Skillnets to host mid-west network event

Skillnets to host mid-west network event

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Nine Skillnets training networks based in the mid-west are running a free information session for SMEs entitled ‘Up-Skilling the Mid-West’ in Limerick on Monday 6th March 2017 from 8.45am – 1pm at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

SMEs in the Mid West are encouraged to attend to find out what subsidised training options are available for their staff, and how they could save time and money by engaging with one of their local Skillnets networks.

Skillnets networks are funded by member companies and the Training Networks Programme, an initiative of Skillnets funded from the National Training Fund (NTF) through the Department of Education and Skills. Training networks work with their member businesses to design and deliver training that is cost efficient due to the funding available, relevant to their needs, provided at a time and a location that suits them, and of a high quality. Over 770 companies in the Mid-West are currently benefitting from training through their local Skillnets network.

The event will be opened by Minister of State for Employment and Small Business Pat Breen T.D. Other speakers will include Paul Healy, Chief Executive of Skillnets, and existing network members: Conor Flanagan, CEO, Atlantic Aviation Group and Michael Sheehy, Owner, Alert Liability Management, who will speak about how membership of a Skillnets network has helped their businesses.

There is also the opportunity to participate in taster training sessions being delivered on the day by industry professionals.  Peter Nolan, Management Consultant, Franklin Covey will speak on the world’s premier personal leadership development solution ‘7 Habits of Highly Effective People’.   Nolan is a Management Consultant and Executive Coach, and has represented Franklin Covey in Ireland since 2014.  He was also an SME business owner for 18 years and led a team of 30 employees in the import and distribution sector.

Malin Kelly, Director, Modig Corporate Services Ltd will be speaking about Management Wellbeing.   Kelly has a decade of experience in working with businesses on safety, health and welfare issues at work and will speak about innovative and practical solutions that businesses have implemented in this area.

Dr Ardawan Lalui, Lalui Leadership will talk about SMEs going through a transformation process.  Dr. Lalui has been involved in leadership and management development for over 20 years. Both at coaching/mentoring and consultancy levels he has acted for a wide range of organisations. More recently he was involved in a major EU FP7 project as chief architect for the development of a transformation programme for SMEs.

The Skillnets networks hosting the event are Aviation & Aerospace Skillnet, Aviation Finance Finuas Skillnet, Business Excellence Skillnet, Irish MedTech Association Skillnet, ulearning Skillnet, Limerick Chamber Skillnet, Shannon Chamber Skillnet, Innovation & Lean Sigma Skillnet and Lean Water & Energy Skillnet.

Bookings for the event can be made by contacting Sue Davies on 061 363 418 or by email at info@ulearning.ie

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Chief Reporter Pat Flynn has worked as a journalist for almost 30 years. His career began during the late 1980s when, like many aspiring radio presenters of the time, he worked for local pirate radio stations in Clare and Limerick.

Pat joined Clare FM in 1990 where he worked as researcher initially and later presented several different programmes including the station’s flagship current affairs programme.

He was also the station’s News Editor and Deputy Controller of Programmes. Despite leaving in 2003 to pursue a career as a freelance journalist, he continues to work with the station to this day.

As well as being the Clare Herald’s Chief Reporter Pat is also freelance journalist and broadcaster, contributing to Ireland’s national newspapers and is a regular contributor to national broadcasters.

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