Committed FDYS students graduate
AN INSPIRATIONAL group of 14 young men and women have completed a pioneering learning programme at FDYS Coolcotts.
The idea for the programme came about after the group of nine women and five men, all aged 17-23, identified a distinct lack of opportunities for young people in their position to progress onto further education or find suitable employment.
The group met regularly at the FDYS night cafe and discussed how best to tackle the situation.
It was decided that the group would work together to devise their own course which they felt would meet their needs to prepare them for entrance to further education and/or the workforce.
The trainees took full control and responsibility for devising the programme. The modules covered throughout included first aid, I.T., CV preparation skills and skills profiling.
It was run weekly over the course of four months and it was noted at the recent conferring ceremony that those involved had demonstrated a high level of commitment to the project.
The programme was facilitated by a series of tutors experienced in the different areas. The FDYS, Wexford Local Development and the Department for Social Protection worked together to ensure that the programme was a success.
At the recent graduation ceremony students from the course were presented with certificates of achievement including First Aid and ECDL accreditations.
Kieran Donohoe, Chief Executive of the FDYS, commended the hardwork of the trainees describing their commitment to this 'new and novel approach to learning' as 'fantastic'.
He continued: ' The young people came up with the idea and controlled and delivered it from start to finish.'
He also stressed that for the graduates from this programme that this is simply the starting point as many have expressed a desire to go on a attain further qualification and experience in a wide variety of areas.