FOYLE COMMUNITY WORK PROGRAMME: Farewell Breakfast -  Celebrating Success

A farewell Breakfast hosted by Customized Training Services in partnership with the Greater Shantallow Area Partnership was held on Thursday 5th October 2017 to celebrate the success of the first group of 23 Foyle Community Work Programme participants who are exiting on the 11th October 2017 after having successfully completed 2 years in paid work-placement as well as gaining much sought after qualifications.

The qualifications achieved include essential skills in numeracy, literacy, manual handling, health & safety,  plant machinery, environmental, , childcare, catering, administration, caring, sports development, first aid, painting & decorating skills, forklift truck and learning to drive.  The list is endless! For many this is the first time they have achieved accredited qualifications!

Ciara Ferguson, Manager of Greater Shantallow Area Partnership stated that “The Foyle Community Work Programme has been unique in its approach, and as the first group of participants exit the programme, we commend their achievements and commitment over the last 2 years and we hope that we have helped them all fulfil their potential as they start a new chapter in their lives”.

Gary McClements  a participant with Lincoln Court Community Association stated “ The programme has been great for me, I have had 2 years paid work experience and have achieved qualifications that I never thought I could get, and just recently have decided to return to college to further my education”.

Michelle Shiels, participant with Create Print stated, “I’ve really enjoyed my time on the Foyle Community Work Programme and I am really pleased to have secured a permanent job at the end of my 2 year work-placement”.

Since going live in July 2015, the Foyle Community Work Programme has successfully sustained over 103 participants in supported paid work-placements for up to two years, while also providing accredited educational and vocational training.

The Foyle Community Work Programme is a £3.3m that is funded by the Social Investment Fund through the Office of the First Minister and Deputy First Minister

For further info on the programme check out Foyle Community Works Programme Update