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New Bus and Coach Traineeship launched at Loughlinstown Training Centre

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The official launch of Loughlinstown Training Centre’s Bus and Coach Driving Traineeship  took place last Thursday, after months of significant collaboration between Loughlinstown Training Centre (DDLETB), local passenger operators, The Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland (CTTC) and training provider Swilly Group.

Cathy English, DDLETB said Loughlinstown Training Centre has worked in partnership with the Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland to develop this Bus and Coach Traineeship. At Loughlinstown Training Centre we aim to assist industry by providing highly trained and qualified personnel”.

This 26 week programme, which is FREE to the learners, includes the mandatory theoretical and practical tests required to qualify as a professional Bus Driver.  The programme includes exciting new modules in both Customer Service and Tourism Visitor Care.   Each learner receives 25 hours of Driving Lessons before sitting their driving test.  Those who successfully obtain their Bus Driving Licence will proceed to get further training on Eco and Defensive Driving.

Cathy added “This programme represents a fantastic opportunity for learners to become skilled in an area where there is significant employment opportunities.  The learners will also receive job seeking support from a qualified jobs coach as well as training in their Driver CPC, Practical Driving, First Aid and Customer Service.  With the training and qualifications we have on offer, we are very confident that there will be a high job placement from this programme”.

Attending the launch were Kevin TraynorNational Director, The Coach Tourism and Transport Council of Ireland, Local Employers such as Go-Ahead Ireland, The Dualway Group and Viking Splash Tours, all of whom spoke of the demand for bus drivers in Ireland at present.

 

Employers, Students, Training Provider and Coach and Tourism Council representatives at the Launch

Click here to find out more or register your interest on the next Bus Traineeship – https://www.fetchcourses.ie/course/finder?sfcw-courseId=247150 or alternatively you can call Loughlinstown Training Centre Recruitment on  (01) 2043600.

 

Barista Training Programme Coming Soon (Dublin)

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Did you ever want to become a qualified professional Barista ?  Now’s your chance.

Loughlinstown Training Centre, partnering with Swilly Group are delighted to announce that we are starting our next Barista Skills Programme this June.  This short programme has proved to be a very popular choice for Learners who aspire to get work in the Hospitality sector.

The programme which will run 4 weeks full time in Loughlinstown will begin on  Monday 17th June.

This hands on programme is tailored to help candidates get work in the local hospitality industry or help progress into better job opportunities as a qualified Barista.

We only have a couple of places left, so if you are interested in the FREE training programme call (01) 2043600.

More information on this programme can be found at https://www.fetchcourses.ie/course/finder?sfcw-courseId=257533

 

New Bus and Coach Driving Traineeship for LTC

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Loughlinstown Training Centre (LTC) has officially launched its new Bus and Coach Driving Traineeship, which is due to start on 1st July 2019.

This new full time programme, which will be FREE to the learners, was developed in partnership with leading industry stakeholders and aims to secure jobs in the passenger transport industries for its 16 successful participants.

Loughlinstown Training Centre has been working closely with the transport training company Swilly Group and local employers to develop programmes in Transport and Logistics that will deliver jobs for its learners in the greater Dublin area.

Cathy English, DDLETB said “We have been liaising with Passenger Industry employers in Dublin for some time now to understand their specific employment needs.  We are acutely aware of the shortage of qualified Bus Drivers that is being felt by the industry at present.  We have put together a programme that addresses these skills shortage”.

This 26 week programme includes the mandatory theoretical and practical tests required to qualify as a professional Bus Driver.  The programme includes exciting new modules in both Customer Service and Tourism Visitor Care.   Each learner receives 25 hours of Driving Lessons before sitting their driving test.  Those who successfully obtain their Bus Driving Licence will proceed to get further training on Eco and Defensive Driving.

Cathy added “This programme represents a fantastic opportunity for learners to become skilled in an area where there is significant employment opportunities.  The learners will also receive job seeking support from a qualified jobs coach as well as training in their Driver CPC, Practical Driving, First Aid and Customer Service.  With the training and qualifications we have on offer, we are very confident that there will be a high job placement from this programme”.

