Job available in Newry for young people to ‘Advance’ their careers

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Tuesday, February 18th, 2014
Community, Jobs & Careers
There’s a new opportunity for employment for a young person from Newry thanks to the Advance Programme – a unique pilot project that offers 24 weeks’ paid employment and on the job training. The programme matches young people with Social Enterprises that are currently expanding and require new staff. The aim is that the young person will prove their capabilities and that the social enterprise will take them on permanently. The job currently available is for an administrative support worker at Davina’s Ark, a social enterprise providing addiction aftercare services. The Advance Programme is the process of placing 40 young people aged between 18 and 26, in 24 weeks’ paid employment in a range of social enterprises throughout Northern Ireland with the goal of transforming these short term posts into permanent jobs. This £300,000 pilot project has been developed and managed by Larne Enterprise Development Company Ltd (LEDCOM) in conjunction with Enterprise Northern Ireland. Advance Programme Manager, Audrey Murray appealed to young people to come forward and take advantage of the opportunity. “This programme has been incredibly successful so far in sourcing the right person for the right job but there are a number of posts out there that are waiting to be filled. “We’ve been really impressed with the young people who have applied for this programme; they just want a chance to prove themselves.” Each of the young people will also complete Enterprise Northern Ireland’s Exploring Enterprise Programme, which gives them a recognised qualification in business studies, helps develop their entrepreneurial skills and prepares them to take up employment. They will then receive mentoring support and attend interviews with the social enterprises. Ms Murray added, “These are real jobs, not a placement and our goal is that at least 50% of the recruits will be retained by the companies. It’s up to each young person to make that happen; they have 24 weeks to prove to employers that they have what it takes.” For further information on the job opportunities through the Advance Programme, contact Hazel Clements at LEDCOM on 028 28269973 or email
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