OVER 250 people came out to celebrate the benefits of adding an extra string to their bows at a 'Recognition of Learning' event at IRD Duhallow in Newmarket last week.
And the 2013 'crop' were just a fraction of the thousands who have upgraded their skills via IRD down through the years.
"The people who take on a training course with IRD Duhallow benefit from an experience that can be rewarding, enjoyable and, importantly, the training provides new life skills for individuals for the future," said Mary McHugh, employment and training co-ordinator.
This was clearly evident at the recent 'Recognition of Learning Ceremony' where 250 people came out in force to collect their certificates where their participation in training was acknowledged.
Since the inception of IRD Duhallow, it has placed a great emphasis on promoting learning and knowledge that is relevant to the people of Duhallow. IRD Duhallow has provided over 5,500 training places through an array of different funding sources including LEADER, LCDP and the Equality for Women Measure 2007 - 2013.
IRD has also invested considerable time and effort into identifying training needs in Duhallow to ensure that the training provided is at all time relevant and practical.
In 2012 a range of training was delivered including FETAC Accredited Manual and Computerised Bookkeeping and Payroll; FETAC Accredited Occupational First Aid; FETAC Accredited Information Computer Technology Training; Personal Development Training; Sign Language Training; Grow Your Own; FETAC Accredited Infection Prevention and Control Training, Towards Occupation Programme Training to name but a few.
"It is understandable that entering training for the first time or returning to education can be challenging and daunting therefore IRD Duhallow has put a major emphasis on providing training that is affordable and available on an outreach basis," said a spokesperson.
It is hoped that the people of Duhallow will continue on their journey of lifelong learning and for more information on any of the courses coming up contact Mary McHugh on 029 60633.