Following on from the Carlow Rohingyan Resettlement Programme (2009 – 2012) the CREWE project (Carlow Rohingyan Education and Work Experience) commenced in February 2014 and ran initially until December 2014. The programme was then extended to June 2015. The aim of the CREWE Programme is:
‘To develop the targets groups capacity to seek and obtain training, education and employment, while also enhancing life, language and social skills, personal development and day to day interaction and integration with the local community’ (ERF application 2013).
The CREWE project is co-financed by the European Commission under the European Refugee Fund and is supported by the Office for the Promotion of Migrant Integration in the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform. This project adopts an interagency approach with funding and/or practical support received from Carlow County Development Partnership (CCDP), Carlow Regional Youth Services (CRYS), Carlow Local Authorities, Kilkenny Carlow ETB, Carlow Enterprise Board and the Department of Social Protection.
20 members of the Rohingyan community registered to take part in the CREWE project. This includes:
- 7 teenage boys who left school early and who were not in education, training or employment
- 13 Rohingyan adults who wish to engage in employment but who need upskilling and practical experience of working in Ireland
Depending on need and ability the project aims to meet the needs of these two subsets through the provision of:
- Class based training including FETAC Level III modules in Career Preparation and Communications
- Social and language skills development training including basic sewing and horticulture
- A series of themed workshops and information sessions covering general life skills such as budgeting, sexual education, household management and general information sessions around future education and employment routes or opportunities.
- CV preparation in association with the CCDP Jobs Club
- Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training
- Professional Development Training such as Manual Handling, Basic Food Hygiene, First Aid, Fire Safety Training
- Activity based or informal learning sessions, in association with Carlow Regional Youth Services, focused on the development of transferrable skills such as team building, active leadership, self-esteem, health and fitness, coaching skills, self-defence etc.
- An Enterprise Project
- Supported work placement
- One to One Support and Advocacy service
Outcomes and Achievements
- 61 Accredited Certificates were awarded to the CREWE participants
- 7 participants engaged in Drug and Alcohol Awareness Training through CRYS
- 14 workshops/information sessions were delivered covering general life skills and information sessions around future education and employment routes or opportunities
- 13 participants engaged in a work placement – placements included factory operatives, car valeting, shop assistants and restaurant workers
- 1 participant has taken up a part time job with his work placement provider
- 1 participant has been referred to a training programme provided by SOLAS
- 4 participants have been offered places on training programmes in Carlow Youth Training Centre
- 1 participant was offered and accepted a place on the TUS programme
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