Inspirational woman carves out a non-traditional career with the help of Donegal ETB

first_imgToday is International Women’s Day 2019 – a global day of female recognition with a focus on balance and gender parity.Women have come a long way in their pursuit of equality, yet they are still vastly underrepresented in many industries. Things are changing, and Emma Balfe is one such woman who has successfully proven that no career path should be determined by gender.Emma is a Carpentry and Joinery Apprentice with Donegal ETB. Apprenticeships are an exciting way for people to gain skills through on-the-job training and a proven way for employers to develop talent. Learners are required to find their employers before they apply, which was a struggle for Emma as a woman entering the male-dominated sector.The young Louth woman found it hard to get a company to give her a chance at first, but now she is a wonderful example of perseverance, highlighting how following your dreams can pay off.Emma always loved woodwork and drawing and was encouraged to look for an apprenticeship. But she put that dream on the long finger as she tried out animal care and retail before returning to school to get better Leaving Cert results.In September 2016 Emma started a civil engineering course but dropped out after the first year because college wasn’t for her; “I felt like I wasn’t learning enough as I prefer more hands on learning.” At this point, she realised she really wanted to pursue a carpentry and joinery apprenticeship. Emma Balfe, Carpentry & Joinery ApprenticeFinding an employer to take on a female apprentice was the difficult part. Throughout her nine month search, Emma found that women were not being taken seriously in the sector. She said: “It was really hard for me to find someone willing to take me on and give me a chance. I rang multiple employers that I had seen and heard were looking for an apprentice but once they heard my [female] voice I was shouted down and told they weren’t looking for an apprentice. After a few calls I started to wonder should I keep looking at all. But my family and friends pushed me on.”Then Emma’s Dad spoke to a friend with contacts in McDuff Construction in Carrickmacross who were willing to meet with her. They agreed to take her on the next week for a trial and by Wednesday of that week they offered her an apprenticeship which she started in January 2018.Everything worked out perfectly from there.“An apprenticeship was definitely more for me as hands on learning really fits in with how I learn new things,” Emma said. She said that she doesn’t regret that she didn’t look for an apprenticeship straight away, adding: “because if I did [look straight away] I probably wouldn’t be working with the people I am working with today.” Emma Balfe with Liam Marley (L), Donegal ETB Carpentry and Joinery Instructor and Vinny McGroary (R), Donegal ETB Apprenticeships Manager.Donegal ETB actively encourages women to think about working in and apply for training in non-traditional fields. To encourage specific sectors to employ female apprentices, a special female apprentice bursary may be paid to qualifying companies wishing to train apprentices in specific occupations. The first step for anyone wishing to do a craft apprenticeship is to find an approved employer willing to employ him/her as an apprentice.  The employer then registers the apprentice by contacting the Apprenticeship Section of Donegal ETB. Craft apprenticeships are a seven phase programme with phases 1, 3, 5 and 7 spent on the job with their employer and phases 2, 4 and 6 in a training/educational environment (ETBs and ITs nationwide). Donegal ETB’s Senior Apprenticeship Training Advisor, Lorraine Murray, explains that: “An apprenticeship commences when an employer registers their apprentice with SOLAS by contacting Donegal ETB.  In recent years apprenticeship has expanded to include many occupations outside of the traditional trade related areas and these 2016+ apprenticeships vary in duration from 2-4 years with qualifications available from Levels 5-9 on the National Framework of Qualifications.” “We would encourage people to see the full list of available apprenticeship training in Ireland on www.apprenticeship.ie and then to contact our Senior Training Advisors who will be happy to answer all questions and explain in more detail the options available in relation to apprenticeships.” See the full list of current Apprenticeships in Ireland on http://www.apprenticeship.ie/en/news/Pages/List%20of%20Apprenticeships%20in%20Ireland%20-%20Generation%20Apprenticeship%20Aug%2018.pdfIf you are interested in pursuing an apprenticeship or are an employer wishing to find out more about the female apprentice bursary, simply contact Donegal ETB’s Senior Training Advisors Lorraine Murray on 074 9120506 (email [email protected]) or Tom Egan on 074 9120561 (email [email protected]).Further information is also available on Donegal ETB’s website here: www.donegaletb.ie/further-education-training/apprenticeshipsInspirational woman carves out a non-traditional career with the help of Donegal ETB was last modified: March 5th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:apprenticeshipscareerscarpentryDonegal ETBemma balfeInternational Women’s Dayjoinerylast_img read more

How Many Agreements Do You Need?

