St. Angela's launch Employer Portal
The St Angela’s College Employer Portal was officially launched on Tuesday the 20th of February 2018. The Employer Portal was developed by St Angela’s college in collaboration with the North West Regional Skills Forum with the purpose of providing a single access point for regional employers to connect with a range of services and supports available across the college and the St Angela’s College Food Technology Centre.
The Employer Portal was launched by Mr Declan Courell (St Angela’s College Registrar), Mr Ronan McArt (Joint Programme Director for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management, St Angela’s College), Ms Brenda Donagher (Rural Enterprise Skillnet) and Mr Oran Doherty (Regional Skills Forum Manager, North West). The Portal launch was attended by Sligo Mayor Hubert Keaney and representatives from IDA Ireland, Department of Social Protection, Donegal ETB, Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB, Overstock, Lotus Works, Good4U, Tattie Hoaker Farms, Country Markets Ireland, Údarás na Gaeltachta, St Angela’s College, IT Sligo, IBEC and the Western Development Committee.
The Employer Portal gives immediate access to employers in the food industry who will be able to propose projects for students of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management in areas such as Market Research, Social Media Marketing, Final Year Research Projects (which may include product development, manufacturing processes or quality control) and be able to offer work placements, summer work and employ graduates.
Targets set by the Department of Agriculture, Food and Marine under the Food Wise 2025 strategy seek to grow Irish Agri-Food exports to €19 billion per annum by 2025 (€13.5 Billion for 2017). At the launch of the Portal Ronan McArt, Joint Programme Director for the Bachelor of Applied Science in Nutrition, Food and Business Management, noted that the express aim of the Nutrition and Food Science programme at St Angela’s College was to develop graduates with the knowledge and skills to creatively solve problems for food producing organisations and their clients. This can be enhanced by close collaboration with employers in the Food Industry and the provision of real industry problems as student research projects. The Home Economics department of St Angela’s College and the Food Technology Centre are committed to helping organisations in the food industry achieve the growth targets outlined in the Food Wise 2025 plan.
Employers in the food industry can visit the Employer Portal at St Angela’s College now using the link www.stangelas.nuigalway.ie/employers to see the range of facilities and services currently available.