New training opportunities with ASPIRE employability programme

Published: 27th January 2017

A programme that supports people into employment has launched a number of new learning and training opportunities for the new year.

ASPIRE, a Fermanagh and Omagh District Council led employability initiative, provides assistance to anyone aged 16 years old and over who is currently unemployed and is seeking paid work.

A number of free learning and training opportunities including NVQ qualifications, Forklift Licence and CSR card were launched at ASPIRE open days in Enniskillen and Omagh on Friday 20 January 2017. Free health and wellbeing checks were also available to those who attended the open days courtesy of Bradley’s Pharmacy, Omagh and Erne Pharmacy, Enniskillen while staff from Omagh Leisure Complex and the Fermanagh Lakeland Forum carried out fitness checks.

Speaking about the ASPIRE programme, Chairperson of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Councillor Mary Garrity, said:

“January has always been a popular time to start something new and to focus on learning and personal and professional development.

With its experienced staff, the ASPIRE programme creates a tailor made package specific to each person’s personal circumstances to develop knowledge, skills and experience in the workplace. I encourage anyone who is out of work and keen to enter or return to the workplace to contact the ASPIRE programme to discuss the opportunities available.”

ASPIRE also offers a range of employability packages in areas such as Classroom Support, Care and Support Work, Retail, and Business Administration.

The programme adopts a person-centred approach guided by specialist staff and offers participants a tailor made package of qualifications and training opportunities, matched with a preferred work placement, to improve their employability.

Programme participants also have the opportunity to take part in ‘employability boosters’ such as CV development and interview skills workshops.

The programme is open to anyone aged 16 and over who is currently unemployed and looking for paid work such as school leavers, graduates, parents returning to work, anyone who has recently been made redundant and people who are longer term unemployed.

ASPIRE is led by Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and is part funded by the European Social Fund and the Department for the Economy. The programme operates in partnership with the Western Health & Social Care Trust, the Education Authority for the Western Region and its delivery partner, Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative (FRCI).

To find out more about the ASPIRE Programme contact the Omagh office at the Sperrin Centre on 028 8224 6535 or the Enniskillen office at FRCI on 028 6632 6478, Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm. Alternatively visit or find ‘Aspire Employability Programme’ on Facebook.

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