Sunday 21 January 2018

Leader offering employment skills course to young people

FINGAL Leader Partnership is delivering a practical course in employment skills to lift young people out of the darkness of unemployment and into work and a new sense of self-esteem.

The employment skills course is about to kick off again on August 6 and has been running in Balbriggan at the BEAT centre for the past nine years, run by the partnership and funded by Fás.

Project co-ordinator, Mary Geraghty, explained: 'We have been running training programmes here for the past nine years, funded by FAS. As we have identified a very high level of young unemployed people in the area, and further afield, we are trying to address this by giving them the training and skills that will help them to achieve employment or return to education.

'Much of our work, apart from the training, is confidence-building, as we see all too often that being unemployed for any length can lower people's self-esteem and confidence.'

The course is proving successful and Ms. Geraghty said: 'The work experience module is a very important part of the training programme, as there is a two-week placement at the end of the course.

'We completed our last course on July 5 and, so far, two of the nine people have gained employment from it, with others considering the option of further education.'

The aim of the programme is to provide learners with key transferable employment skills, or to enable them to progress to further education and training.

The transferable skills include an ability to communicate competently, both verbally and non-verbally. Learners will also develop relevant numeracy skills and the ability to design and implement action plans to assist them along their chosen career path.

Throughout the programme learners will be given structured opportunities to gain greater knowledge of self and how to interact positively and effectively with others.

The programme leads to a FETAC Level 4 Major Award in Employment Skills for learners who meet the award requirements.

This full-time course is FÁS funded, will be of 31 weeks duration and is due to commence on Tuesday, August 6 (this is subject to change). The venue is Unit 14, BEaT Centre, Stephenstown Industrial Estate, Balbriggan.

Those interested should register with FÁS, and register on this particular course code: BLB6C.

For further information, contact Mary Geraghty or Aine Maxwell, Project Co-ordinator/Assistant Project Co-ordinator for FÁS Local Training Initiatives, Fingal LEADER Partnership, Unit 14 BEaT Centre Balbriggan. Call (01) 8020484 or email or

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