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Kerry College launches new Tech Apprenticeships in Kerry

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Two new Tech Apprenticeships will start this September - one in Software Development, another in Cybersecurity.

Kerry College this week announced that the QQI Level 6 Apprenticeships for the county will be two years in duration and will be delivered in partnership with FIT (FastTrack Into IT) who have a track record of running a range of apprenticeships for the tech and IT sectors.

FIT work with over one hundred employers across Ireland and is currently collaborating with partner organisations and employers in Kerry including Kerry SciTech to provide opportunities for tech apprentices from the county and the wider region.

Apprenticeships use an 'Earn While You Learn' model where a participating employer hires a tech apprentice who undertakes phases of on-the-job and off-the-job training before fully qualifying.

The first six months of the programme will be run online from the Kerry College Tech Apprenticeship Hub in Tralee, with the last 18 months split between Kerry College and the host employer. There are only 14 places on each apprenticeship.

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“We are delighted to partner with FIT to bring these two superb tech apprenticeships to County Kerry," Assistant Manager at Kerry College John Herlihy said. "This provides a fantastic option for school leavers and career changers to move into this growth sector and to earn as they learn. Kerry is home to over 70 companies in the tech sector at various levels – and as we come out of the pandemic we think this is the right time to offer these programmes to support and bring these important skillsets to the county and wider region.”

KerrySciTech Cluster Manager Aoife O’Brien added that “KerrySciTech members recognise how transformative apprenticeship programmes are for learners and business".

"Now, with the continuous growth of our STEM and associated digital sectors within the Kerry region, there has never been a better time to choose a career in our sector," she said.

"These two innovative tech apprenticeship programmes not only offer a new pathway into STEM but the combination of classroom learning with practical workplace training ensures that, when qualified, the apprentices will be equipped with all the necessary skills to progress as far as they want. We look forward to working with Kerry College and FIT as these programmes are rolled out.”

You can apply to become a tech apprentice at www.fit.ie/tech-apprenticeships/become-anapprentice/.
Employers who are interested in participating in these tech apprenticeships should contact FIT directly via fit.ie/tech-apprenticeships/hire-an-apprentice/.

You can browse and sign up for all Kerry College courses online at kerrycollege.ie/full-time-courses/.
For queries, contact the Admissions Office on 066 714 96 96 or info@kerrycollege.ie.

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Women’s health the focus of HeartBeat meeting

By Sean Moriarty HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week. Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific […]

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HeartBeat Killarney will present a special meeting dedicated to women’s health next week.

Hosted by HeartBeat nurse Anna O’Donoghue, the meeting tomorrow evening (Tuesday) will feature specific discussions on every decade of women’s lives.

Special guest on the evening will be Obstetrician and Gynaecologist Dr Mary McCaffrey.

“Topics will include hormones and how they affect health from puberty, the importance of bone health, a cameo on female cardiac symptoms, heart health and mid-life, as well as common health symptoms specific to women’s well-being,” said HeartBeat chairman Billy O’Sullivan.

“We welcome women of all ages to this important meeting which is an opportunity not to be missed, especially if you have health worries.”

The meeting will take place at 8pm at the Parish Centre on Park Road.

It will be followed by a Q&A session and there is an optional blood pressure and pulse clinic from 7.30pm.

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Killarney man to launch second Irish history book

By Sean Moriarty Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2. O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain […]

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Killarney native Patrick O’Sullivan Greene will launch his second book in the Great Southern Killarney on December 2.

O’Sullivan Greene explains Éamon de Valera’s mission to gain recognition for the newly formed Irish republic in New York in 1919 in his latest book ‘Revolution at the Waldorf: America and the Irish War of Independence’.

Without American recognition and funding the young Irish Government was sure to fail against the might of the British Empire and the book tells the story of how de Valera and Ireland-based Michael Collins – much to the defiance of the British authorities at Dublin Castle – got the new State off the ground.

O’Sullivan grew up in New Street and is now based in Beaufort after a career in finance took him all over the world including Dublin, London, New York and France.

“Killarney is the natural place for me to launch the book,” he told the Killarney Advertiser.

“There will be an interesting mix of people there.”

O’Sullivan Greene published his first book, ‘Crowdfunding the Revolution: The First Dáil Loan and the Battle for Irish Independence’, in 2020.

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