New employment and training programmes for all abilities announced for Mid and East Antrim

Dessie Blackadder


Dessie Blackadder

MID and East Antrim Borough Council has teamed up with the Department for Economy and Department for Communities to fund three new employability programmes for residents of all abilities in the area.

The initiatives, all tailored to meet specific identified needs, will be delivered under the European Social fund (ESF) Programme 2014-2020 and will be managed by the NOW Group, Network Personnel and USEL.

Council through Amplify, the integrated economic strategy for the Borough, has committed to growing the economy focusing on employment and skills and recognising the need for inclusion and well-being of its citizens.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Lindsay Millar, said: “I am delighted these innovative and vital new projects will be rolled out to all our citizens in Mid and East Antrim.

“Our Council is fully committed to supporting business growth and development, and promoting an environment that encourages and facilitates investment in our Borough.

“Earlier this year Council launched an exciting new strategy to boost the economy across the Borough, called ‘Amplify’.

“Amplify aims to support the development of Mid and East Antrim right through until 2030.

“We have committed to creating a vibrant business culture and we are proactively seeking to build on our strengths, while supporting the growth of new industry sectors, including digital, tourism, financial and business services.

“It is vital that we use the expertise, skills and talent in this area to help deliver change and further economic growth.”

Mary McCann, Stride Project Manager, said: “USEL, in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Council are delighted to be able to offer our ESF funded project STRIDE. STRIDE will help unemployed people living with a disability in the borough to get the support they need to find and stay in work.”

Sean Hanna, Programme Manager at NOW Group comments, said: “NOW Group is an award winning social enterprise that has a proven track record of having a positive impact on the lives of people with learning difficulties and autism.

“We’re very grateful to Mid and East Antrim Borough Council for their support of the Verve programme. Through Verve we support people every step of the way on their journey to employment.

“We offer accredited training to build up skills and confidence as well as work place experience and voluntary placements.

“Our dedicated staff work with people to help them become job ready, secure employment and provide in work support.”

Michelle McMullan, Network Personnel, said: “We specialise in helping unemployed people access training and employment opportunities through our Jobmatch programme and are very successful in doing so.

“We are looking forward to working in partnership with Mid and East Antrim Borough Council to support local people through the Amplify initiative.”

This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy, the Department for Communities and Mid and East Antrim Borough Council

For more information on the employability and training programmes in Mid and East Antrim, contact: economic.development

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