Donegal ETB launches new website to mark 6th Birthday

first_imgDonegal Education and Training Board (ETB) has launched its new website,, to mark its sixth birthday on Monday 01 July. Donegal ETB came into existence on 01 July 2013, under the Education and Training Boards Act 2013. It had been in existence for the previous 108 years as Co Donegal Vocational Educational Committee (VEC). Twelve months later, the training function of SOLAS, formally FÁS, transferred to Donegal ETB. The ETB is now the largest education and training provider in the county with over 26,500 students and learners completing education and training with it in 2018. It manages 15 out of the 27 post-primary schools in Co Donegal, Gartan Outdoor Education and Training Centre and Donegal Music Education Partnership and has legal responsibilities for youth work. It is also the largest provider of Further Education and Training (FET) in the county with over 11,000 learners completing courses with it in 2018.  Speaking about their new website, Donegal ETB Chief Executive Anne McHugh said, “We are delighted to be officially launching our new website on our sixth birthday. Donegal ETB’s vision is ‘excellence in the delivery of a quality, learner-centred education and training service’ and as the largest education provider in the county through our second level, FET, outdoor and music education provision, we strive to deliver the very best service to the communities of Co Donegal. Our new website will enable the general public to better understand who we are and what we do.”The website contains a number of explainer videos to support a better understanding of its work, including one to explain the whole organisation, which can be viewed here: ETB’s Adult Education Officer Charles Gorney, who chairs the website working group said, “It’s fantastic to see our new website officially launched. We recognised that the creation of a brand new organisation, Donegal ETB, required the creation of a brand new website, not the updating of an old one. A huge amount of work has gone into developing a completely new website to reflect the wider role that Donegal ETB now plays in the development of the county and its people. We would particularly like to thank two local companies, Manna Design and Digital Creatures, for supporting us on this journey over the last two years.”Donegal ETB’s mission is ‘to promote, provide and support accessible and inclusive education and training which enables young people and adults to empower themselves to reach their full potential in a safe and caring environment’. It hopes its new website will go a considerable way towards helping the young people and adults of Co Donegal to reach their best potential. Donegal ETB launches new website to mark 6th Birthday was last modified: July 1st, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Donegal ETBWEBSITElast_img read more

