Lord Mayor visits People 1st in Lurgan

03 Jul 2020

Lord Mayor visits People 1st in Lurgan

 Lord Mayor of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Borough, Councillor Kevin Savage, had an enjoyable and informative visit to the Lurgan site of People 1st, on Friday 3 July, to explore the many opportunities available to the people of the borough.

People 1st, a multi award-winning training organisation, continues to deliver a range of government funded training, from employment support initiatives to corporate training solutions, during the current COVID-19 crisis. They have adapted their delivery to meet the needs of the client base with fantastic tutoring staff swiftly moving to new and innovative ways of teaching and learning through online platforms.

LEMIS+, a team dedicated to help people back into employment, continue to support the clients who were participating on the programme before the lockdown and are now taking on new referrals.

As a team they are offering support with CVs, application writing, job searching, one to one mentoring, online Essential Skills English, online interview skills and advice/guidance around employment and benefits. They have also been supporting clients with mental health, substance misuse and other issues, signposting them to the appropriate services; LEMIS+ is an excellent resource with a fully dedicated team for those seeking employment.

The Training for Success teamare very excited to be accepting applications for our full-time youth training programme for school leavers commencing on Monday 7th September 2020. We currently offer hairdressing, barbering, retail, catering, childcare, technical IT and construction courses at our Lurgan and Portadown sites alongside English, Maths and ICT up to Level 2. Students receive a training allowance of £40 per week and have various opportunities throughout the year to receive bonuses as well!

Both sites have been thoroughly checked by their Health and Safety Manager and follow all government guidelines implementing effective infection protection and control for staff and students.

For all concerned the labour market is going to be extremely challenging. Many businesses are considering reskilling or upskilling their existing staff or urgently need additional staff to build capacity back into their organisations. People 1st have the perfect solution and is proud to deliver the Apprenticeships NI programme. It offers recognised training and qualifications to new and existing employees across a wide range of subjects. The Apprentice NI team can offer flexibility in the delivery of training from onsite delivery to various online platforms. Funding for Apprenticeship training costs are provided by the Department for the Economy (DfE).


People 1st continues to deliver private training courses on a wide range of topics, at very competitive prices, up to and including Level 5. All training is delivered online using Zoom or Microsoft Teams, ensuring the safety of our clients and tutors. Considering the current crisis, we are offering clients the opportunity to register now for accredited training programmes, paying only the awarding body costs upon enrolment, and organising a payment schedule for the remainder of the costs in September 2020.


If you are interested in any of the areas above or want to know more information, please get in contact with one of our sites and speak to the friendly staff who will promptly assist you with any queries.


Lurgan Enquires – 028 38 347000

Portadown Enquires – 028 38 337000

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