Apprenticeship Support Package


The Department for the Economy (DfE) has developed an Apprenticeship Recovery Package for Northern Ireland that will channel financial support to local businesses to help the apprenticeship system respond to the impact of the COVID-19 crisis.

The Apprenticeship Recovery Package includes short term interventions which are targeted to reduce significant longer-term economic impacts. These interventions will reduce unemployment and ensure that employers continue to have access to people with the skills and qualifications needed to maintain productivity, to grow their businesses and to assist in closing the skills gap, ensuring that more people have a pathway to better paying jobs.


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Working Together to Promote Mental Wellbeing 2020


The five HSC Trusts, Public Health Agency (PHA) and the Northern Ireland Ambulance Service (NIAS) are working together this year for the first time, to roll out a regional campaign to connect World Suicide Prevention Day and World Mental Health Day. The campaign aims to promote the positive mental health and wellbeing of everyone living in Northern Ireland and will focus on promotion of self-care and looking after each other using the Take 5 approach and the range of support and resources available.


‘Working Together to Promote Mental Wellbeing’ will launch on Monday 7th September 2020 and will run for a five week period.


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Covid-19 & Maternity Services Survey


Have you become a dad or mum during lockdown? Are you a midwife or health visitor? If so please share your experiences of maternity services in this @fatherhoodinst survey

The survey has three ‘tracks’: one for MUMS, one for DADS (or mums’ partners), and one for PROFESSIONALS working in the maternity sector. For each participant-type we have tried to keep the questions as brief as possible, but also to explore in some depth the impact of the Covid-19 lockdown on families’ experiences during these extraordinary times. The survey should take no more than 10 minutes to complete.