Farry Announces Omagh Employment And Skills Event

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has announced Omagh is to play host to an employment and skills event on Thursday 4 June 2015.

The event will take place in the Strule Arts Centre, Omagh from 10am to 4pm, and has been organised by the Department for Employment and Learning (DEL). The primary focus of the event is to advise jobseekers about opportunities coming up during the construction of the first phase of the new Lisanelly Shared Education Campus.

Speaking ahead of the event, Minister Farry said: “This event provides an excellent opportunity for local jobseekers to come along and hear about what will be on offer. It has something for everyone and I would encourage anyone, whether in work, unemployed or simply considering their education and training options, to explore and avail of the services that will be available on the day. It is anticipated that a number of employment opportunities will be on offer on the day. There will also be social clause opportunities for the long term unemployed, apprentices, Training for Success placements and student opportunities.”

As well as social clause opportunities, the main contractor for the build Woodvale Construction and its sub contractors will outline what other positions are available or will become available during the construction phase. A number of support organisations will also be in attendance, including South West College and Reed in Partnership, which is the lead contractor for Steps 2 Success, DEL’s main employment programme.

The Minister continued: “My Department’s Careers Service and Employment Service will also be present to provide individuals with information, advice and guidance on a range of training and employment schemes. These can assist individuals to progress towards work and better employment prospects, equipping them with the skills to compete in the labour market and meet the needs of employers both now and in the future.”

Visitors to the event will also have the opportunity to participate in a series of job club workshops and receive assistance with an online jobsearch.

Desmond Scott, Managing Partner of Woodvale Construction, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded the contract for the construction of the Lisanelly Shared Education Campus and we look forward to exploring the local workforce. We are pleased to be working closely with the Department for Employment and Learning, which is facilitating this event on our behalf and will be assisting with the full recruitment process once underway. We look forward to meeting at the event those interested in working on this major exciting project.”

Initial interviews for a number of available positions will be held at the event. Three information sessions will take place throughout the day at 10:30, 12:30 and 14:30. Places will be allocated on a first come, first served basis. Those interested in attending should contact their local Jobs and Benefits Office or JobCentre for more information. Further information is available on NI Direct.