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 competencies 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

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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 or check out our website on

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Driving Opportunity at Swilly Group

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Career Oportunities at Swilly Group

The Swilly Group has announced that they are accepting applications for two vacant positions in their Driving Division. The successful driving school is now accepting applications for two vacancies at their Letterkenny Office, HGV Driving Instructor and Driving School Manager.

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.

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Brian Sweeney, Swilly Group Managing Director

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 Truck and Bus driver training services across Ireland.” “We are now looking for a number of ambitious candidates who are interested in developing a career in the driver training industry.” Brian continued, “We are offering attractive employment packages and will provide the necessary Driving Instructor training to the successful candidates”.

Artic Truck and Coach Drivers with at least 3 years driving experience are invited to apply for the HGV Driving Instructor position. For the Driving School Manager vacancy, the successful candidate will have at least 3 years’ management experience and a proven track record in Truck or Bus driving, Transport Management or a similar role. All candidates must be eager to learn, confident, good with people and flexible.

To find out more about the current vacancies, contact Denise in the Swilly Group Recruitment division on
(074) 9151212 or 1890 63 63 63, email or check out our website @

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Bus Truck & HGV Driving Instructor RSA ADI

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Swilly Group are currently recruiting for Bus, Truck & HGV Driving Instructors RSA ADI.

Candidate Profile: The successful candidate will have at least 3 years practical experience and a proven track record in Truck or Bus driving or a similar role.  He/she must have knowledge of driving, and the transport industry in general.  Although not essential, a Train-the-Trainer Qualification would also be an advantage.  He/she must be eager to learn, confident, good with people and flexible.

Job Description:  The successful candidate will work within the Driving Division of the Swilly Group and will support the delivery of Swilly Group Training Programmes in Donegal, Dublin and throughout Ireland.


  • Deliver practical driving tuition in Swilly Group or client vehicles for licence categories C (Rigid Truck), EC (Articulated Truck) or D (Coach/Bus) as required by Swilly Group management.
  • Support the Management and delivery of driving training courses and programmes.
  • Provide classroom tuition on driving and the rules of the road on Swilly Group programmes.
  • Teach Swilly Group learners about the maintenance of vehicles and how to carry out driver daily checks of vehicles as per the RSA guidelines.
  • Bring to the attention of Swilly Group management any defects or faults on Swilly Group vehicles that you become aware of.
  • Comply and support the implementation of Quality, Health and Safety and Environmental management systems within the Swilly Group.
  • Assist the Training Centre Director with the management and quality control of the training courses being delivered by Swilly Group tutors.
  • Work along project timelines and towards targets set by management.
  • Providing training in both the Training Centre and Driving School.
  • Participate in training programmes and seminars as requested by Swilly Group Management.


You will be required to be flexible in this position and must be prepared to undertake such other duties as may be assigned to you by the company from time to time.  Such duties can be outside the area of your normal work.

Applicants should apply with a Cover Letter/Note and CV.

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Towing a Trailer – Are You Legal?

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The Swilly Group is running a number of FREE information evenings on the regulation around towing of Trailers.  There has always been a cloud of confusion around the requirements on towing a trailer with a car, van or Jeep.  “Am I legal?” is a common question thrown out by many a confused farmer, landscaper or construction contractor.  There are a number of checks that need to be carried out before you can be confident you are driving a legal trailer-vehicle combination.

The first check to be carried out is whether the driver has the correct licence category for the trailer vehicle combination?  A car licence (category B) allows a driver to tow a small trailer up to a Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW) of 750 Kg and in some cases slightly higher under certain conditions.  For heavier trailers the driver is required to hold a BE category on the licence.
The trailer size is then restricted by the manufacturers’ specification, which is up to a maximum trailer gross weight of 3,500 kg.

The second check is whether you are compliant with the Manufacturers Specifications regarding the weight being transported by the Trailer and Vehicle combination.  Am I exceeding the Trailer Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)?  Am I exceeding the Vehicle Gross Vehicle Weight (GVW)? And finally, am I exceeding the Vehicle Gross Train Weight (GTW)?  The vehicle GVW and GTW will be marked on a small aluminium plate usually positioned inside the door frame of the car, jeep or van.

To find out more on the regulations around towing of trailer, why not attend one of our free seminars.  The Swilly Group is running a number of FREE information evenings on Towing of Trailers on Tuesday 24thSeptember and Thursday 3rd October 2013 at their offices on Business Park Road, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal.  To book a place, call (074) 91 51212 or email

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Swilly Group secures 80 places on Fully Funded Bus & Truck Driver training courses

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Letterkenny based training company the Swilly Group has secured additional Momentum funding for 80 places on their new and innovative driving programmes the Fuel Efficient Bus/Coach Driver and the Fuel Efficient Truck Driver. Both programmes will start in October 2013 and will run in Letterkenny and Dublin.  Recruitment for these programmes is currently ongoing.

Momentum is a training fund set up in 2012 by the Irish Government to allow private training providers provide innovative training to the long term unemployed in conjunction with FAS and the Department of Social Protection.  In phase 1 of Momentum, which is still ongoing, the Swilly Group has successfully rolled out training courses in Healthcare Support
(specialising in Intellectual Disabilities), Computer Networking and Maintenance and Export and Transport Management


The new Fuel Efficient Truck and Bus/Coach Driver programmes are specifically designed to allow persons who are long term unemployed acquire the skills, knowledge and receive job seeking support to secure employment as a truck or bus driver.
The courses syllabus includes Initial Driver CPC training, pre-test driving lessons, RoSPA Advanced Driver Training,
Fuel Efficient Driver Training and Job Seeking Support
.  The Truck Driver course also includes ADR Driver Training and the Bus/Coach Driver course includes Occupational First Aid and Customer Service training.  A 12 week work placement module is also included in both programmes.
Swilly Group Managing Director Brian Sweeney said, “We are delighted to secure this additional funding for both the Truck and Bus/Coach Driver programmes”.  “We will be starting a Truck and Bus Course in October in both Letterkenny and Dublin”. Brian continues, “The Swilly Group is one of the largest providers of training under Momentum and the Fuel Efficient Truck and Bus/Coach Driver courses are the only driving courses that have been funded under Momentum in the country”.  “Our success has been largely due to the fact that we engaged with local employers during the tendering stage and built the
programmes to meet their specific needs”. “Furthermore, each of our courses involves an extended period of work placement, which gives the learner an opportunity to demonstrate to an employer that they can add value to their organisation”.
Persons interested in applying for the Fuel Efficient Bus/Coach Driver course or the Fuel Efficient Truck Driver course can do so by contacting their local Department of Social Protection Office or by calling the  Swilly Group office directly on (074) 91 51212.