The Club are pleased to partner YouthAction NI in its GET SET for Employment Programme (Gaining Education and Training for Sustained Employment and Training) a collaborative voluntary youth and private sector partnership which uses a youth work approach to GET young people SET for making a positive and sustained transition into employment, mainstream training or education. This initiative engages young people aged 16-24 years who need employment, education or training (NEET). Other partners are: Include Youth, The Bytes Project, Ulster Bank Ltd and The Institute of Directors. It is funded through the Collaboration and Innovation Fund, Department for Employment and Learning (DEL).
The Club's participation with YouthAction NI started in 2013 with YouthAction NI's GET SET TO GO employment project which, funded by DEL, focused on 16 – 25 year olds and identified that young people, who lack employment experience and who may not have gained GCSE qualifications, benefit from support and encouragement in building their confidence, identifying the experience they already have, improving their communication skills and in having an opportunity to participate in mock interviews including receiving feedback.
As a direct result a unique GET SET to be Hired Resource Pack was jointly developed by the Club, YouthAction NI and the Ulster Bank. This initiative, supported by the Department for Employment and Learning, aims to support young people who do not have the confidence, qualifications or communication skills to access the employment market.
The pack was launched at the Club Monday 10 February 2014 when the first copy was presented to Honorary Member, The Lord Mayor Councillor Máirtín Ó Muilleoir by Club President Ken Morrison who said: "The pack is a unique package for young people wanting to apply for a job as it contains the resources to help match skills to employer requirements, have a well structured CV together with the opportunity to experience an interview situation". Accepting the pack the Lord Mayor stated: "This new resource pack is a fantastic initiative. It provides a unique opportunity for our young people to improve and build upon their employability skills, that will hopefully lead to exciting prospects for them in the future". (more below)
Since this launch young people have taken part in Get to Go Days across NI.
Club members participate in the Belfast held sessions mentoring and providing interview experience. Details can be seen here.
This short video portrays a typical day and the impact on the young people attending.
The Club thanks all members who give of their expertise, time and enthusiasm to provide this very valuable experience to these young people.
In recent years the Club have provided a Bursary to YouthAction to enable the appointment of an apprentice; this provides 6 months employment and ongoing support in their search for full time employment.
YouthAction NI are very grateful for the Club's involvement and extremely appreciative of the help given by Club members. GET SET project manager, Clare Conlon thanks members for their invaluable contribution. 'Your support, knowledge, skills and experience is invaluable in helping young people prepare for work. Our partnership with The Rotary Club of Belfast has gone from strength to strength with GET SET to Go events an annual fixture. The Rotary Club of Belfast has made a huge contribution to our work in tackling youth unemployment and we look forward to continuing our work together in getting young people ready for work'
Club Awards June Trimble, CEO YouthAction NI
The Club have bestowed a Paul Harris Fellowship to June Trimble MBE, CEO YouthAction NI in recognition of her service to the community.
President Ken presented her with the Award at the YouthAction NI Annual Charity Lunch, Sunday 22 June, at Deanes at Queens.
Thanking the Club for the tribute she said: "I feel honoured and humbled and I know it is in recognition of all the work of all the staff and volunteers at YouthAction."