Fifty-one women from Co Mayo, who completed the Equality for Women Project 2013-2014, have been presented with FETAC 3-6 accredited awards by Jim Higgins MEP at ceremony in Breaffy House Castlebar.
Photos: Henry Wills
The course – Pathways to Employment Through Revival Skills Training and Support Programme – was designed and delivered by South West Mayo Development Company (SWMDC).
Breda Murray, SWMDC, said: “This is the fourth round of this programme delivered by SWMDC, and, since 2011 SWMDC can record progression for these women. Of the 179 women who have received accredited training, 31 women have progressed into paid employment, 6 women have gone into Government funded labour market activation programmes, and 27 women have progressed onto further education and training.
Pathways to Employment Through Revival Skills Training and Support Programme was designed to enable women, who were currently outside the labour market, develop the social skills, education and training to return to work.
Course participants recount a personal experience
Course participant, Mary Holohan, recounted her own personal experience of the programme.
“For me personally this Revival skills training programme was life-changing. I feel motivated, and empowered, I can now look at any job advertisement and can say yes I should apply and that I am well capable of doing that job, something I wouldn’t have been able to do 6 months ago.
“I believe in myself. And I know that in time I will get the right job for me and that I can contribute to the workforce.”
Nancy Quinn, who also completed the programme commented: “I am greatly appreciative of the personal development and the motivation the course gave me.
“Since completing the course, I have successfully applied and started back working part-time.”
Noelene Cashin-Cafolla, volunteer mentor said: “I have been a volunteer mentor since 2011 and I have been so impressed with this programme and the difference that it can make to the lives of women that I applied to be a volunteer mentor for every round of the programme.
“I am delighted to say that I was accepted and it has helped me develop personally and professionally as counsellor and Life coach.”