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 2nd book: The Lost Art of Closing “In The Lost Art of Closing, Anthony proves that the final commitment can actually be one of the easiest parts of the sales process—if you’ve set it up properly with other commitments that have to happen long before the close. The key is to lead customers through a series of necessary steps designed to prevent a purchase stall.” Buy Now You think you need your power sponsor to agree that you are the best person to add to their management team, that your solution is best, and that they should move forward with you.Not so fast! What about the rest of the organization that is going to be impacted by a decision to choose you?Decisions are more and more made by consensus. You need to build consensus among all of the stakeholders who are going to decide (formally or informally) whether or not to buy from you. For our purposes here, let’s pretend that, including your power sponsor, there are five stakeholders. You might believe that you need three agreements. Three out of five is a majority, right? Maybe. Well, technically, yes, it is. But you may need more than three agreements.Internal Agreements (and Disagreements)Your power sponsor may need to get an agreement with one of the other stakeholders, let’s call him Stakeholder number 2. They may need to agree about how they’re going to deal with a challenge your solution causes one of them so that the other can get the major benefit they really need. That means you need your three agreements (or votes), plus this agreement between the two stakeholders. Now you need four agreements.But wait! There’s more!In the not too distant past, Stakeholder 2 torpedoed one of Stakeholder 3’s internal initiatives. Now Stakeholder 3 is withholding their agreement to buy your solution until Stakeholder 2 trades them something they need.Stakeholder 3 did Stakeholder 4 a solid in the past. Now Stakeholder 4 decides to not only withhold their support for your agreement, but also to work on moving Stakeholder 5 into their camp. If there is no agreement from Stakeholder 3, then there is no agreement from Stakeholders 4 and 5. Now you need at least five agreements.I don’t need to walk you through all the different scenarios that are possible with just a few stakeholders.Building consensus is difficult, and there are all kinds of invisible forces at work behind the scenes. With five stakeholders, you may need three votes to make a majority and win the business. But you may need many more agreements. Unless and until you meet with the stakeholders and uncover whether or not you have their commitment, you’ll never know whether or not you have it. You also won’t know what you might be able do to help move their votes in your direction.QuestionsLook at your most complicated deal. How many agreements do you really need? (If it’s complicated, the answer isn’t the number one).How do you discover the agreements that you need that our outside of a simple “yes” or “no” to your solution?What are some of the obstacles to building consensus around a deal?How many stakeholders do you normally need to win a deal? How many do you normally meet with?last_img read more

Ex-NBA star Stoudemire won’t play for Jerusalem next season

first_imgView comments Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Read Next Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. “I feel it is my time now to return to the shareholder’s position and help make this team even better.”Stoudemire came to Jerusalem after an NBA career that began with great promise was cut short by injuries, particularly to his knees.He described his decision as a spiritual quest, with the former New York Knicks and Phoenix Suns star identifying as a Hebrew Israelite, African-Americans who believe they descended from the ancient tribes of Israel.Stoudemire repeatedly expressed his excitement at being in Jerusalem, though he faced criticism earlier this year and apologised following a backlash over his comments he would avoid a gay teammate.ADVERTISEMENT Pacquiao wants Horn rematch in the Philippines Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMCcenter_img WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Jerusalem won Israel’s premier league last season, with Stoudemire averaging 9.9 points, 5.9 rebounds and 1.3 blocks per game. Stoudemire addressed his decision in an Instagram post.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It has been a great ride for myself and my family. We enjoyed the city, its people, the holy places and of course Hapoel fans,” he said.“Although I would have liked to return for another season, the team, coach and I could not find a role that I felt would allow me to meaningfully contribute in the way I have always been accustomed to play.” Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES Former NBA All-Star Amar’e Stoudemire speaks to a journalist during a basketball training session with his new club Hapoel Jerusalem in Jerusalem on October 7, 2016.Stoudemire, who followed a winding path from poverty to professional basketball fame in the United States, has embarked on a new journey. After an NBA career that began with great promise before being cut short by injuries, Stoudemire has decided to make Jerusalem his home, becoming the most famous name to ever join the Israeli league./ AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEXFormer NBA star Amar’e Stoudemire, who became the most famous name to join Israel’s basketball league when he signed with Hapoel Jerusalem last year, will not play for the team next season, the team said Sunday.The 34-year-old will return to his status as a minority owner of the team, Jerusalem spokesman David Bassan told AFP. He had sold his stake ahead of last season to be eligible to play.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

10 months agoMan City whiz Sane: Sterling in career best form

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man City whiz Sane: Sterling in career best formby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City whiz Leroy Sane says Raheem Sterling must be close to career best form.Sterling already has nine Premier League goals and six assists to his name this season and signed a new deal in November to keep him at the club until 2023.Sane said, “Of course, it’s always important if you have good people around you – good friends. You can trust them also and obviously, it’s very important for our team.“He’s scored a lot of goals and helps us a lot in every way and he’s just a really good guy – a humble guy.”He is also really hungry and motivated to improve in his own game – to achieve something: his own targets.“This is what it’s like to push him to get better and if it goes like this every year, I think soon he can also be one of the best players.” last_img read more

