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Post-Primary Schools nationwide to receive High-Speed Broadband

Friday, June 26th, 2009

A 100mpbs Post Primary Schools Project which will deliver high-speed broadband connectivity to second level schools across the country has been launched by  Communications Minister Eamon Ryan TD.  The project is the result of cooperation between the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources and the Department of Education and Science, the National Centre for Technology in Education, HEAnet, and the  Higher Education Authority. The first seventy-eight schools taking part in the Project were announced at the launch in the Digital Hub Learning Studio.

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Under the existing Schools Broadband Programme, primary and post-primary schools in Ireland can access a basic level of broadband connectivity. The 100mpbs Post Primary Schools Project marks the next phase in the Government’s ambition to develop our schools as world-class centres of e-learning and to educate the next generation of knowledge workers and digital entrepreneurs.

Launching the new Programme, Minister Ryan said, “We must equip our students with the skills and creativity they need to thrive in the new digital world we are entering. There is no surer way of preparing them than by bringing the Internet right into their place of learning and allowing them to experiment and interact online. Today’s announcement opens a door to them, to take part in Ireland’s digital future.”

This programme will provide world class infrastructure to enable our teachers and students access and exploit media rich online digital content and collaborate with colleagues on a world wide basis.  Schools will now be able to enrich and enliven their teaching and learning across all subjects on the post-primary curricula via these digital tools and online resources.

Schools have been selected against multiple criteria including geographical location, and an adequate mix of schools to ensure broad social inclusion. The speeds available are similar to those that are being offered to high-end national and multinational companies that operate in Ireland. They allow for the quick upload and download of material, instant connection to websites, and the increased and varied use of online applications.

The NCTE will  work with the 78 school to ensure the full benefits of this high speed broadband connection is availed of for learning and teaching. The NCTE will provide a range of support services including e-learning planning, continuing professional development, Scoilnet, online digital content, and technical advice and guidelines.

The Schools which will initially receive 100mpbs Broadband connections are:

