There are many ways to update your skill set, even in the current climate when we have to stay close to home. For years now, South Kerry Local Employment Service has been referring people onto our wide catalogue of training courses that we pay for (if needed) as well as providing supports to make it easy to register and continue learning until courses are completed.
One of the online platforms we often use is eCollege, provided by Solas who recently announced that their entire set of courses is temporarily free to anyone! Three popular courses we find people want are:
Yes, eCollege is geared mostly at education in IT or Technical areas, but there are a few others topics also like Business, Office Productivity and Learn how to speak Irish. If there’s nothing there for you, get in touch with us as we have MANY resources other than eCollege available, some which you can’t access any other way.
If something on eCollege does catch your eye but you want to discuss an aspect of it, or if you want a hand registering with eCollege, give us a shout and we’ll help you get on the right path.
Head Office – West Main Street Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry
Employers – Is recruiting taking up too much of your time? Many frontline organisations are trying to quickly mobilise staff and SKDP can be your trusted partner in this. We offer a screening service for all types of recruitment efforts, cutting down on your resources.
Our Employer Engagement Officer, Joanne Griffin, manages a database of clients across the region and helps them source employees using SKDP channels or targeted events (e.g. our recent seasonal Hotel Event) It’s all part of our work under the SICAP programme to reduce unemployment in our communities.
Over 60 organisations of all sizes and from varied sectors avail of this free outsourced service. We have successfully helped place candidates in everything from small local businesses to multinationals – without commission or fees! We want to help you while also helping Kerry people find jobs.
*Joanne also wants anyone seeking work to connect with her – she can help you become ready for your next job!
While we’re conscious many companies are not hiring at the moment, this service will be there if you need it again.
While our offices are now closed until April 19th, we’re still here for you – all our usual phone numbers are diverted and so you can still reach us by phone or alternatively via [email protected].
SKDP is working within the County’s Coordinated Community Response. Along with Kerry County Council, we are helping run a new Covid-19 Support Service as well as continuing to deliver food, fuel and medicines to those living in our community whose usual sources of support are unavailable.
Please save this new helpline number 1800807009 and where possible, every Kerry household should print this document beneath, adding your Eircode and other relevant information.
Do pass this important information along safely to your friends, family and neighbours, especially those who may not be digitally connected. Stay at home and stay well.
Jobseekers – If you or someone you know has been laid off due to Covid-19 and need some help completing application forms, (e.g. Six week Emergency Payment) make contact with your nearest Local Employment Service office who will be happy to help you out.
Head Office – West Main Street Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry
The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection have a range of measures to provide income support to people affected by Coronavirus, viewable here. They advise that the best method to apply for COVID Pandemic Unemployment Payment is online.
You will need to have a basic MyGovID account to proceed (which they reassure is a simple process). If you want some help with filling out the online form, do contact us.
South Kerry Local Employment Service is your free support for all things relating to finding jobs or work.
If you or someone around you is thinking differently about their work future, the Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA) will be of interest. It’s an opportunity to set up your own business while still being supported by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.
As well as that, in South Kerry, SKDP provides free supports to all applicants working out their business plans. First, take a look at the eligibility conditions around BTWEA. Then, to find out more, contact your nearest SKDP Enterprise Officer:
For those already on the payment, please see a note from the Department regarding enhancements during the Covid-19 period:
Back to Work Enterprise Allowance (BTWEA)
Revised payment arrangements with immediate effect
Where self-employed participants of BTWEA have to cease trading because of the impact of social distancing, they can continue to receive their BTWEA weekly payment from the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. No further action is required from the customer where they wish to continue on the scheme.
Where a participant in year two of their claim presents with financial difficulty (in receipt of a reduced 75% rate of payment), an adjustment can be made to their weekly rate on ISTS to revert to the year one rate of their claim (i.e. increase to 100%).
Where a customer’s BTWEA ends following the 2 year period they can be advised to apply for the Covid-19 Pandemic Unemployment Payment and Jobseekers supports.
In this time of social distancing, we’re lucky in South Kerry to have a broad range of Walks where we can avoid coming within 2 metres of others. However, as it’s Spring, it’s also lambing season – that means it’s crucial we are mindful of the danger that dogs pose along our walks!
Walks in South Kerry welcoming people but VITAL to respect rules
At such an unprecedented and critical time in everybody’s lives, as Hospitals will be inundated with patients suffering with COVID-19, it is also critical time in Ireland in farming communities. Lambing season is well underway, uphill ewes are beginning to lamb.
In Ireland landowners along all public walking trails in South Kerry are very welcoming of people on the walks during this time there is a need for people to respect the walks rules.
Noel Spillane CEO South Kerry Development Partnership (SKDP) stated “This is a very busy time for farmers who have sheep lambing and cows calving and it is vital that people DO NOT under any circumstances bring dogs onto the walks”. He pointed out that dogs, whether on leads or not, are NEVER allowed on the walks but now, more than ever, given the stress dogs can have on farm animals, people must obey this rule.
Walking, particularly on the many public walking trails in South Kerry, is an ideal way for people to get exercise and fresh air during this period and it is also a safe way once people ensure they adhere to HSE guidelines around keeping social distancing. “People should make sure to minimise their social contact with others on the walks in line with HSE guidelines” Noel said and added that people, particularly those who may not be used to the walks, should ensure they have suitable footwear and clothing to cope with changing weather conditions.
“We are very lucky in South Kerry to have such a broad range of walks suitable for people of all ages and abilities that we can use during this time when many other recreational options are not available to us and we all need to make sure we use them in a way that is safe for all” said CEO Noel Spillane.
