BY LOUISE CONVERY
AN education website has been launched to help boost job opportunities for Mid Ulster women.
Educational opportunities in Magherafelt are highlighted on the new website aimed at helping women get back into employment. The Women’s Centres Regional Partnership’s site lists courses across Northern Ireland including those at The Learning Lodge in Magherafelt.
There are more than 300 courses including ICT, History, GCSE English and maths, foreign languages and accounting/book-keeping. There is also a fantastic choice of non-academic courses such as photography, homeopathy, exercise classes, crocheting and sewing, and personal development programmes. There are more than 3,000 places available for women to get involved.
“For many women, taking a course can be the first step to a new future and it gives them the chance to develop skills, boost their self-esteem and improve their lives,” explained Margaret Logue, Chairperson of the WCRP, who is from The Women’s Centre in Derry.
“The courses are all flexible and because they take place in the Women’s Centres/Organisations around Northern Ireland they have a welcoming atmosphere providing a great environment that encourages women to participate. One of the key issues that prevent women from attending a course is lack of childcare and we have added a facility to this website so women can search for a course that also offers childcare,” she added.
Offering a range of education and training options was one of the recommendations made in a seminal report that found many women in disadvantaged communities would not return to education because they had limited qualifications, skills, experience and a lack of confidence.
“It’s essential that we take action so that women can participate equally in education, training, work and public and political life. The launch of this new website will make it easier for women to access information about courses which can support to them take this first step,” said Patricia Haren, WCRP Director.
Visit the new website at www.wcrpeducation.org.uk.