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
“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.
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