Training organisation, People 1st, has won two European Social Fund programme contracts that will create eight new jobs as well as safeguard eight existing positions, from previous contracts. The contracts will enable People 1st to continue to provide training and consultation to its LEMIS+ and The Community Family Support Programme.
Established in 2002, People 1st provides vocational training, corporate training, essential skills and consultancy advice across Northern Ireland. It delivers a number of vocational programmes for the Department for Economy (DfE) Apprenticeship and Training for Success Programmes, and has offices in Belfast, Lisburn, Portadown, Lurgan and Newry.
People 1st recently achieved platinum status at the Deloitte’s Best Managed Companies which recognises excellence across all Ireland. The platinum status comes through People 1st having been ranked in the Best Managed Companies for the past ten years.
Ronan Heenan, Director of People 1st, said, “Over the past 16 years, we’ve helped over 57,000 people gain qualifications and we continue to play a crucial role in developing people for the world of work. We’ve worked with a number of leading businesses throughout Ireland and we’re delighted to be re-awarded the training contracts for LEMIS+ and The Community Family Support Programme.
“These new contracts are important as they will help safeguard eight posts that we’ve created over the past four years. They also enable us to continue to grow the organisation by taking on an additional eight staff to help deliver the programmes.”
He added: “In the past year we’ve helped more than 500 people get back into employment through our various programmes and delivered training to a number of organisations across Northern Ireland. Our aim is to help people overcome the challenges in their lives in order to find a way back into work. There is a lack of opportunities for people from disadvantaged backgrounds in Northern Ireland and we’re keen to give those people the right resources to start a career.”