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Northern Irish students with learning disabilities celebrate employment training success

Former students with learning disabilities at schools in Northern Ireland’s North Eastern Education and Library Board have received certificates for completing an employment training programme. The youngsters completed Mencap’s HYPE – Helping Young People enter Education and Employment – programme. HYPE works with students in year 11 and 12 with a learning disability in learning support centres at mainstream schools to prepare them for leaving school. The project introduces students to the world of work through personal development, employment preparation and work placements. Lee Kirkpatrick (pictured left), a former student at Magherafelt High School, said: “The HYPE project was great


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