Thursday, July 02, 2020

Waterford and Wexford Educational Training Board’s (WWETB) Services to Business Unit provides a quality-based training and development service to industry and business in both counties.

This is provided by interacting with business through:

* Craft Apprenticeships

* Craft Apprenticeship Female Scholarship (WWETB Schools)

* 2016-plus Apprenticeships

* Traineeships

* Skills to Advance

* Skills for Work and

* SME Management Development

Training Advisers and Management participate on and work with the Regional Skills Forum, Chambers of Commerce, Local enterprise Office and industry specific groups such as the Society of the Irish Motor Industry (SIMI), Fáilte Ireland, etc. This work helps to inform the team of local trends and specific training and development requirements that may be specific to Waterford and Wexford.

“I found the process with WWETB very easy from start to finish,” said Conor Byrne of Cartamundi Irl Ltd in Waterford. “We were not pressured for specific dates/times and flexibility was a big help throughout. Our assigned trainer took feedback very well when it was offered and wasn’t afraid to change the approach to help the group. WWETB kept in contact, checking in from time to time on how things were going.”

Mr Byrne added: “It was all a very easy process. WWETB worked with us on course dates/times/number of participants and took feedback very well when it was offered. I would have no hesitation arranging training through WWETB in the future.”

Jabil Healthcare (Waterford) is among the many companies which has worked closely with WWETB over the past year to support the learning and development of many of its employees.

Said Roseline Dalton, Jabil’s Learning & Development Specialist: “The support, engagement and high standard of training received has been excellent and has really helped our organisation.

Our employees have completed many programmes from Train the Trainer, Advanced Excel, First Aid Responder, supervisory management, ECDL and modules in the skills to advance framework.

The WWETB have helped us by visiting our site and meeting directly with employees to discuss their training needs and are always willing to help us and be creative and innovative to deliver training.”

A gateway into small manufacturing enterprises

WWETB’s apprenticeship companies give a gateway into small manufacturing enterprises. Many of these companies benefit from training provided through Skills to Advance and Skills for Work Programmes.

There is now a real opportunity for the WWETB Business Training Adviser to add value and promote business growth and employment in small manufacturing enterprises.

The following WWETB programmes are fully or partially funded and available to business and the employed:

Company Benchmarking

The team provide a Probe for Small Business which provides a simple, effective business excellence framework that gets to the heart of what a business needs to do to improve its competitiveness, productivity, innovativeness, sustainability and bottom line. This provides an overall assessment of a company’s performance in serving its customers identifying areas of strength and areas for improvement. Areas for improvement are examined and where there is a training or development need this is addressed where possible by the ETB (100 per cent funded).

Skills to Advance

Skills to Advance supports your business by providing:

* Accessible training opportunities which fit in around your business and work schedules

* Training relevant to your business needs and

* Courses and training that respond to the changing nature of jobs and skills (100 per cent funded up to QQI level 5 and 70 per cent funding at Level 6)

Skills for Work

This is a national programme to deliver education and training programmes for full and part time employees. The programme is particularly target at low skilled workers who, without the opportunity to participate in training, may not have the confidence to embrace change in the workplace. (100 per cent funded)


E-College is a leading learning platform that delivers online training courses in business, project management, information technology, graphic design, web design, digital marketing, software development and basic computer literacy. It’s available through Skills to Advance for Business (100 per cent funding).

If you’re working, you may be eligible for one of the following free WWETB courses during the 2020/21 academic year:

* Beginners Computers (Word, Computer Skills, Internet Skills)

* Office Skills (IT Skills, Word, Excel)

* Managing Personal Finance

* Customer Service

* Communication Skills

* Horticulture

* Cookery

* Relaxation Techniques

* Wellness in the Workplace

* Building Reading and Writing Skills

* Improve Your Spellings

* Mathematics

* Excel for Beginners

* Personal Development and

* Child Development and Play

Other courses include Supervisory Management, Team Leadership, Train the Trainer and ECDL. To find out more, call Joann Power on (051) 862638 or Email: [email protected] Tel: 051 862638.

For further information, visit or call (051)-301500


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