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NEW LOAF ACADEMY PLANNED FOR FERMANAGH AND OMAGH

NOW Group is pleased to announce an exciting new partnership with Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.  Starting on 2nd September, the successful Loaf Academy training programme will be available to people with learning difficulties and autism in the local area. The 12-week course provides both practical and classroom-based learning for people interested in a career in the hospitality industry.   Participants will study for an accredited qualification, undertake a guaranteed work placement and have the support of dedicated NOW Group staff in their search for job opportunities.  The first academy intake of eight students will be based for their practical learning in the new Loaf Café at the Ulster American Folk Park.

 

Maeve Monaghan, Chief Executive of NOW Group said “I am delighted that we have been able to work with our partners at Fermanagh and Omagh District Council to establish a Loaf Academy in the area.  We have a great track record of supporting people with learning difficulties and autism into jobs and then supporting them to be successful in their roles.  We look forward to welcoming the first group to our new Loaf Café in September.”

 

Councillor Siobhan Currie, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council said “Fermanagh and Omagh District Council is committed to working in partnership with other key stakeholders to improve the quality of life of all the people of the district. The Council is delighted to be collaborating with the NOW Group in this innovative project. The NOW Group is an established social enterprise with a proven track record in supporting people with learning difficulties and autism back into the work environment and I am confident that by participating in this innovative project, the trainees will have an enjoyable and ultimately successful experience. Hospitality is a very important industry in the Fermanagh and Omagh District Council area and it is important that appropriate training is available for everyone wishing to work in the sector.”

(l-r) Alison McCullagh, Director of Regeneration and Planning, Fermanagh and Omagh District Council, Maeve Monaghan, Chief Executive of NOW Group, Kathryn Thompson, Chief Executive of National Museums NI and Councillor Siobhan Currie, Chair of Fermanagh and Omagh District Council.