A Double Celebration at Start360

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The young people involved in Start360’s Switch onto Employment service came together on Thursday for a double celebration. Funded by the Department for the Economy, through the European Social Fund, SOE is a project designed to meet the literacy and numeracy needs of 16-24 year old young people who are not in employment, education or training.

The first part of the evening was devoted to presenting their certificates and records of achievement, with great news having just arrived of success in recent OCN NI qualifications.

Start360 Chief Executive, Anne-Marie McClure, said to participants, ‘We are the privileged facilitators of your learning journey. I wish you all the very best as you move on from SOE to the next stages of your education and training.’

Michael Faloon, who received his certificates, also said a few words – ‘Now I’m doing something good with my life, and it looks like I’ve got a great future ahead of me because of SOE - thank you very much.’

We were delighted to welcome Kerry Young and Russ Litten, from the Arvon Foundation, to our celebration event. Every year, a group of Start360 young people attends an Arvon creative writing residential at one of their properties in England – a brilliant opportunity which is funded by the McGrath Charitable Trust. Russ spoke about his experience working with Start360 and presented copies of our latest Arvon Anthology to the young people who had taken part.

Martin Flynn from OCN NI said, 'Start360 has been offering OCN NI qualifications for over 20 years and we our proud to be your awarding body partner. Our qualifications provide learners with the skills and confidence required to succeed in work and life. On behalf of OCN, I congratulate everyone involved in delivering and achieving this programme.'

You can find our 2017 Arvon Anthology in our Publications section, at