Youth Train staff and students celebrate a successful year for education in Wexford

By Amy Lewis

Published 13/08/2016 | 00:00

Back; Paul O'Brien (Youth Train), Mark Mahoney, Aaron Power, Jason Dilworth, Katie Connors, Ryan Kehoe, Micheal Lawlor, Dean Murphy, Peter Doyle, Marc Murphy and Mark Howlin. Front; Rachal Wilson, Shannon Hegarty, Aoife Kavanagh (guest speaker), Cllr Tony Dempsey (deputy mayor), Eamonn McGettigan WWETB, Janet Whitney (tutor), Jamie Phillips and Helen Hesse (tutor)
Back; Paul O'Brien (Youth Train), Mark Mahoney, Aaron Power, Jason Dilworth, Katie Connors, Ryan Kehoe, Micheal Lawlor, Dean Murphy, Peter Doyle, Marc Murphy and Mark Howlin. Front; Rachal Wilson, Shannon Hegarty, Aoife Kavanagh (guest speaker), Cllr Tony Dempsey (deputy mayor), Eamonn McGettigan WWETB, Janet Whitney (tutor), Jamie Phillips and Helen Hesse (tutor)

Youth Train CTC celebrated 16 years of education at an awards ceremony at their premises in Whitemill.

Spirits were high as staff and students alike shared a barbecue and enjoyed some music in the centre's courtyard before the ceremony.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Tony Dempsey attended the occasion and praised all at Youth Train for preparing young people for the world of work. He also noted the development of the new training kitchen and said that this would create new opportunities for the learners there.

Eamon McGettigan of the WWETB presented the QQI 4 awards in Employability Skills. He urged those present to avail of the many avenues for training open to young people and to use work placement to secure experience required of employers, pointing out the rise in apprenticeship opportunities.

Manager of Youth Train Paul O'Brien congratulated all of the learners and thanked them all for their support and dedication over the past year.

Finally, a former Youth Train learner Aoife Kavanagh made her return and spoke to the award recipients about what was to come. She told them about her personal struggles and how she frequently returned to Youth Train, which she said she always saw as a safe place that listened, nurtured and challenged her to see her potential. She urged learners to be brave in her ambition and to make smart decisions in life.

The ceremony marked the end of the year for all at Youth Train, who will commence their classes again in September.

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