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Momentum Focus Your Talent project.

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Do you want to take on a skilled workforce placement for 13 weeks with no financial implication to your business ? Read more about Momentum Focus Your Talent project to benefit.

Dundalk Chamber of Commerce in conjunction with Optimum Ltd is supporting a new and innovative government initiative which is being brought to Dundalk and the surrounding area.  Optimum Ltd is a first class professional training company specialising in Customer Service and Sales Negotiation skills. 

The candidates, who have come forward to participate on this programme, undergo an intensive 6 six week training programme in Customer Service and Sales Negotiation Skills which is delivered in Dundalk by Optimum Ltd. Following this training period they will commence a 13 week pre-employment period in a local business. All participating businesses have the opportunity to pre-select/interview the candidates to choose the most suitable for their business. It is envisaged that the company will retain the candidate following the 13 week placement as an employee. The project is being run out in conjunction with the local Chamber of Commerce to focus on the needs of both unemployed individuals and employers in the local area.

This fully funded programme engages with businesses, allowing them to expand and grow in a cost effective manner.  The MOMENTUM Focus Your Talent project is aimed at up-skilling participants with the relevant knowledge and skills needed for personal growth and sustainable employment.  The target profile for the project is long term unemployed 18-25 year olds as there are upwards of 50% of this category on the live register.  The aim is to return these young and enthusiastic participants to the work place through this programme with the view to increase productivity and competitiveness in your company as well as boosting the local economy. 

Course Title: Customer Service and Sales Negotiation Skills

Course Content:

  • Customer Service – FETAC level 5 & 6
  • Communications – FETAC level 4 & 5
  • Sales Negotiation skills – FETAC level 6

Benefits to the Employer:

  1. 13 weeks of skilled workforce placement with no financial implication to your business
  2. Candidates upskilled to the specific needs of the company.
  3. Full control over interview and selection process from trained candidates.
  4. Structured support and training through the work placement period.
  5. Improving productivity and increasing sales at a reduced cost.
  6. Increasing company profile in the local community.
  7. Availability of PRSI exemption for employment

Benefits to the job seeker:

  1. A unique chance to develop professional skills in customer service and sales
  2. An opportunity to put these skills into practice through a structured work placement in a local business and reveal your potential to the employer
  3. Benefit from personal mentor support and local business networks
  4. Develop knowledge and skills required to engage professionally with local businesses and enhance employability opportunities.

Project Coordinator – Lorraine Murphy [Lorraine Murphy Coaching & Training] will be in contact with you in the coming days, however if you have any immediate queries or questions please feel free to contact her on:: E – This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T- 087 2549434



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Ice-Vibe, the latest innovation from Dundalk based company Horseware, has been shortlisted in the Life Sciences category of the prestigious Irish Times and InterTrade Ireland Innovation Awards.

Following a presentation to the judges on February 6th, winners in each category will be chosen by an independent panel of judges from the shortlist of 3 finalists. An overall ‘Innovation of the Year’ winner will be drawn from the category winners. The winner will be announced in a ceremony at the Titanic Centre in Belfast on March 22nd.
Ice-Vibe are rechargeable vibrating boots that boost circulation in horse’s legs. Created by Co. Tipperary based New Zealander Louisa Williams and developed by Horseware, Ice-Vibe boots combine the effects of cooling and massage therapy to effectively treat strains, ligament and tendon damage.
Louisa says: “we believe that Ice-Vibe can really make a difference to the quality of life experienced by many hard working horses and we know that using the boots has prolonged the competitive careers of several top class horses. Too often horses with tendon problems are written off. We hope that the use of Ice-Vibe boots will give a second chance to horses who would otherwise have been put to sleep.”
Ice-Vibe already has one innovation award under its belt, having won the Innovation Award at the 2012 British Equestrian Trade Association fair.


Employment and Advice Fair

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The European Employment Services Unit of the Department of Social Protection, together with Employment Services North East is working in association with Marshes Shopping Centre and Dundalk Chamber to organise a Regional/National and European.