 

Click here to find out more or register your interest on the Bus Traineeship – https://www.fetchcourses.ie/course/finder?sfcw-courseId=247149 or alternatively you can call Loughlinstown Training Centre Recruitment on  (01) 2043600.

 

Beauty Therapist Tutor Required

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The Swilly Group  are now accepting applications for a Beauty Therapist Tutor to join our team for our upcoming Beauty Therapist Traineeship programme in Co. Donegal.   

Established in 1975, the Swilly Group has grown to become one of the leading providers of training, recruitment and employment support services in Ireland.  The company serves industries such as Hospitality, Beauty,  Transport, Tourism, Care Services and Outdoor Activities.

Candidates  qualifications in a Beauty related discipline at Level 6 or higher, have a minimum 5 years salon experience as well as having a QQI level 6 Train the Trainer (or equivalent) are invited to apply for the trainer vacancies.  All candidates must be eager to learn, confident, good with people and flexible.

To apply for this post please email Susan on susan@swillygroup.com with Beauty Therapist Tutor Application in the subject line.

Chef Tutor Vacancy in Monaghan Area

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The Swilly Group  are now accepting applications for a Chef Tutor position to deliver on our upcoming Food Preparation and Culinary Skills programme in Co. Monaghan.   

Established in 1975, the Swilly Group has grown to become one of the leading providers of training, recruitment and employment support services in Ireland.  The company serves industries such as Hospitality, Transport, Tourism, Care Services and Outdoor Activities.

Candidates with experience and qualifications in Culinary Skills at Level 6 or higher as well as having a QQI level 6 Train the Trainer qualification or equivalent are invited to apply for the trainer vacancies.  All candidates must be eager to learn, confident, good with people and flexible.

The programme which starts in late April, is delivered over 5 days per week in the initial phase and then moves to 3 days per week in the integrated phase.

To apply for this post please email your CV to Susan on susan@swillygroup.com with Chef Tutor Application in the subject line.

Commis Chef programme starting in Letterkenny this February

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Swilly Group are delighted to announce that we are delivering our hugely successful Commis Chef prgoramme again this February. We are now now actively recruiting for the Programme which is set to start on the 25th February.

This short (part time) hospitality programme is delivered over 7 tutor led weeks (2 days per week) and 15 days of practical work experience.    The practical ‘hand on’ approach is designed to enable learners to develop basic kitchen skills and cooking techniques that will assist them in taking up employment in a Kitchen environment within the duration of the progamme.  Practical meal service skills will also be developed as part of the training.

The programme is made up of the following:

Kitchen Skills

Core Kitchen Skills and Kitchen Hygiene

Safe Knife skills

Introduction to cookery Processes

Preparation of a range of basic fresh stocks, soups, hot sauces

Preparation of a range of meat, fish, vegetarian and vegetables dishes

10 Days
Meal Service and Customer Service

 Basic Table Set up

Basic Meal Service and Customer Service

2 Days
Career Planning

CV and Cover Letter

Interview Skills

2 Days
Work Placement Host Company selected throughout the programme for developing skills in Catering or Meal Service.  Work placement can take place during or within 1 month from the end of the tutor led section 15 Days

 

The programme is fully funded by Tech NorthWest Skillnets in order to assist participants progress into part time/ full time employment positions.

This is an introductory level programme.  Previous experience in Hospitality or Catering is not essential, but a passion for cooking is !   All participants will be provided with a basic Chefs Uniform as well as  a basic set of kitchen knives.  Students will be assisted in securing a suitable work placement host company, if they need assistance.

Information Session

An Information Session on the programme will take place at the Swilly Group (Business Park Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal) on Wednesday 20th February at 11 am for all interested parties.     Should there be more applicants than places interviews will take place following the Information session.  The course is due to start the following Monday, 25th February.

The course is provided free of charge to all successful applicants.

Booking a place on the course

To book at place at the information session please email Susan at  susan@swillygroup.com or call (074) 91 51212.  In order to put your name forward for the programme it is mandatory to attend the pre-course information session.

