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Upskill and be work-ready with Springboard+ courses

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

The Springboard+ and Human Capital Initiative (HCI) Pillar upskilling initiatives for 2021, which are supported by the Department of Further Education & Higher Education, offer free and subsidised courses at certificate, degree and masters level leading to qualifications in areas where there are employment opportunities in the economy.

They are designed to help people gain the skills necessary to either obtain employment in industry areas where there is an increasing need or to upskill in a current job. The majority of courses are part-time for a maximum of 12 months and are open to all applicants; Employed, Unemployed, and Returners who meet the eligibility criteria at the time of course commencement.

Under the Springboard+ there are over 10,000 places on 321 courses being offered nationwide at certificate, degree and postgraduate levels spanning several different career sectors. They include courses in ICT, Data Analytics, Cybersecurity, Innovation, Digital Skills, Finance, Hospitality, Pharmaceuticals, Creative Media, Health & Safety, Supply Chain Management, Engineering, Construction, Lean Systems and much more.

As part of the HCI Pillar 1 initiative, graduates can apply for full-time graduate conversion courses in areas of skills shortages and emerging technologies such as ICT, High End Manufacturing, Data Analytics, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and others.

ELIGIBILITY

To be eligible for the Springboard+ and HCI Pillar courses, applicants need to be living full-time in the Republic of Ireland, have a valid PPS number, meet the nationality/visa requirement, have lived in either the EU, the EEA, the UK or Switzerland for at least three out of the last five years. As places are limited, applicants who are on a qualifying Social Welfare payment will always take priority over others.

FEES

Course fees for Springboard+ and HCI Pillar 1 are either free or 90% subsidised depending on eligibility. For those who are employed and applying for NFQ Level 6 course, fees are fully funded. For those who are employed and applying for a course at NFQ Levels 7, 8 or 9, fees are 90% subsidised and the 10% can be paid by the participant or employer. For anyone who is returning to the workforce after a period of unemployment or from a career break to care for loved ones, fees are fully funded for all NFQ levels.

DEADLINES

Applications are now open with some deadlines in early August and start dates in early September. Some courses will start in January so application deadlines will be later. For further details on all courses including entry requirements and on how to apply, log on the www.springboard.ie, and for support and guidance phone 1800 303 523 where you will get professional advice from experienced guidance counsellors. There is huge interest in these excellent opportunities to upskill and retrain and demand outstrips supply so to give yourself the best chance of securing a place, apply now!

Niamh Dwyer is a Guidance Counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore, Chairperson of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors and Careers Advisor at www.mycareerplan.ie. She can be contacted on info@mycareerplan.ie or via Instagram, Twitter or Facebook on @mycareerplan1.

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Katie celebrates 20 years in business

If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades. For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane). 

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If you enjoy what you do, sure it’s not work at all – and that has been the case for Katie Hickey who has been in business locally for two decades.

For the past 20 years Katie has been successfully running Sheer Beauty which is now located at 1 Hogans Lane (Hillary’s Lane).



She said that it was a milestone she felt she may not reach on more than one occasion after coming through a pandemic, a recession, a re-location, and three maternity leaves.

However, she said that the loyalty of her clients over the years have given her great encouragement.

“Sincere thanks to my clients past and present who, without doubt, have been the reason I kept going,” Katie said.

Originally located in Fleming’s Lane for 19 years, Katie then re-located her business to Hogan’s Lane in Norma’s Flair for Hair.

“The beauty industry has evolved so drastically over the past 20 years. For me it is keeping things simple and enjoyable. Realising a client’s needs may not be the treatment itself but the time you give to them. Through the years you get to know your clients so well and some beautiful friendships have developed. I hope my clients have gained from me what I have from them. I have so many people I would like to thank and I will personally, but without doubt my husband Andrew and my family, 20 years in business would not have been achieved.

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She has remained loyal to the brands she has carried over the years including Lycon Waxing, Aviva Tanning, Shellac and Jessica Manicure and Pedicure.

“I was also delighted to bring on board the fabulous facial range that is Killarney Organic. Killarney has been incredibly kind to me. I’m so proud to be part of such a wonderful community. If the past 19 months have proved anything for business it is together we are stronger.”

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County Board open to GAA museum proposals

By Sean Moriarty The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county. There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The Kerry County GAA Board said it would operate “an open door policy” for any plans to build a GAA museum in the county.

There have been talks at a political level to build such a museum in Kerry with political rivals in Killarney and Tralee both pushing for it to be built in their home town.

Before he retired from politics in April, Michael Gleeson was campaigning to build a GAA and cultural museum on the grounds of Fitzgerald Stadium.

His campaign goes back several years before the recession set in, with a €0.5 million bridging loan secured from Croke Park along with funding from Fáilte Ireland. That funding was lost with the onset of the recession before 2010.

Tim Murphy, the outgoing chairman of the Kerry County Board, has confirmed to the Killarney Advertiser that no approaches have been made to the County Board at executive level during his five year stint at the helm.

However, he said the Board would be open to such approaches provided there is sound financial planning behind the project in place.

“The first and most important aspect is the capital funding and my understanding is there needs to be Fáilte Ireland funding in place first,” he told the Killarney Advertiser. “If it gets up and running, there needs to be very clear talks with all stakeholders so everyone knows each others expectations. A museum attracts footfall, but it costs a lot of money to run. We would offer an open door policy to all proposals but funding, first from a capital point of view and then from an operational point of view, will need to be in place.”

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