BUSINESS & COMMUNITY LINKS

Overview

At DIFE we recognise our key position within the local community and we strive to make relationships with local businesses and community groups to create collaboration between education and the wider community in Drogheda and the North East Region. We also strive to serve our local community by providing a centre in which organisations can access for training, recreational or meeting requirements.

Over many years DIFE have built a strong and invaluable relationship with local employers in the region both through the collaboration through our work placement programme but also many of our graduates progress directly into employment with local businesses across multiple sectors and industries in the region. We are hugely proud of the close relationship with local industry and acknowledge the key role that local and regional employers play in supporting DIFE students in accommodating work placements over many years.

Additionally our team work closely with many organisations including industry groups, representative groups, and various stakeholders to ensure our graduates are well placed to transfer directly to industry with the specialist skills required to forge a successful career DIFE is committed to further developing links with local organisations and local businesses, no matter how large or small. Please contact us if we can support you or your organisation in; student placement, workforce development, graduate recruitment accessing our facilities or exploring new opportunities.

Our links with organisations are extensive and their input to our college is invaluable.

Volunteering and Charity Events

At DIFE we recognise the importance of giving back and contributing to our community. We complete many events across the college every academic year to raise awareness and valuable funds for a range of local and national charities. Student volunteering projects are student-led and community focused, allowing you to learn new skills and make a positive impact.

Volunteering provides students with a way to make a real difference in the local community – just by giving up some spare time to help others. Not only does volunteering give students a feel good factor, it also helps boost confidence – not to mention improving graduates CVs.

Hire Our Facilities

The College is not only a centre of education it also has a wealth of facilities available for hire to the public.  From meeting spaces, classrooms, specialist lecture theatres to sports facilities including a sports hall  and an all-weather pitch, we offer our varied range of facilities at very competitive rates.  We are also able to host conferences and exhibitions in our Sports Complex.

Our team are eager to support links to both local community groups and teams and will attempt to facilitate requests where possible for access to our state of the art facilities.

For more information contact us.

Workforce Development

Are you or your team in need of upskilling or reskilling?

DIFE provide a variety of workforce and professional development solutions for a broad spectrum of professionals, organisations, and sectors. Our workforce solutions are based on a collaborative process of assessing training needs, design and development of a training programme resulting in courses tailored to our partners requirements.

One of the main mechanism used to support upskilling and reskilling opportunities is through the new national Skills to Advance initiative. The initiative and funding stream aims to equip employees with the skills to progress in their current job, or to take advantage of new job opportunities. DIFE has become one of the first colleges in the region to offer employees a range of highly subsidised specialist training courses (funded up to 100% of the cost of the course) under the STA initiative.

The Skills to Advance initiative, provided by DIFE and Louth and Meath Education and Training Board (LMETB), provides certified trainings for upskilling and reskilling opportunities to employers and employees in Louth and Meath.

 

What is Skills to Advance?

Skills to Advance aims to support both employers and employees with highly subsidised accredited training. The initiative supports employers by helping them to identify their employee’s skills needs and by developing their workforce to increase business productivity and competitiveness. It supports employees by helping them to develop the skills they need to progress in their current role or to adapt to the changing job market.

 

Purpose of Skills to Advance

  • Provide upskilling and reskilling opportunities to employees in jobs undergoing change and to those currently employed in vulnerable sectors.
  • Responding to changing nature of jobs and skills requirements
  • Supporting development of soft skills
  • Meeting the skills needs of target groups, specific sectors and local employers
  • Supporting and enhancing productivity of SME’s by helping them develop their workforce
  • Providing employees with the opportunity to achieve recognised accreditation and progress their career pathway ambitions

 

What level of funding support is offered?

Upskilling and reskilling courses may be free to employees depending on your skill level. Courses may be fully/partially funded for certified programmes under the Skills to Advance Initiative. This Initiative provides funding for fulltime and part-time employees for Level 5 programmes up to 100%, and up to 70% funding for level 6 programmes provided certain criteria are met.

 

Courses on Offer

Below is a small sample of the programmes offered in 2021. However if you, or your organisation are interested in other training opportunities, please contact us directly and we will can arrange to meet and discuss training needs.

  • Bookkeeping – Manual and Computerised.
  • Digital Marketing
  • Payroll Manual & Computerised
  • Word Processing
  • Infection, Prevention and Control
  • Special Needs Assisting
  • Freight Forwarding (Brexit Focused)
  • Spreadsheets

Further details on skillstoadvance.ie or contact the LMETB Skills to Advance Engagement Team below:

Aoife McDaid  |  086 035 7568  |  amcdaid@lmetb.ie
Linda Ennis  |  086 067 9510  |  lennis@lmetb.ie
Ann Gallagher  |  086 787 0854  |  agallagher@lmetb.ie