Under the Social Inclusion and Community Activation Programme (SICAP), Leitrim Development Company will support individuals and marginalised target groups experiencing educational disadvantage so they can participate full, engage with and progress through life-long learning opportunities.
1)To identify and provide information on learning supports available to individuals experiencing educational disadvantage
Leitrim Development Company carries out pre-support work which serves as the first step to progression within the education continuum. The company focuses on those furthest from the education and training system particularly those who have an educational attainment of leaving certificate or less. Pre-support involves meeting individuals on a one-to-one basis to provide guidance and information on education supports and learning opportunities. A personal action plan is then developed with each individual which is tailored to fit their needs and it will be updated on an on-going basis. Leitrim Development Company also holds a number of information seminars which focus on lifelong learning opportunities. The aim of the seminars is to provide educational and career guidance to individuals who are interested in returning to education. All learning levels will be catered for including those with literacy and numeracy difficulties. Individuals will be invited to make an appointment to have a one-to-one meeting to gain more information and access quality learning opportunities which suits their needs.
2)To support individuals from target groups experiencing educational disadvantage to participate in life long learning opportunities.
Through pre-support work and personal action plans, Leitrim Development Company assists individuals to identify life-long learning opportunities. Leitrim Development Company link with Mayo, Sligo and Leitrim ETB to deliver a range of courses throughout the county which are designed to improve employability. Priority is given to individuals who left the education system with little or no qualifications and individuals who derived less benefit while participating in the formal education system.
3) To provide supports to children and young people from target groups who are at risk of early school leaving and/or not in education, employment or training (NEETs).
Leitrim Development Company supports and assists the delivery and running of afterschool services throughout County Leitrim. Training is provided to afterschool staff to equip them with the necessary skills to provide a service which responds to the needs of children. Leitrim Development Company also supports extra-curricular activities to help the children attending the services develop emotionally, intellectually,
socially and physically. Summer projects are carried out with various youth groups throughout the summer months. These projects target disadvantaged children and young people who are at risk of early school leaving but are part of broadly based summer projects. The projects engage children in informal learning activities which endeavour to improve their personal and social development and have a broader impact on their learning abilities.
Leitrim Development Company will run in-school programmes in 2016 to encourage children and young people to remain in education. The programmes will offer students who may not be academically minded to engage in learning experiences that is not part of the standard curriculum but rather complement the work that is being done in the classroom. In-school programmes will encourage active lifestyle; build confidence and self-esteem as well as providing the opportunity to build on individual strengths and capabilities. Children and young people will get the opportunity to explore interests, foster new skills and solve problems. It is hoped that in-school programmes will motivate individuals to learn both in and outside the classroom environment and thus remain in education. Leitrim Development Company will also explore the option of detached youth work, which is a distinct form of work with young people. It takes place on young people’s own territory such as streets, cafes, parks and pubs at times that are appropriate to them and on their terms.