ASPIRE awarded Gold Standard status by International Association of Bookkeepers
19th October 2020
ASPIRE, the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council led employability initiative had cause to celebrate recently when it was awarded Gold Standard status by the International Association of Bookkeepers for the excellence of its training. The prestigious award was given in recognition of the high pass rates achieved by ASPIRE participants who gained qualifications in Payroll for Business and Computerised Bookkeeping
Speaking about the award, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Chris Smyth said;
“this award is much deserved recognition of the excellence of the service provided by the ASPIRE team. ASPIRE has been successfully supporting people back into employment for the last 5 years and thousands of people have benefitted from the excellence service they provide. From personal experience, I know just how good the service is as I was fortunate to benefit from their training, advice and expertise when I participated on the programme a few years ago. Through ASPIRE, I received a placement with the Western health and Social Care Trust and I haven’t looked back. In these uncertain times, particularly if the fears regarding unemployment are realised, ASPIRE is ready, willing and able to assist those seeking a return to employment.
“Where ASPIRE differs from many programmes is that the training is that it doesn’t apply a one size fits all philosophy rather tailoring the training to suit the needs of each individual participant. I would encourage anyone who is seeking a return to employment or have been made redundant or have had their hours reduced as a result of Covid-19, to please get inContact with the ASPIRE team for assistance.”
ASPIRE, is currently providing support and assistance remotely to individuals who are unemployed, working part-time or perhaps working reduced hours due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The ASPIRE Employability Programme is a Fermanagh and Omagh District Council-led partnership with the Western Health & Social Care Trust, the Education Authority for the Western Region and delivery partner Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative.
It is part funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy and provides assistance to anyone aged 16 years and over who is currently unemployed or working part- time hours with a view to increasing their hours of employment.