Limerick: Empowering industry with work-ready skills

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board has a remit to identify and provide the training and skills needed by businesses located in the region

LCETB’s ongoing collaboration with the manufacturing and engineering sectors in Shannon has resulted in the co-development of the Original Equipment Manufacturing Engineer QQI Level 6 Apprenticeship

Limerick and Clare Education and Training Board is the state education and training authority for the Limerick and Clare region. Its remit involves identifying and providing the training and skills needed by the region’s businesses.

The ETB is responsible for the delivery of Further Education and Training to more than 25,000 learners annually, through its 28 FET Colleges and Centres, along with almost 300 outreach locations – and its Enterprise Engagement Support Service accelerates dialogue with employers, employees, and skills forums (such as the Mid-West Regional Skills Forum) to respond to skills and training needs across the region.

The service harnesses regional skills intelligence which in turn enables skills development opportunities through apprenticeships, traineeships, and other training. One of the successful initiatives it was involved in over the last few months was a bespoke Environmental Services – Technical Support Training course.

This was a partnership initiative with Limerick Enterprise Development Partnership (LEDP) and AMCS Group, which provides cloud-based software solutions and technology for waste, recycling and resource industries. This course was offered in response to green economy opportunities emerging regionally and nationally and fits with wider plans by the ETB for the site in line with the Climate Action Plan and low carbon sustainability.

The Enterprise Engagement service also manages delivery of the national Skills to Advance employee development initiative. This scheme has been developed to meet the challenges of technological advances and changing work environments. It offers upskilling and reskilling opportunities to employees and SMEs.

In addition, Skills to Advance can assist SMEs in identifying their training needs and provide training to their workforce. Some examples of courses delivered to companies in Limerick under this initiative include Lean Six Sigma, Leading Through Change and Digital Marketing. The service also worked with Dell Technologies and other Limerick-based companies in the delivery of a Data Analysis and Business Skills QQI Level 6 course.

Eimear Brophy, further education and training manager, said: “We continue to advance engagement with enterprise in Limerick and across the region to develop employability skills and workforce development.”