TWO pioneering projects designed to help young people find their footing on the career ladder are coming to Antrim.
The Fairbridge Project is a scheme run by The Prince’s Trust designed for unemployed people between 16 and 25.
It is based round activities designed to develop personal skills and key life skills through group activities, one to one support and residentials - and there is no time limit for completion.
“It is a proven method of boosting confidence, skills a step into a job or career,” said Antrim Town councillor Jim Montgomery.
He is passionate about the programme and has worked closely with Shona Jordan from The Prince’s Trust for several months to bring the innovative service to the borough.
“I believed it could be run in Antrim and started working to achieve this, meeting with reps from The Trust and Council.
“At times it looked like it couldn’t be set up outside of Belfast due to the nature of funding provided, however with persuasion it has been achieved.
“Both bodies have now launched pilot projects for Fairbridge in Antrim starting in October.
“And if it’s successful I am hopeful it will run long term in Antrim, which would be fantastic.
“I’m delighted that this is launching in Antrim.
“It really will give young people who are unemployed an opportunity to develop themselves and a career.
“I know from speaking to participants that it is a high quality course.
“At the launch one of those participants, Aoife, was very honest and open about how she was at a very low point until she joined the scheme and she is now progressing into a career in social care.
“Since I first met with Shona Jordan from The Prince’s Trust a lot of work has been done to get the pilot courses to Antrim and hopefully establish lit here.
“This is a great opportunity for development and I would encourage young people to make contact with The Prince’s Trust and take the chance to build a career and a future.”
Anyone interested can visit the reps in Antrim Forum every Wednesday from 1pm to 3pm from September 19 to October 17 or text/call Karen on 07483 977387 or 0800 842 842