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Mayor celebrates ‘Active Inclusion’ graduates

27 March 2018

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Cllr Maolíosa McHugh has congratulated graduates of a training and personal development programme for people aged 16 and over with learning disabilities delivered by the 4Rs Centre in Pennyburn.

The ‘Active Inclusion Programme’, set up in April 2015, includes placement opportunities, training and skills development and an opportunity to sample the work environment. The aim of the project is to support and train people with learning disabilities to help them find employment or further training opportunities.

Mayor McHugh, who presented certificates to 15 local graduates who participated in the Active Inclusion Programme, said: “It’s fantastic to see such pragmatic steps being taken by a local organisation to help people live better and train for work. The Active Inclusion Programme empowers people to make better informed decisions about future career choices while improving their skillset. I’d like to congratulate each and every graduate for their hard work and dedication in completing this 26 week course and wish them well for the future.”

Collette Coyle, Active Inclusion course leader said: “We are proud to present 15 individuals with certificates marking their success in achieving two OCNNI recognised courses in areas including Progression to Employment, Healthy Living and Basic Construction skills. Students have also been given the chance to apply their skills within a workplace environment giving them a real taste of everyday work within their chosen industry. We hope that this programme will give participants the confidence and skills that they need to gain employment or reskill further.”