Cultivating the Future: Agricultural Studies to Advance Irish Farming and Food Systems

Cultivating the Future: Agricultural Studies to Advance Irish Farming and Food Systems

With agriculture long seated as a mainstay of both Ireland’s economy and culture, developing expertise to empower the next generation of farmers, food producers and industry advocates through agricultural studies has never held greater importance. As global challenges like climate change, food security and sustainability needs intensify, equipping students with technical capabilities, research acumen and […]

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What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management?

What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management?

What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management? Logistics and supply chain management refers to the overall coordination, operations, and optimization of the flow of goods, data, and finances related to a product or service—from sourcing raw materials all the way to delivering the final product to end consumers. What is Logistics and Supply Chain Management? […]

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Empowering Minds: The Importance and Impact of Adult Education

Empowering Minds: The Importance and Impact of Adult Education

In today’s rapidly evolving world, lifelong learning has become not just a choice but a necessity. As technology advances, economies shift, and job markets transform, individuals must continually acquire new skills and knowledge to remain competitive and adapt to change. Adult education plays a pivotal role in empowering individuals to thrive in this dynamic landscape, […]

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A Career in Social Care? What to expect.

A Career in Social Care? What to expect.

In this guest blog, Sean Bohan, Academic Associate Tutor and graduate of the Open Training College (OTC), explains his career path into social care. ‘What I have come to learn about the Social Care Industry, it provides you with an abundance of career opportunities and it was from one encounter that led me to have […]

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How to Become an Instrumentation Engineer

How to Become an Instrumentation Engineer

An Instrumentation Engineer is a professional who specializes in the design, development, installation, and maintenance of systems that measure, control, and automate various processes. These processes can be found in industries such as manufacturing, oil and gas, petrochemicals, power generation, pharmaceuticals, and more. Becoming an Instrumentation Engineer in Ireland involves a combination of education, practical […]

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Take Your Next Step and Acquire the Skills that Employers are Seeking

Take Your Next Step and Acquire the Skills that Employers are Seeking

In the ever-evolving landscape of the job market, certain roles consistently pose a formidable challenge for recruiters to fill. As highlighted in recent data from Indeed, the demand for professionals in the top 20 hardest-to-fill jobs is palpable, with engineering and construction leading the pack. Are you looking to upskill and equip yourself with the […]

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Quality is a Habit!

Quality is a Habit!

Open Training College tutor Joe McDonald explores how you and your organisation can enhance the quality of supports that you provide. ‘Quality is not an activity; it is a habit’ – Aristotle It is an absolute commitment to pursue excellence in every interaction that we have and in each action that we take. Can you […]

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What is Human Resource Management?

What is Human Resource Management?

Human resource management (HRM) refers to the policies, practices, and systems that influence employees’ behavior, attitudes, and performance. What is Human Resource Management? Recruitment and hiring – Attracting and selecting qualified candidates for open positions. This involves job analysis, posting openings, reviewing applicants, interviewing, hiring, and onboarding new employees. Training and development – Building employees’ […]

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What is Design Thinking?

What is Design Thinking?

Design thinking refers to the cognitive, strategic and practical processes by which design concepts (prototypes for new products, buildings, machines, communications, etc.) are conceived, developed and delivered. It involves continually re-framing problems, challenging assumptions and integrating broad perspectives into solutions. What is Design Thinking? Empathizing and Defining the Problem Space – Using techniques like interviews, […]

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How Managers Improve Team Performance through Leadership Learning

How Managers Improve Team Performance through Leadership Learning

Open Training College tutor Joe McDonald explores How Managers Improve Team Performance through Leadership Learning As a manager, or aspiring manager, what can you do you each and every day to improve team performance? Well, remember that truly effective leaders always have absolute clarity in terms of their own role and objectives.  This in turn […]

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What Are the Natural Sciences?

What Are the Natural Sciences?

The natural sciences encompass diverse fields revolving around the systematic study of the physical world and natural phenomena using objective observations and quantitative data. What exactly do the “natural sciences” include and what unifying aspects define them? What Are the Natural Sciences? Broadly, major branches of natural science include: Physics – the study of matter, […]

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Working through Change: A Leadership Focus

Working through Change: A Leadership Focus

Change is inevitable and there is no escaping it.  However, that’s no bad thing! Take a moment to consider just how much change has taken place within your own family, your local community, those towns and cities that you spend time in, at a national level and of course at a global level.  In many […]

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Why Should I Take A Business Management course?

Why Should I Take A Business Management course?

Embarking on the journey of business management education is not just a choice; it’s a strategic move that can redefine your professional trajectory. In a world pulsating with economic dynamics and corporate intricacies, the question isn’t merely “Why should I take a business management course?” but rather, “Can I afford not to?” From unlocking the […]

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Five Questions to Improve your Leadership Skills

Five Questions to Improve your Leadership Skills

The Open Training College has a proven track record when it comes to the delivery of high-quality accredited management courses.  Modules such as Key Management Skills: Teamwork, Leadership & Communications equip students with practical skills as well as the necessary theoretical knowledge.  Unit 2 of this module enables the student to be an effective and […]

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Digital Education

Digital Education

Digital learning has rapidly gained traction over the last number of years and is now weaving itself into the very fabric of learning experiences across the globe. Integrating technology into classrooms is imperative for creating future-ready students. Digital Education The Growing Digital Classroom In many ways, digitally enabled formats provide greater accessibility to students in […]

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Studying Mechanical Engineering

Studying Mechanical Engineering

Are you thinking about Studying Mechanical Engineering? Mechanical engineering combines technical knowledge with hands-on creativity. Students will gain indispensable skills to engineer innovative solutions and become leaders in technology-driven industries. We give you an overview of what you can expect when studying mechanical engineering. Studying Mechanical Engineering Degree Options Mechanical engineering degrees are typically 4-year […]

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Get into Tech! Study Cybersecurity Now!

Get into Tech! Study Cybersecurity Now!

Get into Tech! Study Cybersecurity Now! Are you a problem-solver who enjoys working with computers and technology? Now is the perfect time to get into the rapidly growing field of cybersecurity! With daily headlines about major hacks and data breaches, demand for cybersecurity talent in Ireland is skyrocketing. Organizations urgently need ethical hackers and security […]

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How to Nail Content Creation!

How to Nail Content Creation!

Are you looking to craft content that captivates audiences? Creating compelling online content is an art and a science. So if you want to know How to Nail Content Creation follow these tips to captivate readers and achieve results. How to Nail Content Creation! Grab attention with headlines that tap into emotional triggers. Think humor, […]

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10 Tips to Start Your Own Business

10 Tips to Start Your Own Business

Embarking on the journey of entrepreneurship can be thrilling yet daunting. With careful planning, creativity and hard work, anyone can turn a business idea into a thriving enterprise. But starting a successful company from scratch requires dedication, resilience and a strategic approach. Before diving in, it’s important to lay the proper groundwork to set your […]

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What is Logistics & Distribution?

What is Logistics & Distribution?

What is Logistics & Distribution? Logistics and distribution refers to the management, planning, and movement of goods from point of origin to point of consumption. What is Logistics & Distribution? It involves the integration and coordination of complex operations including: Transportation – Movements of goods domestically or globally via air, sea, rail, or road. Transportation […]

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