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Work Ready Programmes

Developing courses for Down Syndrome Ireland members and other students.

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“Well, where do I begin? I really enjoyed working with my friends, we got the chance to pick out the workbook we liked and to vote on the best one. We looked at the colours, the shapes and the size of the print. They were all important and we wanted the Work Ready workbook to be the best.” Quote from participant

This project developed work placement courses for Down Syndrome Ireland learners and students with learning disabilities.

The project took place in Finglas between September and December 2023. Course content covered work in cafés, hotels, hairdressers, and barbers. Five employers partnered with the project team to make these courses. A focus group of nine students helped design course material, which will be available to other organisations very soon.

This project also developed five student workbooks and a Work Ready website. Each workbook covered tasks that learners did during their work placements.

“It was great to see everyone giving their ideas and suggestions on how the Work Ready Workbooks should look and be laid out. Giving the students a voice for other students is so important.” Quote from participant

This project was the result of a collaboration between Down Syndrome Ireland and City of Dublin Education and Training Board (CDETB). 

For more information please contact Andrew Connolly, City of Dublin Regional Literacy Coordinator at  

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