Limerick City Build: Video
What We Do!
In order to effectively tackle the unemployment black-spots we must rethink how we deliver training, how we support the long-term unemployed and ex-offenders to engage in full time skills training, and most importantly, how we create an economic appetite among those who have been disillusioned by a system that they have felt left them behind.
The Limerick City Build model proposes a means of doing just that. It is dynamic, progressive and innovative and proposes a solution that is achievable and realistic. LCB offers tailored training based on employment needs and cutting-edge construction industry skills, informed from the private sector and Limerick City Council. Our curriculum guarantees that each participant is in high demand, once they reach graduation and have the most current and relevant training required to fill the post.
All our training programmes are endorsed, accredited and certified.
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I never walked through this town without getting in a fight. The only reason you would come would be to start trouble. We are all sitting together now talking about our feelings. My father would never believe it if he was alive. But that's what I want for my kids. For no trouble, because we grew up in the bad times and now look at us. We never got work because of it. They are giving the lads a chance and no one gave us a chance before.
I left school at 14, I hated school. There was never any jobs going so it's not something I thought about. I made money from selling stuff to be honest. It was easier and it's what everyone did where I'm from. Who would want to hire me? I heard about Limerick City Build from one of the lads in Moyross and I called in and asked them could I join. They make you excited to learn new stuff. I never thought I'd be in a place like this. I get up every day and I'm excited to come in to work.
I was always clever. I have about 6 diplomas I got in Portlaois and Loughlann House. But sure once you have a record you get it into your head that you can't work. But I knew most of the staff here, I knew where they were from, they were from the same place as us. I didn't have to pretend to be anything but myself. They helped me figure out what I wanted to do. Now I'm working and I'm starting a college course. I never thought I would be doing any of this last year. My life has totally changed and I really appreciate everyone here for their support.
My uncle rang me from Prison and told me to come in and see could I get a place here. I thought he was mad, because I'm from the Island and there were fellas from Weston in here but I was told everything would be fine. They were right, we are all here from all over Limerick. If there was anywhere else, we would be fighting, because we have been fighting for years. Now we all get on. Buts that down to the team here as well. They treat us all the same and everyone has to respect each other.
Meet The Team!
A core aspect of LCB's approach is to engage closely with the University of Limerick (UL), Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and Mary Immaculate College of Education. An agreed process has been established with Limerick's third-level education sector in the form of the Shannon Consortium, which enables LCB clients to participate in UL's Business Transformation Programme which facilitates people from disadvantaged areas in starting their own businesses.
Limerick Institute of Technology, through the application of their Enterprise Ladder Programme, enables those completing this programme to receive mentoring and training leading to FETAC qualifications and acceptance on third level courses. 15% of clients go on to study at university or college via these pathways.
The barge restoration programme will, through classroom instruction, lectures, hands on repair and restoration of the 32E, teach the skills, business, art and science of Marine Systems and Wooden Boat Building and Restoration.This Vessel will become a self - supporting social entrepreneurship initiative, operating as a floating restaurant that can employ up to 24 part time people indefinitely.
The Barge is currently situated in the old ESB weir in Thomondgate, where a group of 18 participants will work from. Once the Barge has been restored and refurbished it will serve as a floating hospitality vessel, a platform where local hospitality students can station for work experience. Limerick first floating cafe, with possibility for wider expansion along the river banks and canals of the city.
Core to our approach is working in partnership with organisations whereby we can support their goals and they can support ours. The ultimate purpose of all of our partnerships is to improve opportunities for people from disadvantaged communities in Limerick.
We have built partnerships with the public and private sectors and work with them to deliver our common goals of building higher rates of economic activity and social cohesion. The following are our key partnerships. With each of these we have a formal arrangement for service provision or grant funded services:
Feel free to contact us and we will reply as soon as possible.