WOMEN'STEC eZine April 2016

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Gala Awards 2016

The annual WOMEN’STEC Gala Awards took place on 15 March 2016 at Belfast City Hall to celebrate the achievements of women in non-traditional skills training.
In the past year, over 140 students participated on the Supporting People - Empowering Communities (SPEC) programme, gaining 115 qualifications. This programme is part funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2014-2020 – Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme, and the Department of Employment and Learning. The programme running in partnership with Clanmil Housing Group has received resounding support from the construction industry by leading firms Gilbert-Ash Ltd and JMC Mechanical and Construction Ltd.
Congratulations to WOMEN'STEC Student of the Year, Aine McLaughlin, presented by Budget Energy CEO, Eleanor McEvoy.
Congratulations to Mosaic group participants Geraldine, Elishia, Roisin & Betty(not pictured)  who received the Community Award presented by Colette Moore, Clanmil Housing Group.
WOMEN'STEC would like to congratulate Student Award winners (l-r): Ellen Fee (IT) presented by Cllr Geradline McAteer; Sharon Kerr (Plumbing) presented by Tracy Victor and Billy Carroll of JMC Mechanical and Construction; Leanne Marks (Joinery) presented by Maria Bradley of Gilbert-Ash; Beth Thompson (Tiling) presented by Colette Moore of Clanmil Housing; Geraldine Murphy (Gardening) presented by Cllr Geraldine McAteer; and Beth Thompson (Furniture Making) presented by Maria Bradley of Gilbert-Ash. Grainne O'Shea (Painting & Decorating) (not pictured), award was presented by Colette Moore of Clanmil Housing Group.
Pictured above Lynn Carvill, WOMEN'STEC CEO and Colette Moore, Clanmil’s Director of Housing (centre) pictured with Student Award winners at Belfast City Hall.

WOMEN'STEC would like to thank the following organisations for presenting Student Awards at this year's celebration event:
Clanmil Housing Group
Gilbert-Ash Ltd
Belfast City Council
JMC Mechanical and Construction Ltd
Budget Energy
Congratulations and well done to all students!

Read more about the WOMEN'STEC Gala Awards by clicking here.
View Student of the Year, Aine McLaughlin's story by clicking here.
Pictured (l-r): Ulster Community Investment Trust Ltd CEO Harry McDaid, WOMEN'STEC CEO Lynn Carvill, and Gilbert-Ash Ltd MD Ray Hutchinson.

500 New Training Places!
WOMEN'STEC has secured funding for over 500 women to learn skills in plumbing, tiling, painting and decorating, joinery, IT and horticulture/gardening. We offer free training places to women who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours.

We are currently recruiting students for sampling courses that will run over the Summer, and for our level 1 accredited courses starting in September.

Contact us to find out more about sampling sessions and accredited courses, by ringing 028 9074 9810 or emailing

Read full news story by clicking here.
WOMEN'STEC are delighted to have designed and made  this year's CO3 Leadership Awards to recognise Third Sector community and voluntary organisation leaders, as well as the fabulous Student Awards  for the WOMEN'STEC Gala Awards 2016!
Our first aid training 'Save Your Baby's Life' was very popular and is highly recommended! The training course covers basic first aid & helps equip participants with the confidence to deal with a range of emergency situations. We'll be running this training again later in the year. If you 'd like to register your interest, please email
WOMEN'STEC Plumbing tutor, Ciara Walls (2nd left) pictured with students learning plumbing tips and techniques. Our plumbing class covers basic domestic plumbing jobs and dealing with plumbing emergencies. To register your interest for our September class, please email
Congratulations to participants who completed the Steps To Excellence (STEPS) course developed by the Pacific Institute. This is a fantastic personal development course that helps participants identify personal goals and develop confidence.  We'd like to say a huge 'thank  you' to Eileen Weir for facilitating the course.
WOMEN'STEC Joinery tutor, Louise Anson, pictured with students completing a class where they put their skills to good use, each participant making a stool from raw materials. We've had a very high demand for our Joinery classes and have filled two classes starting in April, with more classes starting in September. Please contact us to register your interest, by emailing
Pictured: Louise Anson WOMEN'STEC Joinery tutor, with student Sophia Kyle.

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, manual hadling or other non-traditional skill area?

If so, WOMEN'STEC would like to hear from you!  We're expanding and want to ensure we have a register of tutors from across Northern Ireland to meet demand.  Tutors should be available to deliver training for 2 hours a week, over a ten week period; dates to be agreed with WOMEN’STEC. Work release applicants are welcome. 

Read full news story by clicking here.
International Women's Day

WOMEN'STEC staff and students took part in a wide range of events as part of the International Women's Day (IWD) 2016 celebrations. WOMEN'STEC attended the unveiling of a stained-glass window at Belfast City Hall ahead of International Women’s Day, which marks the invaluable contribution that women in Belfast have made to culture, industry and society. Staff and students also attended the rally in Belfast where Lynn Carvill gave an inspiring welcome alongside Belfast Lord Mayor, Arder Carson. WOMEN'STEC would like to thank everyone who took part in this year's activities, and Reclaim the Agenda for the fantastic IWD programme with over 50 events including a series of lectures at the Ulster Hall.
WOMEN’STEC as part of the North Belfast Women’s Forum took part in a residential “Women and War” held in Derry/Londonderry. The event, facilitated by Eileen Weir, brought together various women from North Belfast to discuss women’s roles in the Great War and in the Easter Rising. Kathy Wolff screened a selection of short films about World War I and the impact of militarism on women’s lives. Ruth Tallion presented a talk on women’s roles in 1916, dealing largely with the Easter Rising and the roles that both Protestant and Catholic women played. Learning about women’s experiences in an historical context and drawing parallels with women’s lives today is a powerful way to break down real or perceived barriers. Thanks to Greater North Belfast Women’s Network and Eileen Weir for organising the event.
WOMEN'STEC is one of the seven partners in the Women’s Regional Consortium. The Women’s Regional Consortium acts as the established link between the government, statutory agencies and women in disadvantaged and rural areas.

Read more about the Women’s Regional Consortium by clicking here
WOMEN'STEC staff pictured at the Gala Awards 2016 (l-r): Kelli Boyles, Patricia Fleming, Lynn Carvill (CEO), Amanda Ferguson, and Vilma Bisson.
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