Insights Welcome to Work Helps Melanija to Improve her English Skills
03 January 2019

Welcome to Work Helps Melanija to Improve her English Skills

Welcome to work participant

54-year-old Melanija moved to Ireland from Ukraine over sixteen years ago.  She moved to improve her working opportunities and had worked in a mushroom factory in Balla for several years, picking, collecting and washing mushrooms. 

Melanija recently found herself out of work and needed some extra support as her spoken English was poor and she struggled at job interviews.  Her local Intreo office recommended the Welcome to Work programme in Castlebar.

Seetec runs the programme which aims to increase employment opportunities for people who have legally moved to Ireland and finding it difficult to find work or move into education. 

Melanija wanted to improve her English, and gain more confidence in speaking to others.  She attended intensive lessons, learning past, present and future tenses and how to use them in a sentence.  She met other participants who were also at the same level as her and gained many new friends.    

As well as improving her English, Melanija also gained new computer skills, learnt how to apply for jobs, be successful at interviews and start her own business if she chooses this career path in the future.

Speaking about her time on the 13-week programme, she said “I really enjoyed talking with classmates, reading books, meeting new people.  I have improved my English and gained confidence in my own ability”.

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The Welcome to Work programme, is delivered by leading training provider Seetec in partnership with Network Personnel, and jointly funded by the Irish Government and the European Social Fund (ESF) as part of the Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning (PEIL) 2014 -2020.