chamber is hosting a breakfast briefing at the Oakwood Hotel in Shannon on Wednesday, 16 August at which details of two new programmes being introduced this autumn will be outlined to aspiring attendees. The briefing will run from 7:30am to 9:00am.


The programmes, an NFQ Level 6 Certificate in Management and an NFQ Level 7 Diploma in Management being offered by Shannon Chamber Skillnet and Atlantic Aviation Group respectively will be delivered by the University of Limerick over the course of a year, commencing in September.


Speaking about the value of these programmes for businesses in the region, Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes, who herself recently completed an Advanced Leadership Programme with the Timoney Institute said: “Continuing education is so essential in today’s fast- paced environment. Whilst the basics may remain constant, technology has introduced so many variables, it is so advisable to keep abreast of current practices.


“Both programmes have been devised, in conjunction with UL, for different management levels. The Certificate-level programme will give anyone currently working in supervisory or junior management a sound introduction to management whilst enabling them to gain a formal qualification. The Diploma, on the other hand, is aimed at middle managers who wish to develop themselves, their teams and their organisations; it has a strong focus on personal development.


“This breakfast briefing will showcase course content and give anyone wishing to upskill in a management environment the opportunity to meet with the tutors and course director before making a year-long, 10-session commitment. The hardest part of learning is the decision to enrol but, once the decision is made pay-back, in terms of new knowledge gained, commences,” added Ms Downes.


Bookings for this breakfast briefing being organised by Shannon Chamber, Atlantic Aviation Group and the University of Limerick, can be made online at