Skills and Talent for the SME Sector

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On Sept 21st in University of Limerick, Enterprise Ireland will team up with the Irish Universities Association to bring you a hybrid information event which aims to make engagement with IUA member universities easier for SMEs. This year the event is titled ‘Skills and Talent for the SME Sector’ and will focus on practical examples of the multiple ways enterprise can:

  • Connect into the university system.
  • Attract graduate and intern talent.
  • Engage in programme design/co-creation.
  • Seek alternative pathways for upskilling and reskilling staff.
  • Overcome barriers to engagement.

Skills and Talent for the SME Sector

This event will also provide an opportunity for networking with reps from the 8 IUA University Careers Teams, RPL & MicroCreds.

This is an unmissable opportunity for enterprise to become more effective at engaging with IUA Universities and the graduate talent coming out of some of the top university courses the country has to offer. Reserve your spot now!


09.30 – Registration & refreshments

10:00 – Opening Comments

  • Enterprise Ireland Representative.

10:05 – Expanding the graduate pipeline

  • Hiring International Student Graduates with Jennifer Cleary, Head of International, IUA and Giles O’Neill, Education in Ireland
  • Panel Discussion 1 / Q&A

10:50 – Ways of engaging with universities

  • Engaging Enterprise at UL and UCD. With Dr Patrice Twomey, UL Director of Cooperative Education and Careers Division & Caroline Pierce, Business Development Manager, UCD Careers Network. Panel Discussion & Q&A.

11:30 – Refreshment Break

11:50 – Alternative pathways for upskilling and reskilling

  • Upskilling & Reskilling staff through Recognition of Prior Learning and Microcredentials with Grace Edge, Director, National RPL Project and David Corscadden, MicroCreds Communications Manager. Panel Discussion & Q&A.

12:30 – Networking lunch

  • Meet Representatives from the 8 University Careers Teams & Keynote Speakers.


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