Mapping the hi-tech road for SA

first_img1 October 2004The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has released a wide-ranging study on global technology trends, which aims to find ways to address the challenges of unemployment, inequalities and economic growth in South Africa.According to the study, conducted by Access Market International and Bluepeter Management Consulting, South Africa has over the past decades developed a vast technological base, giving it the opportunity to compete effectively internationally.At the same time, there exists enormous potential to exploit and leverage selected technologies to promote business growth. Benchmarking of Technology Trends and Technology Developments – full report The study says it is essential that South Africa implement its technology strategy so that technology is applied to the maximum benefit of the country.It highlights key technologies influencing the development of several sectors, and also reviews the support mechanisms applied by various governments to improve the ability of countries to benefit from whatever technological developments may occur over the next 10 years.The findings of the study are intended to develop South Africa’s technological capacity in strategic technology areas, and to empower industry sectors to identify possible opportunities – and threats.Innovation the keySpeaking at the launch of the report, DTI director-general Alistair Ruiters said there has been a growing awareness among entrepreneurs, policy makers and scientists that innovation should be at the centre of business and policy strategies in South Africa.He said it remains the driving force behind any country’s economic development and the improvement of the competitiveness of firms.“If we want to effectively build a modern society, an appropriate route would be to follow a technology-driven approach”, Ruiters said. “This approach should be based on various science applications that would grow our technological capabilities, in both the first and second economies, with the ultimate goal of improving the quality of lives of our people and improving the competitiveness of our industries.”He added that “without much knowledge and guidelines on the global technological trends, it becomes difficult to direct our innovative capabilities necessary for industrial development.”Findings by sectorThe study deals with the following key sectors:Information communication technologiesTourismCultureAgro-processingBiotechnologyChemicalsAerospaceClothing and textilesMetals and mineralsAutomotive industryInformation communication technologiesAccording to the study, the future global ICT landscape will involve very unobtrusive hardware, a seamless mobile/fixed communications infrastructure, dynamic and massively distributed device networks, and natural feeling human interfaces in a secure, ubiquitous computing environment.It argues that several emerging technologies will be crucial to the development of the ICT sector in South Africa. These are:Mobile technologies and devicesWireless network technologiesHuman language technologiesOpen source softwareTelemedicineGeomaticsManufacturing technologies (robotics/artificial intelligence)Grid computingRadio frequency identificationTourismThe study shows that what it calls “prominent enabling technologies” are revolutionising the tourism environment, allowing for more flexibility and accessibility. It says South Africa’s tourism industry needs to use technology to improve productivity in reaching a broad and diverse customer base.While South Africa was ranked 25th by the World Trade Organisation in a list of top tourism destinations in 2000, the study says that technologies can assist in achieving sustainability and growth in the sector.Important technologies in this respect include: ICTs, environmental technologies (which include fuel efficiency and cleaner production processes), renewable resources, and cultural heritage technologies (for training, content development and delivery).Cultural sectorThe study argues that the cultural industry is a large global industry and has a huge potential for job creation, while offering an opportunity to develop underdeveloped regions.New and original industries emerge not necessarily from the use of new technologies, but from creativity, skills or traditional materials. This makes crafts and tourism-related industries a springboard for development.The study argues that although cultural industries are an important part of South Africa’s economy, there are constraints causing a backlog.A major concern is that the sector does not have appropriate training and skills development, that urbanisation is causing a lack of transfer of traditional skills within families, that there is a lack of knowledge management, and that research and development is minimal.Other constraints include access to raw materials, finance and support services, and problems in areas relating to marketing, infrastructure and productionThe most important technologies which are an incremental part of developing the sector are enabling communication technologies, technologies which improve products, and technologies that provide marketing to the end-consumer.Agro-processingThe convergence of several key industry trends has accelerated the pace of change in the agroprocessing industry.In response to declining profits, producers are developing new products with higher margins and functions, new uses for old products and waste streams, and incorporating cutting-edge production technologies.Meanwhile, customer consumption habits are shifting and demanding new products such as organic produce and functional foods. On top of this, outside stakeholders, including government, are demanding an improvement to the environmental performance of the agriculture industry.The study identifies numerous key research and technology developments for the sector, including:Real-time detection of micro-organisms in food, using a variety of methods.Sensors for online, real-time control and monitoring of food processing.DNA/ RNA chip technologies.Techniques to inactivate micro-organisms to yield safer foods with extended shelf lives.Standardised edible food packaging films.Biologicals (eg bacteriocins) and chemical inhibitors to prevent or slow growth of pathogens in food.Technologies for food traceability.The study says among the most critical technologies for South Africa are those that enable food traceability and minimise food wastage.BiotechnologySouth Africa has a small bioeconomy, although biotechnologies are widely used in a number of industrial sectors, including food and beverages and waste water treatment.The emphasis in South Africa is still at the research and development level, the application of a new set of technologies and the application of the technology tools by defined sectors.According to the study, the most important areas for further development include:Recombinant therapeutic productsVaccinesDiagnosticsCommodity chemicals from biomassEnergy from Renewable ResourcesBiocatalystsThe study says priority technologies span the various stages of new product and service development, extending from discovery to manufacture, but with more emphasis on discovery.ChemicalsThe study finds that while specialty chemicals will be significantly influenced by nanoscience and biotechnology in the future, the changes envisaged for basic chemicals (ie petrochemicals, bulk polymers and fertilisers) are based more on evolutionary development.Disruptive innovations are difficult in the basic chemicals industry, since they have to fit in with the existing infrastructure of the industry.According to the study, the global trend towards convergence of different strands of science and technology, and knowledge transference between different materials and scientific fields, will strengthen in the future.The most important emerging technologies on the global landscape include materials technology, biotechnology and nano-technology.The study identifies key interventions considered to have a major potential benefit for the local industry, including:The development of a new industry based on the extraction of minerals from coal ash and low-value slag.The development of a new range of performance chemicals that will improve the recovery of minerals in the mining sector.The establishment of a new technology platform that will develop technologies to decrease economies of scale for chemical plants and hence enable smaller production facilities to compete.A major initiative to build South Africa’s first generic pharmaceutical actives plant in order to meet future demand for antibiotics and/or anti-retrovirals.A highly integrated strategy to fully develop South Africa’s ability to add maximum value to its natural products and unique biodiversity.AerospaceThe study says there is little doubt that the aerospace industry can make South Africa a leader in innovation and emerging technologies.The industry is a key driver behind technological and economic growth, and is seen as an incubator for critical and pervasive technologies.Six technologies were highlighted as being important for the continuous development and growth of the sector. These are:The development of composite materials.The development of hyper aero-thermodynamics.The development of sensor usage.Health and usage monitoring systems.Noise abatement.Improved manufacturing processes.Clothing and textilesTechnological development is one of the most significant factors contributing to a shift in demand in the clothing and textiles sector, with other sectors – such as the aeronautics and automotive sectors – having created new demands on the textiles industry.For example, sensory fabrics for seating comfort, and resin-reinforced fabrics to replace metal components in light-weight vehicles, are now needed.The growing demand for “intelligent”, high-performance textiles has created new opportunities in the textiles sector. However the study finds that industries in established markets have been slow to respond to this demand.It says that South Africa has a comparative advantage in the natural fibres segment of the clothing and textile sector. Value-add technologies already in use include:Testing systems for foreign fibres in Mohair and wool.Yarn formation, and long and short staple systems.Dying and finishing technologies.According to the study, the market from plant fibres is growing globally. Hemp, flax and similar products are in abundance in South Africa. Processing of plant fibres thus becomes a critical niche market that South Africa has an opportunity to exploit.Metals and minerals The metals and minerals sector is mature worldwide, with little major innovation taking place. The current technology trends are towards incremental improvements in the various value chain processes.The purpose of innovation, especially in the heavy metals sector, is to ensure business sustainability within the commoditised market. Emphasis is placed on aspects such as the improved use of gravel as a form of ore, the improved extraction of lower grade ore by developing improved reduction and extraction techniques, and the more efficient use of energy.There is, however, more innovative work being done in the light metals sector, specifically aluminium, magnesium, titanium and the development of alloys. Downstream possibilities of these metals are large enough to warrant significant levels of research and development.According to the study, one of the major focus areas of this trend is the development of a cheaper, continuous extraction processes for magnesium and titanium.Automative sector Technology and innovation play a vital role in the automotive industry. A new car has an estimated 10 to 15 on-board computers, operating the engine, radio, brakes, transmission, steering systems and other components.The study highlights four technologies as being critically important for the continuous development and growth of South Africa’s automotive sector.The development of lightweight materials.The development of alternate fuels, eg fuel cell technology.Sensors, electronics and telematics.Improved design and manufacturing reporterlast_img read more

