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Pictured at the celebration event in Coalisland are participant Shannon Kelly, Youth Worker Blanaid Bruce, IFI Board Member, Allen McAdam, Youth Worker Declan Cullen and participant Martin Morgan. Coalisland Training Services Ltd has a central mission of creating a caring and efficient environment, in which young people wishing to improve and develop through training can realise their full potential.

Coalisland Training Services celebrate achievements

Published on:  01 Jul 2019

Coalisland Training Services Ltd has recognised the achievements of their young participants during an event in the Craic Theatre in Coalisland today.  The programme offers opportunities to young people in the Mid Ulster area. 

The International Fund for Ireland funds the initiative through its Personal Youth Development Programme which engages young people to build and develop life skills that foster good relations, build confidence and resilience, providing a platform for employability.

The participants have engaged in a range of accredited and non-accredited training over the past year and received their certificates during the event.

Richard Thornton, Chief Executive Coalisland Training Services Ltd (CTS) welcomed everyone to the “Assist Celebration Event”,

“This is the culmination of two years hard work and as you will see this morning the young people have made immense progress achieving lots of qualifications”.

Richard thanked IFI for their funding, without which none of this excellent work would have been possible.  He also paid tribute to Rural Action for managing the programme and the tutors for delivering high quality training which often went beyond their responsibility. 

Behind every successful team programme is a core team and Richard gave a special thanks to Blanaid Bruce, Declan Cullen and Rosemary McElvogue for all their hard work and dedication to the young people.  Finally, Richard praised the young participants who had given full effort and dedication throughout the programme and were a pleasure to have in the centre.

Allen McAdam, International Fund for Ireland Board Member said:

“The young people deserve credit for the achievements they have made through CTS. It can be daunting for young people to do something new, join a project with people they may not know but they are reaping the rewards for that leap of faith. 

“Most of the young people have completed accredited or non-accredited training courses, putting them firmly on course for employment – allowing them to control their futures. CTS funded by IFI for a couple of years and they have continued to progress and evolve with the changing needs of the community and their participants.

“It was also great to see tutors and facilitators, who have played such a vital role in this project, join the celebrations. Without them and so many within the project, our young people would not be getting these opportunities to shine”. 

CTS has a central mission of creating a caring and efficient environment, in which young people wishing to improve and develop through training can realise their full potential. During the event, young people created a series of short sketches highlighting what they had been doing & what they have achieved.

Blanaid Bruce, CTS said:

“This event was about recognising how far these young people have come in their journey with CTS and preparing them for their next steps. We have worked hard to develop strong relationships with the local community and a range of statutory agencies to ensure the support and training we provide participants is fully informed and guided”.

Funding to CTS is provided through the International Fund for Ireland’s Personal Youth Development Programme and managed by Rural Action.

For further information about our funding programmes, or for information on how to apply for funding, please contact the person(s) or organisation(s) identifed at the end of the relevant programme summary in the areas of activity section.

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