The provision of training opportunities for the people of Tipperary received a major boost with the opening of a new training services centre in Clonmel.
Tipperary Education and Training Board opened new training services offices at Western Road recently.
The opening represents an important milestone in the provision of training services in the county.
The new training offices were officially opened by Cllr. John Horgan, Chairman of Tipperary ETB
He extended d best wishes to all who were part of bringing the training function to Tipperary ETB.
The Training Services Department is now housed alongside the Tipperary ETB Administration Sub Office in Clonmel.
Training services staff based in the office have liaised with industry and government agencies and are working collaboratively with employers to develop programmes to meet the needs of the region.
Course offerings by Tipperary ETB training services in the community sector include CTCs and LTIs, with awards ranging from QQI Level 3 to Level 5 in programmes such as Hairdressing, Woodwork, Catering and Business Office Skills.
In addition, under the Contracted Training division, there is a comprehensive choice of courses available including, a one-year Certified Accountancy Pathway (ACCA) programme for learners interested in careers as Trainee Accountants, a Manufacturing Operations programme at QQI Level 5, which includes 12 weeks’ industry work experience, consisting of modules in Cleanroom and Packaging Operations and Good Manufacturing Practice.
Further course offerings range from the Logistics & Distribution sector (Warehousing, Forklift, HGV Rigid/Artic, Delivery Driving), the Construction sector (Groundwork Skills, Technical Employability Skills) and the Hospitality and Retail sectors (Hotel Front Office, Retail Merchandising & Marketing).
The Apprenticeship function is also a very important part of Tipperary Training Services.
Currently, there are 220 companies with 386 apprentices actively engaged in apprenticeships in Tipperary. This figure is increasing monthly, with motor and engineering trades having the highest levels of new registrations in the county.
Ms Fionuala McGeever (Tipperary ETB CE) said the Department of Education and Skills, SOLAS, Waterford Wexford ETB and Limerick Clare ETB provided excellent guidance and mentoring in the establishment of the Training Services Department