In The Workplace

17th September 2013

Scheme Sets The Wheels In Motion For Jobless

THE Youth Employment Scheme is helping young people gain employability skills and secure jobs, according to the Department of Employment and Learning. Davy Doyle, the Department’s employment service office manager for Newry, said: “With more young people finding themselves in a Catch 22 situation where they can’t land a job because they don’t have experience,...

17th September 2013

Employers ‘Crucial To Apprenticeships’

EMPLOYMENT and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry met with ApprenticeshipsNI participants at the Northern Ireland Electricity (NIE) Training Centre. The Minister said: “It is important to remember that without the involvement of employers there would be no apprentices. I would therefore like to congratulate NIE who, despite the economic challenges we face, continue to invest...

17th September 2013

How A Job Abroad Helps Self-Esteem And Employability

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) is still booming and there are many opportunities for bright, energetic graduates. Foyle International, academic director Chris Mac Bruithin explains how business graduate Bronagh Fikri started out in her teaching career TWO years ago, like thousands of other recent graduates, Bronagh was getting more and more disheartened at...

17th September 2013

Firms Must Work To Help Keep Their Staff Healthy

THE workplace is a key setting to influence lifestyle choices. It therefore has a responsibility to help address preventable health risks, such as obesity and smoking, that can lead to chronic illnesses. That was the key message from Health Minister Edwin Poots as he addressed the Business in the Community Annual Conference. The minister said:...

17th September 2013

Just Days Left To Propel Your Business Forward

BUDDING entrepreneurs have just days left to apply for Invest Northern Ireland’s Propel Programme before the January 23 deadline. The development programme is designed to fast-track entrepreneurs with innovative ideas that have export potential. Expert advice is also available from some of Northern Ireland’s leading business minds along with essential financial support. In the last...

17th September 2013

Ministers Launch Free Online Business Tools

NEW online business performance tools will improve management and promote business growth, according to Enterprise Minister Arlene Foster. The diagnostic and self-help resources have been developed by Invest Northern Ireland in partnership with the Department for Employment and Learning. The Business Diagnostic tool helps business owners and managers assess how effective their business practices are,...

17th September 2013

Award winner Jamie has it all figured out

UNIVERSITY OF ULSTER Jamie Graham has been awarded the prestigious HD Mooney Memorial Prize.   Sponsored annually by Baker Tilly Mooney Moore, the prize is given to the best overall second year student in Financial Accounting on the BSc Accounting programme at the Ulster Business School, Jordanstown.  Joanne Small, Partner at Baker Tilly Mooney Moore,...

17th September 2013

Awards celebrate young people’s success

Particpants of the CRAFT employability programme for young people in the North Down area were awarded at a recent ceremony. Presenting the awards at the YMCA in Bangor was Employment and Learning Minister, Dr Stephen Farry. The Minister said: “The focus of this joint pilot initiative is to help young unemployed people in the North...

17th September 2013

Reasons To Look For Work Experience

Lots of students carry out work experience during their time at University as a compulsory part of their degree course, but even if it doesn’t add anything to your degree, it’s a great way to get ahead of the curve in a particularly tough industry. Most work experience placements will prove to be good learning...

17th September 2013

Showing Class

EDUCATION Minister, John O’Dowd, has congratulated a north Belfast school on its work to upskill the wider community. Attending the recent annual prize-giving ceremony at Hazelwood Integrated College Mr O’Dowd praised the school’s use of his department’s Extended Schools programme. Through it, evening classes are run covering a number of subjects and skills such as...

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