Tánaiste and Dublin West TD Joan Burton attended a graduation ceremony in Santry today for fourteen young participants of the Keelings Positive2Work skills programme, which helps 18 to 24 year olds who are out of work prepare for employment, through work placements and classroom-based learning.
The programme, organised in partnership with the Tánaiste’s Department of Social Protection and the local job centre in Ballymun, sees participants attend two full classroom days per week over six weeks on the Keelings site. They also complete a one day on the job experience to achieve a FETAC level 4 certification.
The Tánaiste said: “I want to extend my congratulations to the participants who are graduating today, and who have shown admirable commitment and determination over the course of their training.
“It’s an excellent achievement to go back into education, do the work experience and get qualifications. When you go to employers, they will and they should be impressed that you’ve done this work and achieved all this.
“The combination of work placement and classroom activities are hugely beneficial. With unemployment continuing to fall and job creation picking up, we are determined to provide every opportunity for young people seeking work. With that in mind I commend the work by Keelings to provide this kind of job training and work experience opportunities.”