Monday 18th June saw the presentation of certificates to members of the Traveller Community at the Institute of Technology, Tralee. Fourteen women successfully completed a HETAC Level 6 Module in Culinary Operations from the BA in Culinary Arts Programme. This pilot project commenced in June 2011 when three Experiential Taster Programmes in Professional Cookery were offered to the traveller communities in Killarney, Tralee and Listowel. Following the Taster Programmes, students began a 5 credit module at HETAC Level 6 in Culinary Operations at the ITT in April 2012.
One of the objectives of the IT, Tralee is to develop formally recognised and goal orientated links between the Institute and the local Traveller community. In March 2010 the Institute appointed Christina Boland as the Traveller Community Liaison Officer to develop links between IT, Tralee and the Traveller Community. Since then the Institute has had a lot of success forming links with the Traveller Community through facilitating engagement relating to access to third level education and support services to members of this community. Some of the initiatives included visits to the IT, Tralee Open Day, presentations to KDYS/Youthreach and home visits. Traveller students currently in secondary school were invited to CAO open evenings and CAO application workshops at the ITT.
Commenting at the presentation of the certificates, Brid McElligott, Head of Development at the IT, Tralee said ‘the Institute is delighted to be awarding this cohort of Traveller students with their certificates and this event marks a unique milestone for the Institute. The students worked extremely hard throughout the course and displayed great enthusiasm for the programme and third level life. We hope that this is only the start of many more successful programmes designed for the Traveller Community as we endeavour to further develop progression routes for adult Traveller learners through the Institute. The fact that the presentation of the awards coincides with Traveller Pride Week is also opportune as this event celebrates the contribution that the students made here to the ITT and within their own communities’.
For further details please contact Anne Looney at 066 71 91994 or Brid Mc Elligott at 066 71 91800