Access to skills training for people in all communities is essential if we want to reduce the pressure on families due to the cost-of-living crisis. That’s according to Leanne Young, Manager of the Liberties Training Centre, speaking at the launch of the organisation’s strategic plan by Minister Niall Collins.
“There is much media and political talk about the cost-of-living crisis at present, but the reality is that there is a constant cost-of-living crisis for those not in work. Decades of social disadvantage, unemployment and widespread drug and alcohol misuse have been a scourge on our community, and young people deserve every opportunity to access a better life through work that is secure and sustainable.
We are confident that our ambitious strategic plan which focuses on ensuring our centre meets the changing needs of the ever-changing workplace will help us to provide a path to a better life for local people, in particular the younger population.”
Two learners from the centre, Daniel Dickenson who is studying Digital Media, Art and Design and Toni Gumble, studying Catering, shared their stories and how the centre has made a huge difference in their lives.
Speaking on behalf of the Board of the Centre, Anthony Joyce said:
“We are hugely proud of what our centre has delivered in the past number of years. We thank our staff team, led by manager Leanne Young, and most importantly our learners who are committed to learning and upskilling so that they can play a part in the economy and their community. We look forward to working with City of Dublin Education & Training Board to deliver courses that meet the needs of the people of the Liberties.”