Laois Partnership Company held their annual QQI Awards Ceremony on Thursday, November 24 in the Parish Centre, Portlaoise.
Mrs. Josephine Sutton and Mr. Michael Cobbe, Board Members of Laois Partnership Company, presented students with over 150 QQI awards in Information Technology, Healthcare, Horticulture, Culinary and HACCP training.
The training courses were delivered under the Back to Education Training Initiative (BTEI) and the Laois Partnership Company’s Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP). In 2016, Laois Partnership extended the training programme, to deliver a total of 21 QQI certified training modules. The additional courses were designed to facilitate entry onto two new full-time Local Training Initiative Programmes, in Catering Support at Mountmellick Further Education Centre and Employment Skills at the Macra Hall in Mountrath. These LTI programmes are supported by the LOETB.
Catherine Cowap, Social Inclusion Manager with Laois Partnership Company, thanked the Department of Education and Laois/Offaly Education and Training Board for providing funding for the training courses under the Back to Education Initiative. She extended special thanks to Tony Dalton, Director of Further Education and Training Services and also to Teresa Mc Evoy, Community Education Facilitator at Laois/Offaly Education and Training Board. Catherine also acknowledged the work undertaken by the board and staff of Laois Partnership Company including the Job Club and Mentoring Services for ongoing assistance provided to students. Catherine congratulated all students on their achievements and wished them every success in the future. She extended special congratulations to those students who had achieved a QQI Level 5 Major Award in Healthcare Services.
Mary Kelly, Training and Employment Officer at Laois Partnership Company, thanked training providers: New Approach, Ballycommon Training Centre, Lir Business Centre, Hughes Consultancy & Training and About Hygiene and tutors Paul Dalton and Canice Conroy. She also thanked Jason Delaney, from Respond! Housing Association, for use of premises at Millcourt Community Centre. Mary said she looked forward to seeing many of the students again in 2017 as Laois Partnership Company begins new training.