WOMEN'STEC Gala Awards

OCN NI are delighted to be the Awardng Organisation of choice for WOMEN'sTEC, and below you will see some of the work WOMEN'sTEC have completed recently, receiving accreditation from OCN NI. 

The annual WOMEN’STEC Gala Awards took place on 15 March 2016 at Belfast City Hall to celebrate and showcase the achievements and innovation of women in non-traditional skills training.
In the past year, in excess of 140 students participated on the Supporting People - Empowering Communities (SPEC) programme run in partnership with Clanmil Housing Group and part funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2014-2020 – Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme, the Department of Employment and Learning.

undefined115 participants gained qualifications in courses such as plumbing, joinery, painting and decorating, tiling, horticulture, information technology and first aid, helping to equip them for the world of work.  The programme has received resounding support from the construction industry and other partner organisations and is being backed by leading construction firm Gilbert-Ash and JMC Mechanical and Construction Ltd.
Lynn Carvill, Chief Executive of WOMEN’STEC stated: “It is with great pleasure that we recognise the hard work of our students.  Many of these women have overcome considerable barriers to take part in our courses.  With the shortage of skills and the under-representation of women in the construction sector - with an industry average of only 13.4% - our training programmes are invaluable."

Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee said: “The work of WOMEN’STEC fits with the Council’s Belfast Employability and Skills Framework and Action Plan and its aims to address employability and skills challenges in the city. The Gala Awards at City Hall can help to raise the profile of women and construction as an industry of choice.”