Katrina Curry is a current Tús participant who has taken the opportunity to follow her goal.  After her previous place of employment had been sold, Katrina looked at what her next steps would be.

I had completed a Business & I.T course after completing my Leaving Cert, but after several interviews I was always told I didn’t have enough experience. I spent 11 years working in my parents bar until it was sold but always wanted to pursue an administrative role using the knowledge I gained at college”

With the help of Carlow County Development Partnership, a Tús placement was found within Katrina’s local community in the Forward Steps Resource Centre that would allow Katrina to work in an administrative role as a receptionist.  The placement started in September 2016 and is currently on going.

“In my 9 months here,  I have picked up all the skills needed for running a reception area from answering phones, typing, post, ordering stationary & supplies, invoicing & helping with event management.”

Katrina was appointed a Tús supervisor who was able to utilize  funding provided to help Katrina to upskill.  The TESG grant  is available to all Tús participants to use towards training that may help the participant to further improve their skills in order to better their chances in employment.

“Thanks to my Tús supervisor I have begun an online Business & Finance Diploma course. We sourced the course online and my supervisor helped me apply for my TESG grant which funded it. This is something which I couldn’t have afforded on my own. I hope this will help me secure full time employment when my placement  is complete. It gives me the options of a career in banking, admin or insurance.”

Katrina has found in her placement a place where she is happy, motivated and enjoying what the Tús Scheme opportunity has brought her.  Not only is she recognized as a key member of staff but has helped create friendships

“What I really love about my placement is the people! From day 1 I was made feel welcome and part of the team straight away. Whether you are a full time, part time, CE scheme or Tús worker everyone is treated the same. I have made many friends for life here at forward steps who have all made my time enjoyable. The time is going by way too fast.  I will be sad the day I have to say goodbye to all my work buddies, if I could stay longer I would.”

At the time of writing Katrina has another 3 months on the Tús scheme. After that she will have to vacate for the opportunity to be available to someone else.