Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL)
The PEIL is the sole vehicle through which the European Social Fund is delivered in Ireland. SECAD has been awarded PEIL funding from the Department of Justice and Equality, which involves the delivery of two separate projects, one focusing on ‘Female Entrepreneurship’ and the other focusing on improving ‘Female Employability’ opportunities.
Practically, SECAD is leading a new Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) project to support female entrepreneurs and delivering a Healthcare Assistant Level 5 qualification to boost employment of women in the health care sector.
Female Employability – Healthcare Opportunities Training
SECAD Partnership CLG is a partner in a Healthcare Opportunities Training project with Ballyhoura Development. The Healthcare Opportunities programme is run at various locations throughout Cork and Limerick offering participants the opportunity to gain a Healthcare Assistant Level 5 qualification.
The programme is specifically aimed at women who have been out of the workforce and who are not in receipt of a Jobseekers Allowance (for all other payments, please contact us and we can advise you on eligibility). It appeals to women who are interested in training to work as a care assistant in a care home, community setting or a hospital. The training is free, flexible and an excellent way to upskill and gain a new career option.
The programme is co-funded by the Irish Government through the Dept of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund through the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL). Funding is being provided under the Employability strand of PEIL, to promote gender equality and to create new employment opportunities for women.
Female Entrepreneurship – Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN)
SECAD is leading a new Women’s Rural Entrepreneurial Network (WREN) project to support female entrepreneurs living in Cork and Limerick who have a concrete business idea and wish to become self-employed or who are already in the early stages of business development.
The training programme includes personal development and business skills training, one to one and group mentoring, female ‘role model’ sharing of experience and support, themed networking and experiential learning events, formation and facilitation of the facilitated networking sessions and a range of other supports.
SECAD is working in partnership with Ballyhoura Development in Limerick on its delivery.
The WREN Project is co-funded by the Irish Government through the Dept of Justice and Equality and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) to promote entrepreneurial skills and business start-up amongst women in the region.
View more on the WREN programme here.
‘’I have learned that there is loads of help from SECAD to encourage women to get back to work. I was overwhelmed by the amount of positive energy on the first day and realised how much women have to offer the workforce. Thank you so much.’’
Claire O’ Connor, WREN programme participant