Event will highlight the training and upskilling opportunities available to local employers to attract and retain staff
Building a skilled workforce of local employees in Mallow and bolstering this by providing them regular upskilling opportunities will be the focus of a free lunchtime event taking place in the town next week.
‘Moving Mallow Forward’, a joint initiative between Mallow Chamber and the Cork Education and Training Board (Cork ETB), will take place at 1pm on Thursday, November 10 in the Garden Room at the Hibernian Hotel.
Estelle Varney, liaison officer with Mallow Chamber, said a problem frequently encountered by local business was finding staff to fill job vacancies.
“Not only do they find it difficult to attract people from outside of Mallow to come and work in the town, there is also a problem in securing the services of suitably skilled people from the locality,” said Estelle.
“For this reason, we have joined with the Cork ETB to highlight how local employers can enhance and improve their businesses through training and upskilling supports available locally to both existing and potential employees,” she added.
Estelle said representatives from Mallow Chamber and the Cork ETB will be on hand to offer information and advice to attendees on the type of supports available.
“We recognise that training and upskilling are key to creating a vibrant local workforce, fostering positive workplaces and communities and making businesses more attractive as employers,” said Estelle.
Another key element of the event will be a survey offering local employers an opportunity to say what particular set of skills their business requires and how these can be delivered.
“Our local colleges are quite flexible in terms of adapting their offering in terms of courses and the manner in which they are offered. Be that through online training, in the workplace itself or in an classroom environment,” said Estelle.
“The responses to the survey will inform the colleges on changes they may need to make to shape their respective curriculum’s to suit the needs of local employers and existing and potential staff,” she added.
To register for the event contact Estelle at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 089 2308828.
“This event will also offer a welcome opportunity for local business owners to network with their counterparts,” said Estelle.