Graduates equipped for healthcare roles

Graduates have a strong platform to secure full-time employment in the health care sector

THE first graduates of an initiative through which jobseekers were equipped with the skills required to build careers in social care were honoured at a ceremony in the Killarney Plaza Hotel on Friday.

Having participated in a Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection, Health and Social Care programme, they received certificates in QQI Level 5 in Health Care Support from Neil Kelly, principal officer with the department .

The programme was made available to local jobseekers through a community employment initiative in the healthcare sector.  They were offered the opportunity to undertake the major award QQI5 in Health Care Support to complement the work experience they were receiving.

This, together with their QQI5 certificates, provides them with a strong platform to secure full-time employment in the health care sector.

A total of 13 participants from Killarney, Killorglin, Rathmore and Kilgarvan were the first to complete the course in which has led to them progressing into employment in the health care sector.

A total of 13 participants from Killarney, Killorglin, Rathmore and Kilgarvan were the first to complete the course in which has led to them progressing into employment in the health care sector.

There are a further  21 participants currently undertaking the Health Care Support course in Tralee, nine in Caherciveen and a further 15 have recently commenced a second course in Killarney.

Guidelines for participation were revised this year and the community employment scheme is now open to eligible jobseekers from age 21 upwards.  An opportunity to undertake a major award is also available to participants.

Positions are currently available throughout the county and cover very varied roles from health Care support to childcare, horticulture and tourism to administration and many other varied roles.  Vacancies arise through the year and people who are interested can find full details on www.jobsireland.ie.

The Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection supports 44 Community Schemes in Kerry with an investment of upwards of €20 million provided this year towards the development and progression opportunities for social welfare recipients.

For further information on the health care Initiative on Community Employment contact Sean Dineen, CE Supervisor on 087-7466285 or [email protected].

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