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Athlone Institute of Technology

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Ireland is in the process of transitioning to the circular economy. Soon, the value of products, materials and resources will be maintained in our economy for as long as possible, and waste minimised. However, are we fully ready for this transition? What skills shortages exist in the repair, refurbishment and retail sectors that are blocking this transition? How are we preparing for the transition so that these skills gaps can be overcome?

The Eastern Midlands Regional Waste Office, Chartered Institute of Waste Management and Community Reuse Network of Ireland invite you to Athlone Institute of Technology to join us in asking these questions – and finding some solutions. Future Jobs and Skills for a Circular Economy is a half day event that will highlight gaps in our jobs and skills base needed for prevention, reuse and repair in Ireland – and what can be done about it.

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9.00am Registration

9.30am Welcome & introduction from Joanne Rourke, Eastern Midlands Region Waste Office and Athlone IT Dr Michael Tobin

9.50am Preparing for a Circular Economy - Duncan Stewart

10.10am Working in a Circular World - Caterina Brandmayr, Green Alliance

10.30am PANEL DISCUSSION #1: Current and future skills gaps - reuse and recycling with Bernie Kiely, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment; Una Lavelle, RecycleIT; Roger Warburton, Rediscovery Centre; Nora Fahy, Roscommon Women's Network

11.15am Questions & pitches

11.30am Break & marketplace

11.50am Accessing educational supports - Athlone IT

12.10pm PANEL DISCUSSION #2: Industry and Business - are we preparing? with Tricia Watson, CIWM; Sean Tinkler, Wisetek; Ciaran Nugent, Nevin Economic Research Institute; Enda O'Dowd, NCAD

12.55pm Next steps & Close - Community Reuse Network, Claire Downey


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