Loughlinstown Training Centre Learners meet President Michael D Higgins

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The learners from the Local and National Tour Guiding course, being run at the Loughlinstown Training Centre, got a pleasant surprise on Thursday when they got to meet President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.

Anne Hennessy (Loughlinstown Training Centre), Brendan Gavin (Swilly Group), David Kenny (Swilly Group) and Cornelius (Extreme Ireland) with the Local and National Tour Guiding course learners meet President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin

As part of this new and exciting course, a visit to the popular tourist attraction, Áras an Uachtaráin, was arranged by the course delivery partner Swilly Group.  However, to everyone’s surprise, President Higgins was at home and came out to meet and talk with the learners.

Anne Hennessy from Loughlinstown Training Centre said “It was real treat for our learners to meet President Higgins”.  “We really appreciate, and would like to thank, the President for taking the time out of his busy schedule to meet with our learners”.

The Local and National Tour Guiding Course is being run by Loughlinstown Training Centre, part of the Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (ETB).  This innovate course is being delivered in partnership with the training company Swilly Group.

Loughlinstown Training Centre is currently recruiting for the next Local and National Tour Guiding course scheduled to start in South Dublin in April 2019.  Places are limited to 20 learners per course and anyone interested is advised to register their interest early to avoid disappointment.  Click here to register your interest in the Local and National Tour Guiding Course.

Learners can receive further information on any of the courses at Loughlinstown Training Centre by contacting the course recruitment department by phone on (0)1-204 3600 or by email on llrecruit@ddletb.ie.

Specific Skills Training is co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.  🇮🇪️ 🇪🇺️

Exciting new courses at Loughlinstown Training Centre

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The Loughlinstown Training Centre is breaking new ground with a number of new and innovative training courses that are leading to exciting new jobs for the unemployed.  The Dublin based training centre, which is part of the Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (ETB), has recently launched a number of new courses that are proving very popular with learners and employers alike.

The Festival Management and Sound Production Traineeship is a 47-week programme and involves a 12 weeks work placement with an employer.  Learners receive training on how to plan, manage and organise a large festival or event as well as the operation of the technical lighting and sound production at such an event.  The Traineeship leads to a number of QQI awards and is run in partnership with Swilly Group and Sound Training College in Templebar.

Learners on the Festival Management and Sound Production training course

The Local and National Tour Guiding course prepares learners to manage and conduct tours on behalf of a tour operator or as a self-employed guide.  The course has a duration of 26 weeks and is being run in partnership with Swilly Group.  The course also leads to QQI awards and there a strong practical element to this course with learners taking part in a number of field trips throughout the course.

Learners from the Local and National Tour Guiding course meet President Michael D Higgins during a recent visit to Áras an Uachtaráin.

Anne Hennessy from Loughlinstown Training Centre said, “We are trying to deliver programmes that are new, innovative and lead directly to employment for our learners”.  “We have been exploring the so-called non-traditional industry sectors and developing new courses that meet the needs of employers as well as providing the learners with a certified qualification”.  “We have been engaging with employers at all stages of the programme design, development and delivery and many of our graduates are receiving job offers before the course has been completed”. “Our partnership with specialist training companies such as Swilly Group and Sound Training College has allowed us to expand our portfolio of courses outside the traditional trades and industry sectors into these new and exciting areas”.

Anne Hennessy (Loughlinstown Training Centre) with Brendan Gavin (Swilly Group) and David Kenny (Swilly Group)

Loughlinstown Training Centre is currently recruiting for the Festival Management and Sound Production Traineeship which is due to start in June 2019 and the Local and National Tour Guiding course scheduled to start in South Dublin in April 2019.  Places are limited to 20 per course and anyone interested is advised to register their interest early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to register your interest in the Local and National Tour Guiding Course.

Click here to register your interest in the Festival Management and Sound Production Traineeship.  

Further detail on registering for either programme can be obtained by contacting the course recruitment department by phone on (0)1-204 3600 or by email on llrecruit@ddletb.ie.

