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Radius Housing readies pupils for world of work

Michael Pelan, St Mary's CBS, Lydia McKane, Strathern College, Eileen Patterson, Director of Communities Radius Housing, Chloe Mc Laughlin, St Louise's, and Donal Lyons, chairman of City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Belfast City Council

THREE Belfast A-level pupils have gained their first insight into the world of work by spending four weeks this summer working with Radius Housing.

The 16 and 17-year-olds worked with staff at the housing association as part of Belfast City Council's Paid Work Experience Programme.

Led by council's City Growth and Regeneration Committee, it provides young people from across the city with the opportunity to gain an insight into the working environment in key growth sectors.

The programme is being delivered by Sentinus, a not for profit educational charity which works with schools to promote engagement around `stem' subjects and support young people in the development of their wider essential skills, on behalf of Belfast City Council.

Radius Housing was one of the first organisations to sign up to the programme, and three pupils from St Mary's CBS, St Louise's Comprehensive College and Strathern School have just completed their four week placements.

Chloe McLaughlin from St Louise's said she worked on a range of different projects throughout the organisation, which gave her insight into the work of a large housing association.

"It has opened my eyes up to the diversity of careers available through the housing sector, and, even in just a few weeks, has helped me learn new skills and priceless experience, which I will be able to carry into my studies and future career," she said.

Eileen Patterson from Radius Housing said the three placement students had been exemplary in their attitude and approach to work.

Donal Lyons, chairman of Belfast City Council's City Growth and Regeneration Committee, said the Paid Work Experience Programme would help young people enhance their employability skills, maximize their chances of securing meaningful employment and shape their future careers.

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