Awards ceremony tinged with sadness as FAS CE Scheme participants face uncertain future

There was an awards ceremony for members of the Sean Kelly Sport s Centre’s Community Employment Culture and Sports Project last week.

There was an awards ceremony for members of the Sean Kelly Sport s Centre’s Community Employment Culture and Sports Project last week.

CE Scheme Supervisor Vicki Wells welcomed Mayor of Carrick-on-Suir Cllr Patsy Fitzgerald; Michael Ormonde, Assistant Manager FAS Community Services in the South East Region; Richard Grant, Development Officer; project sponsors and the participants who had completed the various courses.

Cllr Fitzgerald, who is also Chairman of the CE Culture and Sports Scheme, said it was a pleasant occasion, but he expressed concern about the future following the 2012 budget proposals.

Michael Ormonde said this should be a happy occasion but it was a sad day because of the uncertainty relating to the future of Community Employment Schemes.

He said training has been an integral part of CE Schemes.

He congratulated all the participants and urged them to advance as much as possible through the FETAC system.

Mr Ormond complimented the participants on their commitment to the Scheme and he confirmed that the existing contracts will continue until the next roll over date.

Richard Grant also congratulated the participants on the awards they achieved and commended them on the excellent work they perform.

He thanked the sponsors Emby, Patsy and Jack and complimented the scheme Supervisor Vicki Wells and Assistant Supervisor Joanne Murphy on the range of courses and employment opportunities they sourced for the participants.

The awards certificates included FETAC levels 3, 4 and 5; Manual Handling; Fire Drill; Athletic Coaching; Internet and E-mail; ECDL; Basic Bookeeping; Customer Care; Safe Pass; Child Welfare; Assistant Swim Teaching; Pool Lifeguarding; Retail Selling; Sage Payroll; Website Design and Maintenance; Make up; Health and Fitness.