Skills for Work

Skills for Work Workplace Learning
Skills for Work (SFW) is a national programme aimed at providing educational training opportunities to help employees deal with the basic educational skills demands in the workplace.


To participate employees must be:
In full or part-time paid employment
Have few, out-dated or no educational qualifications
Over 18 years of age


Aims of the SFW Programme
Promote an ethos of lifelong learning in the workplace
Contributed towards the creation of a well-educated and highly skilled workforce
Raise the competency level of employees
Enable employees to cope with frequent and on-going changes in work practices


“I learned more than I ever expected. It was such a friendly and helpful environment” – SFW participant

Benefits to the employer
Trained staff create more work productivity
Better team performance
Increase in retention of employees
Building your company’s reputation as a quality learning organisation
Improved core skills can mean a reduction in wastage and saves money
There are no tuition fees for the employee or the employer.


Skills for Work Courses
SFW courses may include a variety of subjects, which supports the educational needs of employees.All courses include literacy and numeracy elements integrated into a variety of subjects ranging from communications, maths, computing, reading, writing, spellings and personal development skills.The courses are designed and delivered in a flexible and adaptable way to meet, the needs of the employer and employee. Courses can be tailored to suit workplace needs.


Course Examples
Retail skills
Food and Nitration
Introduction to Healthcare Support
Introduction to online farm management
SPSV preparation course for Taxi Drivers.


Further information 
Courses are usually about 35 hours and can lead to QQI accreditation Level 3.
More information is available on


Contact Details – Mayo
Geraldine O’Haire
Tel:  087 6251494


Contact Details – Sligo & Leitrim
Margaret Timoney
Tel:  087 7908127


Skills for Work is funded by the Department of Education and Skills (DES).