Tullamore Community Training Centre held its presentation of certificates recently in the Tullamore Court Hotel. Willie O’Grady, Advocate with Tullamore Community Training Centre, acted as MC. He welcomed all present, the learners, staff and fellow Board Members.
Among the guests were John Burke, Vice Chairperson Tullamore Community Training Centre, Joe O’Brien representing Tullamore & District Chamber of Commerce, Mary Yore Training Advisor with GAISCE the President’s Award, Shirley Moran representing FÁS and George Flynn representing IACTO (Irish Association of Community Organisations).
Mr O’Grady acknowledged the presence of Ms Marcella Corcoran TD, Councillor Danny Owens, Councillor Tom McKeigue, Counsellor Sinead Dooley, Councillor Sean O’Brien and Councillor Declan Harvey.
He congratulated the learners on their achievements and also complemented the staff on their work on behalf of their learners. Mr O’Brien then made the presentation of FETAC level 3, 4, and 5 awards to the learners present.
Mary Yore, training advisor with GAISCE the President’s Award, presented seven bronze medals to learners that had achieved the awards. She spoke of the challenge the President’s Award is to the young people that take it on and paid special tribute to Ms Michelle McDonald, who is a Gaisce Pal, for running the programme over many years.
George Flynn congratulated the learners and wished them well in their further careers. He spoke of how they had placed their trust in the centre staff over the last year or two and how they will now have to place their trust in employers. He wished the staff and the centre well for the future. One of the learners Norbert Duda made a presentation to Mr O’Brien. Sandra Campbell made a presentation of a bouquet of flowers to Mary Yore.
Vice Chairperson John Burke congratulated the learners on their achievement adding that hopefully ‘it will inspire you to continue on the path of lifelong learning’. He thanked the organisations who had assisted Tullamore Community Training Centre.
Tullamore Community Training Centre offers second chance education and training to unemployed youths between the ages of 16 to 21. The majority of applicants did not complete their formal education while others have completed the Junior or Leaving Certificate examination and have do not sufficient passes to qualify for a full certificate.
A varied programme is offered including skills sampling such as woodcraft, metal craft, catering, computers, sports and hairdressing. A very comprehensive literacy and numeracy programme is provided and literacy/numeracy is integrated into all programmes. Counseling and career guidance forms an integral part of the training and is supported by the Department of Education through Co Offaly VEC.