SkillsMatch Project collaborates with The Open College

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SkillsMatch Project and The Open College have collaborated to offer a list of free open courses addressed to Pilot Participants to improve their Soft Skills
The Open College is the Ireland’s largest provider of Online Distance Learning Courses. The Open College training providers’ found value in SkillsMatch’s work and developed a selection of courses that complement the skills training recommendations and help users to identify and improve their Soft Skills.

As part of the SkillsMatch project, training providers have developed a selection of short bespoke Soft Skills courses which are free and available to all Project Pilot Participants.

The 10 courses developed are ready! Take a first look here!


OPEN COURSES for pilot participants

  • Self-management
  • Personal Development
  • Conflict Resolution 
  • Organisation 
  • Communication 
  • Creativity 
  • Critical Thinking 
  • Self-Control 
  • Accountability 
  • Networking

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Interview with The Open College training providers

We have prepared an interview with Oxana Martynova and Adrian Reed, training providers from The Open College to explain you with more detail our collaboration and the work we have done together.

– What is The Open College?

The Open College opened its doors in 2004 and has become widely recognised as Ireland’s leading provider of online QQI (Quality & Qualifications Ireland) award courses.

Over the last decade The Open College has been an independent college delivering over 90 QQI Level 5 and 6 accredited courses which lead to awards within the National Framework of Qualifications across the island of Ireland. We offer invaluable flexible learning formats such as distance/eLearning and blended learning programmes to suit the needs of busy lifestyles of prospective and current students. Our aim is to continually strive for innovation and excellence in education and continue to deliver high standards in further education in Ireland and across Europe.


– Why do you decide to collaborate with Skillsmatch Project?

As The Open College provides courses which are industry focused, we understand the importance of soft skills and the importance employers place on them.  Knowing that Skillsmatch would bring people together of a similar thought process, we saw this as a great opportunity to work with likeminded innovative European organisations, share knowledge and help co-create an innovative programme which helps further develop the field of soft skill study.


– What is the main work you did with the Project?

A lot of work went into creating customised and bespoke soft skills courses that link directly to the SkillsMatch skills list. Our academic staff were eager to participate and draw on their wealth of knowledge to create tailor made courses to suit the prototype criteria of the Skillsmatch project.

We stayed true to our belief that education is moving in the direction of eLearning and thus have made sure that all the soft skills courses can and will be provided through Online education platform.


– What do you bring to the project?

I work closely with all department’s within The Open College. Due to this, I was able to work closely with all academic and administrative staff who were involved in this project within the college. I have managed and documented all aspects of this SkillsMatch project ensuring its timely completion.
Oxana Martynova

Quality Assurance & Certification Manager

I have many years of experience with the education sector and I’m interested in how technology can enhance student experiences. In my work I identify and develop content by using various technology tools to suit the diverse eeds of learners whilst still using pedagogic principles. I have ensured that all courses were completed and delivered through the college online platforms, were easily accessible and easy to use for people of varying technological competencies.
Adrian Reen

Educational Technologist

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