22 days agoSterling: Man City showing Champions League winning form

first_imgSterling: Man City showing Champions League winning formby Paul Vegas22 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveRaheem Sterling says Manchester City are on the right path for Champions League glory.The reigning Premier League champions are now top of Group C with six points from two games after Tuesday’s 2-0 win over Dinamo Zagreb.The England forward said: “We know the teams we have in Europe, they are top opponents. It will never be easy to win it.”We need to keep going. The most important thing is trying to qualify from this group. If we keep doing that, year in year out, the better chance we will have to win it.”We just need to progress to the group stages and think about it later. We just need to keep focus.”There are more games coming up and we know they are going to be difficult. So we just need to keep going. We go to the weekend now and we need to focus on that.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

18 days agoAston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reach

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Aston Villa skipper Grealish feels England call within reachby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveAston Villa skipper Jack Grealish feels an England call-up is within reach.The 24-year-old responded to missing out on the latest Three Lions squad by producing his best performance of the season as Villa thumped Norwich 5-1 at Carrow Road on Saturday. Asked if he had expected a call-up for the forthcoming qualifiers with the Czech Republic and Bulgaria, Grealish replied: “No, not really. Not at the moment.“I know for a fact if I play to the best of my ability, then I can get in there. But this time, truthfully, I did not expect to get in.“I did well on Saturday, or I like to think I did well. If I keep performing to the way I know I can, hopefully this will give me a big lift and hopefully (I will get in) soon.” last_img read more

Ohio House Of Representatives Member Bill Patmon Wrote Cardale Jones A Personal Letter, Called Him “12 Gauge”

first_imgOhio representative Bill Patmon's letter to Cardale Jones.Ohio State’s Cardale Jones accomplished a great deal in 2014-2015, ascending from a third-string signal-caller to the starting quarterback for a team that won the Big Ten title, the Sugar Bowl and the College Football National Championship Game behind his leadership. It looks like he can add one more accolade to his repertoire too – an official congratulatory letter from Ohio House of Representatives member Bill Patmon.Patmon wrote to Jones, and used the QB’s nickname “12 Gauge” in the header, to congratulate him on his accomplishments. Jones posted a photo of the letter on Twitter.Cardale “12Gauge” Jones pic.twitter.com/ErDzXLqV6A— Cardale Jones (@CJ12_) February 23, 2015Ironically, it’s not even a sure bet that Jones will be starting for the Buckeyes in 2015. There’s no word on whether Patmon also wrote to J.T. Barrett and Braxton Miller.last_img read more

Meet Vlad Guerrero Jr he already owns baseball in Canada

first_imgSports can be cynical. The hype is almost always greater than the reality. But sometimes a kid comes along with a legendary pedigree, oodles of skill, charisma and a balance of veteran poise, raw talent and….we all forget about the many times we’ve been burned before.This past weekend baseball fans met Vladimir Guerrero Jr. Finally. After a year of wondering when it would happen, the franchise saviour arrived in Toronto. And the extremely forgettable 2019 Blue Jays suddenly have a reason for fans to dream. What is it about this kid, in particular, that made the entire baseball world turn its eyes to a losing team to watch his debut? Where did he come from and why is everyone so damn sure he’s going to succeed?GUEST: Ben Nicholson-Smith, baseball editor, Sportsnet, co-host, At The Letters podcastAudio Playerhttp://media.blubrry.com/thebigstory/s/radio.pmd.rogersdigitalmedia.com/podcasts/thebigstory/tbs_04302019.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.You can subscribe to The Big Story podcast on iTunes or Google Play.You can also find it at thebigstorypodcast.ca.last_img read more

OSU football program adds fourth practice field lights for night practices

The Ohio State football program is adding a fourth field to its outdoor practice facilities and lights for nighttime practices.The new practice field will be made of the same artificial FieldTurf used in Ohio Stadium and will have the same markings.The existing three-field practice layout consists of two natural grass fields and one with FieldTurf. Because the Buckeyes always use at least two fields during practice, the addition of the second turf field ensures that they won’t have to risk tearing up one of the grass fields during bad-weather practices.But this insurance won’t be needed anytime soon because OSU has no games on grass fields in the 2010 regular season. As such, coach Jim Tressel said the team won’t practice on either of the grass fields all year.However, the team will utilize the practice lights, as it has night games against Marshall at home for the season-opener and at Wisconsin and Minnesota. Tressel said he has been asking athletic director Gene Smith for lighted practice fields for years.Despite revenues of more than $60 million each year, the football program needed a $5 million donation from the Harmon family of Toledo to complete the $5.2 million Practice Facility Renovation Project.The ongoing first phase will be finished by June 13, when OSU sports camps begin. The second phase, which includes lighting and video towers, is scheduled for completion by Aug. 1 and the official start of fall practice.This project will displace the field hockey practice field, which will be moved to the north side of the Woody Hayes Athletic Center at a cost of $1.6 million, said Don Patko, associate athletic director for facilities at OSU. The field hockey team’s new field is slated to be done by Aug. 12.Meanwhile, the football program will formally dedicate its new field at 4:30 p.m. Friday, when both Jim Tressel and Gene Smith will speak. It will be an opportunity to show off to recruits coming in town for Saturday’s Spring Game. read more