WOMEN'STEC eZine November 2016

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Lights, Camera, Action


WOMEN'STEC was delighted to have been named by the BBC(NI) 'Community Life' programme as one of the chosen charities to be featured on TV.  Presenter, Vinny Hurrell, and the film crew did a fantastic job and took some great footage of our Plumbing, Joinery, Horticulture and Painting & Decorating courses, as well as interviewing some of our students! The broadcast was shown on several dates and is on the BBC(NI) website, raising awareness of our invaluable work with women.

Click here to view the video clip.

Engineering Skills Visit

A group of WOMEN'STEC students visited Belfast Met (Millfield Campus) to learn about the Metal Working, Welding, Foundry and Joinery courses available. The tour provided an overview of the introductory engineering skills course content and the practical project elements. The session was very inspiring and all students attending expressed an interest in attending a taster week before they decide whether to progress to a longer engineering skills course. Thanks to James in the Engineering Skills Department for organising the tour and for Belfast Met staff for their inspiring talks on the day.

 Childcare Matters

WOMEN'STEC makes a huge difference to women through our onsite childcare. Lynn Carvill, CEO of WOMEN'STEC says, "Women in particular are often unable to return to work or access training due to limited childcare options and the overwhelming cost of childcare. We have a high demand for childcare places from women who couldn't otherwise attend training. Knowing how crucial this is, we're hoping to expand the number of childcare places we have available in the coming year and we work hard to ensure this vital service is part of our core work."

 Gilbert-Ash Appointed Contractor for Marriott Hotel

WOMEN'STEC partner, Gilbert-Ash has been appointed as contractor for the construction of the first Marriott Hotel for Northern Ireland. The £25m four-star AC Hotel by Marriott Belfast will include 188 rooms, a restaurant, a bar/lounge, fitness facilities and meeting rooms. Due to open in early 2018 the hotel is expected to create 180 construction jobs and employment for approximately 115 people when complete. Ray Hutchinson, Managing Director, Gilbert-Ash, said: “City Quays Hotel represents one of the largest contracts that we have worked on in Northern Ireland in recent years and we are excited to commence work on site." View press release

Students Progressing

Congratulations to Natalie who achieved a Merit in her Level 2 City & Guild in Site Carpentry at Belfast Met this year, and has now started Level 3 C&G in Site Carpentry.

View video of Natalie by
clicking here.

Congratulations to Aine who has been accepted onto the Level 2 Site Carpentry course at Belfast Met. Aine started the course in September and is doing fantastically!

View video of Aine by
clicking here.

 Top Results for Partnership
Congratulations to Clanmil Housing who won the Social Impact Award at this year's Social Enterprise NI gala event.  Clanmil and WOMEN’STEC work in partnership to deliver a European Social Fund employability programme: Supporting People, Empowering Communities.  In its first year 52 Clanmil tenants completed training programmes.  This and other initiatives such as leveraging 25 apprenticeships, 39 work placements, and providing a Money Advice Service that  brought in almost £500,000 of unclaimed benefits to tenants resulted in Clanmil's top prize at the prestigious awards event.

Joinery for Clanmil Residents
WOMEN'STEC is delighted to be working in partnership with Clanmil Housing to expand our reach within local communities. Local residents in West Belfast have completed their First Aid Certificate and are currently undertaking a Level 1 accredited Joinery course. The course, led by WOMEN'STEC tutor, Louise Anson, focuses on hand carpenty skills and has proved very popular.

 Master Builders 75th

WOMEN'STEC attended the Federation of Master Builders' 75th anniversary event held at Stormont. Skills shortages were at the top of the agenda with politicians urged to deliver a long-term plan for the industry. Gavin McGuire, FMB(NI) Director said: "The construction industry offers a credible career path and is one of the few that offers everyone the opportunity to progress, regardless of where they start". WOMEN'STEC CEO, Lynn Carvill, highlighted the high demand from women for trades courses, and that this is an opportune time for women to help address skills shortages within the industry.

 Mental Health Charter
WOMEN'STEC has signed up in support of the workplace Mental Health Charter. The Charter is a joint project between the Equality Commission, Action Mental Health, Change Your Mind, Disability Action, the Mental Health Foundation, MindWise and NIAMH. By signing the Charter, organisations are making a voluntary willingness to work with the partners in the initiative to ensure that Northern Ireland’s workplaces are supportive of people who find themselves dealing with mental illness.

Visitors to Our New Premises
WOMEN'STEC has had a range of visitors to our new premises at 29 Chichester Avenue including (L-R): Jill Minne, Director, Belfast City Council and Gerda Helmens a local government representative from the Netherlands; Deputy Lord Mayor of Belfast, Cllr Mary Ellen Campbell; Karen Hunter, CITB(NI) Women in Construction; Martin Flynn, Chief Executive OCN(NI); Cllr Julie-Anne Corr; Vicky Moore and Kerry Harding, Women in Business. We're delighted to welcome visitors to our impressive new facilities. Please get in touch if you'd like a tour!

Greater North Belfast Women
WOMEN'STEC welcomed the Greater North Belfast Women's Forum to our new premises during October. Through the Forum, many of our students have taken part in a range of cultural and cross community events. This work has also widened our links with a range of groups and organisations.

Upcoming Taster Days
WOMEN'STEC is offering a range of FREE taster workshops during November and December in DIY Skills and Gardening/Horticulture as a way to attract new women to try out a topic before committing to a full accredited course. Please feel free to recommend WOMEN'STEC  to anyone aged 16 to 60 years, who is unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week!
Student Opportunities
WOMEN'STEC has developed a range of exciting new opportunities for students, to continue their positive experience with us and in achieving their personal goals! These opportunities include:
CV/Job Application & Interview Skills in partnership with Belfast City Council
Adult Education Courses in Partnership with Ulster University
Metal Working/Welding Courses in Partnership with Belfast Met
Pre-Recruitment Training in Partnership with Belfast City Council
Starting a Business Workshop in partnership with Women in Business
Work Shadowing in Partnership with Clanmil Housing
Mental Health Awareness Workshops
Educational & Construction Site Visits

Students can contact Kelli at WOMEN'STEC to discuss a range of options and opportunities available to them!

Please update your records!  We are now located at:

29 Chichester Avenue, North Belfast, BT15 5EH

Open Call for Tutors

Would you like to tutor for WOMEN'STEC? Do you have a level 3 qualification (or above) in a non-traditional specialist subject such as electrics, plumbing, painting & decorating, joinery, IT, horticulture, electrics, floor & wall tiling, brick laying, or other non-traditional skill area?  Tutors should be available to deliver training for 2 hours a week, over a ten week period. Work release applicants are welcome. 

Find out more about how to apply by clicking here.
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This project is part funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020
and the Department for the Economy.
WOMEN'STEC is one of the seven partners in the Women’s Regional Consortium, which acts as the established link between government, statutory agencies and women in disadvantaged and rural areas. Read more by clicking here
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