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Free help for Galway job seekers

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Network Ireland Galway Branch President Linda Ford; Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh; Innovation Academy Graduate Maureen Fynes and Ronan Byrne aka the Friendly Farmer showing their support in launching the free Innovation Academy, UCD Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation, Entrepreneurship & Enterprise, Galway programme in Eyre Square. Photo: Andrew Downes.

Supermacs founder Pat McDonagh joined Network Ireland Galway Branch President Linda Ford and Ronan Byrne – aka the Friendly Farmer – to launch an innovative programme to assist job seekers in Galway.

The free programme which has been developed and run by the Innovation Academy UCD, is funded by the Higher Education Authority (HEA) Springboard+ Initiative.

It will offer an innovative approach to third level education which to date has resulted in 72% of all graduates going into regular employment or establishing their own business.

The programme is internationally recognised and nurtures creativity and increases the participant’s capacity for innovation and entrepreneurship; skills that are highly sought after by employers in all sectors presently.

It brings together participants in groups who work on projects that stimulate creativity, problem solving and create positive environments for experiential learning. Participants also have an opportunity to connect with employers through innovation projects with industry and guest speakers.

The GAA through a partnership with Innovation Academy UCD are also lending their support to the course to reach communities around the country.

The course is championed by entrepreneurial leaders from the GAA in each province including Pat McDonagh, founder of Supermacs, Pat McDonagh, founder of Riverdeep, Brian McEniff, Director of McEniff Hotels and Frank Murphy, CEO, Monex.

Beginning on March 31, this course will run for 18 weeks, two days a week from 9am to 5pm.

Participants who successfully complete the course will gain a qualification from UCD along with a highly transferable skill set with the skills to gain employment or to start their own business or social venture.

The course applies a ‘learn by doing’ teaching method with no exams and attracts a diverse mix of people who either wish to start their own business, embark on a new career or rejoin an existing career path.

The course is taught by a team of academics and entrepreneurs such as Ronan Byrne, from Athenry, an entrepreneurial specialist and Award-winning CEO of farm and sales business, the Friendly Farmer.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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New course helps make sense of Artificial Intelligence and its uses

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Managers in Galway companies who would like to learn how they could put artificial intelligence (AI) to work for their organisations are being encouraged to sign up for a new course.

It comes as research found that 50% of organisations around the world have adopted AI in at least one function, while 79% of organisations are also exploring or piloting AI projects.

Of those companies who have implemented AI, 63% report revenue increases in the relevant business units.

The new Artificial Intelligence for Managers postgraduate certificate is being offered by NUI Galway to those who wish to get a better understanding of AI and its implications for business and enterprises.

Participants do not need to have any coding skills; this non-technical programme will focus instead on the strategic use of AI and how businesses and management can approach the practical implementation of AI technologies within their company. Candidates will learn about the practicalities necessary for successful AI adoption including data and skills requirements, ethics and legal issues. As such the programme would suit those in management positions in sectors like telecommunications, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, biomedical, finance, marketing, automotive and more.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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GMIT hotel industry’s big cheese

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Cáit Noone

The Galway International Hotel School in GMIT has been listed in the Top 10 Hospitality Management Institutes worldwide by global publication Education.com, for the second year in a row.

During the pandemic, the school continued to deliver courses safely on campus and online including a brand-new series of online masterclasses by industry representatives such as Conor Spacey, Culinary Director of Food Space, alumna Catherine Toolan, Managing Director of Guinness Storehouse, Diarmuid Kelly of Kelly’s Oysters, Siobhan Ni Ghairbith, St Tola Cheese, Bernie Doherty, Galway County Council Community Archaeologist, Padraig McGillicuddy, MD and owner of Ballygarry House, Tom Doherty, Access Hospitality and many more.

Cáit Noone, Head of the school, said: “The tourism industry is a global employer and a qualification from the Galway International Hotel School provides graduates with multiple opportunities to work across the vast industry.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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Glenamaddy site goes green

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Green initiative…Peter Flanagan, Site Manager and John McDermott, Procurement Manager at Kingspan.

Kingspan Water & Energy in Glenamaddy is the first manufacturing plant within Kingspan’s global network of 166 manufacturing sites to have its manufacturing process completely powered by renewable energy, following the installation of BioLPG.

Following the July installation of BioLPG, the Glenamaddy site is now 100% powered by renewable energy, closely followed by Kingspan’s manufacturing plant in Aston Clinton, England, which has also reached this milestone.

The move to renewable energy has been a gradual transition over the past five years, following the introduction of renewable electricity to Kingspan Glenamaddy in 2016.

This accomplishment is aligned to the Group’s ground-breaking Planet Passionate sustainability objectives and helps Kingspan to move closer to its ambitious goal of achieving net zero carbon manufacturing* across the business by 2030.

Kingspan Glenamaddy manufactures storage solutions for numerous sectors including agri, water, domestic as well as specialist custom tanks as part of Kingspan’s Water & Energy Division.

“Over the past five years, the introduction of renewable electricity to our Glenamaddy site has delivered a significant reduction in our carbon emissions,” said Peter Flanagan, Site Manager at Kingspan Water & Energy in Glenamaddy.

For more, read this week’s Connacht Tribune.

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