James Eustace

James Eustace is the Further Education and Training Apprenticeship Manager in Education and Training Boards Ireland (ETBI). ETBI is the representation organisation of Ireland’s sixteen Education and Training Boards (ETBs). ETBs are statutory authorities with responsibility for education and training and manage and operate second-level schools, further education colleges, community national schools and a range of adult and further education centres delivering education and training programmes including PLC’s, apprenticeship and traineeship programmes. 

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Stuart Murphy

Tuesday 17th September – 12.00 Stuart Murphy
ABP Ireland & Poland Group HR Manager
“Pathways to your Future“

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Ger Boyle

Ger manages our team of technical support engineers here in Volkswagen Group Ireland – The technical support team help the dealer network (148 garages in total) with particularly difficult diagnostic issues over the phone and through email support etc. They also liaise with the factories and report back on issues that the dealers are seeing on the ground with different products.

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Ciara Brannigan
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Helen Johnston
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Conor Kearney
  • Conor began his electrical apprenticeship in 1984 – 1988.
  • He worked as an electrician between 1988 and 1998.
  • He founded CJK in 1998.
  • He was the MD of CJK between 1998-2018.
  • He has been the Executive Director of CJK from 2018 – present.


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Neil Robdale

Neil Robdale qualified as an Occupational Therapist in 1988 and has worked in the field of mental
health ever since.
Initially working in the Royal Edinburgh Hospital he became part of the movement towards
community care and the gradual reduction in size of the large psychiatric institutions. Working
within a day hospital, he became immersed in the process of moving care and therapy out into the
communities themselves. Continuing this process he managed ‘Samh’s Kitchen’, which was a training
project in catering skills organised by the Scottish Association for Mental Health.
Moving to Cambridgeshire in 1991 Neil became one of the early community outreach occupational
therapists, which role later developed into a community mental health team. He has worked in a
number of community mental health teams and Assertive outreach teams across the UK. In 2002 he
began a project to support people with mental health problems to stay in employment based in
Shropshire, England.
Neil has been a lecturer/practitioner at Glyndwr University, Wales, since 2007 specialising in mental
health and vocational rehabilitation. He still works directly within the field of mental health as a
Mental Capacity Act assessor.
July 2019.

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Anna Gorecka

Tuesday 17th September – 13.10 Anna Gorecka
Apprenticeship Project Manager – Freight Transport Association
“Logistics Associate Apprenticeship”

The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship provides academic Education and practical training across the Freight, Logistics, Shipping and Distribution industries. Apprentices enter a contact of 2 years duration, where they will work with an Employer and spent one day a week with Technological University Dublin (TU Dublin) for their academic studies. Completion of this programme will lead to a Level 6 Award on the National Framework of Qualifications. The Logistics Associate Apprenticeship is the first non-craft apprenticeship to be offered by Technological University Dublin and the first of the industry – led programmes.

The consortium of businesses and professional bodies supporting the programme, which includes Freight Transport Association Ireland (FTAI), The Irish International Freight Association (IIFA), Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT), the Institute of Chartered Shipbrokers Ireland, IPICS The Supply Chain Management Institute and an impressive list of employers – are committed to delivering a meaningful, active programme which will deliver the skilled young people which the Irish logistics industry needs to keep moving. For Apprentices, this programme is the perfect entry point into the Freight, Logistics, Shipping and Distribution industries, with broad exposure allowing persons to make a decision about their desired career direction upon completion.

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Siomha Ni Ruairc

Is í Síomha Ní Ruairc an Chomhordaitheoir Gaeilge le Conradh na Gaeilge. Laistigh den réimse titeann feachtais cosúil leis an Seó Bóthar, Cumainn Ghaelacha sna hollscoileanna, An Ghaelbhratach agus an Clár TechSpace. Beidh sí ag déanamh plé ar na bealaí gur féidir an Ghaeilge a spreagadh i measc na daltaí lasmuigh den seomra ranga, idir na feachtais luaite thuas agus eile.

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Keith Kavanagh

Keith is the currently Competence Development Manager with ESB Networks DAC. He is a former Apprentice Electrician with the company and has 20 years of experience working in a range of diverse roles. Keith is a strong advocate of the apprenticeship as a learning model and sees first-hand the rewarding and purposeful careers available via the apprenticeship route. Managing an apprentice pool of 300 with ESB networks, Keith sees the challenges of promoting gender balance amongst technical apprenticeships.

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