With the support of Paul Crawford, Personnel Support Service Officer, Finner, Skills for Work and Donegal ETB’s Adult Education Service’s Learning for Living Programme delivered a very successful training programme to 18 members of the Defence Forces from Finner Camp in Bundoran, Co. Donegal.
The course, which followed a national pilot, was delivered over 4 days in the Adult Education and Training Centre, Ballyshannon during October. The core elements of the course included:
- managing change and
- transition from army to civilian work environment.
- communications and new technologies
Feedback was excellent and the two tutors – Joan Nugent and Simon Cosgrove – were praised by the participants. Commandant Declan Sheridan acknowledged the professionalism of the course and the enthusiasm and competence of the two tutors. Paul Crawford, Personnel Support Service Officer monitored the course throughout and paid tribute to the centre and staff for their warm welcome and efforts to create an atmosphere where progress was made in a meaningful way. Margaret Timoney, Skills for Work Coordinator who organised the course thanked Commandant Sheridan and Paul Crawford for their support in facilitating her efforts to set up the course and also their support in facilitating participation.
The attendance of Lieutenant Colonel Nolan on the final afternoon highlighted reflected the value given to this project by the Department of Defence .Martina Needham, Coordinator of the Learning for Living Programme congratulated the participants and acknowledged the role of Margaret Timoney, Skills for Work Coordinator for her efforts in promoting and setting up the two groups. She also said that she hoped that this was going to be the first of a range of courses offered by Donegal ETB for personnel from the Defence Forces.