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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 at Loughlinstown Training Centre

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 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 they can do so 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.

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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 November.  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.

Local and National Tour Guiding

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Loughlinstown training Centre, part of the Dublin Dun Laoghaire ETB, is currently recruiting for their new Local and National Tour Guiding programme.  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 Tourism industry.

Loughlinstown Training Centre has been working closely with the training company Swilly Group and local employers to develop programmes that will deliver jobs in Tourism.  Recently developed programmes include Festival Management and Sound Production 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 tourism.

Feedback from learners who have completed the Local and National Tour Guiding Course has been very positive thus far.

I thought I knew Dublin and Ireland already, but since starting this course I have learnt an enormous amount of new information about the city and country”, Mike Smith.

Doing this course is essential for anyone contemplating entering the tourism/hospitality sector as it contains the necessary tools and information to start or further your career”, Gillian Murphy.

I am delighted with the course in Tour Guiding. It is teaching me so much in a short space of time”, Sheila Daly.

Derek Elders, Loughlinstown Training Centre, said “We have been liaising with employers in Dublin to understand their specific employment needs”.  “We feel that our tourism 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 April.  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.

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.

Donegal ETB recruit for HGV and Bus Driving Courses

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Donegal ETB is currently recruiting for their HGV-Rigid and Bus Driving with Tourism Visitor Care programmes that will help learners secure jobs in the freight and passenger transport industries respectively.  These 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 Donegal and further afield.

All of the driving 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.

Tara McGuire, recruitment officer with Donegal ETB said “this is an excellent opportunity for those who wish to pursue a career in the transport industry, particularly for those who wish to work locally here in Donegal”. “All freight has to be brought in and out via road transport”. “There also appears to be lots of opportunity in the passenger transport industry”. “Bus Eireann are currently in the middle of a recruitment drive”.  Tara continued, “The really great thing about these driving courses is that the learner will gain additional qualifications that are highly sought after by employers.”

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 Donegal ETB driving programmes have been specifically designed to meet these growing needs.

Donegal ETB is currently recruiting for the HGV-Rigid and Bus Driving courses scheduled to start in Letterkenny in 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 Heavy Good Vehicle (HGV) Driving Course.

Click here to register your interest in the Bus Driving with Tourism Visitor Care Course.

Learners can receive further information on any of the courses at Donegal ETB by contacting course recruitment at the Letterkenny Training Centre by phone on (074) 91 20500 or by email on coursesdonegaltc@donegaletb.ie.

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Loughlinstown Training Centre recruit for Driving Programmes

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Loughlinstown Training Centre, part of Dublin Dun Laoghaire 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 Dublin and Leinster.

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Loughlinstown Training Centre has been working closely with the transport training company Swilly Group and local employers to develop programmes that will deliver jobs in the Dublin and surrounding area.  Current programmes include 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.

Derek Elders, Loughlinstown Training Centre said “We have been liaising with employers in Dublin 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”.  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”.

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 Loughlinstown Training Centre driving programmes have been specifically designed to meet these growing needs.

Courses are scheduled to start in South Dublin in January and February 2019.  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-Rigid course.

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

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

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.

Diploma in Food and Beverages

Hospitality (Food and Beverages) and Sports Tutors

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The Swilly Group has just announced a major expansion of their Hospitality training division in 2018.  The company will be expanding their operations across the country and plan to double their work force over the next twelve months.

Swilly Group Managing Director, Brian Sweeney said, “We have just secured a significant body of work and have ambitious expansion plans in place for the next few years”.  “The largest area of growth with be in our Dublin Office but we also have vacancies in Cavan, Monaghan and all along the West Coast, as far down as Limerick.

Diploma in Food and BeveragesBrian continued, “We are now looking to hear from persons interested in developing a career in the Hospitality and Sports/Outdoor activities training industry”.  The ideal candidate will be qualified at degree level in a relevant discipline, have at least 3 years’ experience and a proven track record in a customer centric role in a dynamic environment.  Relevant experience in the hospitality or Sports sector, working directly with people, or a similar role is essential.  He/she must be confident, good with people, flexible, eager to learn and be able to think on his/her feet.  Excellent communication and organisational skills, problem solving skills and a way with people are critical requirements.  A train the trainer qualification and an interest in training and education is an advantage.

To find out more about the current vacancies, contact Susan at Swilly Group on (074) 9151212 or 1890 63 63 63, email susan@swillygroup.com or check out our website on www.swillygroup.com.

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Warehouse and Logistics Tutor Vacancies

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The Swilly Group has announced that they are accepting applications for Warehousing and Logistics Tutor positions to work throughout Ireland.  The company is also looking to recruit trainers to deliver Transport, Driver CPC, Health and Safety and other transport related training courses.

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 Transport, Driving, Hospitality, Tourism, Care Services and Outdoor Activities.

