Success of ASPIRE Participants Celebrated

Published: 13th April 2017

The exceptional commitment and success of the ASPIRE programme participants was celebrated at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s annual employability recognition event held recently at the Enniskillen Hotel, Enniskillen.

The ASPIRE programme, of which Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is lead partner, is a partnership comprising the Western Health and Social Care Trust, the Education Authority for the Western Region and its delivery partner, Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative (FRCI). The ASPIRE programme which is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy, supports individuals aged 16 years and over into paid employment and is targeted at those currently unemployed or economically inactive seeking employment.

ASPIRE participants from across Fermanagh and Omagh, were recognised and applauded for their individual journey and achievements stemming from their participation on the ASPIRE programme.

Welcoming everyone to the recognition event, Councillor Mary Garrity remarked, “ASPIRE offers participants a tailored support package with opportunities such as work placements, qualifications specific to particular job roles, one-to-one support through coaching and mentoring and accredited training in employability and ICT skills; combined with health and well-being initiatives to ensure they are workplace ready.”

Councillor Garrity thanked the European Social Fund and the Department for the Economy for their financial assistance as funders of the ASPIRE programme and acknowledged the role of the partner organisations, the Western Health and Social Care Trust and Education Authority in generating in-kind match funding support.

The Council’s Director of Regeneration and Planning, Alison McCullagh, reflecting on the success of the ASPIRE programme since its commencement in April 2015 said, “In Year 2 of the ASPIRE Programme, 52% of leavers have progressed into paid employment with a further 13% attaining positive outcomes ranging from further/higher education to additional training and volunteering.”

Claudine McGuigan, Funded Programmes Manager said those in attendance were treated to the personal stories of a number of participants. It was evident that each of their journeys was different but ultimately they had all benefited from the support offered to them through the ASPIRE programme in securing employment. Commending participants she said, “Congratulations to everyone who has taken part on the ASPIRE programme. It is fantastic to see an array of inspiring individuals who are ready to embark on their journey to career success. On behalf of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, I wish you all every success in the future”.

If you would like to find out more about the ASPIRE Programme, you can speak to a member of staff by contacting the Omagh Office on: 028 8224 6535 or the Enniskillen office on: 028 6632 6478.

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