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Work to Learn Launch

Work To Learn

We are delighted to announce the extension of the innovative experience for jobs programme with youth groups, private sector and the Garda Diversion Projects. This initiative was launched in May by Minister David Stanton TD

This programme supports and exposes young people to the world of work and the skills required to operate effectively in it, through a structured and supported process involving preparation, placement and reflection. The programme challenges the young person involved to undertake a paid part-time job with all the responsibilities that that entails  

“I really enjoy my work like coming in on time and being friendly with people which is a really important aspect of the work. I’ve learned skills from working here in the Barbers in Cobh. In terms of my future I would really like to be a barber. I’ve changed my mind about what I’d like to do when I leave school and I have more money than I used to have. The youth workers help me fill out my forms and my family are really proud of me” said Josh Mc Kevitt (15) a young participant on the programme.

“The great thing about this programme is that it sensitises the business community generally to youth crime prevention but specifically the host employers by actively engaging them in providing a learning environment for young people who are at risk of involvement in, or have been involved in, offending behaviour. The successful operation of the programme is dependent on a level of cross community co-operation that requires the GYDP, youth services and the business community to work together to create opportunities for the young persons involved. This programme will provide valuable experience and learning for the young persons involved and will help them to establish a good work ethic, gain useful skills and to respect others, including their employer.” Added Minister David Stanton TD speaking at the launch.

Work to Learn was developed by Ossory Youth, promoted by Youth Work Ireland and is supported with the assistance of State Street and the Irish Youth Justice Service .

Find out more about the Work To Learn Programme