New plan to help teens to boost skills

Youth Employment mentors Breda Dowling, Tralee, Louise Kiely, Killarney and Michelle Rowan, Listowel, at the KDYS in Killarney.
Picture: Sally MacMonagle

A NEW initiative aimed at enhancing opportunities for teenagers seeking employment, education or training has been launched by the Kerry Diocesan Youth Service.

The Youth Employability Initiative (YEI) was established in order to support young people at risk of being furthest from the labour market.

The programme has been split into three projects, which are located in Killarney, Tralee and Listowel with the project funded by the Department of Children and Youth Affairs (DCYA) and administered through Kerry ETB.

The purpose of this initiative is to work with 16 to 18-year-olds to assist them in ascertaining and developing an array of skills that will increase and improve their level of opportunity for future employment.

The work will be carried out on both a one-one basis with the young person and also in a group setting – where appropriate – and it will be tailored to the needs of each individual participant.

Participants must be between the ages of 16 and 18, live within the relevant catchment area and they must not currently be in education, training or employment.

The Killarney YEI mentor is Louise Kiely and she can be contacted on 085-8720362 or email: [email protected].

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