30/06/2011

Employment Minister Opens Mid-Ulster Careers Resource Centre

Employment and Learning Minister Dr Stephen Farry has officially opened the first Careers Resource Centre for the Mid-Ulster area.

Speaking during his visit to the new Careers Resource Centre in Dungannon, the Minister said: "My Department's investment in this Careers Resource Centre will widen access to professional careers advice in this region. This new centre builds upon the existing Careers Resource Centres currently operating in Ann Street, Belfast and Richmond Chambers, Londonderry.

"The Resource Centres offer improved accessibility of services to existing and new clients. Careers Resource Centres facilitate the delivery of a professional, impartial careers information and guidance service to young people and adults."

"These centres allow clients of all ages access to professional Careers Advisers, supported with up-to-date information and resources without the need for an appointment. Facilities are available on an individual basis and for small groups."

The Minister continued: "In these challenging economic times, it is vital that individuals, at whatever stage on their career ladder, are provided with appropriate information, advice and guidance to encourage their participation in education and training, develop their employment opportunities and support them in fulfilling their potential. Career management skills are of vital importance for individual, economic and social development in Northern Ireland.

"I would encourage everyone needing careers advice to contact the Centre and avail of the services provided."

The Careers Resource Centre can assist individuals at any stage in their career including job-seekers, job changers, young people and graduates. Professional Careers Advisers can assist on how to progress from one stage of your career to the next, covering everything from identifying appropriate career options, to dealing with the practical requirements, such as CV preparation, job searching and interview training.

(KMcA/GK)

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