DDLETB Target Youth Employability Support Initiative 2024

TARGETED YOUTH EMPLOYABILITY SUPPORT INITIATIVE 2024

DDLETB Target Youth Employability Support Initiative 2024

The aim of the Targeted Youth Employability Support Initiative (TYESI) is to engage and support the harder-to-reach young people aged 15 to 24 years who are not currently in employment, education, or training.

For further information contact or an application pack please contact seanwade@ddletb.ie

Eligibility Criteria

1. The initiative is open to youth organisations that support young people.

2. Applications may be made by individual/Joint applications.
Where there is a joint application, certain rules apply.

3. Strictly focus on the TYESI target group and/or ETB-designated priority target groups in a geographical area.

4.The approaches of mentoring and coaching must be incorporated into the service delivery.

5.TYESI must not lead to a displacement or duplication of existing publicly funded initiatives.

6. All Child Protection, Safeguarding, GDPR, legislation and appropriate insurance cover must be in place.

Applications must be received by the 21st March 2024.

Reach Fund 2024 DDLETB Website

Reach Fund

Margaret Tully Special Olympics Team DDLETB Loughlinstown Training Centre

Loughlinstown Student Chosen As Representative For Sergent Shriver Global Messenger. (SSGM)

We are delighted to share some fantastic news from Margaret Turley.  Margaret is currently working towards Spreadsheet Methods L4 and Challenging Discrimination L3 qualifications, and Personal Decision Making with the DDLETB Adult Education Service based in Loughlinstown Training Centre.

Margaret has been chosen as Sargent Shriver Global Messenger. This prestigious role is awarded to Special Olympics athlete leaders. These spokespeople for the movement lead the campaign for a more inclusive world for people with intellectual disabilities. Through their participation and leadership at global, regional, and local events—both internal and external to the Special Olympics Movement—they challenge the mindsets of political leaders, policy makers, educators, employers, and society.

Read on to find out more about Margaret.

Hi my name is Margaret Turley. I am from Kilkenny but live in Dublin. I went to Trinity where I did the Certificate in Contemporary Living course and got student of the year. After that, I got a permanent part-time job at EY (Ernst Young). I play basketball for Sports Club 15 and have recently taken up skiing in Kiltiernan.

One of the highlights of 2023 for me was when I represented my country playing basketball at the Special Olympics World Games in Berlin. We won gold beating Azerbaijan in the final. The atmosphere was amazing. I also got capped for Ireland in Basketball

I am very passionate about speaking up for peoples’ rights, especially for those with disabilities. I was invited by Special Olympics to speak in the Oireachtas on the International Day for People with Disabilities in 2020. I also participated in the advertisement for the DSS (Decision Support Service) which is on TV and radio. I have been part of the research, both as a participant and as a researcher with Inclusion Ireland, TU Dublin, Trinity and Special Olympics USA.

My most recent achievement for this year is to have been chosen as a representative for Ireland, Europe, and Eurasia as a Sergent Shriver Global Messenger. (SSGM). Sergent Shriver was married to Eunice Kennedy who founded the Special Olympics and their son Tim and daughter Maria continue their legacy. It has been 20 years since there was an Irish ambassador. It lasts for 4 years and includes trips to Washington and to the Special Olympic Winter and Summer World Games. There may be other trips abroad where I am invited to speak or be on a panel.

Congratulations to Margaret on this wonderful achievement!

Margaret Tully Special Olympics Team

Margaret Tully With Special Olympics Team Ireland

 

We Are DDLETB Day

Today Is We Are DDLETB Day!

Today, 30th November, we are celebrating “We Are DDLETB Day!

Follow along on social media as we celebrate the MASSIVE and enthusiastic participation of our primary and secondary schools, are colleges and centres of further education.

DDLETB is a vibrant community of learners, educators and support staff.

Our community’s spirit will be shining brightly on social media platforms today as schools and centers join the celebration. The hashtag #WeareDDLETB and #Teamddletb will be used for members to share photos, stories, messages and videos. The online buzz is not only for our immediate community but also to extend our reach to a wider audience and let people know We Are DDLETB.

DDLETB Social Media Buzz

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We are using the hashtags: #We Are DDLETB #Teamddletb 

DDLETB Creative Events

During the day, we are delighted to share fantastic highlights. We’re looking forward to an inspiring day dedicated to celebrating our community, acknowledging the collective efforts of our team, and showcasing the incredible diversity within our many schools, centres, colleges, and facilities. 

 A special commendation goes to the schools that organised learner competitions, staff coffee mornings, and wear green events—the latter being a great nod to our favourite colour. These initiatives not only added a fun and engaging element to the celebration but also highlighted the unique character of each school and centre within our organisation. 

Our commitment to community engagement is evident as schools and centres share valuable information about DDLETB, its mission, and the significance of being part of our community. This outreach to students, parents, and the wider community served to strengthen the bonds that unite us. 

