Moving On Project

Women of Kerry Are Moving On

Moving On is an exciting, new 3 year employment programme for women in Kerry, supported by NEWKD. The programme offers women free training, support, work placements & 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 and 23 women have already found work.

 

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”.

 

This Wednesday 9th May to coincide with Europe day the project hosted and Employers and Graduation morning in Listowel. Over thirty women attended. The two speakers were Lizzie Lyons from Lizzie’s Little Kitchen and Oonagh Harnett from Broderick’s Chemist. Both speakers shared stories about the resilience and determination they needed in their own professional journeys. They also talked about what they are looking for as employers. Oonagh emphasied the importance of common sense and a smile. She also said “If you want something badly enough, be prepared (when you come to meet the employer). You have to be happy in your work”. Lizzie stressed the importance of being customer focused and friendly. “I look for someone who is comfortable in their own skin and who can make good eye contact. It’s all about attitude”.

 

After the talks, the participants were presented with their certificates and each woman got the opportunity to speak about what the programme had meant for her. The feedback from all participants was overwhelmingly positive. Women spoke about how the programme helped women to create a vision for the lives, establish goals and ‘move on’ in new directions. According to Lisa Fingleton “We are delighted that so many women could attend the graduation. We are really privileged to work on such a great project with an amazing group of talented women. We are delighted to have days like today where employers share their experience with women looking for work”.

 

The programme is currently recruiting for the next phase of the project starting in September. The next FREE information morning will take place from 10.00-12:00 Wednesday the 23rd May at Aras an Phobail, Tralee. Please contact us to book a place or to find out more about becoming a participant on the programme. For more information contact: Lisa Fingleton 087 710 1198 lisafingleton@newkd.ie

http://nekd.net/moving-on-project/

 

 

 

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.

 

 

‘Moving On’ is an exciting new employment programme for women who are looking for work in Kerry.  It provides self-development and employment related training to 144 women over a 3 year period. The training is both unaccredited and accredited, responding to the needs identified by women and employers.

 

According to Lisa Fingleton, the project co-ordinator, “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”.

There are currently 58 women on the Moving On programme from all over North and East Kerry and the feedback is extremely positive. The diversity of participants is one of the strengths of the programme, with ten different nationalities enrolled in the training. Women come to the programme with a vast range of experiences, some left school early as teenagers, while others have master degrees. There are scientists, engineers, special needs assistants, artists and carers, to name put a few.

Participants have just completed an 8 week introductory programme designed by them. It included career advice, CV and cover letter preparation, confidence building and interview techniques. According to Jade Hennessy, one of the programme participants, “The Moving On programme helped me so much. I hope to look back on it in years to come and think about how it was my first step to a better future”.

 

The Moving On programme is very interested in developing relationships with local employers over the next three years. Lisa says “We have spoken to numerous employers over the last few months and the message is clear. Employers want reliable staff with 21st Century transferable skills who can respond effectively to the changing world of work. Good communications, IT skills, ability to work well with others and a strong sense of motivation are critical. We have a diverse group of women who match these criteria who are passionate about returning to the workforce”.

 

The Moving On Programme for 2017-18 is fully subscribed and there is a currently a waiting list for September 2018.  If you are interested in getting involved please contact:

 

Lisa Fingleton 087 710 1198 lisafingleton@newkd.ie
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.