Galway Executive Skillnet announces autumn/winter courses

Galway Executive Skillnet has rolled out its autumn/winter schedule of subsidised training courses.

All training courses are subsidised by up to 70 per cent. Courses are open to both self-employed and organisational employees within companies of up to 250 employees.

English for non-nationals is a series of six-week courses running in the evenings at the Bridge Mills English School, and is just €60 to GES members. Classes in oral and written English at seven different levels of capability are on offer, and are certified by testing. The first of this series starts this week.

Effective marketing on a limited budget addresses all the key marketing issues needed to put businesses on the map, including customer service, market research, and sales. Presented by experienced marketing consultant Dr Aidan Daly of NUIG, this practical one-day course on October 15 costs €75 for GES members.

For complete beginners in computing, the perfect course is on offer over a period of six evenings by PFH Technology, Parkmore. No computer experience is necessary for this enjoyable introduction to computer technology which covers everything from creating documents and managing files to browsing the internet and e-mailing. Costing just €125 to GES members, the course begins on October 20.

GES is funded by the Department of Trade, Industry, and Employment and provides subsidised training programmes at a fraction of the market price. GES allows members to specify desired areas of training. Training takes place in both small groups and in one-to-one sessions.

Membership to GES is kept realistically low at between €100 to €200 per annum, and by joining now, you can avail of an extra three months’ membership free.

In addition to accessing heavily subsidised training, GES members also have the opportunity to network with fellow business members at such events as the upcoming Stress Busting evening on October 23 which features a range of subsidised complementary therapies.

Effective communication is a two-day FETAC Level 5 course designed specifically to benefit those who have not had an opportunity to complete their formal education to Leaving Certificate level. Course content covers speaking, writing, reading, and listening skills, communicating within teams, and non-verbal communication. The course, priced at €100, will be delivered on November 5 and 12 by management and training consultant Des McKenna. Mr McKenna has been training employees in a wide range of international companies for the past 10 years, and is also a certified quality, health and safety, and environmental auditor.

Non-GES members can attend most courses at a 25 per cent fee supplement, but priority will always be given to members.

To sign up for any of these events, visit the GES website on or contact GES network manager Adele O’Meallaigh at (091 ) 755736/(085 ) 7491564, e-mail [email protected]



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