EI & IUA Ways to Engage – Skills & Talent for the SME Sector, Hybrid Event Sept 21

On Sept 21st in University of Limerick, Enterprise Ireland partnered with the IUA on an information event which aimed to make engagement with IUA member universities easier for SMEs.

‘Skills and Talent for the SME Sector’ event focused on practical examples of the multiple ways enterprise can:

  • Connect into the university system.
  • Attract graduate and intern talent.
  • Engage in programme design/co-creation.
  • Seek alternative pathways for upskilling and reskilling staff.
  • Overcome barriers to engagement.

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Opening comments from Leo Clancy, CEO of Enterprise Ireland & Prof Kerstin Mey, President of UL

Expanding the graduate pipeline - Hiring International Student Graduates

Speaker: Jennifer Cleary, Head of International, IUA
Presentation: Hiring International Students – Jennifer Cleary


  • Giles O’Neill, Director, Education in Ireland
  • Vish Gain, former DCU Masters in Journalism student, now journalist with Silicon Republic
  • Dr Declan Jordan, Vice Dean Graduate Studies, UCC Business School

Ways of engaging with universities - spotlight on UL and UCD

Speaker: Dr Patrice Twomey, UL Director of Cooperative Education and Careers Division

Presentation: SME Engagment with UL – Patrice Twomey

Speaker: Caroline Pierce, Business Development Manager, UCD Careers Network.

Presentation: SME Engagement with UCD – Caroline Pierce


  • Gavin Connell, Head of Careers, UL
  • Niamh McLoughlin, former Intern and now working with Scale Ireland
  • Joe Leddin, Regional Skills Forum Mid-West

Alternative pathways for upskilling and reskilling using Recognition of Prior Learning and Microcredentials

Speaker: Dr Clare Walsh, Head of Staff Development, National RPL Project

Presentation: RPL for SMEs – Clare Walsh

Speaker: David Corscadden, MicroCreds Communications Manager.

Presentation: MicroCreds for Enterprise – David Corscadden


  • Fabian Joyce, Business Owner and former RPL Enterprise Learner
  • Fiona Keogh, Lead of Learning & Development at Eli Lilly
  • Michael Hennessy, Education Programmes Manager, UL
  • Michelle Thompson, Strategic Partnerships, Skillnet