Lá Fhéile Pádraig Shona!

Or, Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

It’s time to bust out the green clothes and food colouring and enjoy a cheeky green pint at your local.

St. Patrick’s Day has been celebrated in the British Isles for hundreds of years in cities across Ireland and the UK. On the 17th of March, wherever you go, you’ll see parades and public events and pubs packed full to bursting. It’s a great time to let down your hair and let off some steam with friends and family.

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It’s one thing to know your stuff. It’s quite another to manage people doing said stuff.

Some people who have years of experience in a particular area assume that experience makes them suited for a management role. This is not necessarily the case.

While experience in a particular area is, of course, valuable, management is all about knowing people: what they want, how to motivate them and creating the conditions where they can be the best they can be. And that, as Liam Neeson would say, requires a very particular set of skills.

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Apprenticeships work. It’s a fact. It’s been proven again and again over the years by the bright and inspiring individuals learning their craft who go on to grow the country’s economy and make their workplaces more efficient and productive.

March 5-9 2018 is National Apprenticeship Week, where we celebrate and promote the role of apprenticeships in education and work. Above all, we want to get the word out about how important apprenticeships are to the modern economy and how people of all ages  can take on a vocational career.

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Books are so important to our culture and history. Before the internet, they were the main medium in which we stored and transferred written information. The infrastructure of books was and remains massive, with bookstores, libraries and archives dotting our cities and countryside. Today they still hold a place in our hearts as objects we use to make sense of our lives, whether it be through reporting hard-nosed facts or through imagined worlds. They contain our favourite stories, theories and histories. They are companions and friends for the lonely, gateways into wider world for intrepid cerebral explorers. They expand every facet of our imaginations.

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The FE sector can be a fickle mistress. It is an industry that addresses a particular part of the economy. It is largely unknown to the public and, like most sectors, has a tendency to get caught with its inside baseball. There is a lingo to the sector that can make it a bit difficult for outsiders looking in to relate to.

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