Young people across the country can now sign up for free training and mentoring sessions to improve employability
Former X Factor finalist and popular showbiz host Eoghan Quigg joined Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (HBC) this week for the launch of #YouthEmpowered 2019, an initiative developed by the company to provide free life and business skills training courses to young people across the island of Ireland. Celebrating its third year, the programme delivers both skills-based workshops with employers or the option of interactive eLearning courses, available for free at www.youthempowered.ie.
The programme is designed to support and empower 16 – 25-year olds who are not in education or employment across Ireland and Northern Ireland. Over the last two years, 1,300 young people received free training in financial literacy, project management and sales and business planning. With the ambition to engage a further 1,000 young people in 2019, #YouthEmpowered Digital Hub participants also embark on a journey of self-development; learning fundamental relationship skills and how to communicate more effectively in life and in work.
Now 26 years old, Eoghan Quigg was just 16 when he appeared on X Factor back in 2008. Finishing in third-place behind the winner Alexandra Burke, the Derry talent needed some time to adjust to life after the live shows. He made the difficult decision to quit the music industry and focus on his education. Speaking at the launch of the 2019 #YouthEmpowered campaign, Eoghan said, “I’m delighted to be here today to launch the 2019 Youth Empowered programme, but also to have a chance to meet some of last year’s participants. I can really relate to a lot of their stories. That feeling of insecurity and uncertainty in the road ahead; sometimes too proud to put your hand up for help, but in need of some guidance.
“I commend Coca-Cola HBC and YouthAction NI for their investment in this free training and mentorship programme which will really make a difference to school-leavers and job-seekers in Northern Ireland. It will give young people the confidence and support they need to fulfil their potential, and I’m really looking forward to being part of their journey!”