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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or telephone 021-4877770
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.