Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín, launches Employability Roadshow at Falls Road Library
Culture Minister, Carál Ní Chuilín today launched ‘Your Working Life’ a series of road shows aimed at those seeking work.
Speaking at the launch in the Fall Road Library, the Minister said: “’Your Working Life’ provides help and information to people from all walks of life who are seeking employment; a change of career; facing redundancy; returning to the workplace; or leaving school. This is a valuable initiative delivering to people locally during these challenging economic times.”
“The road shows are evidence of how library provision can and should be more than about reading books. Library services are at the heart of communities and road shows such as this emphasise the support and information that libraries can provide. The community use of this library and the valuable contribution it makes to people’s lives is consistent with my aspiration and commitment to a shared and better future for our society.”
The Road shows will be taking place in libraries across the North - including Shankill, Lurgan, Coleraine and Strabane and will provide a range of information and advice to help those seeking employment.
Customers will be offered a mixture of information and staff will be on hand to answer questions and offer advice. There will also be several activities, such as careers aptitude; and wellbeing in the workplace quizzes. Libraries NI will also showcase their basic computer skills sessions; the online Library and Business Library resources; and the library service ‘Health in Mind’ website.
The Minister concluded by referring to the reviews on library services presently being taken forward by Libraries NI. The Minister said: “I firmly believe that investment in the library service will help build a more educated society, a more skilled society and a stronger society. I am committed to ensuring, against a difficult financial backdrop, that provision of local library services is protected as much as possible.
“At present there is a consultation on a reduction of library opening hours and I would encourage local people to engage in this consultation and to shape the future of their library services.”