The achievement of people availing of a second chance education opportunity was recognised by the Mayor of Clonmel Cllr.Billy Shoer who accorded a reception to learners at the Clonmel Youth Training Enterprise.
The Mayor,who presented training certificates at the town hall reception, praised the learners and said that the confidence they would have gained during the last two years would be of great benefit to them .He said that the FETAC qualification they had achieved was nationally recognised and would be of great help to them as they went about trying to secure employment.
Ellen O’Donnell, Manager of Clonmel Youth Training Enterprise said that the reception was an occasion to
recognise achievement, celebrate success, and look towards the future .
She told the audience that historically CYTE had a very good record of success achievement working with early school leavers.
“Ireland’s further education and training system faces major challenges at a time of severe economic crisis. The unprecedented level of unemployment – 14.8% of our labour force is unemployed – has resulted in significantly increased demand for education and training. More and more people are seeking to upskill or reskill in order to re-enter the labour market and the need to upskill those who have lost their jobs has become obvious to us all. The Government is re-inventing Ireland’s economy so that it is competitive, sustainable and provides opportunities for all to secure employment. The State has a fundamental role in this challenge and there is a particular need to respond with activation measures that provide clear and purposeful pathways to employment, either directly or via further and higher education and training.
Earlier this year, the Government published ‘Pathways to Work’ a blueprint to increase the employability of job seekers and to encourage them to be more active in their efforts to find work. In tandem with the commitments made in Pathways to Work, the Government has decided to radically reform and restructure the Further Education and the Training system so that it can enjoy restored public confidence, provide courses that are relevant to learners, industry and society.
A new Further Education and Training Authority, to be known as SOLAS, is to be established to oversee funding and policy direction for the Further Education and Training sector.
Funding will be delivered through the 16 new Education and Training Boards. I understand the CTCS will continue to deliver a service to the early school leavers under the direction of the VECs
Change and continuous improvement is a constant. I have no doubt CYTE will be ready and up for the challenge.” she said.
John Lonergan (Chairman of the board of CYTE) thanked the Mayor of Clonmel for the use of the town hall for this special occasion, he thanked the staff for their patient dedication and commitment to the learners and second chance education. He gave a special word of thanks to FAS, main funding agent and the VEC.
Eamon Mc Gettigan (assistant manager community services FAS) stated how important achieving a full FETAC award is. He stated that engagement in education and training is the key to progression and to getting a job or progressing their chosen career. Eamon thanked the manager the staff and the board for the long commitment and service that CYTE has given to early school leavers in South Tipperary. FAS has been the main funder for CTC programmes. He congratulated the learners and wished them success in their futures.