Kerry College Open Week – A Huge Success

Dr Eddie Murphy, guest speaker (left) with Owen O’Donnell, Stephen Goulding and Carmel Kelly at the Kerry College’s Open Week.

Over 900 students, career changers and jobseekers attended Kerry College’s Open Week at its Campus locations in Listowel, Clash Road and Monavalley in Tralee. 

A further 600 attended the Apprenticeship Open Evening and Parent/Guardian/Applicant Information Session on Thursday.

In the Clash Road and Listowel Campus locations, visitors had an opportunity to talk to teachers and current learners in relation to courses for progression and employment.

Career Guidance Counsellors were on campus to give advice to prospective learners and to answer any career related queries they may have had.

Beauty Therapy Suite

Attendees visited all the different faculties as well as Kerry College’s state of the art Beauty Therapy Suite where they had a chance to see current learners demonstrate a full range of treatments.

Principal of Clash Road, Denny Street and Listowel campuses, Stephen Goulding was delighted with the event.

“This was a great opportunity for visitors to come and visit the campus in person and speak to learners and staff on site. They could see first-hand what the Kerry College experience is like,” said Mr. Goulding.

Dr. Eddie Murphy

He was also pleased with the parents/guardians/applicant’s information session on Thursday evening in the Clash Road Campus where guest speaker Dr. Eddie Murphy, Clinical Psychologist spoke to parents about his career path and the transitions we all make in our lives.

A selection of learners gave an account of their educational journeys and how entry into further education and training has had a positive impact on their lives.

Stone Carving – A Favourite

In the Monavalley Campus visitors had the opportunity to try their hand at a variety of new skills as there was a host of practical skills based demonstrations throughout the day. A top favourite for the week was stone carving.

They also had the opportunity to experience virtual reality with wind turbine maintenance instructor Andy Cane’s assistance.

They were set up to view from the top of the campus’s wind turbine training tower, overlooking the whole of Tralee from a mighty height.

Kerry College’s state of the art digital skills centre was available to the public to record a radio sound bite or vox pop.

Killorglin Campus Team

The Killorglin Campus team was also on site in the Monavalley Campus also providing the opportunity to explore a range of outdoor and activity based career options. There was a multitude to choose from!

The Ireland Skills National Final for the MAMF Craft Apprenticeship took place also.  Visitors had an opportunity to see skills in action, and the best MAMF apprentices applying their trade. Competitors were selected from all parts of the country to take part in this.

The competitors were nominated by employers, ETB’s and IoT’s, based on their skill levels.

The winner of the National competition was Tom Crowley WorldSkills Ireland MAMF/ Industrial Mechanics 2021 National Champion. (MTU Cork & Tralee, Co Kerry)

He will have the opportunity to take part in The World Skills competition in China in October 2022.

Busiest Ever Open Week 

Manager of the Monavalley Campus, Con O’Sullivan said that they had their busiest ever Open Week.

“This is a clear sign that parents, school leavers, career changers and jobseekers are looking for a more direct route to work and progression within their careers. 

“At our Monavalley Campus, the range of practical skills training courses and apprenticeships will always meet this need.”

He thanked all the companies who exhibited at the apprenticeship information open evening which took place in Monavalley on Thursday.  This was a very successful night as hundreds of visitors came to meet a range of hiring employers and apprentices and had their questions answered by apprenticeship services,” said Mr. O’Sullivan.

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