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Gateway to Progression (Project Completed March 2015)

Under the Department of Employment and Learning (DEL) Collaboration and Innovation Fund this project targets young women between 16 and 24 who are not in education, employment or training. The focus of the programme is to support these young women and intervene early to re-engage with the world of learning and/ or work with the most appropriate form of education, employment or training to enhance their transferable skills and employment prospects.

The programme will have be built around the needs of both the group work ethos and the individual participants.

Core Element's of the programme will include

Building an Individual Action Plan covering, preparation for training and employment, CV building, Interview techniques, Job search techniques and creating a record of achievement.

All participants will be encouraged to progress to accredited training including Essential Skills in Maths and English and Basic IT through programmes like ESF.

Opportunities will be offered in mentoring, active citizenship and volunteering.

This programme will be linked with the Careers service, local schools, educational welfare and Further education and training providers to ensure that a wrap around support network is available to these young people with the support of the local partners and beyond the lifespan of the programme.

Kilcooley Womens Centre aims to promote this project to the hardest to reach women within the North Down area.

For more information on this project contact Lynne Bloomfield - Tel 02891478292 or email lynne@kilcooleywomenscentre.co.uk.