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Guards for a Day!

23 April 2014
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On Wednesday 9th April six students from National Learning Network in Navan got the chance to work in Garda stations, the Office of Public Works and Homebase store as part of National Job Shadow Day! Brian Coldrick, Conor Caffrey, Ronan O'Keffe and Daniel Belleach got the opportunity to see what the day in the life of a guard in Meath is like when they each shadowed a local garda in Kells, Navan, Trim and Ashbourne Garda Stations. Sara Fields spent the day in the Office of Public Works while Alex Clusky shadowed staff in Homebase in Navan. 

They all had a great day and learnt alot. Brian Coldrick said. "I loved it, it was really interesting and I really didn't realise the guards did so much," while Ronan O'Keffe thought the best part of it was meeting all the staff at the station in Trim and was impressed by how much the guards were involved in the local community." 

The students are currently doing the 'Access' Programme National Learning Network's Mullaghboy centre which is 36 month rehabilitative training programme. The Job Shadow Initiative was part of the community aspect of the programme. 

Job Shadow Day is an initiative organised by the Irish association of Supported Employment and the idea behind it is to encourage integration of people with disabilities with local employers. It has been proven that job shadowing works for businesses as it shows their commitment to equal employment opportunities and it can boost morale and productivity in the workplace.