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Pictured at the announcement of the winners of Ulster Bank Skills and Opportunities Fund were (L-R): Bob Wilson, CELT; Maeve McMahon, Director of Customer Experience and Products, Ulster Bank; Brendan McDermott, Regional Director Midlands & West, Ulster Bank. OPhotogrqaph Arthur Ellis

CELT’s funding for job creation

East Clare based charity CELT, has received €14,000 in funding for a project which aims to provide skills and create employment in the local community.

An environmental organisation located in Tuamgraney, CELT were approved for the financial aid to fund their woodland management and skills training programme.

Part of  a £2.5million Skills & Opportunities Fund from Ulster Bank, RBS and
NatWest, €14,000 was awarded to five Irish organisations, including CELT, to enable them support disadvantaged communities by helping people to learn new skills,
get into the world of work or set up their own business.

Organisations were required to submit a project proposal which had a special emphasis on helping their communities to develop new skills. CELT’s Woodland Management Skills Training programme will run over a six month period providing eight one-day workshops which will each cater for 25 participants.

Speaking about the organisations success, Bob Wilson of CELT said: “With the help of Ulster Bank’s Skills and Opportunity fund we will be able to provide training in sustainable woodland management and creation of a wood-energy cooperative that will employ the participants in gainfully managing local wood-lands and hedgerows in an environmentally friendly way.

“We are very excited about our upcoming project as it will be of benefit to our whole community, we will be teaching valuable and applicable skills to the local unemployed community, ultimately creating jobs within the Clare region.”

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