Longford VEC’s Guidance Service can provide first steps back into workforce

The seventh national Adult Learners’ Festival in association with Aontas and the Vocational Education Committee (VEC) takes place from February 25 to March 2 next. In the run-up to the celebrations, the Longford Leader in conjunction with Longford VEC is examining the Adult Education service in Longford and speaking to the people who have availed of that service.

The seventh national Adult Learners’ Festival in association with Aontas and the Vocational Education Committee (VEC) takes place from February 25 to March 2 next. In the run-up to the celebrations, the Longford Leader in conjunction with Longford VEC is examining the Adult Education service in Longford and speaking to the people who have availed of that service.

One person who availed of the guidance service at Co Longford VEC in recent times was Ken Horgan. Originally from Cork, Ken has been living in Tarmonbarry for the past six years. “When I moved to Longford, I had no problem getting work, but it was the end of the boom,” he said, adding that he had been employed in the same firm for 12 years in Cork before he headed for Longford. “Soon I was out of work and I came across the guidance service here at Longford VEC on the internet.”

Not sure where he was going to go to from there, Ken made an appointment to meet with Mary Farrell and discussed his options. “I didn’t know if I wanted a career change or if I was going to go back to college, but after speaking with me, Mary suggested doing a Supervision Management Skills Course – it was brilliant. Not only did I learn new skills, we were also taught I to deal with stress and all sorts of other business aspects. I made so many new friends as well.”

Ken went on to say that the course tutor - Helen Johnston – also proved very helpful and supportive. e. “When I came to the Mary Farrell, my confidence was down and I was out of work, now I have my confidence back and am very motivated, “Ken continued. “It was great meeting new people, people that I gelled very well with, and I actually secured work while I was on the course. I believe that once you ask for help, there is help there for you – it’s all about taking that first step and when I did Co Longford VEC Guidance Service was there for me.”

County Longford Adult Educational Guidance Service is an inter-agency initiative funded by the Department of Education and Science through County Longford VEC. This ‘First Step’ service offers a comprehensive, professional guidance service to the returning adult learner and is both free and confidential. It offers educational and career guidance on a one-to-one and group basis and is located Battery Road, Longford. It is open Monday – Thursday from 9:30am to 5pm and on Friday’s from 9:30am to 4pm. Contact: Mary Farrell, Adult Guidance Officer/John Doherty, Information Officer/Elizabeth Glennon, Guidance Counsellor at Longford VEC, Battery Road, Longford on 043 3348177 of email claegs@eircom.net