You Might Want to Rethink that Email Pitch: Your VCs Have Declared Email Bankruptcy

first_imgTags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts Although being overwhelmed by email is a fairly common complaint, entrepreneurs would be wise to take note when two renowned VCs – recipients perhaps, of your email pitches – speak out about their struggles with overflowing email inboxes. On Monday, Fred Wilson declared email bankruptcy. And Mark Suster followed suit a few hours later. Wilson’s blog post describes how three hours of his Sunday evening were spent wading through 400 or so non-spam emails – only a third of his 1200 or so unread messages. After that, Wilson checked to see if he had any pending messages from those with whom he communicates most regularly and who are his most important email relationships. For the rest, “I select all and hit archive. It is a tremendously satisfying feeling.”Wilson contends it’s not simply a matter of efficiency or time management – “the more efficient I get with email, the more of it that comes in.” And Suster’s blog post expands on this, explaining why the norms of email itself make it unsustainable. According to Suster, email is a problem because:1. Anyone and everyone can email you.2. The sheer volume of emails is overwhelming.3. People expect a response.4. Social networks have multiplied messaging.Both Wilson and Suster point to services that help them manage their email communications (namely Gist, X1, and Etacts), and indicate in their blog posts and comments that they’re receptive to new systems of organizing and filtering information.And while many of us can benefit from adopting new productivity tools, the lessons for entrepreneurs from these two VCs’ posts may have little to do with making emails more palatable. Rather, it’s noteworthy that despite being overwhelmed by unread email, Suster and Wilson actively blog – and moreover, they interact with commenters on their blogs. Suster remarks that he prefers this mode of communication, saying “I enjoy the creative outlet of blogging and being able to build relationships with people in a lightweight way that often lead to in person meetings or phone calls down the line where appropriate.” Suster further notes that he generally is more receptive to the shorter, more succinct modes of communication that Twitter and instant messaging services provide.Of course, this isn’t a call to start inundating Suster and Wilson and other VCs’ blogs with pitches. Rather, it’s a reminder to entrepreneurs that email, as with any form of communication, has to be used wisely. And if you are not getting responses to your emails (from investors or others), it may be time to try other tactics, including those old-fashioned modes of phone or face-to-face.center_img audrey watters A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Take the Path of Most Resistance

first_img Get the Free eBook! Learn how to sell without a sales manager. Download my free eBook! You need to make sales. You need help now. We’ve got you covered. This eBook will help you Seize Your Sales Destiny, with or without a manager. Download Now Electricity follows the path of least resistance. So does water. And so do too many salespeople.Your very best prospects already have a partner who provides them with whatever it is that you sell. They trust that partner, and as far as they know, they are completely satisfied. On top of that, they’re busy, and they receive tons of emails from salespeople asking to pitch them. They have no idea who is worth talking to and who isn’t, so they say no to almost everyone.These dream clients are the path of most resistance.Like electricity and water, you can seek a path of least resistance. When your dream client refuses your request for a meeting, you can put them on a calendar, call them quarterly, and seek an easier path. There are plenty of people who will be receptive, but you can’t create massive value for them, and that means they can’t massively value you or what you do. They might buy from you, but they will buy like you are a commodity.The path of most resistance is a more difficult path to take.First you have to fight your internal resistance and your desire to find an easier path.You have to expend far more energy nurturing your dream clients and becoming known as a value creator than you would if you called on lesser prospects. The path of most resistance requires that you build a prospecting campaign and pursue different contacts at different levels within your dream client’s company until you find some opening, someone who is receptive to you.The path of most resistance is more difficult. But you will likely be one of very few willing to pursue that path when most others will simply give up, give in, and go home.Go where others fear to tread. Do what others dare not. Take the more difficult path.last_img read more