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SECAD Noticeboard Week 3 Novemebr 2012

SECAD Noticeboard Week 3 Novemebr 2012

SECAD Noticeboard

Last Friday was an historic day for South and East Cork Area Development as the brand new ‘Training and Mentoring Centre’ was officially opened by Minister Simon Coveney.

The installation of a brand new hi tec computer training room as well as meeting room facilities and a multi-purpose training room too for groups, entrepreneurs and organisations is a clear indication of the progress that is being made by the regions local development company.

The official opening was an opportunity to showcase the brand new SECAD addition to the original building at the Owenacurra Business Park in Knockgriffin in Midleton.


Minister Simon Coveney with Ryan Howard CEO of SECAD in the new IT Training Room

CEO of SECAD Ryan Howard said “It is fantastic to have the support of the Minister and it is an honour to have him officially unveil the plaque on this special occasion for us and on days like today I want to pay tribute to the people who first had the bravery and the vision to open a place like the Owenacurra Business Park, because it is well and truly our home here in the South and East Cork region. Our doors are always open to everyone and we encourage entrepreneurs and people who have enterprise ideas to come to speak to our staff here at SECAD. I want to thank John Horgan the Chairman of the Board of Directors here at SECAD, the board members, the many dedicated volunteers, plus all our staff here at SECAD for their continued support”.

Also present at SECAD last Friday afternoon were David Stanton TD, Sandra McClellan TD, Mayor of Cork County Barbara Murray and Mayor of Midleton Town Council Ted McCarthy. Speaking during the day John Horgan said “The facilities here now are second to none. We can see the benefits that groups are getting from the use of those facilities, be it training or development groups using our rooms here. We are very much part of the community here at SECAD and as we stretch from Crosshaven to Midleton and from Midleton to Youghal we want to reach all parts of that community”.

Minister Simon Coveney said “Places like SECAD are an example of what can be achieved in the areas of Rural Development and in the areas of business and enterprise. I have to compliment Ryan and his team for the excellent professional way they go about their business here at SECAD and I am delighted to be here today to open what are excellent facilities”.


For further information on the event itself, there will soon be a recorded film, marking the special occasion. This film will soon be on the South and East Cork Area Development website www.secad.ie

On-going information and training at SECAD.

Towards Occupation Programme

Towards Occupation is designed to help participants who are out of work for a long period of time and/ or have suffered a set-back in life and want to get active again for work or social purposes.

It is also aimed at people who are experiencing emotional and/or mental challenges and need to boost their confidence & self-esteem

This ten-week course will include life skills, personal/skills Assessment & Development, Creative Arts, Practical Skills, Introduction to Employment Supports and is tailored to suit the interests and needs of the group.

Towards Occupation training dates:

Delivered through our community partners in Ballincollig, Midleton & Youghal

Midleton FRC                                     –           01 October – 07 December 2012

Ballincollig FRC                                 –           21 September – 07 December 2012

Cumann na Daoine, Youghal  –           07 November – January 2013


GROW – “Your Mental Health & Taking Care of It”

This 2 week course delivered by GROW is for people who maybe feeling isolated, stressed or not coping with everyday things in general.

It will help participant to learn about and understand their own mental health and also learn about stress and managing stress.  The course is open to anyone over 18 and will include an overview on mental health, identifying triggers, managing stress, self-esteem, building resilience, support networks, recovery and growth.

Youghal                      –           20 & 27 Sept 2012

Ballincollig                  –           Sept-Oct 2012


AIR² – Am I Ready; Am I Right Business Start Up Programme

10 Module Business Start-up Programme with FETAC accreditation option delivered in conjunction with DSP.  The first three sessions help you identify your entrepreneurial traits, assess whether you are ready to be your own boss, identify training gaps, set goals, assess your business idea. You can opt out of the course after 3 sessions.

The final seven sessions cover business planning, assessment of commercial viability of your business idea, legal, financial, networking and marketing aspects of setting up your business.


AIR² training dates:

Cobh               – 08 October to 16 November 2012 (Monday & Tuesday am)

Midleton         – 08 October to 16 November 2012 (Monday & Friday pm)


AIR² Mentor Support Programme

All participants on the AIR² Programme can access up to 10 hours of mentoring.  The Mentor panel is comprised of business experts and specialists in areas such as sales and marketing, financial management, taxation, legal, web design and internet technology, etc.

The mentor sessions attached to this training group can be accessed November 2012 to January 2013.


Catalyst Women in Business Project

Funded by Equality for Women Measure

Training and Network supports for women setting up a business, women in business.

Annual Region Networking Event taking place on Wed 21 November 2012 @ Radission BLU Hotel, Little Island.


One to One Employment Support Service

One-to-one supports for people who are long term unemployed including career guidance, CV & interview preparation, advice on benefits and supports.

SECAD Office, Midleton                                          –           Every Monday by Appointment

Cumann na Daoine Office, Youghal              –           Every Thursday by Appointment


Sports Development Course

In conjunction with Cork Sports Partnership

This course (2 mornings per week for 6 weeks) examines the fundamentals of developing sports and physical activity programmes and clubs within your community for different ages and levels of ability.

The course has particular focus on modules such as:

Activity Leadership, Code of Ethics, First Aid, Adult Guidance, Personal Development, FAI & GAA Coaching Courses, Practical Skills and much more.

Starting early 2013


Community Forum Development Workshop

The aim of the Workshop is to provide information on some existing Community Forum models of good practice and how these structures have been set up and developed

Thursday 29th November 2012 @ Radisson BLU Hotel, Little Island


First Cut Film Project

Training workshops in film-making for young people held during Summer 2012 targeting support to youth groups to establish Film Hubs in the SECAD area.  Support to First Cut Film Gala in 2012.







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