There were joyous and emotional scenes at Limerick Youth Service (LYS) recently as students received their Leaving Cert Applied (LCA) results.
The young people were part of the over 61,000 students who received their Leaving Cert, LCVP and LCA results after what has arguably been one of the surreal experiences of their lives.
‘I am delighted with my results!’ said Amy Sheehan adding ‘it was two years of hard work but it’s worth it the end.’
Amy originally sat the mainstream Leaving Cert but was unhappy with her results and decided to try to the LCA which she felt suited her more
‘I found the LCA more flexible as the balance of classwork and work experience suited me bettered (than the Leaving Cert),’ said Amy.
Amy was full of praise for the staff at LYS saying ‘they were very supportive and encouraging throughout, particularly during the periods of lockdown when they kept us motivated and were always there to check in with us.’
Kenzo Enokibara was another student who studied his LCA at LYS Community Training Centre and was thrilled with his results.
‘I am delighted! The LCA is one of the best things I’ve ever done,’ said Kenzo who got one of the highest grades in the country.
‘During my time with the LCA class, I actually enjoyed learning. The centre (Community Training Centre) has some of the nicest and most understanding staff and I can’t thank them enough,’ said Kenzo.
‘They gave me hope for my future and I know that they will help others like me again,’ said Kenzo as he looked forward studying a Art Craft Design at Limerick College of Further Education.
LCA Coordinator Noreen Murphy was thrilled for the students saying ‘the results reflect the commitment and effort they put in and they should be very proud of their achievements.’
‘It was a challenging two years for them, particularly during periods of lockdown, however, they showed great resilience and commitment to their studies,’ said Noreen.
‘We would like to thank the students for their support, patience and understanding particularly during the periods of lockdown and remote learning,’ said Noreen who wished the Class of 2021 the very best in the future.
LYS would like to echo Noreen’s words of congratulations to the LCA Class of 2021:
All the above will now progress to further education and/or employment and LYS wishes them the very best of luck with their future endeavours.
The LCA is a two year course that meets the needs of students who prefer the practical and continuous assessment approach in contrast to that of the ‘mainstream’ Leaving Cert.
It is continually assessed with a strong emphasis on recognising the talents of all students, giving opportunities through the subjects and modules to develop personal responsibility and self-esteem.
The LCA is delivered at LYS’ Community Training Centre, Lr. Glentworth St, Limerick with the support of the Limerick & Clare Education & Training Board.
A member of Youth Work Ireland and the Irish Association of Community Training Centres, LYS remains committed to connecting with young people and supporting them to reach their full potential.