Shannon Chamber seminar on Further Education and Training

Shannon Chamber seminar on Further Education and Training


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Following on from a very successful seminar on the supports available to employers from the Department of Social Protection, Shannon Chamber is now directing its attention to the training needs of business and the strategy to improve deliverables in this area between now and 2019.

SOLAS executive director Fiona Hartley has accepted Shannon Chamber’s invitation to present the recently launched Further Education Training Strategy (FET) 2014 – 2019 at a breakfast seminar in Westpark Business Campus, Shannon on Wednesday, 22 October. Paul Patten, Education and Training Officer with Limerick and Clare Further Education and Training Board (LCETB) will co-present.

As Shannon Chamber chief executive Helen Downes explains: “Retaining and upgrading skills is so essential for the retention and attraction of business to the Shannon region. It’s an area which most companies invest a lot in, yet many skill gaps remain. As a contributor to the workshops which preceded the compilation of the new FET strategy, we’re delighted that SOLAS will now present the contents of the strategy to Shannon-based companies.”

SOLAS executive director Fiona Hartley is delighted to be visiting Shannon: “We have to thank Shannon Chamber for taking the initiative to host this seminar. It provides an ideal opportunity for local employers and enterprise in the Shannon area to debate and progress the successful implementation of the FET strategy from the enterprise viewpoint and for Chamber members to learn about the programme and services provided by Limerick and Clare ETB.

“The successful implementation of the FET will require  engagement, particularly at local level, of a range of economic development actors including education and training providers, employers, Department of Social Protection, Enterprise Ireland and IDA.

“Local engagement with employers has been identified by the National Economic and Social Council (NESC) as a significant area for improvement within FET to ensure that the skills needs of enterprise are met. We hope our visit to Shannon will initiate this process of engagement,” added Ms Hartley.

For further information on the seminar and to make a booking, contact Shannon Chamber: or Tel: 061 708341.