Are you or your team in need of upskilling or reskilling?
Skills to Advance (STA) is a new exciting national Initiative and funding stream which 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.

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. Davy Mc Donnell, Principal of Drogheda Institute of Further Education has welcomed the initiative stating that “it is a fantastic opportunity for local employees to upskill or re-skill and increase their career progression opportunities and welcomed the fact that employees may access the training free of charge if eligible for the scheme. He continues that “in many cases employees may not have had the opportunity to complete training within their current positions, but the STA programme and DIFE will now provide an open door for people to access specialised training”. Davy also acknowledged the role that local and regional employers play in supporting DIFE students in accommodating work placements over many years and is delighted to be able to further strengthen links with local employees and employers through this initiative.

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.

Specialist Skills to Advance Courses on Offer for Spring 2021

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

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. 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