Kickstart ParticipantThe KickStart project work-placement programme is in its third successful year and aims to create personal confidence and improve self-esteem by enabling candidates work through a programme of communications, ICT and project management while progressing on to a work placement project with a local company.

A unique feature of KickStart is the relationship building and matching of candidate to employer and this liaison work is recognised as key to the success of the programme.

Customised TrainingKickStart Award

The customised training is a key factor in giving the candidates industry relevant training and more importantly the confidence to carry out the placements.

Some of the training includes:-

•    Social Media – Facebook and Twitter
•    ECDL Computer Training
•    Project Management
•    Equal Skills Computer Training
•    Communication Training
•    CAD Training
•    CPC training
•    Image And Web Editing

Progress

The KickStart programme in 2014 has so far run three programmes throughout the areas of Kilkenny and Ferrybank. As of July 2014 there have been nearly 40 participants that have graduated from the KickStart programme.

Kickstart Graduates complete latest placement

Kickstart Ferrybank

This work placement programme has seen positive outcomes for candidates that range from securing employment, internships, to returning to Further education.

Participant Testimony

Confidence building is an integral part of the programme and many of the past and present candidates have stated that:-

The most beneficial element for me was confidence building, sales and communications and found the interview techniques very useful”. –participant KickStart Summer 2014

The most beneficial for me was learning more skills, being back in a work environment through my placement after long term unemployed”. –participant KickStart Summer2014.