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Work Ready West project proving a success – Fearon

19 October, 2016 - by Megan Fearon

Sinn Féin MLA Megan Fearon welcomed the significant progress being made to support people west of the Bann into employment.

Speaking after a visit to the Social Investment Fund Work Ready West project in Enniskillen, the Junior Minster said:

"I saw how the project is helping people in Fermanagh, Omagh, Limavady and Strabane find permanent paid work. 

“Supported with £2.2million of Executive funding, the project is providing 160 long-term unemployed people aged 24 and over with paid employment and training opportunities.

“Getting people into jobs is no easy task but the Work Ready West project has proved to be a real success. 

“The project is delivering for local people and this investment is really making a difference. 

“Already it has worked with 160 people, and delivered 112 full time and 48 part-time placements.  As a result, 29 people are now employed or self-employed.

“It’s also more than just headline figures; families and the wider community are benefiting from the personal and professional development this initiative provides people with.”

The Minister added: 

“Work Ready West is a great example of how local people, working in tandem with the Executive, can make a real and tangible difference for the better.

“The Executive has invested £80million to Social Investment Fund projects across the North and these are improving the skills, talents and opportunities many people need to reach their full potential. Together, we are improving people’s lives and making a better society for everyone in the North.”

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