Garry Walsh, Commercial Director Hodson Bay Group; Gerry Mc Inerney, CEO Athlone Chamber; Pat Fleming, Recruitment Officer LWETB; Ruth Allingham , Deputy Front Office Manager, Hodson Bay Hotel (participant on course), Miriam Furey, Front Office Executive, Hodson Bay Hotel (participant on course) Ronan Murray, Area Training Manager, LWETB.

LWETB offering new 'Skills to Advance’ leadership programme

Longford and Westmeath Education and Training Board (LWETB) recently announced a new programme in leadership and management under the Skills to Advance Initiative.

The programmne aims to upskill staff in areas including Change Management, Management Communication, Developing a Culture to Support Innovation and Improvement and Understanding Performance Management

The programme is free of charge, delivered online with tutor support and is accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM).

Antonine Healy, FET Director LWETB, explained: “Skills to Advance focuses on the provision of training programmes for those who are in employment and who would like to upskill, perhaps within their existing role or a potential new role with their employer. The development of leaders and managers can contribute to the ongoing success of any business”.

Garry Walsh, Commercial Director Hodson Bay Group, who are participating in the programme stated: “As we speak, we have over 40 members of our teams across the Hodson Bay Group benefitting from a course in Leadership and Management skills. The collaboration with LWETB has been a real positive during these times.’’

Minister Peter Burke said that he recommends all business “consider the benefits of upskilling to meet the challenging times for business that lie ahead, but also to embrace the possibilities that exist for enterprise in a post Covid-19 landscape’’. He commended Hodson Bay Hotel for “the foresight to use the recent close of business period to such a positive end.”

LWETB is encouraging employers and employees to avail of the opportunity to upskill. LWETB is the statutory provider of Further Education and Training and provides a range of upskilling courses through full-time, part-time and online training provision in Westmeath and Longford.

LWETB says the announcement this week by Minister Harris of an additional 50,000 training places in further education and training provides a huge opportunity for the upskilling and reskilling of the labour force.

With many courses available free of charge to employers and employees, there are wonderful opportunities available to improve computer skills, learn about digital marketing, gain leadership and management certification or enhance engineering skills.

To avail of training or for more information, see or contact Liz Glennon 087 1255541;