Working with local young people to develop their skills

Working with local young people to develop their skills

The Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council has been working with the Work IT Programme for the past year in various sectors.  Recently their Bushcraft Centre at Kinnego Marina, Lurgan offered two young adults paid work experience at the centre which will allow them the opportunity to develop their skills and improve their chances of finding work.  Both individuals were unemployed, de-motivated and had little/no prospect of finding work or even an employer who would give them a chance as they had no experience or skills.

The two young men have been working at the Bushcraft Centre for the past four months.  Their supervisor Peter has commended their work commitment, attendance and attitude towards work.   Throughout the duration of their time on Work IT they will be offered the chance to up skill in many areas – equivalent to national standards in ground maintenance and outdoor leisure qualifications.

Peter advised “I would like to state that without the Work IT programme and the partnership working with the Council these individuals would have had little to no chance in the current climate to up skill and gain a new qualification. More importantly their quality of life and self worth is being developed on a daily basis through mentor supervision with our instructors.

I believe that this partnership working is essential to give hard to reach young people a chance to develop and up skill so that they can become a valued part of their community and in the long term hopefully find and sustain a job.”

Pictured: Work IT participant Matthew receiving one to one archery instructor training from Steven from the Bushcraft Centre

Through the OFMDFM Social Investment Fund ‘Work IT’ training and employment Programme, managed by Newry, Mourne and Down District Council,  we are offering eligible participants in Newry, Portadown, Lurgan and Coalisland the opportunity to undertake 48 weeks paid work experience in an occupational area of their choice.

To find out more about the Work IT programme or to check eligibility contact:

Laura McElhone                Portadown & Coalisland Areas      07702962810

Sarah McAlinden             Newry & Lurgan Areas                     07702962817


The Southern  Zone ‘Work IT’ project is funded by the Northern Ireland Executive Social Investment Fund (SIF) Programme which aims to make life better for people living in deprived areas by reducing poverty, unemployment and physical deterioration.


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