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Innovative Kickstart programme aims to prepare Council residents for careers in hospitality, retail

27 March 2017

Derry City and Strabane District Council are seeking applications for an innovative programme that aims to prepare local unemployed people for a career in the hospitality, retail and tourism sector within just five weeks.

The Hospitality and Retail, Tourism Training for Employment course (HARTE) is part of Council’s Kickstart to Work programme and aims to provide candidates with the qualifications, skills and confidence to successfully apply for jobs in these sectors.

The course is split into three sections: a vocational training programme at the North West Regional College, an award in employability and a two week work placement before offering candidates a guaranteed interview with local employers.

Mena Kearney, Job Brokerage Officer with Derry City and Strabane District Council, said the aim of the course was to break down the barriers that unemployed people face in applying for positions in the local job market.

“This course is aimed at unemployed or economically inactive people in the Council area who are more than capable of pursuing a career in the hospitality, retail and tourism sector but who need some guidance and support to make their aspirations a reality,” she said.

“As well as providing industry led accredited training and work experience, help and support candidates will also be offered assistance with job searching, CV preparation and interview skills to enhance their chances of making a successful job application.

“Some candidates may not have been part of a training programme for some time and they will find the one to one mentoring that is provided as part of the course particularly helpful.

“We aim to breakdown all the barriers that are holding people back from returning to training and possible employment by offering financial support which is available for costs, like childcare, travel, subsistence and uniforms during the course.”

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s Kickstart to Work aims to provide training, skills development and job opportunities to unemployed people who reside in the Council area by delivering a range of industry specific courses.

Eligible candidates must be unemployed / economically inactive and reside within the Council area.

Further details of the HARTE course is available by calling the Kickstart team on 028 71 308466 or e mailing [email protected].