Midlands Regional Skills Forum Members
Mr John Mc Kenna MRSF Chair & Vice President for Strategic Planning, Institutional Performance, Equality and Diversity at TÚS:MMW
Mr Ken Whitelaw Regional Manager at International Development Association (IDA) Ireland
Ms Antonine Healy Director of Further Education & Training (FET) at Longford Westmeath Education & Training Board (LWETB)
Mr Tony Dalton Director of Further Education & Training (FET) at Laois Offaly Education & Training Board (LOETB)
Mr Mark Atterbury Regional Development Executive at Enterprise Ireland (EI), Midlands Office
Mr Ciaran King Construction Industry Federation (CIF) Representative for the Midlands
Ms Anne Naughton Projects Coordinator Graduate Studies, Research & Innovation at Skills For Growth
Ms Catherine Collins Network Manager at First Polymer Skillsnet
Ms Tracey Tallon Senior Enterprise Development Officer at Local Enterprise Office (LEO) Westmeath
Mr Paddy Mahon Chief Executive at Longford County Council
Ms Helen Leahy Head of Regional Policy at Irish Business and Employers Confederation (Ibec)
Dr Michael Tobin Dean of Faculty Continuing, Professional, Online and Distance Learning at TÚS:MMW
Ms Sarah Morgan Programme Manager for Midlands Regional Enterprise Plan
Mr John Costello Manager of Midlands Regional Skills Forum
Ms Avril Browne Human Resources & Training Officer at Glanbia Cheese EU, Portlaoise, Co. Laois
Ms Elma Ravenhill Finance and Human Resources Manager at Critical Healthcare, Tullamore, Co. Offaly
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