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Friday 24 November 2017

Courtown gets its first youth training course

At the Courtown youth training course launch at the Taravie Hotel were, front row: students Shannon Develin, Ian Brown and Martin Cash. Back row: Shirley, Connolly, course co-ordinator Michael Brauders, Sandra Collins, Gorey Youth Needs, Jason O'Leary assistant co-ordinator, and Mandi Tighe, Gorey Youth Needs.
At the Courtown youth training course launch at the Taravie Hotel were, front row: students Shannon Develin, Ian Brown and Martin Cash. Back row: Shirley, Connolly, course co-ordinator Michael Brauders, Sandra Collins, Gorey Youth Needs, Jason O'Leary assistant co-ordinator, and Mandi Tighe, Gorey Youth Needs.

Fintan Lambe

Gorey Youth Needs has begun recruiting for its first Local Training Initiative (LTI) course in Courtown.

The full-time year-long course offering employability skills training, life-skills, and pre-apprenticeship training, will be run out of one of the ground floor units in the Ocean Point development in Courtown village. It begins on Monday, November 20, and will have between 10 and 14 places available.

An information afternoon was held in the Taravie Hotel in Courtown recently to announce details of the new venture. Assistant co-ordinator Jason O'Leary said that there have already been enquiries about the course, with up to seven people showing strong interest.

'This is a new course,' he said. 'Courtown was identified by the Education and Training Board as an area in need of such a course.'

The applicants are being asked to state which modules they are interested in. 'It will be tailored to the individual, with some core modules,' said Jason.

The course is open to those aged between 17 to 24 who are early school leavers, unemployed, or looking for a career direction or to gain a skill or trade.

Jason explained that the course, which consists of eight modules, is fully funded and students are given a training allowance. They receive a QQI training award on completing the full year, and there will be an option of an add-on year if the student wishes to progress to a higher award.

Gorey Guardian

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