Regional Skills & Training Centre, Louth and Meath Education and Training Board, recently organised an event to celebrate the successful completion of the Construction Skills Operative Course in Drogheda. The programme was delivered through RSTC and in partnership with iSkills Training.
Responding to the needs of industry, this extensive 30 week course was designed to provide the construction industry with personnel who are skilled in general construction techniques such as wall and floor tiling, painting and decorating, basic woodworking, concreting, ground drainage, site levels/equipment, use a range of hand and power tools, Safepass and Occupational First Aid. Learners also completed 10 weeks work experience with local employers.
Minister Jed Nash T.D., Minister for Business and Employment along with Cllr. Oliver Tully, Chairman of Louth Meath Education & Training Board presented certificates of completion to Students. Also at the presentation was Dermot Collier from the Construction Industry Federation who addressed the gathering and said “the most fundamental requirement for construction employees is always focus on safety, the next most important attribute is the skill to carry out the job to the highest quality level on time. The Industry has never been more competitive and people with the right skills are in demand and can get paid well”.
Speaking at the event Minister Nash said “Output in construction is still well below what is required to build the new homes and offices we need. However, as the economy recovers combined with the stimulus to build more houses, this will lead to increased demand for skilled construction workers and others with skills that can be deployed in that area. People receiving their certificates are best positioned to take advantage of those opportunities, so well done”.
Peter Egan, RSTC’s Area Training Manager said that “our focus is training people for employment; we currently have a number of programmes being delivered to train personnel in the construction industry as there is current and forecast employment opportunities. We work closely with stakeholders including the Construction Industry Federation to tailor our programmes to the needs of industry. The skills and knowledge obtained on this course will enable the student the opportunity to progress directly into employment in the construction sector. There are also many other further education and training opportunities now that lead directly to jobs. For information on Occupational Training Programmes throughout Louth and Meath please contact us on 0429355700 or check our website www.rstc.ie if you like to avail of one of our courses”.
Pictured are LMETB students celebrating the completion of the first Construction Skills Course in the Louth Meath area.
Front row L to R: Chris Byrne, Managing Director iSkills Training, Deirdre Stewart, Contracted Training Officer RSTC, Cllr. Olive Tully, Chairman LMETB, Jed Nash, Super Junior Minister for Business and Employment, Peter Egan, Training Centre Manager RSTC and Christina Martin, Student. Back row L: William Carolan, Tutor iskills. Back row R: Sheila Byrne, Operations Manager, iskills and Noel Kelly, Tutor iskills.