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LIT STEP Class Graduation Day 2016

LIT was the venue for the recent graduation ceremony for students of the Reclaim Limerick STEP (Sport Transition to Education Programme) initiative. The STEP programme provides support to young adults from Limerick city who have not engaged in any form of education, training or employment. The Limerick Institute of Technology works with the students, staff, education providers, community, statutory and voluntary agencies to promote the programme and facilitate entry into higher education to underrepresented students.

This graduation marked the end of another fantastic year for Reclaim Limerick and the programme. This year’s graduates who are all from Limerick city have achieved accreditation and training in several academic modules, as well as an extensive personal development and mentoring programme designed to meet the needs of each individual.  As part of the STEP Programme students also gained valuable practical experience working as sports coaches and classroom assistants in the Double Club programme teaching numeracy and literacy skills as well as coaching football in several city based primary schools. Participants also got the opportunity to travel to Calcutta in India on a two week work placement, where they taught English and coached football to many of Calcutta’s underprivileged children.

Although this group of students have completed their programme they will now go on to pursue their next set of goals as Barry Lynch (STEP) notes:

“Even though our students are now finished with us, they each leave with a personal education development plan specifically designed to meet their academic or work related ambitions. Each plan contains a timetable of specific goals. This plan will be monitored by Reclaim over the course of the next 6 months”.

This programme which is headed up by Reclaim Limerick is also aided by a number of local institutions. These include Limerick FC, LIT, Moyross Development Company, Corpus Christi National School as well as representatives from both the Southill and Moyross communities. The programme is funded through the Regeneration Social Intervention Programme of Limerick City and County Council.

Places are now available for the 2016/2017 STEP Programme. Anyone interested in applying for next year’s programme, commencing this September 2016, can contact Barry Lynch, email: blynch077@gmail.com

LIT STEP Graduation 2016
LIT STEP Graduation 2016


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