Archives for February 2014 | Collins McNicholas

Collins McNicholas Sponsor Positive Health Event in Limerick with Alan Quinlan

Collins McNicholas were delighted to sponsor a CIPD Midwestern region talk this week where ex-Irish International and Munster Rugby player Alan Quinlan delivered a talk to over 50 delegates comprising of clients and candidates at the Clarion Hotel, Limerick.  Alan spoke about his own personal journey from the highs and the lows he experienced during his career. He discussed the similarities between the business and sporting environments and how such qualities as hunger to achieve, self-belief, bounce back-ability and on-going motivation are key to both. He discussed the traits of being an ‘energy giver’ or ‘energy sapper’ and the need for thorough leadership and mental resilience to drive your team to consistent excellent performance.  This uplifting talk was extremely well received and he answered a number of questions from the audience.  Chairperson of the CIPD Midwestern region Caroline Holmes thanked the excellent speaker and Collins McNicholas for sponsoring the event. Michelle Murphy Regional Manager Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Transition Year Students Take Part in Entrepreneurial Workshop in Galway

I recently facilitated the first day of a two day ideation workshop in NUIG for transition year students. The event is sponsored by Intel and staffed by the teachers of the participating schools and members of the Galway and Corrib Lions Clubs. The idea behind the event is to generate an entrepreneurial spirit in the young people attending in the hope that it might encourage some of them to consider starting their own businesses as opposed to looking for a job working for someone else. Ninety students took part in this event and it was encouraging to see the motivation, enthusiasm and innovation of the participants. The students had to work in teams on a very serious problem facing young people at the moment, the 28% youth unemployment rate. The fifteen teams had to each work on one aspect of this problem and come up with a fully costed solution showing how part of this problem could be addressed. This was to be done in a way that would result in a new product or service being provided, that would involve the start-up of an enterprise and a reduction in the number of unemployed young people. In particular they were encouraged to use new technology in a creative way as part of this process. It was very encouraging to see the energy, enthusiasm and innovation of each team in coming up with new angles and solutions to what has seemed to be an intractable problem since the onset of the recession in 2008. If these students are representative of young people in general then the future of the country...

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Ernst &Young Launches Its ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ Competition

The Ernst & Young ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ competition was formally launched in Galway last Friday and was attended by over 60 business representatives. The event included talks from previous EOY finalists Fergal Broder (Lotus Works) and Tommy Griffith (CEO, PEL Waste Reduction Equipment). Each year Ernst & Young travel the length and breadth of Ireland in their search for leading entrepreneurs across all sectors and stages of development. This year they want to spread the word about the programme to entrepreneurs throughout Connacht. Previous Connacht finalists have included: James Murphy (Lifes2Good), Kira Walton (Voya), Gerard Barry (Fintrax), John Power (Aerogen) and John O’Dea (Crospon). Ernst & Young want to see more excellent entrepreneurs from the region involved in the programme. This is an opportunity for Collins McNicholas to extend the invitation to our network within the greater Galway business community. The nominations window is now open so log onto www.eoy.ie  for more details today. Michelle Murphy Regional Manager, West Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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Purdy Fitzgerald & Collins McNicholas Co-Host Employment Law Event in Cork

Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services and Purdy Fitzgerald Solicitors last week hosted a very well attended Employment Law Breakfast Briefing in the Radisson BLU Hotel & Spa Cork where clients from across the region, within the multinational, Irish indigenous, SME and public sector, attended. Alastair highlighted changes to the redundancy rebate system, parental leave entitlements and the JLC system, among others. He also provided a review of cases of note in the past year and the implications for future cases, including fixed term contracts, retirement ages and bullying and harassment. This is the seventh year of the seminar in Cork and it proves to be extremely popular year on year. Feedback from the event was very positive with all who attended finding it extremely beneficial. Joann McGlinchey Regional Manager, Cork Collins McNicholas Recruitment & HR Services...

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IASE Hold Event Discussing the Employment of People with a Disability

Collins McNicholas were invited by Geraldine Grady from the Irish Association of Supported Employment (IASE) to attend an open discussion on the “Open Door” project with IASE, (Irish Association for Supported Employment) www.iase.ie, and together with Pauline O’Dwyer, EmployAbility Galway, www.employabilitygalway.ie. A selection of senior HR Professionals from key organisations in Galway attended this meeting to talk about the possibilities of considering people with a disability when they are recruiting. This meeting was held on Friday 31st January 2014 in the Clayton Hotel and was represented by Frankie Fields and Caroline Dowling. Pauline O’Dwyer from EmployAbility Galway gave a very informative presentation, which provided a summary of the wonderful work their organisation does for people with disabilities who are seeking employment. Pauline explained they have a database of jobseekers from a wide range of educational and work backgrounds, some of these jobseekers have disabilities or people who are recovering from an accident or illness. EmployAbility provides a professional and practical recruitment approach to help integrate employees with disabilities into the workplace. There are a number of grants and supports available to employers who wish to include and integrate employees into their workforce. More information can be accessed on their website...

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