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Launch of effective strategies for engaging and supporting young people

Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board Youth Office (KCETB) was delighted to partner with South East Technological University (SETU) to launch an insightful and innovative research report entitled “I feel like I am heard” in SETU, Carlow on 21 March 2024. The report explored the experiences of young people and what good youth work practices for working with young people who are not in employment, education or training (NEET) might look like.

This research and supporting toolkit examined effective strategies for engaging and supporting young people who face barriers to education and


Attending NEET Research Report and toolkit launch. Supported by KCETB, SETU, Foroige; left to right Sarah Haslam, Miriam Ryan, Bernie Meally, Byron Teehan, Sarah Barron, Saoirse Prendergast, Jimmy Ryan.

The research was initiated and commissioned by KCETB Youth Office and funded by KCETB in partnership with County Carlow Development Partnership (CCDP), Kilkenny Leader Partnership (KLP), and SETU.

The research was conducted by Chloe Johnstone, research student with SETU, between December 2021 and November 2023 and explored models of good youth work practice with young people between the ages of 15 and 24 who are not engaged in employment, education, or training. The Foróige Youth Skills Project shared crucial expertise and supported SETU in capturing young people’s experiences.

The research report and toolkit are the culmination of extensive research and collaboration between SETU, KCETB, Foróige and the Research Steering Committee, emphasising the pivotal role of community organisations in empowering NEET young people. The research and toolkit provide a comprehensive array of strategies, insights, and practical tools tailored specifically to the diverse needs of NEET young people. From identifying local resources to offering guidance on skill-building and career exploration, the booklet and toolkit provide invaluable support to empower NEET young people on their journey towards meaningful pathways.

KCETB wants to ensure that its future work in this area is informed by a strong evidence base, one that synthesised findings from the latest international literature with the experience and expertise of local partners and young people. KCETB also believes that such research could help inform future iterations of national funding programmes targeting NEET young people.

Dr Niamh McCrea, senior lecturer with the Department of Humanities with SETU said

‘As a University we were honoured to partner with KCETB, Kilkenny Leader Partnership, Carlow County Development Partnership and Foróige on this important project. Deepening our partnerships with voluntary and community organisations and undertaking research that has local impact are key strategic objectives for the university and this project contributes to their realisation in a meaningful way. Most importantly, we are delighted to have played a role in helping youth services to support NEET young people to realise their full potential.’

Attending NEET Research Report and toolkit launch: left to right; Dean McDonnell, Dylan Thomas, Jimmy Ryan, Saoirse Prendergast, Niamh McCrea, Sarah Barron, David Denieffe, Michelle Butler, Bernie Meally, Eileen Curtis, Martha Bolger, Majella Finnegan, Chloe Johnstone

Eileen Curtis, Chief Executive of KCETB said:

KCETB aspiration for all those with whom we engage is that they, Bain an rath amach trí fhoghlaim le BOOCCC and our core belief is that learning has the power to change lives and build communities. KCETB’s Youth Office works to support the provision, coordination, administration, and assessment of youth work throughout Kilkenny and Carlow. Our Youth Officers work in partnership with a range of youth work providers, and statutory and voluntary agencies and collaborative initiatives like this are essential in addressing the complex challenges which can face NEET young people. By working together, we can leverage our collective strengths to create a supportive environment that enables these young people to reach their full potential.’

In addition to benefiting NEET youth, the research booklet and toolkit serve as valuable resources for youth workers and other professionals involved in education, community organisations, and policymakers involved in youth development. By promoting collaboration and knowledge-sharing within the community we aim to create a supportive environment that supports all young people to thrive.

For more information about the please click for Research Booklet agus Toolkit.

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