The event is aimed at Irish and EU workers already in Ireland who are looking for jobs locally and throughout Europe.

It will be attended by local employers and locally based Employment Advice Agencies. Also present will be European Employment Advisers, who are specialists in recruitment and jobs in Europe. The Member States attending include France, Sweden, Hungary, Belgium, Germany, Latvia, Czech Republic, Norway, Slovakia, Romania, UK, Austria, Slovenia, Poland and Greece. The European Advisers will give advice and job information on opportunities in their own country.

Irish Companies including PayPal, National Pen, Hertz, Image IT Group, PRO Stainless Designs Ltd, Optimum Ltd., Swilly Group, Cpl and City North Hotel, among others will be in attendance. They are recruiting for the following vacancies in Ireland: Customer Service, Computer Engineers, Metal Fabricators, Drivers, Store Managers, Area Managers, Fashion Retailers, Staff Nurses, Healthcare Assistants, Pharmacy Managers, Chef de Partie, Receptionist, Food and Beverage/Accommodation Assistants.

Other vacancies from Europe include: Nursing Staff, Medical Professions, Engineers, Technicians, IT Specialists, HGV Drivers, Labourers, Carpenters, Welders, Sewing Machinists, CNC Engineers, Nurses, Programmers, Transaction/Commercial Managers, among others.

In addition, Education & Training Providers together with Irish Advice and Welfare Agencies will be represented including those dealing with Taxation and Business Start-Up.

A C/V clinic will also be run throughout the fair to assist job Seekers with their C/V preparation.

The event will take place in the Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk and will be open on Friday 22nd February 2013 from 1pm to 6pm, and Saturday 23rd February from 12 noon to 5pm.

The Department of Social Protection, Employment Services and International Employment Services is committed to working closely with other State Agencies and organisations to provide the most effective integrated service to individuals who are seeking to explore their future career options.

International Employment Services is part of a European Commission network called EURES (EURopean Employment Services). EURES Advisers are trained specialists who provide information and guidance to jobseekers and employers interested in the European labour market. The EURES service is free of charge. For further information contact your local EURES Adviser or log onto www.eures.europa.eu.

For further information contact:

Anne Keeley, Assistant Principal, Employment Services, North East, Tel. + 353 (0)42 9392718
Kevin Quinn, Assistant Principal, International Employment Services. Tel. +353 (0) 1 6732712


Dundalk Chamber of Commerce offers its sincere condolences to the family of Detective Garda Adrian

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Dundalk Chamber of Commerce offers its sincere condolences to the family of Detective Garda Adrian Donohoe who was killed in the line of duty.

The loss that his family and friends have suffered cannot be imagined.  Many of our members knew Adrian personally and they are traumatised by this cowardly killing.

The people of North Louth have shown by their signing of the various books of condolence that criminal activity has no place in our society.

The Chamber has advised its members to show flexibility and understanding to staff who wish to have time off to attend the funeral.  Members along the funeral route have indicated that they will also be showing their respect.

Following the funeral Mass in St Josephs, the cortege will take the route of down St Alphonsus Road to Sloane’s corner turning right onto the Long Avenue. Right on Hill Street bridge and left onto Stapleton Place. Pass the Garda Station at The Crescent and then will be brought through the town center via Anne, Park, Demense, Clanbrassil Church and Bridge Street. It will pass the Lisdoo and turn right to past the Sportsbowl and on to Ballymac roundabout.

Businesses on the route have indicated that they are showing their support by closing their doors and we hope that everyone else in the business community will do likewise.

Closing our premises while the funeral passes through the town centre demonstrates our admiration for Det. Garda Adrian Donohoe and shows our continued support to his family, friends and colleagues.


Why Connect Your Business To The Cloud

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Why connect your business to the cloud is a Business briefing events that is taking place on Tuesday 5th February at 6.15pm - 7.45pm at the Crown Plaza Hotel, Dundalk


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