Kilkenny students get to grips with 'What's Next?'

Schools activity day in Castlecomer Discovery Park

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Kilkenny students get to grips with 'What's Next?'

Ray Burke from Active Connections with some of the 33 students that took part in the KLP ‘What’s Next?’ joint schools activity day in Castlecomer Discovery Park.

Three local schools have already been involved in a new programme designed and coordinated by Kilkenny Leader Partnership (KLP) for young people of the secondary schools in Kilkenny.

The ‘What’s Next?’ programme is delivered over two sessions by KLP, with one activity day for each school (delivered by Active Connections). Castlecomer Community School, Kilkenny City Vocational School and Grennan College in Thomastown have all taken part so far.

The aims of the programme are to work with a group of young people, providing information, advice and supports on their ‘options’ when they leave school other than third level or PLC courses. Many do not have any progression route or plan in place and are unaware of what is available to them.

The programme has provided support to 33 young people and it is hoped to expand to all secondary schools in the County of Kilkenny and any cross-border schools.

The programme culminated in a joint schools activity day in Castlecomer Discovery Park on April 4.