Pictured at the launch of a new local training initiative promotional video by CETB at Cork Academy School of Music, North Monastery Campus was: Eamon O’Brien, Community training Officer at Cork College of FET Bishopstown Campus; Catherine Power, Community training Officer at Cork College of FET Bishopstown Campus; Denis Leamy, CEO Cork ETB; Kay Condon, Clerical Officer at Cork ETB; Liam Burke, Assistant Manager at Cork College of FET Bishopstown Campus and Valerie Cowman, Manager at Cork College of FET Bishopstown Campus. Photo: Colm Lougheed

New initiative offers training for jobseekers

A new video launched recently outlines a number of great training courses aimed at jobseekers in communities all across Cork city and county.

Cork College of FET’s Bishopstown Campus’ new video outlines their Local Training Initiative courses.

The full-time courses are aimed at anyone aged 18 to 35 years who is unemployed and seeking employment or to progress to higher education, covering a variety of skill areas such as music, office procedures, IT skills, FAI soccer, horticulture, sport and recreation, culinary skills and tourism.

There are 14 QQI-accredited initiatives to choose from, and courses are delivered on a year-round basis.

Based in community settings across all areas of Cork city and county, students can achieve their qualifications in less than one year while retaining the social welfare payment they are currently receiving.

The courses come at no cost to participants, and are designed to instil confidence, build personal development and encourage participation and learning. With inclusivity in mind, the initiatives provide opportunities for learners who are unable to participate in other training for personal, social, and geographic reasons.

All programmes are delivered by professional tutors with experience in their chosen field who are accustomed to working with students on their individual journeys of educational, personal and professional development, skills which are crucial for the working world.

Speaking at the video launch, Chief Executive, Denis Leamy said: “Our Local Training Initiative provides jobseekers with the professional and personal skillset to transition to further education or employment. We want to empower those who are unable to commit to other forms of training. For example, our Good Shepherd initiative is aimed at women and girls from 16 years who may have chaotic lives and are unable to access mainstream education. Each of our initiatives are tailor-made to suit each individual participants’ needs.”

Courses are available at campuses on North Monastery Road, Farrenferis, Tramore Road, Carrigaline, Donnybrook, Blackrock, Midleton, Charleville, Youghal, Mallow, Macroom and Duhallow.