School leavers- know your options. Public meeting hosted by Fiona O’Loughlin TD

Fianna Fáil Deputy for Kildare South, Fiona O’Loughlin, will host a public meeting in Newbridge aimed at school-leavers and their parents, about future opportunities in education and in the workforce. This is the third year that Deputy O’Loughlin has held the meeting.
The meeting takes place on Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at 7:30pm.

The meeting will hear from representatives from a diverse range of people, from KWETB, apprenticeships, a number of reps from companies in Kildare and members of the Union of Students Ireland. There will also be information about the SUSI application process and how students can apply for grants.

Speaking in advance of the meeting, Deputy O’Loughlin said:

Each year more and more students come to find out information around courses and their parents too. Students and parents are overloaded with information about various opportunities, and this often coincides with when students are at their busiest with exams. There is a wealth of opportunity both locally and nationally for students, from PLCs and Level 8 courses to apprenticeships and graduate jobs with local companies.

I have helped a large amount of families fill out their SUSI forms last year as the process can be quite lengthy and document-heavy so I felt it would be helpful for parents to have an idea of what is involved before they sit down with the students to complete the online form.”
“We have representatives from USI speaking on the night, as well as management from local businesses who will outline what the company is seeking in graduates when they complete third level education.

For students who decide that university isn’t the right option for them, there are local options such as apprenticeships and further education. We have guidance staff from KWETB addressing students and parents.

The meeting is open to everyone.