Gratitude to our DDLETB Communications, Digital and Social Media Team

A heartfelt thank you goes to our DDLETB Communications, Digital and Social Media Team for their creative efforts in organising this event. A very special appreciation for the Digital and Social Media leads in our schools and centres.  Your dedication and commitment were instrumental in bringing this event to life and your contributions are a testament to the collaborative spirit we value here at DDLETB.  

Thank you all for making this event fun and successful.   

We will continue to foster connections, celebrate achievements and build a community that thrives on collaboration, respect, equality, support, excellence and professionalism. 

Check out our social media @ddletb for all the updates. 

Josepha Madigan Minister of State Dept of Education at Balllydowd

New Developments at Ballydowd Special Care Unit  

Staff With Minister Josepha Madigan At Ballydowd Special School DDLETB

Staff of Ballydowd School with Nichola Spokes, Director of Schools and Minister Josepha Madigan

On Tuesday the 11th of July, Dublin Dun Laoghaire Education and Training Board (DDLETB) and Tusla – Child and Family Agency jointly unveiled a Home Economics classroom and a Barista training room at the Ballydowd Special Care Unit and school in South Dublin. The event was marked by the visit of Josepha Madigan, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Special Education and Inclusion. Minister Madigan unveiled the new home economics class and Barista room as part of a range of new developments in the Ballydowd school. 

Based on the Ballydowd campus, the Ballydowd school provides a well-resourced, welcoming, and comfortable learning environment. The education team employs individualised planning to reflect each students’ abilities, and students are motivated and encouraged to engage or re-engage with their education in an inclusive and caring environment, as noted in a recent Department of Education Inspection of the school. 

Minister Madigan said, “I am delighted to officially open the new home economics class and barista training room in Ballydowd Special Care School. I am hugely impressed by the students and their work. The student-centred approach and excellent teaching and learning provided by dedicated staff is certainly evident in their achievements. It is very important that we support the engagement of all young people in education with high quality programmes delivered in a positive and inclusive environment, providing them with a pathway for their future.” 

 “The new home economics room has been designed to broaden and enhance the curriculum-based learning that the children receive. It will provide students with an opportunity to further develop practical food and health literacy skills, which promote healthy lifestyle choices and helps them to make informed decisions that can positively impact their health and wellbeing. 

“In addition to the educational aspects of these new facilities in Ballydowd, they also provide a space for young people to engage in activities which help to further develop essential life skills and a positive self-image. As an example, a young person might make use of the new facilities to bake a birthday cake for a family member. This might seem like a simple act, but the depth of the learning and the impact of the process can be quite profound. I want to thank the staff, and importantly, the students, for their work in bringing these new facilities to fruition.” added Paul Sloan, the school’s Principal. 

Josepha Madigan Nichola Spokes DDLETB at Balllydowd

Minister Josepha Madigan and Nichola Spokes, Director of Schools DDLETB at Balllydowd

Nichola Spokes, Director of Schools for DDLETB stated, “Education is a key aspect of care, and every time a young person enters the school in Ballydowd, it paves the way for great things to happen. This is all down to the hard work and willingness of students to engage with the educational opportunities that are offered.” 

A new Barista facility was also unveiled, and much like the home economics room, the Barista facility has functions that can extend far beyond those of your average coffee shop. 

 “On the surface, just like with any coffee shop, it provides a place for young people and staff to socialise, work or relax while enjoying a hot drink. However, the benefits for the young people go beyond this, with opportunities to improve their social skills, practical and educational benefits, and an informal place to relax on the campus.” added Nichola Spokes. 

Simon Harris Colaiste Cois Life DDLETB

An Exciting Day for Coláiste Cois Life 

Simon Harris Colaiste Cois Life DDLETB

Simon Harris visiting Colaiste Cois Life DDLETB

Labhair an tAire um Bhreidoideachas & Ardoideachas, Simon Harris i gColáiste Cois Life ar Chéadaoin 23 Lúnasa nuair bhí ionad traenála nua á sheoladh aige ar son an Ionad Traenála Naisiúnta Mount Lucas.  

Baineann an t-ionad seo le cúrsaí tógála agus iarfheistiú tithíochta agus d’fhreastail ranganna Staidéar Foirgníochta CCL ar an ionad i rith na bliana seo caite. Thug scoláirí na scoile taispeántas don Aire faoin na scileanna agus saineolas atá acu ar an ábhar seo. An-jab déanta acu uile. 

 Simon Harris, Minister for Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science visited Coláiste Cois Life on Wednesday 23rd August,  where he launched a new mobile training unit.  This will travel around the country and aims to increase accessibility to construction-related and retrofitting courses. 

The mobile Nearly Zero-Emission Building (NZEB) unit will be used to visit schools and construction sites. Construction Studies students from Coláiste Cois Life were among the first second level students in the country to visit the Mount Lucas, National Construction Training Campus last year.   

 

 

 

Visit their website https://colaistecoislife.ie/ and follow them on social media to keep up-to-date with all the news. 

