This project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy. Skills North West is match funded with assistance from Derry City and Strabane District Council.

Skills North West is a follow-on project from the hugely successful NIESF Skills2020 and Derry2020.

This community action employability/training project will reach participants most removed from the labour market, traditionally excluded and isolated and caught in a historic cycle of worklessness/poverty.

Target groups will include

  • Long Term Unemployed (LTU)/ Unemployed
  • Economically Inactive(EI)
  • Ex-offenders, and most deprived/removed from the labour market
  • Traditional/cultural worklessness
  • Most socially excluded/at risk of social exclusion
  • With low/no qualifications
  • Lone parents

To enhance employability outcomes

  • Provide tailored/holistic approach to meet complex needs of participants utilising existing community links/services(signposting)
  • Offer one or more training course and wider employability soft skills.
  • Track participants from initial assessment to completion.
  • Follow up tracking monthly and 6 months post completion.
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SkillsNW will provide specific support/development activities

  • Initial needs assessment/agreed training plan
  • Continuous intensive one-to-one mentoring
  • Personal/Social Development Programmes
  • Engagement/guidance/job coaching
  • Sector specific training/work-based employability skills
  • Career planning
  • FE/HE progression
  • Supported volunteer/work placements
  • Pre-employment programmes with guaranteed interviews
  • Accredited/vocational training
  • Annual jobs/careers fairs in local DEA’s
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