Kildare and Wicklow ETB Newsletter Issue 8 - Page 14

KWETB were successful in their application under the Dormant Accounts Fund (Disadvantaged Youth Employment Initiative) to run a programme for young unemployed people in Bray and Arklow.

The programme, a partnership between KWETB and Youth Services; Department of Social Protection and employers in the two towns will combine delivery of informal and formal training and support for young vulnerable people with a strong youth work methodology and an interagency approach in the two localities, with linkages to local employers.

The first Steering Group meeting took place in February. Members of the group, pictured are: Ray Meade (DSP, Arklow), Stephen Fitzgerald (DSP, Bray), Deirdre Whitfield (Wicklow County Council), Alison Fox (Youth Officer), Ann McGovern (Chambers of Commerce), Catherine Byrne (Adult Education Officer), Yvonne Murray and Thomas Murphy (Connect Bray Youth Services), Mary Mooty (FET Project Officer). Also present was Linda Lambert, The Vault, Arklow.

The project provides an opportunity for KWETB and Youth Services to pilot an innovative approach to tackling youth unemployment in both areas, particularly young people farthest from the labour market.

Working in Partnership

Both Kildare and Wicklow County Council are in the process of writing and publishing their Local Economic and Community Plans (LECP). The purpose of these integrated six year plans is to build a strategic framework for economic and community development for each County in partnership with other Stakeholders.

KWETB prepared submissions to both

plans and attended consultation events and Stakeholder meetings. The submissions inform not only the LECP, but also the County Development Plans and Local Development Strategies.

Many of the Actions under the Plans will be carried out in partnership with KWETB and other Agencies and Organistions.

View copies of the plans for Wicklow and Kildare

Dormant Accounts Fund