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South West Mayo - Pathways to Employment through Individualised Revival Skills Training and Support Programme

The Equality for Women Measure (EWM) is a positive action programme for women who reside in areas of socio-economic disadvantage which aims to foster gender equality. The primary aim of the programme is to provide women who are currently outside the labour market with the skills and qualifications to enable them to enter or return to work.

Using EWM funding, South West Mayo Development Company developed the Pathways to Employment through Individualised Revival Skills Training and Support Programme. The programme was three dimensional with emphasis centred on participants' ambitions and helping them achieve their career goals and aspirations through individualised career growth plans involving one-on-one career conversations that were focused and specific to each participant. Understanding their needs and requirements was fundamental to exploring employment opportunities with them.

This was underpinned through the delivery of a FETAC level 3 certified training module in career preparation.

The support element of the programme required the participants to work with a mentor in a navigational relationship enhancing personal and professional growth which focused on career development, and personal growth.

The project was delivered in three rounds:

  • Round One: November 2010 - June 2011
  • Round Two: October 2011 - April 2012
  • Round Two Plus: July 2012 - November 2012.

Over this period of time, 127 women have participated in this training and support programme and have received FETAC certification.

Follow up with participants from Round One indicate that one year later, of the 38 participants 42% had progressed into employment or back to education.

At the end of year two, Minister of State Kathleen Lynch TD, acknowledged the value of this project and the importance of self-worth and confidence  for women returning to the workplace.

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