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Minister Bruton delivers keynote address at successful Jobs, Skills & Education Fair in Mount Lucas

Published: 20th May 2019

On Friday last, May 17th the Regional Transition Team, under the auspices of the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020 held a Jobs, Skills and Education Fair & an Idea Generation Bootcamp Mount Lucas Training Centre.

This event was an opportunity for Bord na Mona employees accepting voluntary redundancy, to engage with the following companies who were on site with vacancies to fill: Banagher Precast Concrete Ltd.; Grennans Agri-Feeds, Beechill Bulbs Ltd, Critical Healthcare, Kepak, Shay Murtagh Precast, McDonald International Ltd; Glennon Brothers Ltd., Roadbridge, Windhoist, Jones Engineering, Gleveagh Properties, TEG, Crystal Air, Flexsource, Mercury Engineering and JOD Ireland.

In addition to those recruiting on the day, LOETB, AIT, Regional Skills Forum, LEOs and Local Development Companies and Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection were on hand to offer guidance and advice to attendees on their career path. AIT announced they have secured funding to deliver over 23 Springboard+ courses and Explore programmes, developed to support the impacted employees of Bord na Móna.


At the Big Idea Generation Bootcamp, Pat Cox of Hydraquip and Stephen Grant of Grant Engineering shared their inspirational stories, to encourage attendees to embrace the skills needed to advance in your career, and possibly even to establish your own business. The attendees also heard of the possibility of developing a community amenity as Abbeyleix Bog Project has achieved.


Minister Bruton addressing the attendees at the Big Idea Generation Bootcamp held in Mount Lucas

Minister Bruton spoke of the challenges that Climate Change presents, but also the many opportunities it presents for business in the form of renewables, heating our homes, remote working, the circular economy and smart farming. The Regional Transition Team will host a conference on October 9th, 2019 in Tullamore, County Offaly – “Creating Economic & Business Opportunities from Climate Change”.


*The Regional Transition Team, under the auspices of the Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020, includes Local Authorities of Laois, Longford, Offaly, Westmeath, Kildare and Roscommon; The Chair & Secretariat of the Regional Enterprise Plan to 2020, regional and local representatives from IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland, LEOs, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, ETB’s, AIT, CARO, Chambers of Commerce, Regional Skills Forum and Bord na Mona.

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