The Armagh City Hotel is thrilled to celebrate the recent successful completion of Level 2 NVQ Diploma programme, by two dedicated members of their Housekeeping team.

Armagh City Hotel Housekeepers, Ellie McManus (left) and Krisitana Caunane (right) with their NVQ Level 2 Diplomas in Housekeeping

The hotel has a long-standing partnership with People 1st, the program facilitator, and takes pride in aiding its valued employees’ professional progression through various industry-specific courses. The latest achievers are Housekeepers Ellie McManus and Kristiana Caunane, both receiving NVQ Level 2 Diplomas in Housekeeping.

Armagh City Hotel delighted with the achievements!

Regarding the girls’ accomplishments, Senior HR Advisor Siobhan Maxwell expressed her joy, stating,

” I’ve been so happy seeing the girls complete their NVQs – both girls have worked exceptionally hard on their course with their People’s 1st tutor Colleen. We started working with People 1st last year, and we have had eight employees, including managers part take in different qualifications. Completing these courses as you work has been amazing, People 1st have been so flexible with working around the girls’ work schedule. All classes and assessments take place during working hours and that has been a huge draw for our participants as some may not have the option to complete a qualification outside of working hours “

The new All Age Apprenticeships will also be so positive for the hospitality sector as it will allow employees who were outside of the age criteria to take part now in an Apprenticeship and gain a qualification, as Siobhan explains:

 ” When the girls commenced the course, apprenticeships were only open to 16-24 years olds, however, apprenticeships now have no restrictions and are open to all ages, so we are hoping to offer NVQ programmes across all age groups within the hotel to existing and new employees. The courses can be tailored to each participants individual needs, depending on their current role and what they see their role developing into through additional optional modules. Providing these courses for our existing and new employees is our way of supporting them in developing their careers with us.”

Management team of Armagh City Hotel toasts to great success!

General Manager Henk Compier echoed the sentiments, presenting Ellie and Kristiana with celebratory Prosecco to mark their achievements. Henk emphasised his pride in the girls and their growth over the past two years, attributing it to the course’s impact on their confidence and skills within the hotel.

“We are so proud of Ellie and Kristiana on the completion of their NVQ’s, both girls have been with us just over two years and in the last year in particular their confidence has increased immensely, that I believe is down to participating in the course – the knowledge and the skills they have gained from the course has helped them tremendously in their roles within the hotel, I can see both of them progressing through the ranks within the hotel.” 

The team at the Armagh City hotel really feel that the difference has come from the fact that the training is able to be undertaken during working hours while the team members are able to earn while the learn and allows them to gain a qualification while they are gaining solid experience and a salary too, helping to alleviate some of the pressures that come with a return to studying!

“That is the reason we work with People’s 1st in delivering these courses, on the job training and development is so important, however, this course and the subsequent qualification has given both girls unmatched knowledge and confidence. Once again, I am so proud of them both.”

General Manager Henk Compier

Onwards and upwards at the Armagh City Hotel for the girls!

Both Kristiana and Ellie are so delighted to achieve this qualification and know that it is a great step on their career path and are looking forward to implementing everything that they have learned over the past year. Commenting on her experience of the course, Kristiana said: 

” It was different because I didn’t know you couldn’t do something like this with work. Our tutor Colleen from People 1st, created such a bond with us and there were things that I didn’t know going into the programme and now I do so it’s nice to know that I have this foundation now for the future.”

Kristiana’s department colleague and classmate Ellie shared a similar experience, stating:

“It was such a new experience. I was learning things that I thought I knew already, but I didn’t. We had a great tutor and created a bond and it was actually really nice. The NVQ Level 2 is better for the future. If I wanted to move on or move up in hospitality it will help with that.”

You can find out more about the Armagh City Hotel on their website and you can also find out more about the wide variety of Hospitality NVQ’s that you can do with People 1st, on our website

In conclusion, both Ellie and Kristiana’s success stories underscore the hotel’s commitment to employee development through tailored courses, fostering confidence, and knowledge crucial for career progression.

At People 1st, we believe in empowering women to achieve their career goals, and that’s why we’re excited to introduce our Female Focus Academy in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council Labour Market Partnership, and we want to help your local community by getting females into employment today! 

We are here to help with getting females into employment within the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon council area.
Let us help you get back into employment after a career break!!

People 1st are ready and focused on getting females into employment!

In today’s world, there are still challenges that many women face when it comes to finding their path in the workforce or returning to work after a career break. 

Let’s dive deeper into this exciting initiative and how it can help you chart your path to career success.

Breaking Down the Female Focus Academy:

Our Female Focus Academy is a platform designed to provide tailored support and mentoring to women in the Armagh, Banbridge, and Craigavon Council area. Whether you’re a recent graduate looking for your first job, a stay-at-home mom seeking to re-enter the workforce, or simply someone who’s in need of a career change, this program is here to guide you every step of the way.

