Network Personnel recently held a successful open day at Ranfurly House, Dungannon to promote three programmes which provide bespoke training and support to those who wish to improve their skills and access to employment.
The Up for Work and Job Match programmes received funding from the Department for the Economy through the European Social Fund, which is match funded by Mid Ulster District Council and Workspace. Both programmes plus the Community Family Support programme, bring a combined total of £1.82 million to the Mid Ulster area, in order to deliver employability programmes over a three year period, until March 2018.
The Up for Work initiative is aimed at those aged under 25 who are not in education or training, or are working less than 16 hours per week. Intensive support includes CV building, interview skills, work experience, volunteering opportunities and outdoor adventure activities. Training is also available in Music Production, DJing and podcasting, in partnership with Glasgowbury.
For those aged 25 and over, the Job Match programme seeks to match the skills of those who are unemployed with local vacancies, and tailors the training provided to meet the needs of businesses seeking to recruit. Innovative courses on offer range from crafts to new barista skills training.
Councillor Trevor Wilson, Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, commented on the open day. “Council are committed to investing in our community. Programmes like these help us to do so by addressing the skills and educational gaps within Mid Ulster, and so increasing access to employment.”
Another key programme available is the Community Family Support programme (CFSP). This programme provides health and social care support to help address family barriers to education, training and employment. An eligible family will be one with at least one member aged 16-65 years old, who is not in school or college (or someone working under 16hrs per week) and is seeking practical support to tackle daily challenges.
For more information on these programmes and further training opportunities available, please contact Network Personnel on 028 7963 1032, or visit one of the offices based in Cookstown, Dungannon and Magherafelt.