Work to Learn

A Work Experience Programme for Young People

On Monday May 29th the Work To Learn programme was officially launched by Minister of State David Stanton in Cobh. Work to Learn is a work experience programme for young people who have struggled in mainstream education and who are at risk of becoming involved in the juvenile justice system. The programme employs a youth work approach to support marginalised young people in developing self-esteem, finding pathways to work and strengthening their engagement in mainstream education. Due to its success the programme is now being extended to a number of new sites in 2017. The programme exposes participants 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

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


“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” Josh Mc Kevitt (15) a young participant on the programme.

More image from the launch can be downloaded from Youth Work Ireland's Flicker Page

Extension of Innovative Experience for Jobs Programme with Youth Groups, Private Sector and Garda Diversion Projects Launched Today by Minister David Stanton TD - Press Release, May 29th

​For more information contact Matthew Seebach 



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