Moving On is an exciting, new 3 year employment programme for women in Kerry, supported by NEWKD. The programme offers women free training, support & links with employers. The programme, which only began last September, is going from strength to strength. 59 women have participated in the programme so far. 25 women have already found work, with others returning to training and education.
Moving On is currently recruiting for 2018-19. The first programme starts on Sept 20th in the Shanakill Family Resource Centre and is now fully booked. A second group will start at the end of September.
The Moving On programme is co-ordinated by Lisa Fingleton. Lisa has a strong background in the creative and community sector. Also on the team is Lisa O Flaherty as the Employment Support Worker. Both have extensive experience in supporting women and linking with employers.
According to Lisa O Flaherty “The response from employers has been fantastic. Employers are realising the benefits of being more flexible with their hours and offering part time work options. By doing this, they are tapping into a huge resource of skilled workers. The women bring the necessary 21st century ‘new collar skills’ such as reliability, flexibility, team work and problem solving. Many women took time out to care for children or other family members and are now ready and committed to returning to work”.
Lisa Fingleton, the project co-ordinator says, “I believe this is a great opportunity for women. So many women I have met over the last few years have huge skills and experience but some are lacking confidence after years at home. Women are telling us how they are sending out so many CVs and getting no response. This programme supports women to set new goals and achieve their dreams. It’s never too late”.
This project is co-funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014-2020.