Employment event in Croatia to help Derry youths

Young Men's Development Worker, Connor McGilloway, pictured with some of the young people during their visit to Croatia.
Young Men's Development Worker, Connor McGilloway, pictured with some of the young people during their visit to Croatia.

A Youth Action NI youth worker and a young person from Derry were part of a group who took part in a youth unemployment event in Croatia last week.

Youth Action NI Young Men’s Development Worker, Connor McGilloway, 18 years-old, Davis Donaghey from the Waterside and other young people throughout the North travelled to Zagreb where they participated in the event along with young people from Croatia, Greece and Portugal.

“This Erasmus+ training course was organised by the Forum for Freedom in Education, based in Zagreb, Croatia. The main aim of this course was to empower youth workers to combat youth unemployment in local communities,” said Connor McGilloway.

“Participants were youth workers and young people from Northern Ireland (Youth Action Northern Ireland), Croatia, Greece and Portugal. It aimed to introduce the concepts of entrepreneurship and how to promote this among young people. The course will also help youth workers to work with local young people to support better chances for youth employment,” he added.

This training course lasted eight days and participants got the opportunity to learn about basics of project management, starting a business, designing a business plan, interview skills, organisation skills, communication skills for better employability and exploring entrepreneurship.

“This training course was life changing for some of these young people,” said Connor.

“Each one of them stepped out of their comfort zone, grew in confidence and fully participated, speaking publicly and sharing their experiences of youth unemployment in Northern Ireland.”

Derry man Davis Donaghey who took part in the project said it has improved his self-confidence.

“We have had an amazing time learning, growing and developing our skills, everyone is taking something away with them that will enhance the lives of young people from our communities.

“Identifying my skills, has given me the confidence to believe in myself.”

Connor went on to explain how the group plan to put into practice what they discovered on the trip.

“Our next step is to work with young men and women in our local community to support them to enter employment, maybe even starting their own business. We will work with them to build their confidence and get suitable qualifications helping them to progress into further education, training or employment. We will also be hosting ‘Get Set’ employment events in Belfast and in Derry to give young people the opportunity to meet employers and learn more about the ‘world of work’ and what they need to do to be secure work,” he said.

The next ‘Get Set’ event will be held in Youth Action’s building in Belfast on November 5. Transport will be provided and you can book a place by contacting Connor McGilloway on 02871 318854 or phoning Youth Action Belfast on 02890 240551.