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Improving employability

Published: Tue, 5 Apr 2016
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Hristina Hristova who was delighted to receive her Food Hygiene certificate.
Hristina Hristova
An Omagh based group, which has been supporting migrants for a number of years in the town and surrounding area, recently received a funding boost from us.
The Omagh Ethnic Support Group provides a range of services to help new people to the area settle in and integrate more easily. Run by three members of staff and some volunteers they cater for up to 50 people per week and offer English language classes, an advice service as well as social and cultural events.
Many of those availing of the services offered by the Forum work in local hotels, restaurants and processing factories and as part of this they require a Food Hygiene certificate. Our Community Cohesion team was able to support a recent application for funding to run this and an employment support programme.
The employment support programme helped with the preparation of CVs, completing job application forms and preparing candidates for the interview process. Meanwhile, the Food Hygiene course has resulted in 16 people gaining a valuable and necessary qualification.  
Eddie Doherty, our Area Manager, commented:
“Community cohesion is important to the Housing Executive and we were pleased to support the work of the Forum. The two elements which we funded will support employment as well as contribute positively to improving local community relations.”
Nick Cassidy from Omagh Ethnic Support Group said:
“People from Poland and Hungary make up about 70% of those who arrive to live and work in the area. The service we provide is helping make their move here easier as we are able to help with employment opportunities, signpost regarding qualifications/benefits and, through a variety of social events, help them feel part of the local community more quickly. I’d like to thank the Housing Executive for their support of our work.”