Carlow Vocational School Kilkenny Road Carlow Carlow
St. Leo’s College Convent Of Mercy Dublin Road Carlow
St Caimin’s Community School Tullyvarraga Shannon Clare
St Flannan’s College Ennis Co Clare Clare
Cork College Of Commerce Morrison’s Island Cork Cork
Coláiste Choilm Ballincollig Co. Cork Cork
Christ King Girls’ Secondary School Half Moon Lane South Douglas Road Cork
Carrigaline Community School Waterpark Road Carrigaline Cork
Loreto Convent Letterkenny Co Donegal Donegal
Carndonagh Community School Carndonagh Lifford Donegal
St Eunan’s College Letterkenny Co Donegal Donegal
St Columbas College Stranorlar Co. Donegal Donegal
Loreto Community School Milford Co Donegal Donegal
Pobalscoil Chloich Cheannfhaola An Fálcarrach Leitir Ceanainn Donegal
Gairmscoil Mhic Diarmada An Leadhbgarbh Árainn Mhór Donegal
Coláiste Phobail Cholmcille Baile Úr Oileán Thoraí Donegal
Ballyfermot College of Further Education Ballyfermot Road Dublin 10 Dublin
Malahide Community School Broomfield Malahide Dublin
Loreto Secondary School Balbriggan Co Dublin Dublin
Castleknock Community College Carpenterstown Road Castleknock Dublin
Scoil Phobail Chuil Mhin Cluain Saileach Baile Atha Cliath 15 Dublin
Hartstown Community School Hartstown Dublin 15 Dublin
St Dominics College Cabra Dublin 7 Dublin
Mount Temple Comprehensive School Malahide Road Dublin 3 Dublin
St Josephs College Lucan Co Dublin Dublin
Coláiste Bríde New Road Clondalkin Dublin
St Mac Dara’s Community College Wellington Lane Templeogue Dublin
St Marks Community School Cookstown Rd Tallaght Dublin
St Benildus College Upper Kilmacud Rd Stillorgan Dublin
St Aidan’s Community School Brookfield Tallaght Dublin
Collinstown Park Community College Neilstown Rd. Rowlagh Dublin
St Pauls Secondary School Greenhills Dublin 12 Dublin
Rosmini Community School Grace Park Road Drumcondra Dublin
Presentation College Warrenmount Dublin 8 Dublin
St. Colmcille’s Community School Scholarstown Rd Knocklyon Dublin
St Joseph’s College Nun’s Island Galway Galway
Gort Community School Gort Co. Galway Galway
Presentation College Headford Co. Galway Galway
Calasanctius College Oranmore Co Galway Galway
Gairmscoil Éinne Oileain Arann Cill Rónain Inis Mór Galway
Coláiste Ghobnait Inis Oírr Oileáin Arann Galway
Coláiste Naomh Mhuire Convent Of Mercy Sallins Rd. Kildare
Salesian College Celbridge Co. Kildare Kildare
Maynooth Post Primary School Moyglare Rd Maynooth Kildare
St Kieran’s College Secondary School College Rd Kilkenny
Coláiste Íosagáin Portarlington Co. Laois Laoighis
Community School Carrick-On-Shannon Leitrim Leitrim
Castletroy College Newtown Castletroy Limerick
Crescent College Comprehensive Dooradoyle Rd Dooradoyle Limerick
Colaiste Chiarain Croom Co. Limerick Limerick
Presentation Secondary School Sexton Street Limerick Limerick
Mercy Secondary School Ballymahon Co Longford Longford
St Oliver’s Community College Drogheda Co. Louth Louth
Ó Fiaich College Dublin Road Dundalk Louth
St Vincent’s Secondary School Seatown Place Dundalk Louth
St Mary’s Diocesan School Beamore Road Drogheda Louth
St Louis Community School Kiltimagh Co Mayo Mayo
Davitt College Springfield Castlebar Mayo
St Peter’s College Dunboyne Co. Meath Meath
Community College Dunshaughlin Dunshaughlin Co Meath Meath
Beech Hill College Monaghan Co. Monaghan Monaghan
Killina Presentation Secondary School Rahan Tullamore Offaly
St Nathy’s College Ballaghaderreen Co Roscommon Roscommon
Summerhill College Sligo Co. Sligo Sligo
Cashel Community School Dualla Road Cashel Tipperary
St Paul’s Community College Browne’s Road Waterford City Waterford
St Angela’s Ursuline Convent Waterford Waterford
St Declan’s Community College Kilmacthomas Co Waterford Waterford
Moate Community School Church Street Moate Westmeath
Athlone Community College Retreat Road Athlone Westmeath
Our Lady’s Bower Retreat Rd. Athlone Westmeath
Good Counsel College New Ross Co Wexford Wexford
Mary Ward Railway Road Gorey Wexford
Vocational College Enniscorthy Co Wexford Wexford
Loreto Secondary School Vevay Rd Bray Wicklow

Hanafin urges unemployed to upskill

Monday, May 18th, 2009

More than 50,000 young people signing on the Live Register are being urged to improve their education, skills and qualifications during the recession.

Over the coming week the Department of Social and Family Affairs will post a letter to all 18 to 25-year-olds on jobseeker’s allowance advising them to look at the options available through their local VEC and adult education access programmes.

Minister Mary Hanafin said improving skills will be the key to economic recovery.

She said: “Young people should not see signing on the Live Register as their future — they should look to see what supports and opportunities are available for them throughout the country.

“We know that people of all skill levels are losing their jobs.

“Young people who may have opted out of the formal education and training opportunities, when the draw of high wages during the boom years was irresistible, are now more likely to remain unemployed if they are not actively upskilling and gaining new expertise.”

Ms Hanafin said the Government is now providing, through Fás, a total of 128,000 training and activation places for unemployed people this year, in addition to some 147,000 places available in further education programmes.

A cut in jobseeker’s allowance payment rates for 18 and 19-year-olds is also aimed at motivating them into taking up full-time training, she said.

“This measure was specifically introduced from this month to help young people gain skills which will give them a route into employment and so help them avoid becoming welfare-dependent from a young age,” Ms Hanafin added.

Source: Irish Times

The Wheel Launches 2008 Training Links Grant Programme

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

Ireland – 16th September, 2008 – Training Links is an innovative support service developed by the Wheel to enhance the skills and employability of people working in the community and voluntary sector in Ireland.

Training Links offers funding opportunities to groups of organisations that chose to come together and work collaboratively to address their shared training needs as a Training Network. The current Training Links programme is running from September 2008 to mid 2010.

