SO many people are emigrating from West Kerry that an information day on work and education opportunities in the area will include a workshop offering advice on working and living abroad.
A large-scale community information event, entitled 'Education, Skills & Advice' being held in An Díseart, Dingle, on Thursday, January 17, from 12.30pm, will see State and community organisations, who provide services in the West Kerry area, come together to inform the public about education, skills, courses, grant-aid opportunities and supports available in Corca Dhuibhne in 2013.
"One of the aims of the event is to raise awareness and give information about courses available in the area," said Joanne Ní Shuilleabháin of North and East Kerry Development. "For example, Pobalscoil Chorca Dhuibhne offers a range of night courses; anyone interested in food-safety, customer service, computers or confidential literacy classes can sign up with Kerry Education Service. Equally the Institute of Technology in Tralee will be on hand to explain about Springboard Courses for those who are unemployed and need to re-skill."
"In addition, as many people in the West Kerry area are now emigrating, we will host a workshop to help people consider the issues involved in emigration; such as how to get your qualifications recognised and how to build up your contacts in the new country via Irish networks," she added.
The event will also include workshops to bring local employers up to date on the job creation supports available under schemes such as Revenue Job Assist and Employer Job PRSI Incentive Scheme. Information on community employment, the Rural-Social Scheme, TUS, internships, and Job-Bridge will be also be provided, along with workshops on how to write up a CV.
Grant-aid opportunities will be explored at the event and information on the availability of education, training, workplace grants and funding from BIM and Údarás na Gaeltachta will be available.
Information will also be provided about organisations that hold clinics in the area on a weekly or monthly basis, such as the newly reopened Citizens Information Centre and the Kerry Money Advice and Budgeting Service (MABS).
"While there will be a focus on education, training and employability, the event also hopes to highlight the benefits of participation in your community through a range of activities from the Irish language and community organisations to arts and culture groups," Joanne added.