FOUNDER KATHY O'DWYER
Having spent five years training and working as a career and employment officer in London, Kathy O’Dwyer then returned to college to formally complete her training and accreditation in career guidance.
On her return to Ireland, Kathy worked on a variety of projects that focused on women and youth unemployment during the 1980s. After years of successfully training and guiding many women and young people, she became an entrepreneur and founded Career Training Internships in 2010.
Since that time, Kathy and her dedicated team have been forming partnerships with local families and businesses, as well as managing trainee experiences for many years.
We are part of the fabric of the Cork community. We know Cork businesses, and we match them with trainees from all over Europe, adding needed skills to businesses of all kinds. We provide a safe, unforgettable experience for trainees that includes a stay with a local family that we personally recruit and screen.
Our contributions to the community have a multiplier effect, as we bring new resources into Irish businesses and spending into the local economy.
Our customer experience is summed up by our catchphrase: “Nurturing Emerging Talent.” We look at each individual from their unique goals and needs, providing a secure, immersive environment where they can gain work experience, learn English, and experience the best that Cork has to offer. Over the years we have innovated our processes to provide our trainees with a great experience abroad and our local partners with the extra help they need. We have focused on being lean and sustainable, while providing a boutique service to our customers and supporting the growing number of Cork companies that partner with us. The results have been worth the effort: student feedback has been consistently positive and enthusiastic, while businesses have told us how important trainees have been to their success.
In December 2018, we achieved Business All-Star Accreditation from the All-Ireland Business Foundation. We are honoured to have been nominated for several prestigious awards, including most recently the Cork Business Association's Cork Business of the Year 2019: Best in Professional Business Services.
2020 was a year of change for so many of us. We started the year on a record pace, but had to abruptly close our doors and safely return students to their respective countries. In the meantime, we started a digital branch of the business, Virtual Career Training Internships, to continue to serve all our partners and trainees during this period.