Moving On is an exciting, new employment programme for women in Kerry, supported by NEWKD. The programme offers women free training, support & links with employers. The programme, which only began in September 2017, is going from strength to strength. 110 women have participated in the programme so far. 48 women have already found work, with others returning to training and education.
The Moving On programme is co-ordinated by Lisa Fingleton. Lisa has a strong background in the creative and community sectors. Also on the team is Lisa O Flaherty, 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”.
The feedback from the programme is overwhelmingly positive. One woman said:
“It was an amazing experience with so many fabulous women. The learning was massive, I have learnt so much. This course and all involved turned my life around and gave me purpose again”.
Another participant describes how,
“The Moving on Programme has given me the drive and ambition to pursue and apply to companies I am interested in working for. The incredible group of colleagues and leaders have made this a huge success.”
The Moving On programme is very creative and participative, designed around the needs of the group. The first 10 weeks is a combination of personal development (clarifying vision and goals) before focusing on work preparation (networking, interview skills, CVs etc.).
The project runs an ‘Inspiring Women’ series of talks by influential and enthusiastic women in business and the community. The project also runs a mentoring programme and works closely with businesses to match women and employers.
The project is particularly interested in supporting the social, economic and creative infrastructure of the region with a view to long term employment and sustainability in the following growth sectors
- Artisan/organic food producers
- Creative/cultural producers – artists, graphic/web designers
- Tourism/Wild Atlantic Way initiatives
- Environmental/Ethical and Energy projects
- Social and community enterprise
- Local small businesses and start ups
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 currently accepting applications for September 2019. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org 087 764 7446.
To find out about our upcoming open days
Twitter @movingonkerry http://nekd.net/moving-on-project/
Hear first hand from some of our participants…