The Training Network is subsidised by The Wheel – with funding from the National Training Fund – over the period of the programme to develop and implement strategic, innovative and cost-effective training and development solutions for its members which they would be not be in a position to undertake as effectively on their own.

In addition to the provision of substantial financial subsidies to the Training Networks directed at training provision, this programme provides much-needed opportunities for sectoral co-operation and shared learning.

Applications are now welcomed for Training Links 2008-2010, an innovative grant programme developed by The Wheel to address the collective training needs of community and voluntary organisations in Ireland. Modelled on the approach developed by Skillnets Limited for the private sector Training Links encourages community and voluntary organisations to unite in “training networks” to identify shared training needs and to apply for a grant to address these needs. This approach offers participants significant cost efficiencies and other collective benefits.

Find Out More

Visit the Training Links site for further information:

http://www.wheel.ie/traininglinks

Companies urged to address staff turnover

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Ireland – 22nd August, 2008 – Research and advisory firm Computer Economics has been conducting research into why IT staff stay in their jobs to give organisations a better idea on how to retain employees.

IT managers perceive staff turnover rates to be getting worse because of the slowing economy and some IT skills being in short supply, the firm said.

“The first question organisations need to answer is whether their turnover rates are outside the norm and need addressing,” said the Computer Economics report. “The typical organisation in today’s environment can view a five per cent [staff] turnover as a normal cost of doing business.”

The survey of 71 IT organisations found that those with stronger education and training programmes have lower than average turnover rates, and that staff prefer good training to increased pay.

“IT managers often worry that investments in training will be reaped by other organisations when IT workers shop their new skills around,” said John Longwell, director of research for Computer Economics. “But this study indicates that investing in training is actually the best way to retain employees.”

The factors commonly perceived as influencing staff turnover are:

  • Education and training opportunities
  • Flexible schedules
  • Work environment
  • Social environment
  • Pay
  • Insurance benefits
  • Employee recognition programmes
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement programmes
  • Telecommuting opportunities

“While offering competitive salaries and benefit packages may be important for recruitment, providing quality-of-life incentives and enhancing working environments are more important for retention,” Longwell concluded.

The report advised organisations to distinguish between programmes to recruit qualified employees and programmes to retain staff.

Source: TechCentral.ie

Investors of the future learn skills

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Galway Independant – 14th May, 2008 – More than 350 secondary school students from Galway and Leitrim descended on Sligo IT last week to learn more about good financial habits for life in the extended learning workshop, Bank Your Future, the unique national financial education initiative by Junior Achievement, generously supported by Bank of America.

Students from Calasanctius College in Oranmore were among the 350 attendees. “Empowering young people with the skills surrounding the complex area of personal finance will allow these students not only a firm understanding of their future financial choices and responsibilities but also of the importance of their career choices and potential to create fulfilling and independent lives,” said Mr Ian O’Doherty, Ireland Country Executive, Bank of America, launching Bank Your Future.

More than 700 students across Dublin, Leitrim, Cork and Galway will this academic year participate in this new initiative developed to educate students on how to establish good financial habits to carry them through their adult lives. Bank Your Future is a six-week programme taught in the classroom by independent business volunteers from a variety of business backgrounds.

Bank Your Future programme includes:

  • the importance of education and its role in improving potential earning power;
  • balancing salary and expenditure;
  • using credit and cash wisely;
  • the importance of saving;
  • the benefits of insurance;
  • creating and analysing the performance of a share portfolio.

Bank of America is one of the world’s largest financial institutions, serving individual consumers, small and middle market businesses and large corporations with a full range of banking, investing, asset management and other financial and risk-management products and services. In Ireland Bank of America employs over 1,000 associates across its two facilities in Dublin and Carrick-on-Shannon providing financial products and services for individual customers and large corporations.

Junior Achievement, a worldwide organisation established in Ireland in 1995, brings enterprise education to young people throughout Ireland teaching them about the world of work, helping them to set goals, plan for their future and learn the skills necessary to succeed in a fast changing world. Junior Achievement aims to fill the gap where young people have no connection with business or a role model to inspire them to succeed in life. The organisation does this with the active and financial support of 150 leading Irish businesses across the commercial spectrum. Hands-on experiences help students to understand the economics of life. In partnership with businesses and educators, Junior Achievement brings the real world to young people, opening their minds to their potential.

