Read about how the ASPIRE Employability Programme has benefitted people in the Fermanagh & Omagh area

Classroom Support


Patricia McGoldrick (Left) and Maura Dolan (Right)

“I was made redundant and that was a big life change for me, not knowing what to do. I had seen a leaflet that had been given out to the schools, about becoming a classroom assistant from the ASPIRE programme, and I thought ‘You know what? That’s what I’ll do’. I would recommend the ASPIRE Programme to anyone. If you’re in doubt just call in and see them!”

Patricia McGoldrick, Participant – Classroom Support Placement, Holy Family Primary School

“We’ve been very fortunate, we’ve had excellent participants come through to our school and we can understand coming from a different work background or home environment that they’re coming with a certain amount of nervousness and lack of confidence, but it’s been wonderful to see how they flourish and develop within our school. We’ve gained so much and so has the participant, so the partnership has been excellent.”

Maura Dolan, Principal Holy Family Primary School

Classroom Support Employability Package

ASPIRE offers free training in:

  • Child Protection
  • Paediatric First Aid
  • Foundation Food Safety
  • Linguistic Phonics
  • Autism Awareness
  • ICT for the Classroom
  • Essential Skills Numeracy & Literacy
  • Classroom Experience Placement

Business Administration


Sabrina Sherriff (Left) and LeeAnn Taggart (Right)

“I love it, it’s been the best work experience I’ve had and I’m involved in everything from emailing, answering phones and talking to people, providing information. For anyone that wants to apply to ASPIRE, I would say yes go for it, because they’re brilliant and they will help you through everything.”

Sabrina Sherriff, Business Administration Participant – Public Services Centre

“The Public Services Centre is part of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and it supports the ASPIRE Programme by providing work experience to participants, usually in the administration field. So far we have had six participants, one of which is current, four have moved into paid employment and one has moved into higher education.”

Lee-Ann Taggart – Customer Service Adviser, Public Services Centre

Business Administration Package

ASPIRE offers free training in:

  • Level 1 IT User Skills
  • IAB Level 1 Payroll for Business
  • IAB Level 1 Computerised Bookkeeping
  • OCN Level 1 Social Media
  • First Aid in the workplace
  • Essential Skills Numeracy & Literacy
  • Producing Business Documents
  • Administration Experience Placement


Matthew Potts (Above)

Matthew Potts (Above)

“Last year I graduated with a degree in Chemical Engineering, I was looking for a job but all job descriptions were looking for experience which I didn’t have. Obviously this is a big thing for interviews and for your CV, actually having that experience. I would really recommend the ASPIRE programme.”

Matthew Potts, Graduate Placement, Provita Eurotech Ltd.

Graduates Work Experience Programme
ASPIRE are currently offering graduate unpaid work experience placements in the following areas:

  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Assistant Social Worker
  • Dietetics
  • Care
  • Finance
  • Business
  • Environmental Health
  • Media
  • HR
  • Administration
  • Sports and Leisure
  • Economic Development

ASPIRE offers a tailored package of support for graduates enhancing their employability thorough the guidance of a mentor, placement opportunities and employability boosters such as Interview Skills, Employment Assessments, CV building and Job Search.



Michael Roddy (Above)

“As an employer, the ASPIRE Programme has provided us with somebody to meet our needs and the person has fitted very well into those, indeed he has went on to secure employment with us on the strength of his performances within our organisation.”

Michael Roddy, Manager, Omagh Independent Advice Services

Western Health & Social Care Trust

Laura Quinn (Right) and Louise Potts (Left)

Laura Quinn (Right) and Louise Potts (Left)

“The ASPIRE Programme has helped me to meet new people and grow within myself. The highlight of the programme for me has been getting involved in the Health and Wellbeing as a social event. I started placement in the South West Acute Hospital, the highlight of my placement has been assisting with ECGs (Electrocardiogram exams) under the supervision of the nurses, and being able to be more hands on than I expected to be. I would recommend the programme to anybody.”

Laura Quinn, Placement, South West Acute Hospital

“The Western Trust has worked with the local council for over 20 years, in providing work placements and training opportunities for the unemployed.  Opportunities through ASPIRE enables participants to access health care work experience placements that will give them the necessary experience to move into  employment; and with that comes many benefits to individuals of Omagh and Fermanagh”

Louise Potts, CAWT HR/Vocational Training Team, Western Health and Social Care Trust

Additional Support

Mark McQuaid (Above)

Mark McQuaid (Above)

“One of the main barriers to gaining employment and getting back into the work force is the financial barrier, what I do is come in every four weeks to the ASPIRE programme to provide a bit of financial advice; it’s all about giving people the chance to make better financial decisions and better life decisions effectively.”

Mark McQuaid, Money Adviser, the Money Advice Service

ASPIRE can offer you:

  • Personal Mentor to support you throughout the programme
  • Qualifications and training opportunities
  • Work placement in a job role of your choice to develop experience and skills
  • Health & Well-being events
  • Opportunity to meet people and make friends
  • Job search, CV Building, Interview Skills

    Contact us:

    Fermanagh & Omagh District Council
    The Sperrin Centre, 1 Market Street,
    Omagh, BT78 1EE
    Tel: 028 8224 6535

    Fermanagh Rural Community Initiative (FRCI)
    56 Tempo Road
    Enniskillen, BT74 6HR
    Tel: 028 6632 6478

    F: Aspire Employability Programme

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This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy