Seetec Ireland flies the flag for Europe with EU celebration events
Participants of Welcome to Work in Ireland have marked Europe Day with a celebration promoting the benefits of the EU.
The events were held at Seetec’s offices in Castlebar, Galway and Network Personnel, Monaghan and are part of a European-wide campaign called ‘EU in my region’.
(Participants at Seetec Galway enjoying Europe day)
As part of its ‘Welcome to Work’ programme Seetec has been working with new communities to help unemployed legally resident migrants into employment in Ireland.
The programme’s purpose is to increase employment opportunities for participants through a comprehensive 13-week course including language training, social skills, and mentoring that will assist to gaining long term employment or further training.
Seetec staff and participants of the Welcome to Work programme gathered at each centre to share European culture. They enjoyed traditional music, food and cooking methods as well as a general knowledge quiz on Europe.
(Rawaa Sabagh with Employment Adviser Jeanette at Network Personnel Monaghan centre)
The EU in my region campaign seeks to raise awareness of EU-backed projects regionally and nationwide such as Welcome to Work.
Christian Phelan, Business Manager at Seetec Galway said: “The event was a celebration of all the great things about Europe. It was a time to share our experiences of Europe, even if you’re from the continent or not, with traditions, pictures and music.
“It is important for people who are coming to Ireland to feel they are part of the community and understanding the benefits of being a European citizen is a great way to do this.”
(Lolita, Brzezina, Dace, and Iveta at Seetec Castlebar)
Europe Day is held on May 9th every year and celebrates peace and unity in Europe. The date marks the anniversary of the 'Schuman declaration'. At a speech in Paris in 1950, Robert Schuman, the then French foreign minister, set out his idea for a new form of political cooperation in Europe, which would make war between Europe's nations unthinkable.
Contact Galway on 091 536 964, Castlebar on 094 903 5442 or visit seetec.ie/welcometowork for more information.
The programme is part supported by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 -2020.