Waterford Area Partnership CLG., Westgate Retail Park, Tramore Road, Waterford.

Tel: 051-841740, Email: info@wap.ie

Education and Training

In partnership with  Waterford and Wexford Education and Training Board and Kilkenny and Carlow Education and Training Board  , Waterford Area Partnership support a number of Local Training Initiatives. The Local Training Initiative programme is a training and work experience programme carried out in partnership with community and voluntary organisations.  The programme enables local communities to carry out valuable and necessary projects of benefit to their communities, while at the same time training participants in areas related to the project work so that they can go on to gain employment or progress to further training.  Unemployed people, primarily those over 16 and under 35 years of age, with no formal qualifications or incomplete secondary level qualifications and who are experiencing some form of disadvantage are eligible to apply.  There are no formal educational requirements for the programme.  It is recognised that many people may have some problems reading and writing but that this should not deter them from participating on a programme.  Help is provided in a discreet and sensitive manner to anyone who wishes to improve their literacy levels.



KCETBThe Grow Project

Based in Ferrybank, is a community based Horticulture Local Training Initiative for unemployed people. Funded by Kilkenny and Carlow  Education & Training Board, it is a 48 week programme where participants can share a garden space, learn from each other and gain skills necessary to tend their own garden, grow their own produce and perhaps go on to further training, set up a business, or gain employment.

On full completion of the course, trainees will receive a QQI Level 4 or Level 5 Major Award in Horticulture.


Moving on Project

By its very name “Moving On”, the project conjures up an image of progression, and past participants have without a doubt progressed using the project as a stepping-stone to employment or further education.

The Moving on Project, a community based education and training initiative, based at Abbeylands, Ferrybank was set up by Waterford Area Partnership and  Kilkenny and Carlow Education & Training Board.

The project has an integral part to play in re-training and developing participants as future employees in this fast growing suburb.  It could be considered to be a feeder programme for the social and economic plan for the area, developing links with local companies and building a skill base for the workforce in the area.  The participants who have been on, and who are currently on the project, have to been very successful in learning new skills and moving on to employment or further education.

The course is  also linked to the Waterford Institute of Technology for computer and ECDL training. Personal Development is a very important part of the programme.  This class allows the participant to develop him or herself on a personal level. Confidence building allows for further progression and invariably leads to greater achievement levels academically.

Participants who have gained employment will improve the social and economic profile of the area.  The Project aims to continue to provide the area with training and education, which will raise the skill level and consequently employment and progression opportunities for participants.


wwetb-logoThe Connect Programme 

The Connect Programme is now open for applications. Commencing 16th March 2020

The Connect Programme is funded by Waterford Wexford Education & Training Board and sponsored by Waterford Area Partnership CLG. The programme provides training to those in receipt of various department of social protection allowances including: Job Seekers Allowance, Disability Allowance, Job Seekers Benefit, Illness Benefit, Lone Parent allowance, Illness Pension and Invalidity Pension.

The Connect Programme offers a choice of two QQI level 5 major awards in Contact Centre Operations and Office Administration. Each major award consists of 8 QQI accredited modules. We also provide students with other core competencies through CV and Interview workshops, Career Planning, Literacy and Numeracy support and Work Placement opportunities.

Limited places are available on this course. Participants must be in receipt of one of the payments listed above, be 18 years of age or over and be computer literate.

What our Trainees Say

Amy – When I started on Connect I was a very different person to the person I was leaving there. I found the academic aspect reasonably achievable and very enjoyable but to me the personal development I gained during my time there was the most beneficial part.

Vicky – I learned all kinds of Microsoft Office skills and did modules such as communications, contact centre skills and customer service. I gained great practical experience during work practice in a local call centre which helped me build my confidence and resulted in me securing a full time job

Tom – I basically had no knowledge of how a call centre worked and the Connect programme was the stepping stone I needed to gain employment. I then got accepted into a local call centre for my work practice. I received thorough training and learned so much there. I then acquired a permanent position with the company and I am continuously learning to better myself.

For further information contact: Course Co-ordinator: Michael Kennedy or Rosalind Threadgold @ (086) 0233347 or (086) 0233115.
Alternatively you can email any enquiries to the connectprogramme@wap.ie