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Athlone graduate helps to announce Springboard courses

Fri, May 22, 2015

Athlone graduate Ciaran Lynch helped to announce 9,000 one-year Springboard+ part-time and full-time courses now available free across the country.

Ciaran was unemployed for months before applying for a Higher Diploma in Computing in Athlone Institute of Technology, as part of the ICT skills conversion Springboard courses.

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International Triple P Practice Excellence Award 2015

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Professor Matt Sanders, founder of Triple P Programme presenting Triple P Practice Excellence Award to Karen Heavey

Karen Heavey, Triple P co-ordinator for Midland Area Parenting Partnership (MAPP) is the 2015 recipient of the Triple P Practice Award which was judged by an international panel

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Shining success for Westmeath SuperValu stores at Quality Awards

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

Martin Kelleher, managing director of SuperValu, Caroline Cashen and Eoin Kennedy from Buckley’s SuperValu, Moate and Irene Collins, managing director of EIQA pictured at the SuperValu Quality Awards.

Four SuperValu stores in Westmeath were awarded the highest accolade of food quality, The Supreme National Hygiene and Food Safety Award, at the recent 2015 SuperValu Quality Awards in Killarney. The awards are accredited by the Excellence Ireland Quality Association (EIQA) and identify retailers throughout the country who have gone above and beyond in maintaining the highest quality standards for more than a three year period.

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Stay-at-home parents are worth €40k

Thu, Apr 09, 2015

In recent years, in the face of soaring childcare costs, the role of the stay-at-home parent, be it the mum or dad, is appreciated more than ever.

Michelle Murphy, Royal London representative in Westmeath said, “There’s no doubt that it is hard work staying at home to raise your family and looking after all of the household chores and requirements. “Thankfully nowadays, there is a much greater appreciation of the role fulfilled by and the challenges faced by, the stay-at-home mum or dad. And of course, though the care they provide their children is something they would consider priceless, in reality the cost of having to potentially employ someone to carry out these jobs is quite considerable.

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Be conscious of your social media image

Thu, Jan 29, 2015

It’s a simple mistake to make and one to which many have fallen victim. You create a winning CV that accurately matches your skills and talents to a particular job advertisement. You are called for interview.

You present at interview as a well-groomed individual, confident and articulate, and you perform well. You answer every question by showing how you can meet the employer’s needs. Your references will validate your excellent career history and attitude to work. You thank your interviewers before you leave and generally have that good feeling that “things went well”.

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Westmeath hurlers continue to prepare for League campaign

Thu, Jan 15, 2015

Goal scorer Brendan Murtagh. Photo: Sportsfile

Though Westmeath were eventually beaten 2-15 to 1-13 by Offaly in last Sunday’s Bord Na Mona Walsh Cup opener, new manager Michael Ryan was encouraged by the midlanders' second half performance.

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Survey finds salary expectations are on the up for 2015

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

A national survey carried out by one of Ireland’s leading recruitment agencies found that salary expectations among employees are getting higher, with 61 per cent of respondents saying they expect an increase in salary in 2015, up from 42 per cent in 2014. Matrix Recruitment Group, founded in Ireland in 1998, with offices in Athlone, Dublin, Galway, Waterford, and Carlow, surveyed 600 employees across a wide range of position types and industries.

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I just want something to pay the bills - where do I start to look?

Thu, Jan 08, 2015

Q: I run a small shop but, alas, it’s fading. I will have to close it very soon before it eats into my savings. I’m at a stage in my life - both age-wise and in terms of personal priorities - where I am not pushed about finding ‘my dream career’. Really, I just want a job to pay the bills so I can indulge my hobbies. I am prepare to do some training, but would need to know the prospects. How do I find out which sectors might prove worthwhile?

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SPAR Garrycastle win at Convenience Store Awards

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Aisling Kearney, commercial sales manager of Aryzta Food Solutions presents the Cuisine de France Bakery Award 2014 to Joe and Denise Donegan of SPAR Garrycastle, Athlone

SPAR Garrycastle won the Cuisine de France Bakery Award 2014 at the Shelflife C-Store Awards held in Dublin recently.

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Athlone-based OxyMem wins energy award

Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Athlone-based company OxyMem won the Energy Efficient Technology of the Year Award at the UK Energy Awards 2014 held earlier this week in London.

OxyMem, the only Irish company among the award winners, was chosen on the basis of its innovation, widespread applicability, and its overall positive impact for energy demand and the environment.

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Over half of retirees not ready for retirement

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

‘Retirement in Ireland 2014: A Survey Report’ from the Retirement Planning Council has revealed that more than half of those approaching retirement or recently retired did not feel ready for retirement prior to undertaking a retirement planning course. The new report from the Retirement Planning Council is based on an extensive national survey of over 648 people who are either approaching retirement or had recently retired in the last 12 months.

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Over half of business owners believe staff will ask for pay rise

Thu, Dec 04, 2014

Baker Tilly Ryan Glennon commissioned Millward Brown to conduct a survey to study the business and HR sentiment in the Midlands region. Launched this week, the results from across seven Midland counties (Offaly, Laois, Westmeath, Tipperary North, Kildare, Meath, and Carlow) provide an insight into how business owners are feeling now and their expectations for the future. The report also identifies the triggers and barriers to growth and compares the Midlands region with other parts of the country.

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