Jobs event for Coleraine young people a success

Apr 03, 2013

Photography: Press Eye.

Pictured (L-R) are Roberta Donaghy from the Department for Employment and Learning, Gregory Campbell MP, Tanisha Montgomery and Vicky Logan, both students from Portstewart, with Sharon Polson, Regional Business Manager, Invest NI.

Young people from the Coleraine area attended the career advice event held in the Coleraine Town Hall last week.

Organised by Invest Northern Ireland in conjunction with the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL), the event featured presentations, advice and one to one discussions for those aged 16-24.

Sharon Polson, Regional Business Manager, Invest NI commented on the event saying: “The Prince’s Trust, Advantage, DEL, Northern Regional College and Invest NI representatives provided tailored, specialist advice to local young people.

“The attendees were keen to take advantage of this advice and spent considerable time talking to the various representatives about a range of issues from training, job placement or starting a business to interview preparation. This event demonstrated that by working in partnership, we can help our young people to develop the confidence and knowledge required to seek out career opportunities.”

The event also included a presentation from local entrepreneur Mark Stewart from Ballymena who, after many months of planning, set up his own business Doggy Day Care last year with support from the Prince's Trust. Mark provided a personal and detailed insight into the challenges and rewards of establishing and setting up a business.

Local MP Gregory Campbell, who had requested the event, addressed the attendees saying: “Coleraine, like many areas in Northern Ireland, has experienced its share of economic difficulties. As we work our way out of the recession we need to ensure that local young people, the future of our economy, are empowered and supported in their career aspirations. This event provided much needed access to advice and support so that young people in the Coleraine area know they are not alone and have the potential to make a valuable contribution to the economy. I would like to thank all of those who worked together to make this event such a success.”

Addressing attendees on the Department for Employment and Learning’s recently launched Youth Employment Scheme (YES), Roberta Donaghy from the Department’s Employment Service said: “At the event, we were able to highlight all of the support available including The Youth Employment Scheme.

This new scheme, which is delivered by the Employment Service and Careers Service, assesses the skills of unemployed young people and matches them with participating employers. It is focussed on helping those young people aged 18 to 24 who are ‘job ready’ to get a firm foothold on the career ladder by offering placements and job opportunities.”

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