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Mini Job Fair for Young People in Belfast

Staff from Belfast Trust who talked about their roles and responsibilities
Staff from Belfast Trust who talked about their roles and responsibilities

YOUNG people involved with Include Youth's Give and Take Scheme in Belfast attended a job fair at the Shankill Wellbeing and Treatment Centre today.

The fair for 16-21 year olds was organised by the Belfast Trust's Employability Service, which is delivered in partnership by Include Youth and Start360.

Belfast Trust staff fully embraced their corporate parent responsibilities, with representatives from human resources, nursing, administration and patient and client support services departments meeting with the young people and discussing roles, duties and essential criteria.

Belfast Trust Employability Worker, Gary Cooper, said:

"In the last 12 months, four young people successfully gained Band 2 Nursing Auxiliary posts, three of which have been allocated posts commencing in September 2014.
"Also within the last six months three young people successfully gained Band 2 Support Service Assistant posts in a summer relief capacity, which will commence in coming weeks.
"The ring-fenced employment scheme, implemented by human resources, and initiatives such as job fairs are key to increasing the employment outcomes of young people in care and increasing their awareness and aspirations."

Many of the young people in attendance were from Include Youth's Give & Take Scheme, START360's Switch Onto Employment programme, Aiming Higher (a programme delivered in partnership between Business in the Community NI and Include Youth) and VOYPIC, though a few attended independently or with the support of their personal advisor.