Are you currently studying? Seeking employment? Or looking to change jobs? Then join us this February as we open the door to an array of exciting career and training opportunities on offer in the borough, helping you get ahead and Get Future Ready in 2023.

The Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Labour Market Partnership are working alongside Banbridge District Enterprises, local enterprise partners and Southern Regional College to deliver a month-long programme of employability and skills events throughout this February!

With over 30 events, the Get Future Ready series has everything from ‘look and learn’ opportunities to ‘have a go’ trials, from employer visits to a locally focused job fair and from a Big Apprenticeship event to an employability and skills conference to name a few and guarantees to have something for everyone. 

One event to note is the Employability and Skills Conference on Thursday 23rd February, which features Manufacturing NI Deputy Chief Executive Mary Meehan.


Arrival of guests  – onwards 

Refreshments served Tea / Coffee & Scones  

9.00 -9.30  – Registration & Networking  

9.00 – 9.30 – Dr Wendy Austin will introduce Lord Mayor  

9.45  – Welcome address by Lord Mayor, 

9.45 – 9.50  – Dr Eoin Magennis – Ulster University ABC Skills Barometer  

9.50 – 10.20  – Heather Cole – DfE – Apprenticeships 

10.20 – 10.35 – Adrian Farrell – Business Partnership Alliance  

10.35 – 10.45 Kieran Dougall  – McElmeel Mobility Services – Higher Level Apprenticeships 

Kieran has been through the apprenticeship process while working with McElmeel Mobility Services. He will speak of his experiences and how it has led him to now working towards his PhD.  

10.45 – 11.05 – Comfort Break / Tea / Coffee 

11.05 – 11.15 Main Speaker – Barry Winkless – Speaker Profile Attached 

11.15 – 12.00 


Panel Discussion – Recruitment Trends and Employee Perks and Benefits 

Panel Members  

Mary Meehan – Manufacturing NI  

Harry Hamilton – NIFDA 

Lee Campbell – SRC 

Almac Representative


12.05 – 12.35 – Closing remarks by Chair of Council’s Economic Development & Regeneration Committee, Alderman Ian Burns. 

12.35 – 12.40  – Lunch & Networking 

12.40 – 1.10  – Event Closes 

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