DDLETB Chess and Debating

Want To Get Your DDLETB School Involved With Debating & Chess?

DDLETB Inter-Schools Debating 

This year will see our DDLETB Inter-Schools debating competition rolled out to both junior and senior level.  The competition was a huge success with junior level last year and we look forward to welcoming senior level debaters this year.  

 The programme will run through-out the year and the final will take place at DDLETB Head Office in April.  If your school is interested in taking part, please contact janetmurphy@ddeltb.ie or hannahoconnor@ardgillancc.ie as soon as possible. 

 

 DDLETB Inter-Schools Chess Tournament

We are delighted to announce that 2023-2024 will also host our first DDLETB Inter-Schools Chess Tournament.  Our team of organisers are already up and running so get in touch asap if your school would like to get involved contact janetmurphy@ddletb.ie or ronanward@griffeencc.ie  

DDLETB Chess and Debating

DDLETB Chess and Debating Tournaments

La na nGaelcholaisti DDLETB

Lá na nGaelcholáistí – DDLETB

La na nGaelcholaisti DDLETB

La na nGaelcholaisti DDLETB

Lá na nGaelcholáistí 

Bhí teacht le chéile ag Gaelcholáistí agus Aonad an BOOÁCDL ar an 26 Lúnasa ag cur tús don bhliain acadúil 23/24. Tháinig baill foirne ón gcúig scoil ar fad le chéile san Óstán Plaza i dTamhlacht faoin téama ‘ag cur le Teagasc agus Foghlaim i Suíomh Lán-Ghaeilge.’  

Bhí atmaisféar fuinniúil, spleodrach, gaelach le brath ann agus tugadh seans do na múinteoirí ar fad plé faoi na dea-chleachtais atá i bhfeidhm acu agus na dúshláin ar leith atá rompu.  

Thosaigh an ócáid le fáilte ón stiúrthóir scoile Adrian Flynn. Bhí cuir i láthair againn ó mhuintir COGG, Gean Gilger ón ETBI agus Cormac Breathnach ó Foclóir.ie. Bhí an Dr. Sarah NÍ Dhuinnín (Ollscoil Luimnigh) mar phríomhchainteoir againn ag plé cúrsaí FCÁT agus bhí straitéisí thar a bheith tairbheach aici don seomra ranga. Bhí cuir i láthair iontacha i measc ár scoileanna féin. Rinne Ciarán Ó Caomhánaigh (Gaelcholáiste Reachrann) plé faoi mheasúnaithe neamhfhoirmiúla sa seomra ranga. Bhí cur i láthair ag Mhairéad Ní Mhathúna (Coláiste Chilliain) ar an bplean feabhsúcháin scoile atá dírithe ar úsáid na Gaeilge sa scoil.  

Rinne Edel Ní Arrachtáin (Coláiste de hÍde) cur i láthair ar bhuíon teagaisc agus bhí plé faoi thogra TEG san Idirbhliain ag Ciarán Ó Conghaile (Coláiste Cois Life). Chríochnaigh Evelyn Ní Raghaill (Coláiste na Tulchann) le seisiún ar bhogearraí aistriúcháin Matecat chomh maith le aiseolas ar an lá.  

Bhí lá iontach rathúil againn agus táimid ag súil go mór leis an gcéad teacht le chéile againn arís. ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile’ 

La na nGaelcholaisti DDLETB meeting Plaza Hotel Tallaght

La na nGaelcholaisti DDLETB meeting Plaza Hotel Tallaght

The four Gaelcholáistí and the Aonad within the DDLETB had a networking day on the 26th August as part of the start to the academic year 23/24 in the Plaza Hotel, Tallaght.  

The theme of the day was ‘developing teaching and learning in an all-Irish language context.’ There was an energetic and  exuberant atmosphere to be felt on the day and an opportunity was given to all teachers to discuss their good practices in place as well as the challenges they are facing.  

The occasion started with a welcome from the Director of Schools Adrian Flynn. There were presentations from COGG, Gean Gilger; ETBI and Cormac Breathnach from Foclóir.ie. Dr. Sarah Ní Dhuinnín was our keynote speaker and she discussed CLIL and she had some excellent examples for the class room. 

 There were some fantastic presentations from our own schools. Ciarán Ó Caomhánaigh (Gaelcholáiste Reachrann) discussed informal assessment in the class room. Mairéad Ní Mhathúna (Coláiste Chilliain) had a presentation on the school’s improvement plan that prioritised the use of the Irish Language in the school. Edel Ní Arrachtáin (Coláiste de hÍde) presented on team teaching while Ciarán Ó Conghaile (Coláiste Cois Life) discussed the advantages of using TEG (Teastas Eorpach na Gaeilge) with their Transition Years. Evelyn Ní Raghaill (Coláiste na Tulchann) finished the day with a session on Matecat, a new translation software and continued with a short feedback exercise.  

The day was extremely successful and we look forward to the next occasion, ‘Ní neart go cur le chéile.’