Testimonials From Current Trainees in the Centre

I recently conducted interviews with trainees from each department on their thoughts on the centre. I asked them a set of questions and these are their responses:

“I enjoy participating in all activities that take place in the centre, such as the recent cyber bullying campaign and being a part of the health promotion committee was very enjoyable and interesting. I joined the centre because I wanted to progress my education and consider my future options. I hope to achieve my ECDL, and improve my confidence. It has improved my communication skills and my self confidence in my ability to perform. I feel it was very worthwhile, especially the time I spent in work placement. I plan to go on placement for the next 6 months, then go on to a software development PLC course.” – Andrew

“It’s got less of a school feel about it, it feels more like a workplace and how welcoming all the staff are. I moved from Castlebar to Sligo, I heard about the centre and found out hairdressing was available so I joined because that is what I’m interested in. I’ve completed my computer modules and I’ve nearly completed my hairdressing modules. Because of work experience it has given me more confidence in hairdressing, it’s less daunting going into a salon. I’ve enjoyed it, I have taken part in girls active, the walking challenge, outdoor gym. I’d like to finish all my modules and continue with my work experience until I’m qualified.” – Michaela

“It is good to progress your skills especially in catering. If you are starting out it is a great foundation. I heard it was a good place to start training, even if you have no experience. I just wanted to learn more about the preparation and cooking of food. I practiced my driving theory and passed the official test while practicing in the centre. The course was good because when I came in first I had no knowledge of cooking. I plan to either progress my skills further or find a job if possible.” – Ross

“It’s motivating, enjoyable and I’ve made good friends and the centre is very friendly.I wanted to get into sports and start a career in that area. I hope to get all my qualifications out of the centre and continue on with my learning. I’m more positive, more confident and I enjoy sports more. My fitness level has improved. Football knowledge also improved.I found it enjoyable, educational and fun. I willcontinue on studying sport and go either to the IT or a PLC course.” – Christopher
“I got to know new people. I heard people on about it and friends from school came here.  I’ve gained more courage. My english, maths and computer skills have improved since I’ve started here. I hope to become a hairdresser. ” – Kathleen

Interviews conducted and compiled by Andrew.