ASPIRE participants celebrated at Annual Recognition Event

20th April 2018

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

The ASPIRE programme, led by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council in partnership with 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 gained as a result of participation in the ASPIRE programme.

Welcoming everyone to the recognition event, Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor     Stephen McCann remarked, “One of the great strengths of ASPIRE is that it provides a personalised approach, tailoring the programme to suit the needs of the individual. This approach recognises that each one of us has specific barriers and challenges in life and overcoming these will differ from one person to another. Whilst employment is the end goal, the support offered also takes account of personal development.

I would like to congratulate everyone who has taken part in the ASPIRE programme. It is a privilege to see such inspiring and committed 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”

Councillor McCann also acknowledged the European Social Fund and the Department for the Economy for financial assistance provided to support the delivery of the ASPIRE programme.

In In year 3 of the programme, 46% of programme participants progressed into paid employment with a further 14% attaining positive outcomes ranging from further and higher education to additional training and volunteering.

Speaking at the event, Western Health and Social Care Trust, Chief Executive Dr Anne Kilgallen stated, “I am delighted to be part of this year’s celebratory event. This event not only demonstrates the positive partnership working between the Western Trust and ASPIRE, but it also highlights the vast array of work placement opportunities in the Western Trust that have made a real difference to ASPIRE participants throughout the past three years.  A high number of participants who have benefited from a work placement opportunity have successfully secured employment in their chosen field or have been able to progress into further education to fulfil their potential.”

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