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Council backs Prince’s Trust Development Awards

31 May 2017

To help disadvantaged young people aged 16 – 25 enter more easily into education, employment or training, Mid Ulster District Council has contributed to and supported the Prince’s Trust Development Awards Scheme over the last year.

The scheme, which is delivered with contributions from both Mid Ulster District Council and Cunningham Covers (Maghera), seeks to remove the financial barriers preventing young people from accessing these career enhancing opportunities.

The Prince’s Trust has provided financial assistance to a number of young people across Mid Ulster enabling them to take the next steps to develop their skills and qualifications, enhancing their ability to gain employment.

To ensure participants were fully supported, the Prince’s Trust provided ongoing help in action planning and ongoing assistance to help them progress and achieve their goals.

The Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Trevor Wilson met three of the young people who received tool boxes to enable them to access professional plumbing training. He said, “The Council is delighted to support such a valuable and worthwhile project which provides very practical and comprehensive support to young people in Mid Ulster. This support enables them to access vital training which will in turn improve their employment opportunities. The initiative has proven extremely successful and has clearly delivered for those in the district who need it most.”

David Cunningham, Managing Director, Cunningham Covers added, “We are humbled that we are able to help make a difference by supporting The Princes Trust in our local area.”

Orla Major, Public Sector Partnerships Manager, The Prince’s Trust commented, “We’re hugely grateful for the support provided by Mid Ulster District Council and Cunningham Covers. It a great example of how the public and private sector can come together to make an impact in our local communities. The support provided is already seeing results, with young people across the council area able to access opportunities and employment that may have been previously out of reach.”

For more information contact the Economic Development service at Mid Ulster District Council on 03000 132 132.

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