Donegal ETB FET Staff Hear from Leading Future of Work Expert

Donegal ETB’s Further Education and Training (FET) service hosted leading Future of Work expert, Peter Cosgrove, at a professional development seminar organised for its staff today. The focus of the day was the future of work and the skills people will require to secure future employment.

Futurist Peter Cosgrove is an expert on future trends and founder of the Future of Work Institute in Ireland. He specialises in gender diversity, talent, artificial intelligence and robots and shared the latest insights and research from across the world of work, technology, diversity and talent.

Other speakers on the day included Dr Oran Doherty, manager of the North West Regional Skills Forum and Charlie Boyle of Customer Services Excellence Ireland, who both shared information on the skills local employers are seeking from potential employees. Other contributors were learners who had participated in ETB FET courses, as well as community and industry representatives.

Cróna Gallagher, Director of FET, Donegal ETB, stated, “We are delighted that Peter Cosgrove could come to Donegal to share his expertise with so many of our FET staff. We brought our staff together to review the ETB’s FET service and to plan for the coming year, with a view to improving our offering to the public in Donegal. The world of work is changing rapidly and the insights shared by Peter, Oran and Charlie with our staff gave us a valuable context for our discussions and will help us to frame our planning with the aim of providing a quality service for FET learners in the county. We have learned today that everyone entering the world of work in the future will require improved communications, ICT and ‘soft’ skills such as team working and problem solving and we will be building these requirements into the content of all our courses in the future.”

Donegal ETB is the largest provider of Further Education and Training (FET) in Co. Donegal, with over 11,000 learners completing courses in more than 120 venues in 2017, leading to certification at levels 1-6 on the National Framework of Qualifications, as well as a wide range of industry and vendor certificates.

Anne McHugh, Donegal ETB Chief Executive, remarked, “With the fourth industrial revolution underway, I am very pleased to have such a great line up of future skills experts to speak to our FET staff and to provide staff with time to reflect on the FET service that we provide across the county.”

Back row left-right: Colm Richardson, Assistant Training Centre Manager; Charlie Boyle, Customer Services Excellence Ireland; Vinny McGroary, Area Training Manager; Regina Barr, Systems Manager, Pramerica; Pat Boyle, FET learner; Paul Kernan, Pobail le Chéile; Martina Needham, Adult Education Officer; Paul Boyle, FET learner; Charles Gorney, Adult Education Officer. Front row, left-right: Dr Oran Doherty, North West Regional Skills Forum; Anne McHugh, Chief Executive; Peter Cosgrove, Future of Work Institute; Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Donegal ETB Deputy Chairperson; Cróna Gallagher, Director of Further Education and Training (FET).



Donegal ETB Further Education and Training (FET) staff.
Cllr Niamh Kennedy, Donegal ETB Deputy Chairperson.
Peter Cosgrove, Future Skills Institute founder.
Chief Executive Anne McHugh.
Donegal ETB Area Training Manager, Vinny McGroary.
Donegal ETB Director of Further Education and Training (FET), Cróna Gallagher.
Paul Kernan, Pobal le Chéile.
Regina Barr, Systems Manager, Pramerica.
Paul Doherty, former FET learner at Errigal College (PLC).
Paul Boyle, former FET learner (Learning for Living Programme).
Dr Oran Doherty, Manager, North West Regional Skills Forum.
Charlie Boyle, Customer Services Excellence Ireland.