Cork College of FET- Bishopstown Campus recently celebrated the achievement graduates from its Leadership and Management programmes. Graduates achieved the Institute of Leadership & Management t(ILM) Level 4 Certificate in Leadership and Management. This internationally recognised qualification is part of the Bishopstown Campus Skills to Advance offering to companies. Skills to Advance is a SOLAS initiative which provides subsidised upskilling for companies and those in employment.
The qualification was completed by a group of learners from both the Kingsley Hotel and Fota Hotel. The leadership programme was designed to meet the specific training needs of the hotel group and was designed in partnership between Ber Browne of the Skills to Advance Team, Cork College of FET and Catriona Sheehan, HR and Learning Development Manager Kingsley Hotel. Catriona commented:
“Working with Cork College of FET has been a seamless experience from start to finish. From first discussions to initiating the leadership management programme, the support we received was outstanding – sourcing the tutors, agreeing the schedule, building the modules. The learning within the modules and the calibre of the tutor was remarkable”.
The graduation ceremony was held on Monday 23rd October in Cork College of FET- Bishopstown Campus. The ceremony was attended by the graduates, their family and friends and senior leaders of both Cork College of FET and the Kingsley/Fota Hotel.
Speaking on the day, Niamh Gaine, Assistant Manager Cork College of FET- Bishopstown Campus congratulated the learners on their achievement saying
“I want to pay tribute to all of you graduates for the time and effort you have put into completing the programme. It takes courage to take on a programme of learning, courage to put yourself in the shoes of a learner. This is especially the case when working full time and balancing the demands of work, home and study. Take a moment to congratulate yourself and to take stock. It’s never easy, and well done.”
She urged the group to continue in their learning journey saying:
“Learning is lifelong and through Skills to Advance, we can provide real flexible options for upskilling while working. In Cork ETB and Cork College of FET, we provide a pathway for every learner. This programme has put you on a path- keep going onto the next step”.
This was echoed by Catriona Sheehan, HR and Learning Development manager Kingsley Hotel, wo said:
“Our teams worked very hard balancing the study with work but it was all worth it to attend their graduation today at Cork College of FET The happiness and sense of achievement resonating from the room today as our team graduated was a really proud moment for us all”.