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Career Opportunities at Swilly Group

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The Swilly Group has announced that they are accepting applications for a number of vacant positions in their company.  The successful training provider is now accepting applications for, Programme Managers, Bus and Truck Driving Instructor, Driver CPC Tutors and ADR Dangerous Goods Tutors.

Established in 1975, the Swilly Group has grown to become one of the leading providers of training and employment support services in Ireland.  The company serves industries such as Transport, Driving, Hospitality, Tourism and IT & Office Administration.

Instructors at Swilly Group

Managing Director Brian Sweeney, It’s a very exciting time for our company”. “As the economy opens up and starts to grow again, we will be expanding our business geographically and across different industry sectors”.  “We are looking to recruit two programme managers who will oversee and manage the rollout of training and employment support programmes on behalf of Swilly Group”. “We are continuing to recruit Bus and Truck Driving Instructors, Driver CPC and ADR Dangerous Goods Tutors”.

Brian continues, “The recent lock downs has made people evaluate where they are at with their career and many people are looking for a change”.   “A career in training is a very attractive one and people who take this path never look back”. “The role of a trainer or instructor is very rewarding and you don’t experience the same time demands or level of stress you would in other jobs”.  “A good work life balance is what many people are looking for and that’s what you get at Swilly Group”.

“We are now looking for a number of ambitious candidates who are interested in developing a career in training.”  Brian continued, “We are offering attractive employment packages and will provide the necessary instructor or tutor training to the successful candidates if they have the necessary industry experience and the competences that we value”.

For the Programme Managers vacancies, the successful candidate will have at least 3 years’ management experience and a proven track record in management, training or a similar role.  Artic Truck and Coach Drivers with at least 3 years driving experience are invited to apply for the Driving Instructor positions. The Driver CPC and ADR Tutor roles require specialised qualifications and experience in transport management and the carriage of dangerous goods. All candidates must be eager to learn, confident, good with people and flexible.

To find out more about the current vacancies, contact Swilly Group on (074) 91 51212 or email info@swillygroup.com or check out our website at www.swillygroup.com.

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) Training Course

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Introduction

Instructors at Swilly Group have been delivering beginner, pre-test and advanced driving tuition since 1975.  The company has been training driving instructors since 1990 and has a fleet of vehicles that will allow trainees complete their ADI exams in a car, bus or lorry (Rigid or Artic).

The Swilly Group Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) course is delivered in three stages with the trainees completing the RSA driving instructor exams at the end of each stage.  Successful trainees will obtain a QQI level 6 RSA Approved Driving Instructor qualification.

Entry Requirements

Trainees are expected to hold a full driving licence in the categories they wish to teach in for at least two years.  They must be of good repute, tax compliant and will be garda vetted as part of the RSA application process.

The Qualification Process

Stage 1 – Theory Test

The purpose of this test is to examine knowledge of the Rules of the Road as well as general road safety and driving instruction matters.

Swilly Group Instructors will provide 6 online evening classes via ZOOM to support trainees completing Stage 1 of the Approved Driving Instructors (ADI) theory test.

Stage 2 – Driving Test

Having successfully completed the theory test, stage two will assess driving ability. Driving competence will be assessed against a longer more comprehensive driving test to that which applies to a learner driver. The test will last approximately one to one and a half hours depending on the category being applied for.

Swilly Group Instructors will provide a minimum of 12 hours of in-vehicle driving tuition to trainees in Swilly Group vehicles across multiple licence categories.

Stage 3 – Instruction Ability Test

Stage three examines the ability of the ADI candidate to deliver instruction to a leaner driver.  The RSA examiner will role play as the learner under instruction.  There are two phases to the instruction ability test; Phase 1 will examine ability to instruct at an appropriate level for a beginner.  Phase two will also examine ability to instruct at a pre-test driver level.

Swilly Group Instructors will provide a minimum of 12 hours of in-vehicle Instruction ability tuition to trainees in Swilly Group vehicles across multiple licence categories.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the Swilly Group Driving Instructor training course will sit the RSA stage 1, 2 and 3 examinations.  If successful the trainee will obtain a QQI level 6 RSA Approved Driving Instructor qualification.

Location

The Swilly Group Driving Instructor training will be delivered at the following locations for the different stages.

  • Stage 1        Online
  • Stage 2        Letterkenny or Tallaght
  • Stage 3        Letterkenny or Tallaght

Further Details

To find out more or to apply for a place on the Swilly Group Driving Instructor training course, contact Swilly Group on (074) 91 51212 or email info@swillygroup.com.

Transport Managers CPC (Online)

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Brian Sweeney congratulated Swilly Group’s Bernard McElaney after receiving the award for highest mark in Ireland from Chris Callaghan, CILT. 

Swilly Group has announced that they are now taking bookings for the Certificate in Professional Competence (CPC) in Transport Management to be delivered ONLINE starting Tuesday 20th September 2022.

Swilly Group Managing Director Brian Sweeney said, “Our ONLINE transport managers’ course is now very popular and I expect places to book up very quickly”. “As the course is delivered 100% ONLINE, candidates from all across the island of Ireland can complete our course”. “In our April course, we had a student from Germany who completed the course flying into Ireland last June to sit the exams.

The popular course will start on Tuesday 20th September and ONLINE classes will run every Tuesday and Thursday from 7pm to 10pm for 10 WEEKS.  There will also be classes scheduled for two Saturdays and a full week before the exam on the 7th December 2022 (finished just in time to enjoy Christmas).  Over 100 hours of classes will be scheduled and learners must attend at least 75 hrs to sit the exam.

The course will be delivered ONLINE using ZOOM. The learners will be sent a course pack and all materials will be made available to the learners online so learners can attend the course from the comfort of their own home.

The Certificate in Professional Competence (CPC) in Road Passenger Transport or Road Haulage Transport is a qualification for persons managing a national or international haulage or passenger transport company and meets the requirements of European Regulation (EC) No. 1071/2009.  Swilly Group has delivered the classroom-based Transport Mangers CPC for many years and achieve some excellent results.   On three separate occasions, Swilly Group Learners achieved the highest marks in the country.

Brian Sweeney continued, “Transport is a very heavily regulated industry and it’s important that managers receive good quality training and certification”.  “There are many challenges facing the passenger and haulage industries including BREXIT and the aftershock of the COVID lock downs”. “However, there continues to be employment or progression opportunities for good people with experience and a good qualification, such as the Transport Managers’ CPC, within the transport industry”.

Brian continued, “The Transport Managers’ CPC is also an excellent course for drivers wishing to upskill and move into a supervisory or management role within their organisation”.

For bookings, please email info@swillygroup.com or call +353-74-91 51212.  Bookings will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Places are limited so early booking is advisable.  

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.

 

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.