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Careers Fair - Wednesday 18th January 5.30pm - 8pm

The Fair is an opportunity for students to meet with, learn about and gather information from Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology, PLC Colleges and employers, Local and National to enable them with their parents, make informed choices regarding their College Courses and post school opportunities.

Staff members from University College Cork, University of Limerick, NUIGalway, Institutes of Technology Tralee, Cork, Limerick and Waterford, Kerry College of Further Education, St. John’s Central College, Killarney Community College, Mallow College and North Kerry College of Further Education are among the education institutes who will be attending.

Liebherr will host a stand focusing on careers with them and O Carroll Engineering will be on hand to talk about their apprenticeship programmes, the Gardai will also have a stand explaining their recruitment process.

Killarney Credit Union and Bank of Ireland will to advise on the financial supports they offer to students, sensible savings plans and the value of forward planning.

The Careers Fair is open to everybody in the Killarney Catchment Area. So if you are a Leaving Cert student or parent and are still unsure about CAO choices this Fair is an opportunity to come and talk to the experts from the Universities and Institutes of Technology and to firm up possible PLC programmes.

Fifth Year is the time to research post school opportunities, look around, see which College offers what, become familiar with basic minimum entry requirements, specific subject requirements and costings. A trip to the Careers Fair will point you in the right direction and support your upcoming college choices.

If you are a Third Year student you will be expected to choose your subjects for Leaving Cert in the next few weeks. A visit to the Careers Fair with your parents will help. You will hear from the experts out about the the subjects needed for specific courses and the subjects that will help if you are interested in a particular area of study.

Apprenticeships are opening up again. Learn about the possibilities here in Kerry.Over the weekend the national media told us that  up to 70% of first year students dropped out of some college courses! Lack of research plays a large part in that. This Careers Fair for the Killarney Catchment area is an ideal learning and research opportunity for parents and students.


Mark Doe Cook Off - Apprentice Chef

On Wednesday 18th January the Apprentice Chef cook off took place in Killarney Community College. Students were shortlisted and a group of ten students prepared their dishes for adjudication; criteria for the dishes were to be healthy, use of local produce and use good mood foods. A variety of dishes were prepared and presented. The standard was very high and impressed the judges.

Dishes ranged from homemade soups, curries and chicken dishes to name but a few. Competition was high but only two finalists could get through to the next round of the Apprentice Competition. The joint winning finalists were Aoife O’Brien who cooked “Free range local chicken with pesto stuffing wrapped in parma ham in a white wine and cream sauce with olives, cherry tomatoes basil leaves and parmesan, served with Italian wedges, roasted tomatoes and seasoned carrots”.

The second winning finalist was Alanna Loughnane with her dish of “Green tea, smoked chicken with cauliflower rice and apple and fennel slaw”. The adjudicators Ms. Kerri McCarthy and Mr. Jer O’Sullivan were very impressed with the standard and quality of the dishes and the flavoursome taste as well as the professional presentation. Ms M.Keane (Home Economics teacher) complimented all students on their dedication and commitment in producing a great variety of dishes for the competition. 

KCC 3rd Year Bake Off

Something was cooking in the KCC kitchen this Thursday 2nd February, as 8 Third Year Students were battling it out for vital points for their houses. The students got a chance to create some wonderful desserts while practicing their skills for their upcoming Junior Cert Practicals.

The Judges awarded points for Taste/Texture and Presentation but also for Hygiene, Preparation and Skills shown. Home Economics Teacher Ms Keane was impressed with the skills and quality shown by all students and the Kitchen was flooded by teachers to volunteer tasting the desserts.

All judges; Mr. O Sullivan, Mr. O Reilly, Ms. Hegarty and Ms. Hughes agreed that the students produced 8 outstanding cakes and it was very difficult to come to a final result.

After a lot of tasting, finger licking and deliberations and then the results were announced

Winner:Natalia Skiba – Titans  (Apple/Cinnamon Meringue Cake) 

2ndKarolina Gunia – Vikings (Red Velvet Cream Tarlets)

3rdBrian Kelleher – Celts (White Choc Brownies)

Shared 4thConor Doherty – Spartans (Moist Chocolate Cake)

Emma Lynch – Vikings (Vanilla Cup Cake)

Aoibhin Collins – Titans (Coffee & Walnut Cake)

Shared Runner UpLukasz Siembab - Gaels (Sunken Apple Cake)

Shenice Good- Gaels (Smarties Birthday Cake)


TY Activity - Bowling and Ping Pong

The KCC Transition Year Group went to Cork for a day of Bowling and Ping Pong on Tuesday 7 February. It turned out to be a fun but very competitive day as the title of “Master of The Bowling Lane” was to be gained

The contestants on Lane 1 (Gabriel, Jamie, Ms. McCarthy and Klaus) really pushed each other to their maximum levels. Even Jamie who claimed to have no hand eye coordination shot constantly high scores and Gabriel in his very understated manner produced several strikes and spares to finish as the highest scoring student, even 15 points ahead of Ms McCarthy.

