Driving Skills Programme launched in Newry

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Friday, February 8th, 2013
The 3R’s programme aims to train 60 individuals from the Neighbourhood Renewal Areas in Newry with specialised driving skills. As well as driving skills, the programme will equip individuals with the necessary skills to secure employment by providing accredited training by the RTITB. NRA residents will also develop other life skills including team work, communication and employability know-how. The project which is supported by the Northern Ireland Executive, delivered through the Department for Social Development renewal strategy is aimed at delivering a programme of life and employability skills to residents of the neighbourhood renewal areas. This 3R’s focuses on providing residents with the opportunity to achieve an LGV or PCV licence with additional nationally recognised qualifications related to lorry and bus driving. David Vint, SRC Assistant Director commented, “It is great to see programmes like this having genuine positive influence within our local communities and this project will provide opportunities to encourage the unemployed back into the workplace and help participants gain skills and confidence that may lead to future education.” The programme had the support of both the Armagh & Newry Neighbourhood Renewal Partnership Boards and is evidence of the close working relations between community groups and SRC in delivering innovative, community demand led programmes. Speaking at the launch of the project Noreen Rice Chair of the Newry NRPB said, “This new initiative delivered by the Southern Regional College, through their employability programme, supports the development of new key skills and offers local people from within the Neighbourhood Renewal areas the unique opportunity to develop a pathway to employment. They then improve their sense of purpose, increasing their confidence and self-esteem”
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