Free course to boost women’s confidence and skills

Siobhan O'Neill (centre) from Cork City Partnership's 'Growing Your Potential' course with past students Antoinette Gibbons (right) and Arlene Pope, who are encouraging women who've been working in the home to sign up for the course. Applications are now open. (Photo: Brian Lougheed)

Applications are now being accepted for the next Cork City Partnership ‘Growing Your Potential’ course. The programme is aimed at giving a confidence and skills boost to women who may return to the workforce in the future, following a period of time working in the home.

The free online course offers support on a range of topics from confidence building to networking and digital technology.

Experts also provide coaching on CV preparation, interview techniques and personal presentation for interview and the workplace, as they help to empower women to achieve economic independence.

Chief Executive at Cork City Partnership, Brenda Cahill, says research shows that many women want to build and refresh their skillset, but they’re held back by a lack of confidence.

“Women often don’t realise the abilities they’ve built up working in the home. They’re so busy caring for others and running the home that they’ve lost perspective on how much they have to offer.

“This course helps remind them of how valuable their contribution is and would be to prospective employers”.

Employment support worker, Siobhan O’Neill leads the course – she’s urging women to take the plunge.

“We’ve all seen an opportunity and thought to ourselves ‘I’d love to do that’, but something always gets in the way. To those women we’re saying ‘Give us ten weeks and we’ll give you a massive boost in your self-confidence and vision of where your working life could take you’.

“This is your moment, the time you choose to put yourself first and work with us at ‘Growing Your Potential’”.

Cork City Partnership’s PEIL project has demonstrated that when women engage in a project such as this, their outlook on their employment prospects and their interest in getting a job improves markedly. As many as 50% enter employment after participating.

Cork City Partnership can further support participants should they wish to use their new skills to find employment or start their own business.


Anyone interested in signing up for Growing Your Potential can visit for more information; e-mail or telephone: 021-4302310.

‘Growing Your Potential’ is an initiative by Cork City Partnership supported by PEIL and the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform.