County Limerick village pioneers training for tourism industry

Norma Prendiville

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Norma Prendiville

THE first graduates from a specially designed training course in Glin have been presented with their FETAC certificates at a ceremony in the town this week.

THE first graduates from a specially designed training course in Glin have been presented with their FETAC certificates at a ceremony in the town this week.

The eight graduates have all completed the Glin Tourism Local Training Initiative, a 33-week course which began last autumn and finished earlier this summer.

The course was initiated by Glin Development Association but was supported by FAS and by West Limerick Resources, and was officially recognised by the Further Education and Training Awards Council (FETAC).

The graduates all received certification in modules such as tourism, computer applications, word processing and heritage.

Presenting the certificates at a ceremony in the library, Joan Murphy of West Limerick Resources congratulated Glin Development Association for their foresight in providing second-chance education for local people in the Glin area.

“We are delighted this first course went off so well and that all 16 participants finished the course,” John Anthony Culhane, chairman of the development association said.

Happily, another group people will now be able to avail of a similar opportunity as a second course has been approved and will begin at the end of this month. It is a full-time course, run over 33 weeks and a FAS training allowance will be paid to those eligible. Participants will not lose their social welfare entitlements and will also receive meal and travel allowances. No fee is charged. Those interested in participating should contact their local FÁS offices immediately as places are limited. Or they can contact any member of Glin Development.