Eight senior executives from four Shannon companies were conferred with Diplomas in High Performance Leadership by the Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) at a special graduation ceremony held in Dromoland Castle Hotel, organised by Shannon Chamber Skillnet. The diploma is the first of its kind at NFQ Level 8 in Ireland, and is an internationally recognised qualification.
The graduation was the first such conferring event organised by Shannon Chamber Skillnet since its establishment in 2015 and marked the completion of a year-long programme. This programme supports personal and professional growth whilst encouraging participants to create a supportive team environment where integrity and respect, innovation and creativity, ambition and a winning spirit are pillars for the successful delivery of services. The graduation ceremony, conducted by Dr. John Murray and Colin Hughes from the College of Business DIT, saw the MD of Ohshima and senior executives from Atlantic Aviation Group, Asystec, Zagg International and Ohshima, attain their accreditations following a course of study which included in-class and one-to-one coaching.
Congratulating the latest DIT graduates on their accomplishment, Dr. Katrina Lawlor, Director and Dean, DIT College of Business said: “The provision of professional education is central to the mission of DIT and we take great pride in our work with adult learners. Lifelong learning is widely recognised as being vital for organisational and economic competitiveness. DIT extends a warm welcome to our newest graduates whose achievement is just one step in a process of continuous learning and self-development.”
Shannon Chamber Skillnet manager, Cillian Griffey added: “Shannon Chamber Skillnet wants to excel in providing a service that supports companies but also affords employees the opportunity to up-skill. It's important that we promote a culture of learning.”
Course participant and managing director of Shannon and Dublin-based Ohshima, Ted Hurley, speaking on his take-away from the course said: “The High Performance Leadership course gives students the essential tools for continuous development in progressive companies who aspire for high-end success. The real bonus of the course comes with understanding, communicating and networking with fellow participants who are experiencing the same issues and growth pains. The open forum aspect of the course gave us thorough problem-solving skills. We can now positively convert the theory to recognisable success. Great courses can't produce great people but can empower great people to make the right decisions.”
Pictured at the DIT graduation ceremony (front l-r): Miriam Magner-Flynn, Career Decisions; Dr John Murray, DIT; Helen Downes, CEO and Julie Dickerson, Shannon Chamber.
Back (l-r): Cillian Griffey, Shannon Chamber Skillnet Network Manager; Jim Phelan, Ohshima; David Kelly and Paul Gavin, Zagg International; Brian O'Sullivan, Atlantic Aviation Group; Ted Hurley, Ohshima; Joe Martin, Atlantic Aviation Group; and Colin Hughes, DIT. Photo: Eamon Ward.