Careers rarely develop the way we plan them. Our career path often takes many twists and turns, with particular events, choices and people influencing our direction.

We asked Liz O'Toole from Bord Iascaigh Mhara to give some advice for people considering this job:

 

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Youthreach



This video provides an excellent overview of what Youthreach is all about....

Youthreach is a Department of Education and Skills official education, training and work experience programme. It offers a flexible programme of education, vocational training and work experience for 15 to 20 year olds who have left school early, without any formal qualifications. Youthreach supports young people  to identify options within adult life, and provides them with opportunities to acquire certification. 

Youthreach generally operates a  2 year programme on a full time year round basis, and delivers 35 hours Education and training per week for 45 weeks. Youthreach centres are managed by Education and Training Boards (ETBs) and SOLAS Community Training Centres.

A Training Allowance is paid to Youthreach trainees, depending on age.

The Youthreach programme is delivered through Centres for Education, Community Training Centres and Justice Workshops.

To view some testimonials from some 2016 Wicklow YouthReach participants see: click here 

For further information visit www.youthreach.ie

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  Hint: St. Michael's House
As part of St Michael's house we are sent on training in various areas relevant to our job. These include First Aid, Manual Handling, Challenging Behaviour Training, Sexual Abuse Training, Training in Individual Personal Plans (which are each clients individual yearly goals) and Health and Safety training.

I personally have an interest in Bereavement Counselling and plan to undertake the course provided by this organisation when possible. Outside of work I am completing a Foundation Certificate in Psychotherapy and Counselling as it continues to be an area of special interest for me.

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