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Kerry College is helping to build a skilled future

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Kerry College is helping to support employees of the future through its sponsorship of WorldSkills Ireland which is returning to the RDS Simmonscourt, Dublin, from this Tuesday to Thursday.

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A partnership between enterprise, industry, education, training, and government, WorldSkills Ireland raises the profile and recognition of skills and apprenticeships and prepares the talent of today for the careers of the future. Kerry College say they're thrilled to be onboard supporting the show.

Taking place under one roof, free to attend and packed with interactive events, demonstrations, talks and competitions, WorldSkills Ireland will present a wide selection of options, careers and pathways to excite every type of learner.

Offering a unique opportunity to learn about different industries, discover exciting job pathways and options for a vocation in the skills and trade industry, it is a fantastic event for Kerry College to support employees of the future and secure a pipeline for skills through apprenticeships. This will provide a systemic solution to today’s skill and business challenges.

Kerry College are excited to be displaying their new Wind Turbine Maintenance Technician (WTMT) along with their Commis Chef Apprenticeship and Stone Cutting and Stone Masonry apprenticeship at the event. They will be based at the ETB Green Technologies Demo area, Stone Masonry Demo area and Restaurant area.

Broadcast Production Skills learners along with instructor Brian Nolan are operating all live streaming of each day’s activities, the awards event and covering all social media for the three day event. Live segments will be presented by RTÉ’s Brian Hurley. This is a huge high-level partnership for Kerry College and the WorldSills Ireland Competition.

Kerry College are proud to have two national expert instructors, Tom Cronin for Mechanical Automotive Maintenance Fitter (MAMF) and Tara O'Halloran for Beauty Therapy.

A preliminary training morning was held to prepare for the Worldskills Ireland 2022 Beauty Therapy competition at the state-of-the-art, newly refurbished Kerry College of Beauty, Clash Campus on September 6.

Competitors from Kerry College - Claire Kiely currently working at Therapie Clinic Ireland and Emma Godley who is employed with The Glampod Tralee, along with Emma Hearty from FX Makeup Academy and Laura Stack from Brid's Beauty Salon in Glin Co. Limerick looked forward to the final checks prior to the RDS event.

A must-attend event, WorldSkills Ireland is set to inspire the next generation of skilled young people to follow their passions, interests and talents.

For further information on WorldSkills Live, please see www.worldskillsireland.ie or follow WorldSkills Ireland on social media.

To visit the show, register free via www.worldskillsireland.ie.

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Top 10 Essential tips for Leaving Cert Students in lead up to June 5

The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting […]

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The final weekend leading up to the Leaving Cert exams can be very tough, as you try to balance last minute revision with much needed rest after a long, exhausting year.

The natural anxiety felt by students is often heightened by the annual media hype around the state exams and it is really important that you do your best to manage that stress effectively, so that you are ready to perform to the best of your ability once the exams start. The following tips may help to keep you focused and a little calmer in the lead up to June 5.

1. Review, don’t cram – Focus on summary notes, flashcards, or mind maps. This reinforces what you’ve already studied. Prioritise areas where you feel less confident, but don’t try to learn new material.

2. Practise past papers – Review marking schemes and time allocation for each question you will need to answer on each paper. Practise a sample of questions against the clock. This will maximise your scoring potential.

3. Organise your materials – Check the exam timetable and highlight your own exams. Prepare the stationary that you need, gather pens, pencils, calculators, and so on. Pack your bag the night before to avoid last-minute stress.

4. Maintain a healthy balance – Aim for 8 hours of sleep each night. Proper rest is crucial for memory, concentration and stamina. Eat well, include proteins, healthy fats, and complex carbs in your meals to maintain energy levels. Drink plenty of water, hydration is essential.

5. Try to manage stress – Schedule short breaks during study sessions and do something enjoyable and relaxing, like a short walk, playing or listening to music. Get fresh air and some light exercise. Use relaxation techniques like breathing exercise, mindfulness and meditation.

6. Focus on a positive mindset – Focus on your strengths and remind yourself of your preparation. Concentrate on what you know and not on what you think you don’t! Try to avoid negative self-talk and steer clear of discussions that heighten anxiety, such as comparing how much you’ve studied with friends.

7. Plan your weekend – Create a realistic timetable for the weekend, balancing study sessions with breaks and relaxation and don’t overdo the study. You need plenty of energy for the exams.

8. Stay connected – Talk to friends and family, if you are feeling overwhelmed reach out and get support from loved ones. If it’s helpful, have a short, focused study session with friends to clarify doubts.

9. Keep things in perspective – The Leaving Cert is important but won’t define you and regardless of what happens you have several options open to you. Try to reframe the media hype as the whole country getting behind you, for what they know to be a tough time for you.

10. Get Set for exam day – Double-check the venue, seating arrangements, and required materials for the day of the exam. On the evening before the exam, do a light review of key concepts but avoid heavy studying. Ensure you know how to get to the exam venue and plan to arrive early (at least 30 mins on the first day). Decide what you’ll wear to avoid rushing in the morning and have your water and snacks ready to go.

Above all else, give the exams your best shot! Once they are over you have a lovely ‘study-free’ summer and bright future to look forward to. Go n-éirí libh ar fad, the very best of luck to each and every one of you!

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Disability toilets for Killarney Library

Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year. Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting. She said: […]

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Works to build new toilet facilities for people with disabilities should commence later this year.

Cllr Marie Moloney tabled a motion at a recent Kerry County Council meeting.
She said: “Application has been made for funding to the Department. As soon as the funding is approved, work will commence on the provision of Disabled Toilet Facilities.
“While ramps are installed for accessibility, it is unacceptable that any public building be without disabled toilet facilities in this day and age.
“I am aware of several people with a disability who constantly use the services of the Library and are very happy with the staff and the services that Killarney Library offers but are disappointed at the lack of disabled toilets.”
“I will be keeping the pressure on to have these facilities provided as soon as possible.”

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