‘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 email@example.com
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.