Ulster Unionist Assembly Member for South Belfast Michael McGimpsey has raised concerns with the Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry regarding the training organisation First4Skills entering administration and the effect it will have on former staff and trainees.
The Assembly Member raised the issue with the Employment and Learning Minister after being contacted by former staff of First4Skills who were made redundant as a result of the company entering administration.
In a statement Mr McGimpsey said, “I am very concerned by this situation that has seen not only forty people losing their jobs but around 950 learners with no idea how or if they will be able to complete their studies.”
“First4Skills had a training contract with the Department for Employment and Learning and I want to know how many learners are affected and what DEL is doing to help them complete their studies. I also need to know how they are supporting the former staff of the company who have been left out of work and struggling to pay their bills.”
In conclusion Mr McGimpsey said, “We need direct intervention from the Minister for Employment and Learning to ensure as little disruption to training as possible. Individuals and companies dependent on their staff receiving training must not be left in limbo and out of pocket as a result of this unfortunate situation. The Minister must act now.”