Job Opportunities To Be Outlined At Lisanelly Shared Education Events

A host of job opportunities relating to the Lisanelly Shared Education development are to be outlined at an event in Omagh next week.

Under the ‘Buy Social’ clause, Omagh based Woodvale Construction Company, who have been awarded the contract to build the new Arvalee School, have announced they are to host ‘Meet the Buyer’ and public information events on Wednesday, May 20 at the Silverbirch Hotel. It is anticipated these will be highly beneficial for local tradesmen and suppliers who are being invited to attend from 3.30-6.30pm to meet and speak with the Woodvale team about the potential opportunities for their businesses.

A public session will be held from 7-9pm where everyone in the community will have the opportunity to hear details about the Lisanelly project as a whole. Information will also be provided about progress to date, the objectives of the project and what benefits it will bring to the communities of Omagh and wider district.

Representatives from the Department of Education will also be in attendance to answer questions and listen to feedback.

Desmond Scott, managing partner of Woodvale, said, “As a local business we were extremely proud to be awarded the contract to build the first school to be located on the Lisanelly Shared Education Campus. As we begin to gather pace we are delighted to have the opportunity to engage with local suppliers and social enterprises to work alongside us as we deliver this unique project.


“We are fully committed to the social clauses agreed in our contract and look forward to providing a range of work opportunities, open to the local community, dedicated to apprenticeships, student placements, youth unemployment and over 150 work weeks for the Long Term Unemployed. Extending across various construction trades, these opportunities aim to assist those most in need and furthest from the employment sector.”

Arvalee will be the first of six secondary schools from Omagh to be built at this former military barracks site.

With further construction contracts in the pipeline for the remaining schools and shared buildings, it has been emphasised that the entire Lisanelly project is fully committed to ‘Buy Social’. As a result it has been confirmed social clauses will be built into every contract awarded.

Jennifer Morgan, part of the team behind the overall programme explained, “Buy Social is about delivering real benefits to communities. This could mean anything from work experience for young people and the long term unemployed, to helping provide skills to the most disadvantaged. The Northern Ireland Executive is extremely passionate about delivering the maximum possible benefit from all public investment, and Buy Social can help us achieve both value for money and social benefits by including effective social clauses in the contracts we award.”

The six schools involved in the project are Arvalee School and Resource Centre, Loreto Grammar School, Omagh High School, Sacred Heart College, Omagh Academy and Christian Brothers Grammar School. The entire project is anticipated to be completed by September 2020.