Last week saw the official launch of PeoplePlus NI’s BEE Project, supported by the Executive Office and the Causeway Rural Urban Network. The event took place in Dunclug College, Ballymena and highlighted the important work that has been undertaken to date.
Funded by the Social Investment Fund; PeoplePlus NI, in conjunction with their partner Eye 4 Education, have delivered over 700 employability assessment days, given out 5000 free breakfasts across 6 different schools and prepared 100’s of CVs for the parents of students taking part.
Speaking about the BEE Project, PeoplePlus NI Managing Director Tina McKenzie said “Intergenerational unemployment is a significant issue across Northern Ireland, and one which PeoplePlus NI is determined to tackle. Research has demonstrated the importance of linking education with family structures and so we are dedicated to giving students and adults all of the practical skills and self belief that they need to succeed. This project maximises the power of education by directly linking it to employment, ensuring that the next generation are prepared for a dramatically reshaped world of work. ”
The BEE Project provides an opportunity for schools and communities to work together in providing joint educational opportunities and awareness of local job markets, whilst enabling clear and supported routes to further education and employment for all participants involved in the project.
PeoplePlus NI are now planning on expanding the BeeProject throughout the Moyle area, with 3 mini hubs opening across the region.