Skills Challenge Facing The Irish Economy

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Ireland – 15th May, 2008 – The skills challenge facing the Irish economy was the subject of a major seminar organised jointly by the National College of Ireland (NCI) and the National Centre for Partnership and Performance (NCPP), and held in Dublin on May 15.

The ‘Learning at Work’ seminar was chaired by NCPP director Lucy Fallon-Byrne and was addressed by Minister for Lifelong Learning Seán Haughey, Leo Casey of the Centre for Research and Innovation in Learning and Teaching and Prof Chip Bruce, National College of Ireland.

Four national initiatives, designed to promote and encourage learning at work, were showcased also at the seminar, providing the 100-plus delegates with real-life examples of innovative responses to the future skills challenge.

Among the issues discussed at the seminar were:

  • The role of workplace learning in driving and growing the Irish economy;
  • The opportunities for, and obstacles to, workplace learning that exist in Ireland today;
  • Effective ways of engaging employers and employees to ensure Ireland is equipped for the future skills challenge.

National College of Ireland president Paul Mooney said the message was simple:

“For Ireland Inc. to succeed, the barriers to workplace learning must be identified and systematically removed. To survive and prosper in a tougher global environment, we need to collectively up our game to out-think the competition.

“The highest performing companies of the future are the ones that are becoming engaged in workplace learning initiatives today. The time is now and there is zero room for complacency on this. The future is decided by those who sense change and actually start to do something to respond to this. For everyone else, the time bomb is ticking.”

A new DVD was launched by Minister Haughey. Produced by NCPP, the DVD profiles the practical experiences of five Irish public and private-sector organisations that have recognised and embraced workplace learning as an enabler of change. Their stories illustrate the value of promoting human talent and creativity in the workplace, and make a powerful business case for lifelong learning and workplace training and development.  Upskilling is now a necessity.

Copies of the DVD are available (free of charge) on request from the National Centre for Partnership and Performance.  Simply drop an email to Conor (conor@ncpp.ie) with your contact details, and he’ll post them out to you as soon as possible.

Source: Education MATTERS

ELearning ESL and English Language Learning

Wednesday, September 17th, 2008

Without a doubt, today’s world is knowledge-based and depends on the rapid exchange of information. Countries that are equipped with the technology and knowledge to participate in the new electronic world are major players in its socio-cultural and economic developments. Education is changing, too. With the advent of multimedia technologies and the Internet, it is now possible to reach people who would otherwise have no access to certain courses or educational opportunities.

Electronic learning, or eLearning as it has come to be known, makes use of the Internet and digital technologies to deliver instruction synchronously or asynchronously to anyone who has access to a computer and an Internet connection.

By some estimates, between 800,000,000 and 1,500,000,000 people world-wide understand English. Approximately 350,000,000 people use English as their mother tongue (mainly in the United Kingdom, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Ireland, and South Africa). Some 400 million use English as a second language (in countries such as Ghana, Nigeria, Tanzania, Pakistan, and the Philippines). At least another 150 million people use English with some degree of competence. Furthermore, it is an official language in more than 60 countries (Crystal 1992, p.121). With such a large number of people using English, it is not surprising that English has become the lingua franca of the modern world.

In the current state of affairs, the global dominance of English in commerce, science, and technology has created the need for an ever increasing number of people to learn to communicate in the English language. There is a market demand for English courses on a global scale, and the English language teaching industry is thriving.

As English is experienced across different linguistic contexts, it may be experienced primarily as a language of education, or higher education, as well as in official contexts, popular culture, and the local vernacular. It may be regarded as a language of social and economic advancement, or it may be seen as an imposition or a necessary evil. However it is seen, the English language is used across the globe in countless contexts to very different effects.

Thus, proficiency in English is seen as essential for participation in the global arena, particularly in the economic domain, in which transnational corporations conduct business and trade beyond the national borders. In addition, the global spread of the English language is further facilitated by American media products of mass communication such as videos, music, news, magazines, TV programs, and so on. The dominance of English on the Internet reinforces the flow of international information in English, and affirms the structure of global communication. English is the most widely used and taught language in the world, and it is accepted easily almost anywhere.

Second-language acquisition and intercultural learning can be greatly facilitated through e-Learning. At present, e-Learning is itself becoming an important global business not only in the commercial sector, but also in the support that national governments are giving to educational institutions to increase their export income. There is a drive for change brought on by technological innovation to which governments and institutions of higher learning are responding at a rapid pace.

