Hard work rewarded at Knockanrawley ceremony

The presentation of FETAC awards took place at Knockanrawley Resource Centre recently.

The presentation of FETAC awards took place at Knockanrawley Resource Centre recently.

Awards were presented for two programmes: Information Technology Skills, funded by BTEI and KITE (Knockanrawley Information and Training for Employment) Programme funded by FÁS.

“FÁS have been funding the Local Training Initiative in Knockanrawley Resource Center for many years, but tonight is all about you the learner,” said John Murphy CDO FÁS at the award ceremony. “I’d like to acknowledge your hard work, and I’m delighted to be here to celebrate your achievement.”

The KITE programme is a 40-week return to work /education course, funded by FÁS, running from September to June each year. Nineteen learners registered for the programme in September 2011. All with the exception of one was Irish, who was a lady from Belarus who has been living in Ireland for some years. Thirteen learners were awarded the FETAC Level 4 Major Award in Applied Employment Skills while all the others were awarded minor awards.

Student Clare Stapleton, Animal Care (FETAC Level 5) at The Ormonde College in Kilkenny has really enjoyed the experience. “As the weeks and months went by my self esteem and confidence grew. I am now travelling to Kilkenny every day to college, doing the only thing I ever wanted to do. I’m working with animals and studying hard and I am so happy to be back today to see the great friends I’ve made in KITE and to thank the wonderful people who have been a massive part of my journey and part of my future career. Thank you.”

Eleven learners were awarded IT Skills Certificates at Level 4. Two learners are studying Business Studies, Healthcare (FETAC Level 5) in St. Ailbe’s in Tipperary Town and the Access course in the University of Limerick.

“Tonight is a very proud night for us all, we applaud your commitment and hard work,” said Josephine O’Donnell (Course Coordinator).

One of the learners has secured employment on a Community Employment scheme and five others have also have secured employment.

Sara Bourke (Training & Education Coordinator) was delighted with the success of the programmes. “Community Education is all about supporting people to develop new skills and to reach their true potential. Tonight we see people who have been transformed by the experience, overcoming obstacles and working towards realizing their dream of a new future for themselves and their families. Thanks to all the staff in Knockanrawley, who contribute so much to each and every learner.”