Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to deliver new initiative to support people into paid employment

Published: 3rd September 2015

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council has secured funding to deliver a new initiative over the next three years which will assist people throughout the district into paid employment.

The ASPIRE (Access to Success, Progression, Inclusion, Recognition, Employment) Programme is funded by the European Social Fund and the Department of Employment and Learning.

The Programme will be delivered through a partnership, led by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, which also includes Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative, the Western Health and Social Care Trust and the Education Authority Western Region.

The aim of the programme is to move people from unemployment and economic inactivity into paid and sustained employment. It is designed to reach a wide variety of people, including for example, those who are unemployed and seeking to find paid employment, the economically inactive who wish to return to the labour market, those with no or low qualifications who are trying to get on the first step to a new career path and those on health related benefits interested in getting back to work.

Open day
To outline details of the programme and highlight the vast range of support available, ASPIRE is holding an open day from 10.00 am to 8.00 pm on Tuesday 8 September 2015 where those interested will be able to speak to staff about the programme.  To facilitate the large geographical area, the information event is being held in two locations – The Sperrin Centre, Market Street, Omagh and Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative premises at Tempo Road in Enniskillen.

A spokesperson for ASPIRE said that the programme will include delivery on an outreach basis, and will offer wide ranging support to those wishing to gain employment, move into self-employment, or education and training which would lead to securing work. “The programme is specifically tailored to meet individual needs, and forms of assistance will include one-to-one mentoring, work experience, assistance with application forms, interview preparation and mock interviews, to name but a few.

ASPIRE will provide valuable work experience or placement possibilities for graduates, to improve their opportunities for full-time, sustained employment, including those in the allied health professional field, the spokesperson explained, adding that ASPIREwill also encourage self-employment or entrepreneurship and will link in with the ‘Go for it’ programme.

Commenting on the new programme, which runs until 31 March 2018, the Chairman of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council’s Regeneration and Community Committee, Councillor Errol Thompson, said that the Council was delighted to have secured the funding for this very valuable programme.

“It is extremely heartening to note that the ASPIRE programme will provide a wide range of practical and useful support, training and guidance to very many unemployed and economically inactive people from throughout the district.  This is a significant programme which will reach out and support residents with a wide range of assistance, enabling progression into employment or self-employment,” he said.

“The individually tailored ASPIRE programme will also offer work experience and job sampling, as well as industry specific training, facilitated by professional staff. Participants on the programme will have the opportunity to meet new people, boost their confidence and, more importantly, help secure much needed employment,” Councillor Thompson added, and concluded by encouraging as many people as possible to attend the Open Day on 8 September which will be held in both Omagh and Enniskillen from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm.

The ASPIRE Programme will be delivered from the following locations:

Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, The Sperrin Centre, 1 Market Street, Omagh BT78 IEE, Tel: 028 8224 6535 and Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative, 56 Tempo Road, Enniskillen, BT74 6HR, Tel: 028 6632 6478

Further information on the Open Day or on the Programme itself can also be obtained by e-mailing: aspire@fermanaghomagh.com

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