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College Programme helps locals with employability skills

College Programme helps locals with employability skills
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September, 2021
South West College is set to boost employability skills in the Fermanagh, Omagh and Mid Ulster District Council areas.  Thanks to a major Department led Work Ready Employability Services Programme (WRES), the programme is designed to support jobseekers by offering access to free training in key employability skills, therefore helping them on their pathway to employment.
 
South West College has secured the Department for Communities (DFC) contract to deliver the WRES Programme in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council and Mid-Ulster District Council areas. The Programme was launched in response to the impacts of the Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent significant rise in unemployment and provides a transformative service to ensure continuity of work focused training services in the face of the rapid rise in unemployment and the forthcoming end of the Furlough scheme. 
 
Many people in Fermanagh, Omagh and Mid-Ulster areas have been affected by job losses as a result of the Covid Pandemic over the past 18 months and are eager to find new employment but may need some support to re-enter the labour market. 
 
The supported employability service will be provided by South West College and offers participants the opportunity to brush up on the skills required to help them gain employment and therefore helping improve their chances of getting back into the labour market.
 It will give jobseekers the confidence and career support needed to help boost their career prospects.
 
The WRES Programme is voluntary and free to all who use it. The programme consists of six short training modules which addresses core employability skills and provides tailored assistance with Job Search Techniques, CV Building, Interview Skills, Mock Interviews, Basic IT/Digital Skills/Social Media and Confidence Building. The programme can be delivered virtually via our secure online platform or face to face at South West College Campuses in Enniskillen, Omagh, Dungannon and Cookstown. 
 
This dedicated Employability support is designed to help assist those deemed as ‘work ready.’ ‘Work-ready’ includes adults who are currently or recently unemployed and are in receipt of benefits and want to re-enter work in a related or new area of employment. 
 
These Employability programmes can be life-changing for individuals, which was the case for Frances, who had nothing but praise for the WRES programme which she recently participated in at South West College. Frances said: “My experience on the WRES Programme was amazing, it really helped build my confidence, and it was brilliant for job and interview skills”.
 
Commenting on the Department’s Initiative the South West College, Centre for Excellence Manager for Social Inclusion, Community Learning and Development Jacqueline McDowell said: “South West College is delighted to be delivering the WRES programme across the Fermanagh, Omagh and Mid-Ulster Council areas which will provide anyone unemployed in these areas with the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to re-enter the labour market. We all know that employment boosts self-confidence, it transforms people’s lives, helps the local economy and this WRES programme is a great opportunity for local people to be able to avail of support to get back into work. 
 
If you want help to brush up on your CV, Interview, Job Search or IT skills or want to build your confidence and secure employment, please contact: Angela Langan by email at: Angela.Langan@swc.ac.uk or Telephone: 028 7138 4830 and find out more on our new WRES programme.