The all women class of 03 has graduated from the Redeemer Pilots Project in Cox's Demesne.
The project, a Fas Community Employment Scheme, was established in 1994 and is based in the Redeemer Boys School. Each year since, sixteen women have been given the opportunity to gain marketable skills and take part in accredited learning, build their confidence and extend their personal development thus placing them in a better position in the competitive arena of job seeking.
15 women were presented with FETAC Certificates and Records of Achievement in subjects ranging from Computer Literacy, Communications, Mathematics, Craft, Food & Cookery, Personal & Interpersonal Skills, Preparation for Work, to Work Orientation. Also presented were awards for Reception/Clerical Skills, Sign Language, Typing Skills, ECDL and Child Behavioural courses.
Alice O’Rourke, the very able Master of Ceremonies for the event, spoke of how much confidence and experience she had gained in her two years with the Redeemer Pilots.
Greeting all in sign language, Regina Clarke told of the skills she gained that were very useful during her work experience in St. Brigid’s School. She plans to continue to build on these skills, as well as gaining further knowledge of computer and office operations.
Geraldine Murphy was the second participant to speak about the wonderful opportunity available through the Redeemer Pilots scheme. The scheme gives people who have left school early a second chance to gain skilled qualifications. Geraldine also hopes to continue to further her studies when she leaves.
Another among the graduating heroines was Margaret Clitheroe, a very young grandmother, who was delighted to start her first job outside the home. Since leaving school eighteen years ago, it has been Margaret’s dream to work in an office and she told us how the Pilot Project helped to realise that dream. She paid tribute to the Tutors and Kathleen O'Reilly, the co-ordinator, for their support and encouragement during the year.
A wide range of recruitment agencies and employers were represented at the event including Fas, Louth VEC, Dundalk Employment Partnership, Dundalk Rape Crisis Centre, Redeemer Family Resource Centre and Redeemer Boys and Girls schools.
The founding of Redeemer Pilots has lit a “candle in the community” said Sean Roche who hoped it “will continue to burn brightly”. Mr Roche added that Fas were delighted and proud to lend their support to this project.
John Moloney, Chairperson Redeemer Development Group, presented the awards. He also spoke about the development group’s pride at being a part of the project, its value to the community and the vision for the project as the first step on a journey of development that has only just begun.
Those that were presented with Certificates were: Breffni Harrison, Alice O'Rourke, Lorraine Kearney, Linda Murphy, Kate Forte, Liz Coady and Fiona Carroll. Records of Achievement were presented to: Ann Marie Flanagan, Catriona Quinn, Donna Donaghy, Anita English, Margaret Clitheroe, Geraldine Murphy, Bernadette Muckian, Sandra Myles and Noeleen O'Hanlon. Congrats one and all!
The Redeemer Pilots Project is coordinated through Fas, interviews are held after an information open day each May. It has been instrumental over the years in helping women from the Cox’s Demesne area to gain the skills and confidence to find their dream jobs.
Ann Marie Flanagan presents Eileen Mulligan, Craft Tutor, with a bouquet of flowers.