Learn Skills aims to address these needs outlined above through the provision of web-based language learning in English initially, and then to expand this range.

Courtesy: In Global Peace Through The Global University System, 2003 Ed. by T. Varis, T. Utsumi, and W. R. Klem, University of Tampere, Hameenlinna, Finland

Skills Road Map to 2020 Identified

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Ireland – 6th March, 2007 –   The Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Mr Micheál Martin TD, and the Minister for Education and Science, Mary Hanafin TD, today(6 March 2007) jointly launched a new national skills strategy, Tomorrow’s Skills: Towards a National Skills Strategy. The Strategy was preparedby the Expert Group on Future Skills Needs (EGFSN). It identifies Ireland’s current skills profile, provides a strategic vision and specific objectives for Ireland’s future skills requirements, and sets out a road map for how the vision and objectives can be achieved. The implementation of the Strategy will help to secure the future competitive advantage of enterprises in Ireland and enhance future growth in productivity and living standards.

For the first time the Strategy sets out clear long-term objectives for our education and training requirements to develop Ireland as a knowledge-based, innovation-driven, participative and inclusive economy with a highly skilled workforce by 2020. The Expert Group believes this vision is achievable. The Expert Group recommends that 93 percent of the Irish labour force should have qualifications at, or above, leaving certificate level by 2020, and that 48 percent should have a third or fourth-level qualification by then.

Minister Martin said, “This report provides a comprehensive vision for Ireland’s future skills requirements and also provides a strategic framework from which the relevant Government Departments and State Agencies can build. The strategy launched today is complementary to the Strategy for Science, Technology and Innovation launched in 2006.”

Minister Hanafin said, “The report identifies central challenges in ensuring a continuing supply of the skills needed for our future competitiveness and prosperity.  It brings into sharp focus the long-term importance of many elements of the policies we are pursuing to advance access, participation, quality and attainment at all levels of the education system.”

Anne Heraty, Chairperson of the EGFSN said, “To date education and training policy has served Ireland well. Ireland now has an opportunity to drive economic development through building our skills capability. This report provides an overarching policy framework for the development of coherent education and training strategies to meet current and future skills needs.”

Key Proposals for 2020:

  • 48 percent of the labour force should have qualifications at National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) Levels 6 to 10 – from National Certificate to PhD level;
  • 45 percent should have qualifications at NFQ levels 4 and 5 – Awards equivalent to Leaving Certificate Examination;
  • The remaining seven percent are likely to have qualifications at NFQ levels 1 to 3 (i.e. below Junior Certificate) while aiming to transition to higher levels.

Skills Road Map to 2020 – Achieving the Vision

  • An additional 500,000 individuals within the workforce will need to be upskilled and to progress by at least one NFQ level over and above their current level of education and training;
  • The Leaving Certificate retention rate for young people should rise to 90 percent;
  • By 2020, the proportion of the population aged 20-24 with NFQ level 4 or 5 qualification (Leaving Certificate or equivalent), should be increased to 94 percent;
  • The progression from second- to third-level education should increase from 55 percent to 72 percent; and
  • The report also highlights the need for:
    • Integration of immigrants into the education and training system, at all levels;
    • Career guidance and mentoring for those at work;
    • Assistance for individuals and companies in identifying their skills needs;
    • More awareness programmes that highlight the benefits of education and training; and,
    • Education and training provision needs to be flexible and responsive to the needs of employers and employees

    The full text of this report and background documents is available at www.skillsstrategy.ie

Call to upskill Irish workforce

Tuesday, September 16th, 2008

Ireland – Tuesday, 5th August, 2008 – Cllr. Pat Whelan has called for the up-skilling of Irish workers after it emerged this week that 90% of new jobs created in the last 12 months were being filled by foreign nationals.

“This information from the Central Statistics Office (CSO) bucks the widely held belief, that many migrant workers will leave Ireland for other EU countries as our economy slows down, and that a large proportion of new jobs being created in Ireland will be taken up by the Irish workforce,” said Cllr. Whelan.

“The biggest share of new jobs are being created in high value sectors like financial and other business services, which grew by 26,300 in the year to the first quarter of 2008, and accounted for almost half (48.9%) of all jobs created. It had been assumed that Irish workers would take up most of these positions. But the CSO data indicates that foreign nationals will be recruited for a significant proportion of these new positions,” the Town Councillor continued.

