Fun and qualifications on offer as Council seek fresh Angling course applicants

Derry City and Strabane District Council’s popular Kickstart 2 Work Angling course is seeking a new batch of applicants for later in the summer.

The course at the Loughs Agency in Prehen is part of the Maritime Ambassador Programme and offers unemployed people living in the Council area the opportunity to learn the skills of fishing while gaining an industry recognised qualification as an Assistant Angling Course.

The free course has been successfully running since 2015 and can be completed within five days in a relaxed, fun environment with people from a range of abilities.

Project Officer for the Maritime Ambassador Programme at Derry City and Strabane District Council, Geraldine O hEara, encouraged local unemployed people interested in doing the course to make contact now to secure their place.

“The Angling course is a great way to learn a new skill in a sociable environment while enhancing your employability at the same time and the warmer climate in the summer months means this is a particularly good time to complete it,” she said,

“We are blessed with a number of beautiful, popular rivers and loughs in and around our council area, so the opportunity to get to know these while learning new practical angling skills in the beautiful surroundings of the Loughs Agency under the watchful supervision of experienced coaches, is a great opportunity.

“We welcome applicants of any level, for those with no previous experience of fishing, participants will receive full training to achieve beginner level ‘CAST’ qualifications with the option to progress on to becoming a qualified Assistant Angling Coach.

“Places in the course are limited so I’d encourage anyone interested to get in touch now to express their interest.”
To be eligible for the training you must be over 18, unemployed, reside in the Council area and not enrolled in any other education or training.

For more information on how to apply for the course contact Geraldine O hEara at 028 71 308466 geraldine.oheara@derrystrabane.com.

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