Here are a number of questions and answers, which we hope will help you resolve any specific enquiries you may have about the Wider Horizons Programme (WHP):
Who is eligible for the WHP?
Our WHP is reserved for young adults aged between 18 & 28 and who receive job seekers allowance. In order to be eligible for the program, applicants should meet the following criteria;
- You must be aged 18 – 28
- You must be unemployed and in receipt of Jobseekers Allowance
- You must not be in receipt of a Degree or above
How much will it cost to participate on the WHP?
Nothing! It’s absolutely free. We’re very pleased to be able to offer all programmes for free as it is funded by the International Fund for Ireland, FAS and the Department for Education and Learning.
Where is the WHP delivered?
The WHP is delivered from our main headquarters at Omagh Business Complex located on the Great Northern Road, Omagh. Please see “Contact Us” page for directions. However on occasions WHP training or events happen at different locations around Omagh.
How long is a typical WHP day?
A typical WHP day would run from 9.30 am until 4.00 pm. Class size is usually around 21 students. Teaching takes the form of a combination of lecturing, class discussion and practical activities.
Where can I get something to eat at lunch time?
Normally participants bring their own packed lunch as it is cheaper or use local food establishments at either the Omagh Business Complex, local shops or even Omagh Main Street. The choice is yours.
How do I travel each day to WHP?
As a WHP student you may have to live in Omagh with a host family during the week and go home at the weekends. Special transport arrangements will be in place in order to get you home. Alternatively if you have your own transport a travel allowance is paid instead.
What is expected of me as a WHP student?
As a WHP student, we hope that you will enjoy your chosen programme, achieve the best you can and gain something from it. However, we expect that you follow a basic code of conduct. The principles behind this are that you should show respect to other students, to all staff, any client groups you may work with and to WHP in general.
In effect this means that you should:
- Attend ALL scheduled classes. You must always inform the supervisor or member of staff if you are unable to attend.
- Be punctual and inform tutors if you are unable to get in on time or have to leave early.
- Not disturb your fellow students if ever you have to come in late or have to leave the class.
- Undertake any necessary preparation for classes or work-based learning activities
- Let tutors know if you have any learning needs etc
- Contribute to discussions, allow others to contribute and listen to what they have to say.
What benefits are there to taking part on WHP?
There are many benefits to be had from taking part on the WHP, but there is something for everyone and here are a few examples:
- A unique opportunity to gain recognised qualifications
- Meet new people your own age
- Some programmes offer a work placement that will give you a chance to find out more about a career you’re considering.
- WHP will create increased confidence and skills
- WHP helps develop your own aims and objectives.
- Get an opportunity to work & live overseas.
When can I start?
The WHP on average runs 10 to 12 Programmes a year normally beginning in February. Recruitment for the WHP runs throughout the year so please get in touch if you are interested in participating.
Do I have to organise my own work placement in America or Canada?
No we have overseas providers set up in America, Canada and Spain who organise your work placement for you. They come to Ireland in advance of your overseas phase, meet with everyone individually and set up the work placement of your choice. Two supervisors from our office will also travel overseas with the group to help with any problems or settling in they may have.
Do I need to get my own Visa?
No we will sort all that for you. For visa purposes you will not have any police convictions that will get in the way of application. You only need a visa for the American and Canadian Programmes. The Spanish Programmes don’t require a visa.
Will I have any free time when overseas?
Yes you will have free time before and after work. You can go out and socialise with the other group members or friends. We have organised social excursions laid on for the group. For instance if you are on the Canadian programme, you will get the chance to go to Niagara Falls whilst you are there.
How do I apply?
Please download our online application form and email or post it back to us. Someone from the recruitment team will be in contact with you to arrange an interview.
Email us at email@example.com
or call 028 8225 0962