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Building Futures 9 Graduation

"Ann also lauded the programme for its exceptional success over the years, which has produced an overall rate of 86% of participants progressing to employment or further education."

Hosted by Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe in the Mansion House, the INOU celebrated the graduation of the ninth class of its ‘Building Futures’ programme, on Thursday, October 3rd, 2019.

Building Futures is a Local Training Initiative programme funded through the City of Dublin Education and Training Board and the European Social Fund. The QQI accredited programme provides training towards a major award in Community Development with the addition of a QQI level 6 minor award in Training, Delivery and Evaluation. The INOU hosted the programme in Araby House, and was delivered by Training Co-ordinator Laura Pierce and Assistant Co-ordinator Michelle Kelly.

The evening opened with INOU Chairperson Ann Fergus expressing her pride in the Building Futures programme, and in the INOU’s involvement with training initiatives such as Building Futures and the newly founded Shaping Futures. Ann also lauded the programme for its exceptional success over the years, which has produced an overall rate of 86% of participants progressing to employment or further education.

Lord Mayor Paul McAuliffe then spoke about his respect and admiration for programmes such as these which are accessible to people from all walks of life and circumstances.

Two participants from the programme, Allan and Leona, discussed their experiences with Building Futures. They reminisced on trips they took with their classmates, which they now feel are like family. Allan candidly discussed his past problems, and how having overcome them, signed up for Building Futures through an employment service. He had never considered that he would enter into higher education, having left school in his early teens, and is now enrolled in a third level institute and is a recipient of an Uversity Scholarship.
Leona spoke of similar problems in her past, and how higher education was never really an option for her. She is now also entering into third level education after completing the Building Futures programme.

The evening had an air of excitement and gratitude, and shared celebration of the accomplishments of the graduating class. Certificates were presented to participants by the Lord Mayor, followed by a reception.

We would like to congratulate this year’s graduates on their achievements and wish them the very best in their future endeavours.

To read more about Building Futures, please see: https://www.inou.ie/training/buildingfutures.html