European Social Fund (ESF) case study - Causeway Learn to Earn 1

Causeway Learn to Earn, run by Roe Valley Community Education Forum Ltd, aims to combat poverty and enhance social inclusion to benefit people who are unemployed and/or economically inactive. The Project is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.

Previous experience in hospitality industry

When this participant started on the Causeway Learn to Earn programme she had previous work experience in the catering and hospitality industry, however she wanted a change of sector, so signed up to complete a Business and Administration course.

Some minor employability barriers were identified at her initial engagement appointment which included needing an updated CV and needing recent work experience along with a reference. She also wanted to develop interview skills and receive assistance completing application forms.

Attending employability workshops

The participant attended her classes on a regular basis and was also part of the Project’s employability workshops. She received assistance in creating a new CV and help in completing draft application forms. Commencing work experience also meant she gained administration skills and obtained a recent reference.

The participant went on to complete her qualification and gained full time temporary employment within an administration setting.

The participant says:

“I am so happy that I decided to sign up for the Causeway Learn to Earn programme as it not only gave me the confidence to go on and apply for admin positions now that I had experience and a reference, but I also achieved my Business Admin qualification. I also gained three months’ paid employment. I would fully recommend the programme.”

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