Midlands Regional Skills Forum Members
Mr John Mc Kenna Forum Chair & Vice President TÚS:MMW
Mr Ken Whitelaw Regional Manager IDA
Ms Antonine Healy FET Director LWETB
Mr Tony Dalton FET Director LOETB
Mr Mark Atterbury Regional Development Executive Enterprise Ireland
Mr Ciaran King Construction Industry Federation
Ms Anne Naughton Project Officer Skills For Growth
Ms Catherine Collins Manager First Polymer Skillsnet
Ms Tracey Tallon Westmeath LEO
Mr Paddy Mahon CE Longford County Council
Ms Helen Leahy Regional Policy Manager IBEC
Mr Michael Tobin Dean of Life Long Learning TÚS:MMW (Athlone)
Ms Sarah Morgan Programme Mgr. Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan
Mr John Costello Regional Skills Forum Manager
Ms Avril Browne HR & Training Glanbia Cheese EU
Ms Elma Ravenhill HR Manager Critical Healthcare
Vacant DSP Representative
What We Do
The RSFM has established a strong knowledge of critical vacancies and key skills that are required from companies across the Midlands. This information influences course creation in key areas, creating a pipeline of talent in the every changing world of work.
Success to date includes:
- Upskilling older workers in the area of basic IT skills through the EXPLORE Programme.
- Developing and implementing a Welding Apprenticeship Programme with the Midlands ENGENUITY cluster.
- Contributing research, providing supportive documentation, and conducting surveys & skills audits for:
- The Advanced Technologies in Manufacturing cluster.
- Midlands Advanced Manufacturing Action Plan 2021-2024.
- MidlandsIreland.ie Regional Food & Drink Strategy 2021-2024.
- Springboard+ Programme at TÚS:MMW.
- TY Engineering Working Group - PRIME.
Midlands Regional Skills Forum manager John Costello also chairs the Midlands regional Just Transition Group.
General Objectives of MRSF
- Provide a cohesive structure for employers and the further and higher education system to work together in building the skills needs of the region
- Help employers better understand and access the full range of services available across the education and training system
- Enhance links between education and training providers in planning and delivering programmes, reduce duplication and inform national funding decisions
- Facilitate the involvement of enterprise stakeholders in a collaborative framework with education and training partners in the identification, development and delivery of skills development responses
- Actively promote the activities and achievements of the Regional Skills Forum
Who We Work With