WOMEN’STEC held its Annual General Meeting on 10 June 2016 and launched its Annual Report for 2015-2016.


Annual Report cover pageSpeaking at the event WOMEN’STEC Chairperson, Lorraine Campbell, said: “The Board is delighted that the ‘Supporting People – Empowering Communities’ (SPEC) programme received part funding at the start of the year from the European Social Fund and Department for Employment and Learning, in partnership with Clanmil Housing Group, Belfast City Council, Gilbert-Ash Ltd and JMC Mechanical and Construction Ltd. Through this programme, training schemes for more than 500 participants who face difficult barriers to employment and training will be created over a three year period thanks to this new programme developed by WOMEN’STEC.”


WOMEN’STEC is delighted with the first year of the SPEC programme and our achievements, including:

145 participants took part on the programme

66 took part in sampling sessions such as horticulture and woodwork

78 OCN qualifications were gained (72 in non-traditional skills)

37 qualifications in First Aid were awarded

Lynn Carvill, WOMEN’STEC CEO commented, “It has been a year characterised by change – initial contraction, then development and growth. Decreased public spending has had a disproportionate impact on women as they are much more likely to rely on social security and public services than their male counterparts. This is why the services we provide to women from the Greater Belfast area and beyond are needed more now than ever.”

WOMEN’STEC consistently demonstrates that our programmes are based on real need and relevant to the communities we work in.  It has been a great pleasure to work with our partner, Clanmil Housing, to develop the ‘Supporting People – Empowering Communities’ (SPEC) programme part funded by the European Social Fund and the Department for Employment and Learning. This programme is unique in terms of its content and partnership and we are excited to have secured backing from public and private sector sources. We look forward to developing progression routes – work experience and placement opportunities and organising site visits for our SPEC students in the coming year.”

View the annual report by Annual Report 15-16