The Cork Education and Training Board is committed to delivering quality education and training in response to the needs of business and future skills needs. Employers pay a key role in identifying the skills needed for businesses to thrive. CETB collaborates closely with employers and provides:
- Quality education and training programmes
- Nationally and internationally recognised certification
- Professional staff
- Courses that are responsive to the needs of employers and labour market needs
- Career Traineeships
CETB can deliver tailored programmes for employers through its Colleges and Centres, such as:
CETB Employer Engagement events in Cork city and county:
- to provide employers with the opportunity to gain an overview of what the CETB can do for them in terms of education and training
- to listen to the views of employers
- to inform and advise the CETB on our programmes, planning and delivery.
- to ensure that the CETB is informed of the skill needs of employers
- to informing the CETB Education and Training Plan for 2016.
As part of their CSR programme, Johnson & Johnson developed a programme to increase the progression rates of students from three post-primary schools in the city (Terence MacSwiney Community College, Mayfield Community School and North Monastery CBS) to CETB’s Further Education colleges, CIT and UCC.
A range of initiatives have been delivered including site visits for CETB Science & Technology teachers to Janssen Pharmaceutical plant in Ringaskiddy, providing an insight into Johnson & Johnson’s operations and an opportunity to view first-hand the advancements in technology and science, meet with staff and their careers and progression pathways.
North Cork Engineering Cluster
The development of this cluster is an initiative of the Mallow Development Partnership which is a joint venture involving local business and statutory authorities looking at initiatives to boost activity in Mallow and its environs. One of the initiatives involves the local engineering sector, a strength in the area and how this can grow employment. It includes stakeholders from local engineering businesses and CETB, CIT and local secondary schools, creating a competitive and open engineering cluster. The objective of the cluster is the creation of business opportunities in the engineering sector while also addressing the skills shortages in the North Cork area.