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Springboard courses provide excellent opportunities to upskill

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By Niamh Dwyer, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors

The Higher Education Authority has recently announced the range of Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative Pillar 1 courses on offer for 2022-2023 to those who are in employment, unemployed, returning to work or graduates meeting the eligibility criteria.

For anyone who is seeking to develop in or change career, these courses offer a fantastic opportunity to add to or learn a new set of skills, which are in demand in the workplace.

They are provided by Higher Education Institutions (HEI) nationwide with a variety of classroom based, remote or blended delivery.

Springboard+ is a Government initiative offering free and heavily subsidised courses on over 300 courses at certificate, degree, and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

These areas include ICT, engineering, green skills, manufacturing and construction, among many others. The majority of courses are flexible and part-time. The Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar 1 offers 89 free and discounted full-time courses in areas such as ICT and Data Analytics, Engineering, Manufacturing and Construction. A number of courses are also available that address green skills and climate change. Courses are at graduate and postgraduate diploma level.

To be considered eligible for a place on a Springboard+ course, applicants need to be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland, have their own valid PPS Number and meet the nationality/visa requirement.

Applications are now open with some deadlines in June and start dates in early July. The flexible nature of these programmes as well as their exceptional value for money mean that they will be in demand.

For further details on all courses including entry requirements and on how to apply, log onto www.springboard.ie.

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, and Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. She is also a Career Consultant - For details see www.mycareerplan.ie or follow @mycareerplan on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

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​​Bursaries presented to schools at Lions Club open night

By Michelle Crean Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group. Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St […]

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By Michelle Crean

Three Killarney schools have been awarded bursaries from a local group.

Killarney Lions Club made the presentations to Killarney Community College, St Brigid’s Presentation School and St Brendan’s College to help support students in need.

It took place at their open night recently in the KDYS Youth Centre.

The night featured different exhibitions about Killarney Lions Club activities such as the Annual Christmas Food Appeal and the Kerry Clubs Fair.

“It was great that people made the effort to come and find out more what Killarney Lions Club does, despite the weather on the night. We are a voluntary group so community support is vital for activities such as our Christmas Food Appeal which will kick off very soon.”

The Killarney Lions Club, through its members, assists various groups and individuals in and around the community. Lions do this through voluntary activities, fundraising and by holding various types of events in support of a great many local causes.

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Staff celebrated for their long service

Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently. The event was held for all […]

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Stalwarts of the tourism industry in Killarney were delighted to celebrate their long term team members with a gourmet dinner in Great Southern recently.

The event was held for all team members of the Great Southern and Killarney Royal who have over 10 years of service, and was hosted by Michael Jacobi, Managing Director, Hayfield Family Collection and Mark Scally, Financial Controller, Hayfield Family Collection.

32 employees celebrated on the night, with the Great Southern represented by John Fitzgerald with 53 years of service, Martina O’Leary with 44 years of service and Kathleen Bhuiyan with 31 years of service. From Killarney Royal Joseph Hurley celebrated 37 years of service with John Harrington celebrating 32 years and Nuala Doolan celebrating 30 years.

“It is an absolute pleasure for us to celebrate our long term staff members,” event host and Hayfield Family Collection Managing Director, Michael Jacobi, said.

“They have played such an integral part in achieving the high standards we are known to provide and are such familiar welcoming faces for our guests.”

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