The second Driving Forward training programme to have taken place in Co. Leitrim concluded last week in Ballinamore.
Participants were awarded certificates in recognition of successfully completing a variety of practical courses on the programme.
The certificates were presented to the participants by the Cathaoirleach of Leitrim County Council, Councillor Paddy O Rourke and Paul Kirkpatrick, Community Development Officer from Leitrim County Council.
Similar to the first Driving Forward programme that took place in Manorhamilton last December, nine persons in the 18 to 25 age group took part in the six weeks of training designed to allow the participants to gain new practical skills and qualifications in a variety of areas including sports coaching, first aid and computers. An important reoccurring theme on the training highlighted the importance of team work, session planning and preparation.
The new qualifications will help to enhance the participants CV’s while increasing their employability and confidence levels. The skills gained on the programme will also help the participants to contribute to future community sports programmes in their own areas.
Over the course of the training programme the participants earned 67 new qualifications from the various courses.
The courses included, FAI Kick Start 1 & 2 Soccer Coaching, Gaelic Football Foundation Award, Emergency First Aid and AED training, Safe Pass and Manual Handling training as well as Computer training, Basic English tuition and CV preparation.
Participants also completed the popular Active Leadership course and the Code of Ethics course.
The 18-25 age group that was focused on by the Driving Forward programme was one of the sections of the population to have been most adversely affected by high unemployment.
The Driving Forward programme helps give a boost to the participants by providing valuable training that can help to improve the employment prospects of young people in rural communities.
Completing the programme will also allow some of the participants to progress onto further training and encourage the development of future community leaders.
Driving Forward is funded by the International Fund for Ireland.