  • Personalised 1:1 Mentoring: We understand that every woman’s journey is unique. That’s why our program offers one-on-one mentoring tailored to your specific needs and aspirations.
  • Confidence and Motivation Support: Building confidence is key to achieving your career goals. Our dedicated mentors will work with you to boost your self-esteem and motivation.
  • Financial Guidance: Before accepting a job offer, it’s essential to understand the financial implications. We provide guidance to ensure you’re making informed decisions.
  • Short, Accredited Courses: Our program offers short courses that are not only convenient but also accredited, helping you gain essential skills for your desired career.
  • Job Search Assistance: Looking for the right job can be daunting. We offer valuable job search assistance to streamline your efforts.
  • Interview Support: Nailing that interview is crucial. We provide interview coaching to help you shine in the spotlight.
We can help recent female graduates also looking help into employment on our programme
If you are looking for your first Graduate role after University, then we can help you!

Why You Should Join our Employment Academy?

Why You Should Join:

Our Female Focus Academy is more than just a program; it’s a community of women dedicated to supporting one another on their career journeys. We believe in your potential and are committed to helping you achieve your goals. By joining our program, you’ll gain access to a network of like-minded women, empowering you to thrive in the workforce.

How to Apply:

To apply for our Female Focus Employment program, simply fill out your details here:

and Maria, our dedicated People 1st team member for this programme will be in touch to guide you through the process. If you have any questions or queries before applying then Maria will be happy to help guide you so please contact her on [email protected] or call Maria directly on 07847 807 903.

At People 1st, we believe that every woman deserves the opportunity to excel in her chosen career path. Our Female Focus Academy is your gateway to career success, offering the support and resources you need to achieve your goals. We invite you to join us on this empowering journey towards a brighter future. Let’s make strides together and get onto a clear pathway to success!

We are here to help all ages-getting females into employment is the main focus of the programme and the People 1st team is ready to support your career needs.
If you have been a carer for loved ones, and unable to work- we can help you get back to a job you will really enjoy!

Please find the programme flyer attached below where you can click to read further detailed information about the programme, and how our team can help you on this exciting new initiative for employment. You can also browse our Academies page on our website that tells you more about how the employment academies work and read some past testimonials too!

We are delighted to launch a new Agrifood Academy in partnership with Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council. This is for residents of the council area and there are 20 places up for grabs on this new and innovative course that will help fast-track your way into agrifood employment!Please read below to find out more about the specific criteria and good luck to all applying!!

𝐀𝐫𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐨𝐫 𝐬𝐨𝐦𝐞𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐤𝐧𝐨𝐰 𝐢𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐞𝐬𝐭𝐞𝐝 𝐢𝐧 𝐚 𝐜𝐚𝐫𝐞𝐞𝐫 𝐰𝐢𝐭𝐡𝐢𝐧 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐬𝐞𝐜𝐭𝐨𝐫? 🚜🌱🍎

Get the support, training, and confidence you need to make this move today on the latest Rapid Response Employment Programme.

With 20 places on offer, the new Agrifood Programme includes:

👉Bespoke training for a range of roles and career pathways; from food preparation and production to team leading, driving, farm working and more.

👉 One-to-one mentoring support, job matching, CV, and interview support.

👉 Industry site visits, career taster opportunities and the chance to hear from local employers and people working in the sector.

👉 Individual personal assessment and development plan tailored with support you need including Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Hygiene and Manual Handling.

Eligible applicants must:

👉 live in the borough of Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon

👉 be unemployed, working 16 hours a week or less, or at risk of redundancy

👉 be interested in exploring a career within the agrifood sector.

Applications are 𝐍𝐎𝐖 𝐎𝐏𝐄𝐍.

To apply, please complete a registration form here:

or for more information, please contact People 1st on 028 3833 7000 or email [email protected].

Applications close at 5pm on Tuesday 06 December 2022.

𝐋𝐨𝐜𝐚𝐥 𝐚𝐠𝐫𝐢𝐟𝐨𝐨𝐝 𝐞𝐦𝐩𝐥𝐨𝐲𝐞𝐫? Help us shape this programme so it meets your needs by getting in touch with us on the above contact details!

This initiative forms part of the ABC Labour Market Partnership.

ℹ️ Find out more here:

We have exciting news just released of Hospitality Academy, we are running in partnership with Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
What is the Hospitality Academy and who is it for? 
The Hospitality Academy will support 30 eligible individuals through a two-week fully funded, bespoke training programme designed to equip participants with the skills, knowledge, experience, and confidence to begin a career within the hospitality and tourism sector. 
What is included? 
✅ Introduction to Hospitality and Tourism sector including overview of service providers and career pathways on offer
✅ Industry site visits and guest speakers
✅ Practical taster sessions in a range of hospitality skills such as food and beverage service, kitchen skills and barista
✅ RSPH Level 2 Award in Food Safety and Hygiene
✅ Employability and mentoring
✅ Guaranteed interviews for live vacancies with top hospitality and tourism employers based in the borough.
Who can apply? 
This opportunity is open to all residents in the borough who are

unemployed, or working 16 hours/week or less, or at risk of redundancy. This course is fully funded so there will be no cost to the participants.

Are you a local hospitality employer? 
If you’re a local employer in the hospitality and tourism sector and would like to get involved, we’d love to hear from you too!
Further information and how to apply? 

To find out more and register for a place contact Charley Riddle on [email protected] or 028 3833 7000 before 1pm on Friday 14 October 2022. The Hospitality Academy will commence on Monday 17 October 2022. 

You can also apply online here directly via this link:

All places on the Hospitality Academy are funded by the Department for Communities through the Armagh City, Banbridge and Craigavon Labour Market Partnership, and the programme is delivered by ourselves, People 1st.