3rd March 2020

Mid-West SKILLS CONFERENCE Skills Enhancement: An Imperative

Mid-West Skills Conference: Skills Enhancement an Imperative:

  • Location and Time: 7.30am-11am, Wednesday, 22 April 2020 Dromoland Castle Hotel, Co. Clare.
  • FREE OF CHARGE – REGISTER NOW: bit.ly/midwestskillsconf.
  • Event Organised by eight Skillnet Learning Networks located in Mid-West region.

Standing still is not an option. To remain competitive, companies need to keep an eye on future trends, opportunities and threats and ask themselves do they have or can they recruit people with the right skills to support their sustainability? Employees, likewise, need to constantly enhance their skills, equipping themselves with the resources to offer value to current or future employers. The MidWest Skills Conference will demonstrate how in a time of rapid change, skills enhancement is not just an option, it’s an imperative.

Schedule:
• 07:30 – 08:00 = Registration & Networking Breakfast

• 09:00 – 08:15 = Helen Downes, CEO, Shannon Chamber Welcome Address

• 08:15 – 08:45 = Paul Healy, Chief Executive, Skillnet Ireland Title of presentation TBC

• 08:45 – 09:15 = Patrick Byrnes, Operations Director, Croom Precision Medical Title of presentation TBC

• 09:15 – 09:45 = Annette Costelloe, Technical Training Programs Lead, Stryker Title of presentation TBC

• 09:45 – 10:15 = John Cormican, General Manger, Jaguar Land Rover Ireland Title of presentation TBC

• 10:15 – 10:45 = Panel Discussion Title of panel discussion TBC

• 10:45 – 11:00 = Gerard Murray, Network Manager, Next Level Skillnet Title of talk TBC

• 11:00 = Event Close & Networking

 

  • Discover training supports available in the Mid-West
  • Network with business peers
  • Hear from leading business minds

 

Guest Speaker Bios:

(1) Paul Healy, Chief Executive, Skillnet Ireland Title of presentation TBC
Paul is a respected commentator in the arena of workforce development and skills, having operated at an executive level in commercial environments for over 20 years. His areas of expertise include: Education and Labour Market Policy, Human Resource Development and Corporate Governance. Prior to his appointment as Chief Executive of Skillnet Ireland, Paul had responsibility for Organisational Development and Talent for a large multinational company. Paul is a member of National Training Fund Industry Steering Group, the EU Commission Skills for Industry 2030 Policy Group and the European Digital SME Alliance. He also serves the Skillnet Ireland Board & Board Committees (ex officio). Paul lectures at post graduate level in the field of Human Resources.Annette Costelloe, Technical Training Programs Lead, Stryker Title of presentation TBC

(2) Annette Costello has over 20 years’ experience working in both Human Resources and Training & Development in the medical devices manufacturing and retail sectors. Annette’s passion is creating learning environments that are interactive, fun and enhance the learning experience for the individuals and teams she works with. Annette is currently working with Stryker for the last 18 years as their Technical Programmes Lead, designing, delivering and managing a portfolio of programmes and development interventions across their campus in Ireland. Stryker is a medical device organisation which was founded by Dr Homer Stryker whose philosophy was “If your tools don’t work, make them work and if you can’t make them work, make some that do”. It now employs over 33000 people worldwide, with 3600 of them based in Ireland. Annette has been a member of the Irish Medtech Skillsnet Committee for the past 7 years and has recently become a member the ICBE Business Excellence Skillnet Steering Group.

(3) John Cormican, General Manger, Jaguar Land Rover Ireland Title of presentation TBC
John Cormican is the General Manager of Jaguar Land Rover Ireland Vehicle Engineering, which he co-founded in May 2017. Based in Shannon, John and his team play an important role in realising the company’s vision for Autonomous, Connected, Electrified vehicles and Shared Mobility services. Having started his career as a Software Engineer at Piercom and Tellabs, John moved to Intel where he held a number of roles over a 15-year period. Prior to his role with Jaguar Land Rover. John was responsible for Intel’s automotive business development strategy in Europe working with several leading car manufacturers and automotive Tier 1 suppliers. John is a graduate of University of Limerick and obtained a BSc in Applied Mathematics and Computer Engineering.

(4) Patrick Byrnes, Operations Director, Croom Precision Medical Title of presentation TBC
Patrick spent a number of years working in various engineering roles in American medical multinational companies before joining the family business in 2017. Some two years on, Croom Precision Medical has put its redeveloped company strategy on formalising research, development and innovation to work, receiving five national and international awards for its work on metal additive manufacturing. In addition to producing the companies first intellectual property portfolio, the technology venture has seen the company attract interest from international aerospace companies for component design and manufacture. Croom Precision employs over 58 employees.