On Lane 2 Cillian O Donoghue was clearly the ruler of the lane with 3 strikes.  Killian B., Ralfs, Akvile and Chloe rolled some great rounds but could not catch up with Cillian.

And then there was Lane 3. A slightly different approach was practised here. Katie, Luke, Jordan and Rayna had a very leisurely round including the double handed – backwards through the legs throw. Hence the results were just about a Foundation pass. However plenty of fun was had.

Next stop: Table Tennis – Once Klaus outlined that the athletes were not supposed to fight each other with the table tennis bats some very competitive matches evolved. Jordan turned out to be the strongest contender nearly beating Klaus in a battle of the Giants. Well – nearly.

Akvile and Luke enjoyed their very first game of Ping Pong ever and took to it quickly. Igor also showed off some wicked playing style. Rounded off with a lovely lunch this was an all-round wonderful sporty day out!



Kerry ETB is delighted to announce the 2017 Further Education and Training Fair, which will take place on Wednesday 22 March, from 10am to 6pm at the Brandon Hotel, Tralee, with a range of talks, workshops and numerous skill demonstrations. 

The public are invited to this free event with a variety of interactive skill demonstrations ranging from stonecutting, to 3D printing that can make prototypes, culinary arts, tour guiding, hairdressing, beauty, healthcare and childcare, animal grooming, photography, TV, film and radio production, wind turbine maintenance, fibre optic installation, motor mechanics, CAD, administration and finance. 

There are a number of free workshops for anyone who has always wanted to try creative writing, make a garden out of a pallet or learn to be a more effective communicator. The day will have a special focus on finance and supports available to learners, from how to apply for a SUSI grant, to the Back to Education Allowance, financial management, as well as academic and personal supports available including adult guidance and the community based mental health Peer Support Network.

This Further Education and Training (FET) Fair will be of interest to jobseekers, second chance learners, school leavers, employers, parents, guidance counsellors and anyone interested in lifelong learning. Schools are invited in the morning, while the focus from lunchtime onwards is for adults and employers. 

It will be possible for 3 lucky people to update their ICT tools with a Samsung Galaxy A7” tab thanks to the kind sponsorship of Hugh Culloty’s in Tralee. These tabs will be very helpful to anyone returning to learning so keep an eye out for competitions on the Kerry ETB FET Fair Facebook page, on Spin SW, Radio Kerry and at the event day. 

Kerry ETB has 20 Further Education and Training centres spread across ten towns in Kerry, offering hundreds of courses, full and part time, as well as evening and online, giving people the opportunity to pursue personal and professional learning goals.

This event aims to bring together the work of all centres and showcase to the public what is available to people interested in getting more skills for work, life, family and community.

Further education courses are ideal for anyone over the age of 16 and not in full time education. Both mature students and school leavers often pursue PLC courses (Post Leaving Certificate) with the intention of trying a new career or area of study before committing to a third level degree. Equally many PLC learners acquire skills and knowledge that allows them to progress directly to employment in a range of areas including business, computing, childcare, nursing, construction, computing, leisure, media, music etc.

The Kerry ETB Further Education PLC Colleges in Tralee and Listowel will be available to talk to the public about supports on offer through their Open Learning Centres, where adult students can learn about study skills and how to write assignments, often a daunting task for people who have not been in education in recent years or may have left school early.

Given the recovering economy in Ireland this year there are talks on Apprenticeships for both employers and those considering this ‘earn as you learn’ pathway to a national craft qualification. On the day, the public can talk to instructors from the plumbing, electrical, fitting, carpentry and joinery, motor, stonecutting and metal fabrication Apprenticeships, all of which are delivered in Kerry by the ETB Training Centre.

For second chance adult learners, opportunities range from literacy, numeracy and basic education, through to Leaving Certificate for adults, employability and technology skills available through Vocation Training Opportunity Scheme (VTOS) programmes around Kerry. 

A number of community education projects are run in parishes all over the county, where learning is at the heart of volunteering and sustaining rural communities. Any community groups wishing to explore opportunities for their area or group can speak to staff on the day.

The door is open to any employer who wants to come on the day and discuss options for future staff training for business and industry, from the small trader to large factory. Also for employers there will be a Skills for Work section on Kerry ETB courses that offer free training to staff in companies who need basic education for their work roles. 

Some of the workshops must be pre-booked, although they are free, due to the limited number of places. More information is available on the Kerry ETB website and on the Facebook event page Kerry ETB FET Fair. 

Owen O’Donnell Director of FET said “we really are in the business of creating a learning society in Kerry.  Kerry ETB has something for everyone, from world class skills and qualifications to second chance education. We say that sometimes in life you don’t get a second chance, but with Kerry ETB you do. So we invite you to be the best that you can be, with Kerry ETB“.