Labour Market Activation: Targeted supports to Tús participants

As part of a person-centered approach to individuals who are seeking to get back into the workplace, Carlow County Development Partnership seeks to provide a comprehensive training and support programme to our clients on our Tus scheme,  through a collaborative interdepartmental approach. As part of this, we offer an  an ongoing series of training days entitled 'Road to Work' which is facilitated by Lucy Stevenson (Tus Supervisor), Fergal Bolger (Tus Supervisor) and Dylan Thomas (Education and social Inclusion Specialist, SICAP). These training sessions have received very positive feedback and are part of a structured support system, enabling participants to re-acquaint themselves witht he demands of the working environment.

Community Development: Information and Awareness Roadshow: Bagenalstown



The Information Roadshow which is traveling around the different towns and villages of the county, giving details of  services which are available, arrived in Bagenalstown today.  Carlow County Development Partnership were delighted to be involved along with the PPN, Citizens Information Services, the Volunteer Center, Adult Guidance Services, Carlow Library Services, the Gardai and the Ring a Link Bus service. The Citizens Information bus was here and the information stands were set up inside the Credit Union

In a rural county like Carlow there is a need to move services out from the main towns to rural areas and villages in order to ensure that citizens are fully informed as to their rights and the services available to them.


Labour Market Activation: Tús and VISUAL Centre


The VISUAL Centre for Contemporary Art is the largest gallery space in Ireland, with 4 galleries and a 330 seater theatre space. Opened in 2009, the arts centre presents national and international art and theatre to a local and national audience. There are up to 15 staff working in VISUAL across many departments and the gallery is underpinned by a vision to create a space for audiences, artists and communities to engage with, explore and be inspired by contemporary art and performance.

For the last 3 years, Tús and VISUAL have worked together to enable young people develop their skills within an arts setting. Participants have spent a year on an internship learning about marketing, box office, front of house, gallery administration, hosting workshops, curation and digital marketing activities. These skills have given the participants a solid foundation in understanding how an organization works, how an arts venue is run and also working across many disciplines. Participants have gone on to get work in VISUAL, based on their internship. The current Tús Supervisor responsible for VISUAL is Lucy Stevenson

This collaboration is a good example of the value of the Tús programme to the arts and cultural life of the county.

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Labour Market Activation: Mock Interviews in the Carlow Jobs Club

One of the challenges facing job-seekers is the length of time they have been out of the processes involved in getting a job, such as designing a CV, filling in Application Forms and getting past an Interview. Mock interviews respond to one of these challenges by providing candidates with an opportunity to test out their interview skills with someone who isn’t evaluating them for an actual job. Mock interviews also help job seekers clarify responses to certain questions and work on areas where they may have weaknesses. Furthermore, whereas in a real interview, feedback is not always forthcoming, the mock interview allows the interviewee ask questions, hear how to improve,  and where to focus their answers.

As part of its 3 week Group Programme the Carlow Jobs Club held Mock interviews this Easter week, where each participant on the programme took part in a half hour session. The Interview panel was made up of members of the Carlow business and academic community who generously give of their time every three weeks to assist the programme in this way. The interviews are also video-recorded, and participants have the option of looking at their performance afterwards, to see aspects such as posture and Body language, as well as noting the answers given in the interview setting.

If you have any questions about finding a job, or would like help in any way with your CV or preparing for an interview just call into the Jobs Club. Its opening hours are 9 - 1.00 and 2.00 - 5.00

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Labour Market Activation: Tús work benefiting the Community: Queen of the Universe National School, Bagenalstown

One of the positive aspects of the Tús Programme is the fact that it benefits both the participant and the community where the participant is placed.  The participant gains valuable work experience and skills as well as a supportive structure on the path to full-time employment. The sponsoring body and wider community benefits from the work done by the Tús worker and by their contribution to the service provided by the body.

A very good example of this can be seen in the work done in the Queen of the Universe National School, Bagenalstown. As part of the Tidy Towns assessment of the town, it was felt that the area in which the school was located needed to be “softened”  through the addition of flowers and trees. The school was identified as an ideal way to do this, thus benefiting both the school and the wider community.

As the photographs show, the outside area has been transformed through the skills of the Tús workers, under the guidance and support of their Supervisor, Fergal. New planting areas were designed and laid down, raised beds installed, vegetables planted and even an insect hotel was built. The area was transformed into a much brighter and creative space, providing valuable ecological learning opportunities as befits a school setting. A huge congratulations to all involved.

If you wish to find out more about Tús or see how you can become a Tús participant, check out the “Programmes” part of the website.

Labour Market Activation: New Jobs Club Programme starts

A new  Jobs Club Group Programme with 9 participants started this morning in the Jobs Club Premises at 9 The Royal Mews,  Dublin St.,  Carlow. The 3 week programme is designed to prepare participants for success in job interviews, and does this by covering areas such as telling the life story, identifying your strengths, how to successfully apply for a job, CV preparation and interview practice. Previous participants have found the programme to be of huge benefit in sharpening their skills in preparation for interviews or in raising motivation and confidence following a period of inactivity. The Jobs Club is funded by the Department of Social Protection.

If you are a job-seeker and would like to take part on the Programme, talk to your Intreo Case Worker who will nominate you onto the Course.

Further Labour Market Activation training for Tús participants

12 Tús participants took part in Handheld Pesticide training on Monday March 6th which is being delivered over 3 weeks by Hughes Consultancy and Training, as part of our on-going commitment to up-skilling of Tús participants and making them more job ready. Tús placements provide valuable work experience and Carlow County Development Partnership is committed to providing a range of Labour Market Activation  training supports to all the participants on the Tús programmes.

If you are interested in becoming a Tús participant check out Tús in the “Programmes” section of this website. If you are a Tús participant talk to your Supervisor about training options.