ECCO leads the way
A DULEEK scheme is helping to inspire early school leavers to follow their dreams of returning to education or gain the skills to advance their careers.
East Coast Careers Opportunities LTI is a FAS funded training programme for young early school leavers aged 18 - 35 years. The programme is sponsored by Duleek Development Association and is based in The Parish Rooms, Duleek.
The programme offers FETAC Major Awards at level 3 and level 4, providing participants with 'one step up' certification on the National Framework of awards. It also encourages the development of personal and interpersonal skills, boost the individuals confidence and motivates learners to plan for the future, choose relevant career paths and the confidence to follow them.
32 young people graduated from the programme having achieved a host of minor and major awards. The graduates' achievements were celebrated by friends, family and special guests, including an Cathaoirleach Comhairle Chontae na Mí, Eoin Holmes, James Doorley, Assistant Director General National Youth Council, Robbie Horgan, Assistant Manager Drogheda United, and Anne Keeley, Assistant Regional Manager Community FAS.
The participants had undertaken training in the likes of communications, work experience, drama and even FAI soccer coaching.
Past participants of the ECCO programme have progressed to Institutes of Further Education, University and employment in a wide range of sectors including, retail management, pharmaceutical industry, apprenticeships and social care. ECCO will be recruiting for the next training programme in January 2012. Anyone who is interested in finding out more information can contact Alison Digney or Simon Mccabe on 041 9823233.