Driving Opportunities at Swilly Grpoup

Brian Sweeney MD of Swilly Group

Managing Director Brian Sweeney, “It is a very exciting time at the company.”  “We have expanded our service portfolio and geographical footprint over the last 10 years to become the leading provider of transport training services across Ireland.”  “We are now looking for a number of ambitious candidates who are interested in developing a career in the training industry.”  Brian continued, “We are offering attractive employment packages and will provide the necessary training to the successful candidates”.

Candidates with experience or qualifications in Transport Management, Warehouse and Logistics or Health and Safety are invited to apply for the trainer vacancies.  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) 9151212/1890 63 63 63 or email recruitment@swillygroup.com.

Winter Driving

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We are now well through November and the days have gotten shorter, there has been a noticeable drop in temperature and it has become very wintery.  The winter brings a new set of challenges for all of us due to the more hazardous road conditions. Here are a few tips on how to prepare for and drive in the dark and wet winter weather condition.  Sometimes a little preparation can help save a lot of bother at a time when you don’t really need it.

Is your car winter proof?
If you haven’t checked whether your car is winter proof yet, now is the time to do it.  Is it in a suitable condition to tackle those cold frosty mornings and dark wet evenings of the winter months?  How long has it been since your last service?  Maybe now is a good time to get those brake pads checked and the oil changed?  All of the following checks should be included in a routine service at your local garage.

If your car is not due a service, here are a few checks that you yourself can carry out without spending too much time.  And you don’t have to be a mechanic either!

  • Do the back or front window wipers need new wiper blades? Are they both working properly?
  • Are the window washers working and is the washer container full with water?
  • Do your tyres have an adequate thread depth? The minimum thread depth requirement in Ireland is 1.6 mm on 75% of the tyre.  A little more may be required in the winter.
  • Does your cooling system contain the proper coolant? Do you need to treat it with anti-frost?
  • Do your indicators, brake lights, parking lights, dips and headlights work properly? You may need to get a friend to stand in front and behind the car as you check them.  All very important on those dark wet evenings.
  • If you are concerned about any of the above checks, call in and ask at your local garage. Most mechanics would be only too happy to help you out with some friendly advice.

Switch on those Lights
Shorter evenings mean less light and in the middle of winter the darkness starts to creep in at around 4 pm. If you are driving a dark coloured car in these conditions, it is difficult to be seen.  Therefore, it is advisable to have your lights on during the day, particularly in the early evening.  During the day the parking lights help to make you more visible.  As the day draws towards 4 pm, you may need your dipped headlights.  The recommended time to switch on your dipped headlights is a half hour before dusk and after dawn.  No harm in doing it earlier.

In normal conditions headlights are used to increase the motorist’s visibility at night time.  Visibility in fog or falling snow during the day is poor but at night it is a lot worse. Using the full headlights through fog or falling snow unfortunately does not help and in most cases, has the opposite effect of decreasing your visibility by causing a reflective glare off the fog or falling snow.

Dipping your headlights eliminates this problem to a certain extent and increases your visibility closer to the car.    

Leave early and plan you journey
In the winter months traffic is moving slower and the condition are more treacherous.  Plan to depart on your journey ten to fifteen minutes earlier giving yourself that little bit more time.  This can sometimes save you a lot of bother in the long run.  How many times have you been running late to open the front door and realise your car is frozen over?

Take a few minutes to think about and plan your journey.  The weather conditions, the type of road and the expected traffic should all be taken into consideration when choosing the best route to your destination.  In frosty and snowy weather, try to keep to the main roads that have been salted or gritted.  A little bit of planning can help you avoid that traffic jam at a busy junction or a dangerous stretch of icy road.

Make sure those windows and mirrors are clear and your visibility out of the car is good.  Consider your fellow motorist and keep the lights and indicators clean also.  A quick wipe with a damp cloth in the morning will do the trick.

Adjust your driving to suite the conditions
Making the following few small adjustments to you driving will make you a safer winter driver.
Slow Down. Icy roads mean reduced traction and a higher chance of skidding or losing control of the car.
Stop more Gradually. Start reducing you speed a little earlier coming into junctions.  Gentle use of the brake and gears is what you are looking for. Uses engine braking.
Increase your Stopping Distance.  It can take from three to ten times longer to stop on an icy road.  Give yourself a larger safety gap between you and the vehicle in front of you.
Avoid Unnecessary Overtaking. Overtaking usually involves increase in speed.  Ask yourself how much time are you really going to gain if you overtake this car?
What does the term ‘Engine Braking’ mean?
Engine braking is a technique involving the use of the accelerator and gears to reduce the speed of the car instead of the brakes.  Engine braking, if used correctly helps avoid skidding and should be used as much as possible in snow or icy conditions.

Early reaction to junctions and hazards on the road is importing when employing this braking technique.

Conclusion
Leave a little earlier and slow it down just a tad. The best way to avoid difficulty in the winter weather condition is to avoid driving if it is not necessary.

If you have any further questions or queries don’t hesitate to call into to the Swilly Group office on Business Park Road in Letterkenny, give us a call on 074-9151212 or email us on info@swillygroup.com.