AN awards ceremony for the successful participants on the Labour Market Activation Programme was held on Thursday last in the Tullamore Court Hotel.
The award ceremony was presided over by Cllr Eamon Dooley, Chairperson, Co Offaly VEC and the speakers on the night were Edward McEvoy, CEO, Co Offaly VEC and Dr Joseph Ryan, Academic Registrar, Athlone Institute of Technology.
Co Offaly’s Labour Market Activation Programme; “Working Together to get Offaly Working” allowed Co Offaly VEC, as lead agency, to develop and deliver courses at FETAC Level 5 and 6 that offered individuals the opportunity to improve their life chances and progress into further education and/or to vastly improve their employability.
The programme was based on a partnership approach to service provision. This partnership model was representative of public and private bodies and included Offaly Local Development Company, FAS, Midlands Chamber, Offaly County Council, Department of Social Protection, Offaly County Enterprise Board and Athlone Institute of Technology. On the night, Eamon Dooley thanked the partners for their participation and suggested that the partnership model in Co Offaly “was a model for service providers around the country in terms of the effective and efficient use of resources in the current climate”.
See this week’s Offaly Express for full report and photographs of all the recipients.