“Jerry  has delivered a number of workshops to staff and management in the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. Jerry is an extremely engaging presenter who offers real life solutions to problems and challenges, which are communicated in a very articulate and thought provoking way. Jerry  provides excellent tools and strategies for dealing with stress and workplace challenges. The feedback from his workshops is hugely positive with everyone appreciative of his advice particularly on how to become more solution focused rather than problem focused and how to practically apply this to life situations.” Anita Martin, Business Support Manager, Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection.

“Staff found Jerry’s approach both challenging and though-provoking. By assisting us to look at our own patterns of thought and behaviour he supported us to move from adopting a problem based approach to situations to moving, through a process of conscious decision making, to a solution based approach.” Mary O’ Carolan, Employment Services Co-ordinator

Feedback from the course was very positive. Jerry was an excellent trainer. I would highly recommend him. Pauline Fallon, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Council.

“The workshops run by First HRD for staff in IBEC were a big success and considered by participants to be of real benefit – both personally and professionally. Important topics such as Stress, Work/Life balance and Performance were dealt with in a challenging,informative way and developed around the interests of the group. Jerry Kelly’s style and knowledge make for a very enjoyable and rewarding day. We intend using Jerry’s services in the future and have recommended his programme to other organisations.” Jenny Hayes.

“One staff member had this to say” The ‘Human Resource Development’ course was one of the best presented and informative courses that I have attended.
I have been on many courses covering many different subjects but if I were to recommend any one day course, I would recommend this.” Wicklow CoCo.

“Jerry Kelly’s Inside Out series has been a sell out success for us here at UCD.  We get continual requests and always have waiting lists for his programmes.  I would recommend his programmes highly both as a participant myself and in my capacity of providing courses for our staff.” Staff Training and Development, UCD

“The idea for Stress Management training was first mooted at a Partnership meeting in Leopardstown Park Hospital.  Jerry Kelly of First HRD was recommended to me by a colleague from the private sector.  Thirty of our staff received the training in 2005 and we will be extending the training to the rest of the staff during 2006.  The feedback from those who took part has been very positive.  Jerry’s ideas for coping with workplace stress have been very inspiring and staff particularly welcomed his one-to-one follow up sessions.  I now have a waiting list for staff wishing to attend Jerry’s programme.”

The Stress Management Courses provided to this Department by First HRD were a big success.  The presentation was relaxed and focused, avoiding the ‘comfort zone’ and keeping people’s attention and interest.  One participant  commented that Jerry’s presentation “made the course”, creating a great group dynamic.  Staff consistently described the course content as useful in all aspects of their lives and said that it challenged them to adopt a new way of looking at and dealing with stress. Danielle Coll, Department of Agriculture & Food,

“Inside-Out Training is a must for staff who wish to address, in a practical way, the management of stress. Jerry Kelly’s easy relaxed style encourages people to reflect on what’s really important and helps them to take the first steps to a more positive and productive lifestyle”.  Training Manager, Meath Co. Council.

Inside-Out Training has been very well received in South Tipperary County Council.  It has proved to be very popular with staff with the result that we now have a waiting list for same.    We first ran this training in 2005 and we have included it again in our 2006 Training Programame. Feedback from the course is very positive.  Participants are very impressed with Jerry’s practical approach and relaxed style of presentation and have found the training very interesting and relevant.

The response from staff who have participated on the First HRD programmes has been very positive. From a work perspective it has improved morale and motivation while also impacting positively on work output and attendance. People found the programme of great benefit in term of their knowledge of lifestyle issues and in their recognition of the importance of taking responsibility for their own wellbeing. Given that stress management and work/life balance affect the performance of staff at work, we see the introduction of the First HRD programme as an important part of the training being offered by Enterprise Ireland. 

The First HRD training workshop we ran for staff was very well received. Participants found it directly relevant to both their work and their personal lives. It was a very enjoyable day, informative, engaging and gave you lots to think about. We certainly plan to use First HRD in the future. Well worth it.  GE Capital Woodchester

“Jerry Kelly has a very balanced and rounded approach to the topic of lifestyle training. He has a relaxed way of presenting his
material, and his natural warmth means that he quickly establishes good rapport with staff. We hope to retain Jerry’s services for further lifestyle programmes in the future“. Teagasc

We engaged Jerry to run his Training programme for our senior management team. The feedback from the team has been very good.  We found the day programme was a good balance of theory, debate and practical exercises for releasing/avoiding stress.  It was also good craic! Jerry places responsibility for change with the participants themselves. He does not accept excuses that our circumstances prevent us leading balanced lives.  He provides the knowledge, tools and motivation and he is non- compromising in his conviction that people have the power to change their own circumstances. We have been brought to the water and we know what we have to do to drink! Colm McGrattan, Axa Insurance

“While some of our staff were sceptical at the outset, all concluded that it was one of the most valuable training sessions
they had ever attended, and are looking forward to a follow up session. It was one of the best investments we’ve ever made. Hopefully we can now keep the momentum going. Looking forward to the follow up.” Gar Holohan – Holohan Leisure 

“People in marketing – as in so many areas of business today – work in a stressful and deadline-focused environment. Being able to get sound advice on how best one can personally and professionally manage such demands is to be valued. The feedback we got from our readers who took the First HRD programme clearly indicated that the workshop was a day well spent – an investment for their future.” Marketing magazine.

“Very beneficial”, “Really good”, “Very informative and relevant to me”, “Good fun” were the most common sentiments from our administrative staff who attended First HRD training workshop. We subsequently took a day out for our management team to do the programme which lived up to all expectations. Recognising and dealing with stress, finding the balance between work and personal life and learning to relax are so important in getting staff to perform at their best. We highly recommend the First HRD programme for any organisation serious about looking after the wellbeing of its staff. Hilarie Geary – MD Executive Connections – Recruitment Consultants.