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‘Education to Employment’ ‘E2E’ Festival of Hope Posted on 05/05/2017 00:00:00 The North West’s community based festival is currently being planned by North West Regional College (NWRC). The aim of this festival is to ignite a spirit of hope, enterprise and inspiration for all people of this city and region. This is a fantastic opportunity to speak to industry leaders and see the best of the North West in one place. This is a real family afternoon of fun and entertainment. Join us in Ebrington Square!

The NWRC is hosting the ‘Education to Employment ‘E2E’ Festival of Hope, the North West’s most exciting community based festival which aims to inspire, ignite hope and ambition as we make the connections between Education, Training and the World of Work.

Exhibitors will include NWRC, Letterkenny Institute of Technology, Invest NI, Barclays Life Skills, Zenith Insurance, Tesco, and many organisations will be offering job opportunities on the day.

Speaking at this week’s launch, Karen Moore, Head of Student Services at North West Regional College, said that E2E promised to be an exciting community event for people across the region.

“E2E is new and innovative, and has been designed to enthuse and inspire local people to make the transition from learning into employment. Nowadays, employment trends evolve constantly and we are confident this event will not only showcase real job opportunities but will also be a celebration of the skills and talents that currently exist within the education and employment sectors.”

Mayor of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Alderman Hilary McClintock said:

“As event partner Derry City and Strabane District Council are delighted to support this unique festival which will be of huge benefit for the local community and the region. Following on from council’s recent bid to become European Youth Capital, a key priority for us has been to showcase the North West as one of the most progressive places for young people to live, learn and work."

Lying within the Derry & Strabane District Council and the Causeway and Glens Council areas, the majority of the NWRcc student body resides in a region of social deprivation and high unemployment (14%) with inactivity rates (42%), the highest in the North of Northern Ireland. The NI economic inactivity rate (the proportion of people aged 16-64 not in Education or Employment, NEETS) is an alarming 25.9%. The need to inject a ‘feel good factor’ into the community and inspire every citizen to embrace education and training, which will lead to employment, is the key rationale behind the planning for this ‘mega’ cross community event. The local economic landscape points to the importance of the provision of progression opportunities due to weakness in the qualification profile of the region. There is, for example, a lower proportion of people qualified at level 4+ (30% Derry, 23% Strabane & 25% Limavady compared to 34% for UK), an imbalance we hope to redress.

NWRC are encouraging businesses locally and across the United Kingdom to get involved and support the E2E initiative as a Festival of Hope. We have secured funding for the event and thanks to the Derry City & Strabane District Council we have access to the fabulous Ebrington Square before the ‘Together Festival’ on the 27 and 28th May. As a College, we are determined that through collaboration and partnerships the event can break down perceived barriers to education, inspire hope and enrich the academic and vocational development of our population, driving the economic growth and regeneration of our region, and with your help we will make this happen.

Date / Venue

The event will take place 26th May from 10.00-16.00 at Ebrington Square

Venue Address

Ebrington Street, Derry, Co Londonderry BT47 6FA 

For more info contact

Geri Martin, NWRC