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Lisburn YMCA

posted 21 Jun 2010, 05:47 by J S Turner

The centre offers a wide range of accredited training programmes designed to deal with the barriers that prevent many unemployed adults in progressing to full time employment.  De-motivation and negativity characterise many of our clients who avail of the centre. 

The YMCA works in partnership with a wide range of statutory and voluntary organisations to help assist the unemployed to make that transition to full time employment.  The main aims and objectives of the Essential Skills project is to provide Literacy, Numeracy and Family Learning classes to participants from disadvantaged areas within the Targeting Social Needs wards of the Greater Lisburn Area.

 All participants are encouraged to work towards a recognised accredited qualification at CCEA Entry Level and Levels 1 and 2 of the Adult Core Curriculum.  The main aims and objectives of the Back To Work programme is to place participants in a working environment so they can gain relevant experience and improve their employability prospects.  In addition to gaining a qualification, work experience, confidence building, improving social skills and motivating participants to focus on a life goal are also promoted as important elements of the learning experience. Providing a pathway to employment or further education is also an important objective underpinning the aims of the project.

Courses Available

Basic IT Introduction (OCR)


Text and Word Processing (OCR)


Adult Literacy (CCEA)

Adult Numeracy (CCEA)

Open College Network accredited programmes

Various NVQ’s

Recognised International GCSE Centre

“Women Only Programme”

The Lisburn YMCA recognises the barriers impeding women from entering and progressing the labour market are, to mention a few, low pay due to tenderising of jobs, child care provision, unreasonable working hours, unfriendly family packages, sexism, glass ceiling and glass walls. YMCA also recognises not all women have the same opportunity to access facilities and services equally. (Gender Mainstreaming – Gender Equality Unit OFMDFM) therefore “Socio-economic status is also an important factor in educational performance, girls/boys who leave school with few or no qualifications are likely to follow stereotypically gendered paths.” (Gender Equality – Indicators for N.I. Jan 2004) Whilst the YMCA welcomes everyone to the project, it is the those who are most in need, marginalised and dis-advantaged, due to their socio/economic circumstances, geographical background that this project identifies. The project also identifies that young and older women, lone parents, the employed and unemployed who are not ready for mainstream training due to their lack of essential skills, and/or have been outside the world of education also creates a barrier to entry and progression within the labour market.  

STEP - Support Training and Enterprise Programme

posted 21 Jun 2010, 05:43 by J S Turner   [ updated 15 Jun 2012, 02:45 by Tom Kent ]

STEP was launched in 1989 as a pre-vocational training programme for 18-25 year olds who were both educationally disadvantaged and long term unemployed.  The  programme is aimed at Early school leavers’ who frequently remain on the margins of the labour force often hindered by weak interpersonal skills, poor qualifications, a lack of confidence and consequent poor motivation.

Over its 23 years STEP has always sought to be flexible so that it can respond to the needs of young people.  In the area of Technology it has recently introduced an Intranet site for  STEP trainees where they can register on-line, maintain their training records as well as participate in an on-line community with STEP trainees from around Ireland.  U Connect, a solution focused, model allows young people to set goals for their lives in a number of areas and in the area of teaching methodologies, most of the centres now have interactive whiteboards which are proving to be very popular for trainers and trainees alike! The programme offers accreditation through the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) and FETAC along with soft skills training.

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 Where is the programme run?
Bantry, Cobh and Ballincollig in Co Cork.  Cork City, Dublin City and Letterkenny Co Donegal.
For more information please email or telephone 021-4877770

STEP locations in Ireland

A new opportunity for young women - Cork WOT!

posted 21 Jun 2010, 05:39 by J S Turner

For the last decade, Cork City YMCA has been involved in running a second chance education and training programme aimed at young women. It is based in the Mahon area of Cork City and it aims at providing a range of personal development and training opportunities for young women in the 18-25 age group who have few or no qualifications. A range of modules are accredited by external bodies such as FETAC and ECDL.The course has consistently shown high levels of progression into full time education/training or employment.

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