The Realising Potential project will build on the work undertaken by Galway City Partnership under previous EWM phases. The project will facilitate the progression of women to move closer to the labour market, through the provision of a structured support framework which engages women to return
to education as a mechanism to progress to employment. Initially, the project consulted with approx. 400 unemployed women in the east and west of Galway
city around their interests, skills and needs. The proposed project aims to provide appropriate education and training for women in their local communities to meet the needs identified. The project will target women from each of the local RAPID areas with a particular focus on Ballinfoile. The project has adopted a two pronged approach regarding course delivery:
1) Courses to Engage the Target Group
2) Courses to Progress the Target Group
The ‘Courses to Engage the Target Group’ will focus on the delivery of unaccredited ‘Return to Learning’ programmes to women with a strong
personal development and training options emphasis. This element of the project will target women who have been away from the education system and
are distant from the labour market in order to re-engage them in informal education. Under the ‘Courses to Progress the Target Group’ the project will focus specifically on the provision of accredited courses to women in a small number of sectors that are directly relevant to the labour market and local employment opportunities. These courses have proven successful under previous EWM phases and are not being provided by other local training providers. The accredited courses include the ITEC Beauty Specialist, Customer Service for Hospitality Sector, Craft Market Skills and Arts & Crafts.