Explore Initiative Supports Lifelong Learning and Digital Skills in Dublin

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Dublin Regional Skills in collaboration with Colaiste Dhulaigh College of Further Education (CDETB) offered the opportunity for local manufacturing companies to engage with this free “Explore” initiative and allow your employees upskill for lifelong learning.

Lifelong Learning Initiative

This pilot initiative to help increase employee participation in lifelong learning has seen a total of 19 employees from 8 companies successfully complete the six-week programme. The primary objectives of the Explore programme are as follows:

  • Improve digital skills of employees in manufacturing industries.
  • Explore opportunities for skills assessment and enhancement.
  • Explore improved individual health & wellbeing in the workplace.
  • Increase uptake in life long learning (night courses, online etc).

Course Content

A broad outline of the programme for those employers who participated included:

  • Six-week initiative part-time (mix of onsite & offsite engagement).
  • Voluntary participation – aim to get 2- 4 employees per company.
  • External facilitator to work with participants.
  • Tuition on digital skills – laptop provided & retained by the participant – used to research a project.
  • Exploring individual skillset and developing a personal development plan.
  • Module on health & wellbeing.
  • External site visit(s) relevant to employment.


The manufacturing companies and their employees in this initiative completed the programme and were presented their certificates on completion from:

  1. Allergan
  2. A1 Shutters & Doors
  3. Camfil
  4. Higginbothams
  5. Mannings Bakery
  6. Murcom Building
  7. Speedpak
  8. Storage Systems

For companies interested in participating in 2019, contact natashakinsella@regionalskills.ie

Gemma Creagh

Gemma is a nomadic writer, filmmaker, & journalist. She was born in Cork, lives in Dublin, and studied in Belfast & Galway, where she graduated from NUIG’s Writing MA. She has penned articles for national publications and is the editorial assistant for Film Ireland Magazine. Gemma was the writer and co-producer of the five-part comedy ‘Rental Boys’ for RTÉ’s Storyland. Her short films have screened at festivals around the world.
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