Specific Skills Training is co-funded by the Irish government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.  🇮🇪️ 🇪🇺️

Cavan Monaghan ETB recruit for HGV, Forklift and Bus Driving Courses

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Cavan Monaghan ETB is currently recruiting for a range of driving programme that will help learners secure jobs in the freight and passenger transport industries.  This range of employment support programmes offer persons seeking employment an excellent opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and receive support to secure employment as drivers in transport businesses throughout Cavan and Monaghan.

image of a bus driver at the steering wheel

Bus driver in cockpit at the wheel driving

Cavan Monaghan ETB has been working closely with the transport training company Swilly Group and local employers to develop programmes that will deliver jobs in the border area.  Current programmes include Forklift Driving, HGV-Rigid, HGV-Artic and Bus Driving. All of these programmes incorporate a healthy mix of theoretical learning, practical skills training and a period of work placement with a local employer.  The programmes are ideal for learners wishing to follow a career in driving.

Leo Mallen, CMETB said “We have been liaising with employers in Cavan and Monaghan for some time now, to understand their specific employment needs”.  “We feel we have a range of programmes that will provide the learners with the skills and competences that employers want but also a number of industry specific qualifications recognised by employers”.  Leo continued, “The learners will also receive job seeking support from a qualified jobs coach and we are very confident that there will be a high job placement from this programme”.

According to the report Addressing the demands for Skills Freight Transport, Distribution and Logistics Sector in Ireland, 2015-2020 published in 2015 by the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN) identified a significant demand for HGV Drivers and other occupations within the sector. The CMETB driving programmes have been specifically designed to meet these growing needs.

Courses are scheduled to start in Cavan and Monaghan in October and November.  Places are limited to 16 per course and anyone interested is advised to register their interest early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to register your interest in the HGV-Artic Driving Course.

Click here to register your interest in the HGV-Rigid Course.

Click here to register your interest in the Bus Driving Course.

Click here to register your interest in the Forklift Truck Operator Course.

Learners can receive further information on any of the CMETB driving programmes, call (074) 91 51212 or email karl@swillygroup.com.

Festival Management and Sound Production Traineeship

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Loughlinstown Training Centre, part of the Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB, is currently recruiting for their new Festival Management and Sound Production Traineeship.  This exciting new programme will offer persons seeking employment an excellent opportunity to acquire the skills, knowledge and receive support to secure employment within the Festival and Event industry.

Loughlinstown Training Centre has been working closely with the training companies Sound Training College, Swilly Group and local employers to develop programmes that will deliver jobs in the Tourism Industry.  Recently developed programmes include Festival Management and Local and National Tour Guiding.  All of these programmes incorporate a healthy mix of theoretical learning, practical skills training and a period of work placement with a local employer.  The programmes are ideal for learners wishing to follow a career in Festival Management.

Feedback from employers familiar with the course has been very positive thus far.
The entertainment industry employs as many people in Ireland as Google, Apple, Yahoo and Twitter combined.” – Denis Desmond, of MCD Productions.

The Festival Management and Sound Production course gives students a real world understanding of the live event industry.  We continue to use graduates to staff our events on a regular basis.” – Brian Gormally, of Sherpa Events.

Derek Elders, Loughlinstown Training Centre, said “We have been liaising with employers in Dublin to understand their specific employment needs”.  “We feel that our programmes will provide the learners with the skills and competences that employers want but also a number of industry specific qualifications recognised by employers”.  Derek continued, “The learners will also receive job seeking support from a qualified jobs coach and we are very confident that there will be a high job placement from this programme”.

Courses are scheduled to start in South Dublin in June.  Places are limited to 20 per course and anyone interested is advised to register their interest early to avoid disappointment.

Click here to register your interest in the Festival Management and Sound Production Traineeship.

Learners can receive further information on any of the courses at Loughlinstown Training Centre by contacting the course recruitment department at the Loughlinstown Training Centre by phone on (0)1-204 3600 or by email on llrecruit@ddletb.ie.