Pitman Training Swords are bucking the national trend by getting people back to work. Maria Lalor, MD of Pitman Training Swords describes how a recent survey showed that over 77% of Pitman Training Diploma Graduates seeking employment found work within six months compared to the national average of nine months.
According to Maria, their range of job-focused training programmes quickly delivers skills that can help those who need to find work – reducing the time it takes to find a new job.
So what is the secret? During the Celtic Tiger years the job specification was quite loose. You had to be hard working, good with people, have a pleasant phone manner, be organized and motivated. At the interview it was acceptable to say you had a good knowledge of Microsoft Office or you learnt quickly. Now it is very skills oriented. You must be have a typing speed of at least 55 words per minute, Advanced Word and Excel skills, experience in preparing PowerPoint presentations, excellent audio typing skills, diary management and some knowledge of accounts. If you wish to work in the healthcare sector as a Medical Secretary you will in addition be expected to have a thorough grounding in the correct construction, spelling and usage of medical terminology.
Pitman Training Swords graduates have these skills to a high level and more importantly they are up to date and they have certification which tells the employer how good they really are. In other words they are able to contribute to the company’s success from day one.
In addition they also have people training with them who are in employment but who want to increase their efficiency or are going for promotion. For example people who work in accounts but want to use Sage or Excel more effectively, or an administrator who needs to update their Microsoft skills such as Word or Outlook.
At Pitman Training Swords, they sit down with every prospective student to discuss their individual training needs before working out which course is best suited to them. It may be that they want to improve their knowledge of PowerPoint as giving presentations is now part of their job or they are keen to secure a Diploma as they wish to change Careers.
The Centre is located in Chamber Buildings, North St. Swords. It is open from 9.30an to 9pm on Mondays and Wednesdays and from 9 .30am to 5.30pm Tuesday Thursday and Friday. Saturdays from 9.30am to 1pm. Tel: 01 8404075