A new collaboration between the Sligo LEADER and Sligo GAA County Board, has been launched in the Centre of Excellence Scarden.

The initiative comprises of regular week long job hunting boot camp programmes, combined with GAA coaching skills training. It is available to members of families who are involved with the GAA or interested in getting involved. During the course of the week participants will receive interview skills coaching, CV Clinic, job hunting and networking workshops. Additionally Sligo GAA will facilitate coaching workshops where the participants will obtain coaching badges.

Chris Gonley, CEO of Sligo LEADER praised the proactive approach of Sligo GAA in embracing this programme – “Over the years Sligo LEADER has had strong links with all GAA clubs within the County, traditionally this has been in the area of community support however in 2017 we are moving to more progressive collaborations which will boost both the economic and social economies of the communities in which the clubs operate as well as creating fantastic development opportunities for those participating in labour activation programmes such as TUS and RSS.” Other resources available within Sligo LEADER help to tackle unemployment in Sligo; “This initiative has been funded by the Social inclusion Community activation Programme and Jobs Club Programmes both of which have a strong focus on helping people into employment or indeed self employment”. In speaking of the anticipated outcomes for participants he said; “These camps will help the participants to take a fresh look at their own resources and assist them in selling themselves to potential employers.

“Sligo GAA are delighted to partner with Sligo LEADER on this exciting innovative project and believe the reach of our organisation throughout rural communities in Sligo has the potential to help participants to find employment opportunities” said County Board Chairman Joe Taaffe. He cited discussions with colleagues in clubs throughout the county who are concerned with the departure of members from the area in an effort to find work. He said “There is an abundance of skilled and talented workers from different backgrounds whose job hunting skills may have gotten a little stale during the recession and we really hope this will help them to find work close to their homes and families.”

Anyone who is interested can contact either Pat Kilcoyne pkilcoyne@sligoleader.com or Aidan Tighe atighe@sligoleader.com or phone 087 1646683


Date of next camp is Monday 3rd to Friday 7th April.