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CHRISTINE NAMED STUDENT OF THE YEAR

22 March 2017

Clanmil tenant Christine McCarron has been named Student of the Year at the Women’sTec Gala Awards which took place on 22 March 2017 at Belfast City Hall.  The annual awards celebrate and showcase the achievements and innovation of women in non-traditional skills training.


Darina Armstrong, CEO, Progressive Building Society presents Christine McCarron (centre) as Student of the Year 2017, pictured with Lynn Carvill, CEO WOMEN’STEC.


In the past year, over 175 students have taken part in the Supporting People - Empowering Communities (SPEC) programme ran by Women’sTec in partnership with Clanmil Housing and part funded by the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2014-2020 – Investment for Growth and Jobs Programme, the Department for the Economy and Belfast City Council.


Colette Moore, Director of Clanmil Housing, presents Ana Semedo with the Student Award for Painting & Decorating at the WOMEN’STEC Gala Awards 2017


Participants gained 165 qualifications in plumbing, joinery, painting and decorating, electrics, horticulture, information technology and first aid, helping to equip them for the world of work.  The programme has received resounding support from the construction industry and is backed by leading construction firms Gilbert-Ash Ltd and JMC Mechanical and Construction Ltd.
 
Other Clanmil tenants who received awards on the day were Martina Rice and Ana Semedo won the Electrics and Painting and Decorating Student awards.
 
Lynn Carvill, Chief Executive of Women’sTec said: “Many of our students have overcome considerable barriers to take part in our courses.  With the shortage of skills and the under-representation of women in the construction sector our training programmes are invaluable.
 
“Through SPEC more than 500 people facing barriers to employment and training will have access to training courses over a three year period.”
 
Clanmil Housing Group Chief Executive, Clare McCarty said: “Through the SPEC programme our tenants are gaining confidence, new skills and qualifications, as well as developing new friendships with their neighbours – so important in creating sustainable communities.”
 
Clare continued: “We’re pleased to be working in partnership with Women’sTec and are already seeing positive results. Through SPEC people are encouraged to give something back to their community and everyone who has taken part so far has found the courses enjoyable and rewarding.  Congratulations to our tenant Christine who has been named this year’s Student of the Year.”
 
Christine McCarron, Student of the Year 2017, said, “When I first started the Joinery class I felt shy and wasn’t in a very good place of mind.  Looking back now, I’m so glad I took the opportunity and completed the course. I thoroughly enjoyed it, learned new skills and I’ve gained lots more confidence. It has helped me feel like I can take on new challenges in life.”
 
Darina Armstrong, Progressive Building Society, presented the Student of the Year Award to Clanmil resident, Christine McCarron, who completed accredited courses in Painting & Decorating and Joinery.
 
Darina said: “I am delighted to see an increasing number of women interested in learning non-traditional skills and taking up accredited courses. Christine, like many of her peers, has overcome a range of barriers to pursue new learning opportunities and she has succeeded in taking on new challenges. She is a real inspiration.”


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