Education and Industry meet at Coláiste Dhúlaigh CFE to address skills needs.
Up to 50 representatives gathered this morning (2nd March) in Coláiste Dhuláigh (CDCFE) to discuss Skills needs and allow an opportunity for networking between business representatives from North Dublin Chamber. Organised in partnership with Regional Skills Dublin the agenda focused on specific skills needs within the locality while showcasing programme provision, a graduate profile, business labour market needs and support mechanisms in place under the new skills architecture through the Dublin Regional Skills Forum.
Pictured Left to Right: Mary Hickie, Principal Coláiste Dhúlaigh, Ellen Drumm, President NDCC, Natasha Kinsella, Regionals Skills Manager Dublin, Erika Seery, Convergys.
Speaking at the event as host, Mary Hickie, Principal Coláiste Dhuláigh stated that the importance of engagement with employers ensures that students secure good practical experience to apply the learning. In addition she acknowledged that programmes must meet the needs of employers but that can only happen with employer input.
On behalf of North Dublin Chamber, Ellen Drumm said; ‘With the fast pace environment we live in today having staff who can interact with our clients and are knowledgeable is critical to our success. We must also remember that a level 8 qualification as an example may not always be the answer to business staffing needs. Today’s networking opportunity allows our members from the Chamber forge stronger relationship to meet business needs through informed education.’
In addition Natasha Kinsella, Regionals Skills Manager Dublin, acknowledged the importance of collaboration as the focus of the Skills Forum allowing all parties to input and network while identifying skills needs agenda for the sole purpose of business development and regional economic development.
The event was well received by all businesses in attendance. Erika Seery from Convergys noted how beneficial events such as these are to companies in North Dublin. She said; ‘With the jobs market changing so rapidly in recent times it is vital to share experiences and opportunities, and the Breakfast Seminar provided excellent updates. As a Contact Centre specialising in Technical, Network and Customer Support Coláiste Dhúlaigh will be an excellent institution to partner with.’
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