“This trend needs to be fully researched by Government, as it could well be a warning about Ireland’s ability to attract foreign direct investment. There is no doubt that some of this increase in jobs uptake by migrant workers is due to their improving English language skills, leaving lower skilled jobs and moving up the value chain in line with their educational qualifications,” he said.

“Some of this is as a result of the increasing cost of childcare, as two thirds of the jobs created in the 12 month period were part time and 70% of these jobs were taken up by women. Migrant women have a lower dependency ratio and as a result are in a better position to take up employment.

“But the more worrying concern is that this is partly a result of the Government’s failure to properly re-skill our indigenous workforce to compete for these growth areas in employment. This trend cannot be ignored and it is imperative that the Government acts now, rather than sitting on its hands.

“More migrants moving up the value chain will certainly benefit the economy, but if it continues without being properly evaluated we could be skilling other economies to facilitate the transfer of jobs from Ireland. The Government has consistently buried its head in the sand on this issue, hoping that the economy will rectify itself. But the country needs clear solutions now that will benefit our economic potential in the future.”

Cllr. Whelan said the government needs to identify and up-skill vulnerable workers, expand training for those activities that still offer good prospects, such as professional services, health-related caring professions, IT, home energy efficiency technologies, and HGV drivers, use funding from the NDP and European Social Fund to fund a massive ‘eco-training’ programme for 10,000 skilled workers laid off from the construction sector, and ensure that changes to community childcare supports do not disadvantage those already in employment.

Source: Westmeath Examiner

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How is eLearning relevant for an Irish SME?

Monday, September 15th, 2008

Ireland – 15th September 2003 – A recent Chambers of Commerce of Ireland (CCI) survey found Irish SME’s demonstrated a significant lack of understanding of what e-Learning is about.

“This report, “E-Learning and SMEs: awareness and usge”, was written by Mori for the CCI all the way back in 2003 and is still relevant today”, according to Sean Griffin, Co-Founder of Learn Skills, the web-based skills and compliance training company. The survey found that of the 681 respondents with Internet access, only 12% used eLearning on a regular basis. This is an interesting revelation, given that Ireland has won recognition on an international stage for its e-Learning materials and businesses

However the confusion is hardly surprising in the light of the low-profile that those involved in the industry keep, in terms of marketing to SMEs ; does the market know what eLearning is and how it can be applied in an SME context? Much of the vast publicity given to this topic has related either to Irish companies primarily on an international scale to multi-national/government clients e.g. Electric Paper etc.

As the owner of one Irish SME puts it “I have never been approached by an eLearning company selling their services. This is despite the fact that we are an extremely internet-friendly business and regularly send members of staff on courses.”

As any business manager of an SME will know, having key members of staff (and they’re all key in a small business!) away from the office can put a major strain on the company, yet in the case of the above SME, an e-Learning option was never put on the horizon – either by the SME or by eLearning suppliers.

The benefits are potentially huge. Some of the relevant potential benefits for an SME include;

  • Reduced training costs; the cost per course should (in theory at least!), be lower than conventional training costs however the real saving may be in related expenses e.g. travel/accommodation etc.
  • Reduced absence of key staff; as employees will not have to travel or leave the workplace, access at critical moments can be facilitated (although obviously this needs to be controlled closely).
  • Improved training through shared learning online; as remote training can facilitate large numbers, the pooling of experiences and expertise can be beneficial.
  • Standardised training across location; the training given in each location will be consistent and progress can be monitored.
  • eWorking can be facilitated; eLearning can be undertaken at a different location e.g. from home, where appropriate.

The primary challenge facing eLearning companies selling into Irish SME’s is the need for clear messaging; what eLearning programmes are out there; how will they benefit the company?

This article was taken from Issue 93, 15th September 2003, e-Business Live, news provided by Enterprise Ireland.

Almost five years on and not a whole lot has changed, mainly the names and composition of Irish e-Learning companies. Learn Skills will aim to deliver e-Learning to the Irish SMEs in a format and way that can maximise results attained and provide SME employee and managers with the skills and training necessary to build a sustainable enterprise.

Five years from now when you think of e-Learning for SMEs you will only think of one Irish e-Learning company and that’s Learn Skills.

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