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McCann Supports East Belfast ‘Training by Choice’ project.

17 October, 2011 - by Jennifer McCann

Sinn Fein’s Jennifer McCann MLA (West Belfast) has called on Education & Learning (DEL) Minister, Stephen Farry to assess and recognise that projects such as ‘Training by Choice’ situated in Swan House in East Belfast is a lifeline for young people in the 16-19 age bracket who have left formal education with little or no qualifications.

Jennifer McCann said:

“I attended a protest at Parliament Buildings, Stormont today in support of the young people who were participating in the ‘Training by Choice’ project at Swan House on the Albertsbridge Road for which funding has run out.

“I spoke with some of the 32 young people who are affected by this situation and they are devastated at the prospect that the project will be discontinued if funding is not restored.

“This is a DEL funded alternative education course focussing on music technology, digital photography and 3D websites. It is the type of project that grabs the attention of many young people in this age group who did not find similar stimulation in formal education.

“Considering the efforts put in by the Office of First and deputy First Ministers to attract major performing arts projects such as ‘Game of Thrones’ I would think that this project is precisely what we should be encouraging. I urge the Minister to assess and recognise the need to develop local talent through projects such as ‘Training by Choice’ to service these valuable performing arts projects.”

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