There are 21 different walking trails in the region and full details as well as maps for these are available to download/print from www.southkerry.ie/trails where they can also get an online to take with them on the routes. People are also advised to remember the 7 principles of Leave No Trace – https://www.leavenotraceireland.org/education/education-introduction/ – to ensure that everyone can enjoy and maintain the wonderful asset of our South Kerry walks during this time.
Sadly – Paddy Casey, SKDP’s Rural Recreation Officer, who managed the Walks Scheme and who spearheaded this campaign, passed away at the weekend. South Kerry Development Partnership extends its deepest sympathy to Paddy’s family and many friends.
A good idea for all is to be familiar with support services around us – Things that weren’t relevant in 2019 to you or your circle may be now. Get to know what SKDP does and how we can help you, including operating the Local Employment Service (LES). The aim is to help guide those who are under/un-employed back to work and if your confidence has taken a dip, we can help build it up again.
Inevitably, the economic impact of Covid-19 means people you know could benefit from our expertise so let them know what we do and how we can help; here’s a sample:
* Need to upgrade your skills with training?
LES can direct you to courses or education suitable to you and give you support with it.
* Does your CV need an expert review?
LES do this all the time – ask us for our opinion on yours.
* Do you need help applying for Pandemic Unemployed Payment?
We are right here to help.
Although we’re unable to meet you in person during the current pandemic, we’re very happy to help you in other ways, so make contact now to get the ball rolling! Details of your nearest office beneath.
Head Office – West Main Street Cahersiveen, Co. Kerry
On Sunday afternoon March 22nd the awful news broke of the tragic death of Paddy Casey R.I.P, shattering what should have been an enjoyable Mothers Day afternoon in South Kerry. The news of Paddy’s death has left all of his colleagues and friends here at SKDP in shock, with a huge sense of sadness and loss. It is difficult for us to comprehend what has happened at this time. The untimely and sudden nature of Paddy’s death has left us all bereft.
Paddy was a valued friend and much loved colleague by all his fellow staff members at South Kerry Development Partnership. In reacting to the news of Paddy’s death various work colleagues have described him to me as a ‘true gentleman’ , ‘lovely person’ ‘such a pleasant man’ , ‘a kind soul’ and ‘the type of guy you would love to have at your kitchen table’. Paddy was extremely popular with all of his colleagues. His pleasant, easy-going and unassuming personality made him a character you could warm to very easily and quickly.
He started work with South Kerry Development Partnership as a Rural Social Scheme participant. His work-ethic and ability saw him progress to the role of Rural Social Scheme (RSS) Supervisor in September 2012. In this role Paddy would have worked with numerous community groups and his participants on the RSS Scheme. Joseph McCrohan (RSS & Tus Manager with SKDP) Paddy’s then line manager, described Paddy as
an excellent people’s person, ideal for his role as an RSS supervisor. He was kind, generous with his time and brought humour to the job and he had a wonderful local knowledge. He returned to education in UCC, something he was very proud of”.
In August 2014 Paddy took up an additional part time role of Rural Recreation Officer (RRO) with SKDP, working in this capacity under the direction and support of then full time RRO, Patricia Deane. This was a role Paddy relished and excelled at. It involved implementing the walks scheme in South Kerry and liaising and working with various landowners, community groups and statutory organisations. Patricia Deane described Paddy as
a great man to get a job done and done really well without delay, someone who would take a call at any hour and do everything to help a person out. He loved being out and about meeting people and all the time making friends along the way”.
In January 2019 Paddy took up the role of full time RRO with South Kerry Development Partnership, a role he held until his untimely death on March 22nd. In his role as SKDP RRO, I had the opportunity to work closely with Paddy and provide line management support to him. He was a pleasure to work with, one of the most conscientious people I have ever worked with. He brought a huge enthusiasm, work ethic and commitment to the role. Paddy was completely immersed in the various walking trails he helped to develop and maintain in South Kerry. He developed excellent relationships with all the landowners along the various trails and the various community groups and statutory agencies he was required to liaise and collaborate with. Paddy was empathetic to the plight of farmers and the challenges they faced. They knew that in Paddy, they had a man they could trust, who would take the time to listen to them and take on board their concerns. Respect for landowners, who had granted permissive access for the walking trails on their lands, was the core ethos that guided Paddy in his work.
In his time as RRO with SKDP, Paddy oversaw the implementation of a formal monitoring and maintenance system for the Kerryway, drove the development of an integrated on-line and hardcopy trails brochure for all the accredited walking trails in South Kerry and was a key figure in the development of the Kerry Way Management plan, which was launched by SKDP in October 2019 in Dromid. Not too long before his death, he completed a two year operational plan for the SKDP RRO and was busy with plans to support the roll out of a national monitoring and maintenance app for the South Kerry trails and the development & implementation of a Camino route from Cahersiveen to Glenbeigh. He was a tireless worker.
Paddy’s death has robbed SKDP of a valued colleague and dear friend. We have lost a highly conscientious and very committed staff member.
Our thoughts today are with his wife Siobhan who has lost a loving husband, his children James, Paudie and Niamh who have lost a devoted father.
I would urge all staff to take the time to remember Paddy today and over the next few days and weeks. To his many SKDP colleagues who would have worked closely with him and to those who had occasion to interact with him – reflect on those positive memories and remember a very pleasant, kind and gentle soul.
Goodbye Paddy – May you rest in peace for eternity.
South Kerry Development Partnership wishes to advise the people of South Kerry that our services continue to be available to you.
We all need to protect ourselves from COVID-19, so if you need our services I am requesting, where possible, to give us a call or send an email in the first instance. We believe we can deal with many queries over the phone or via email.
If you need to meet a member of SKDP staff, we will arrange an appointment, ensuring that Social distancing requirements are met.
All of our offices remain open and contact details are here.