Skill Exchange Information Event

June 11, 2013

Ballymena Skill Exchange hub holds event in Michelin Athletic club.

This week the very first skill exchange hub in the UK, Ballymena hosted an information event for local businesses to find out how they can benefit from joining. The hub was launched last November by the founding partners – JTI, Michelin, Moy Park, Wrightbus, Dunbia and the NRC in conjunction with the Ballymena Council and the Chamber of Commerce.

The hub, which is funded and maintained by the partners provides a free skills and training outlet for local SMEs looking to enhance their businesses. Employees may be seconded into other organisations for free training and advice.

The event last Wednesday night was a roaring success and facilitated potential joining of ten more members to the Ballymena hub.

It was also attended by Ian Paisley MP and our new town Mayor Audrey Wales, both of whom have supported the hub tremendously and helped found it from the outset.
Speaking Ian Paisley said:

“This skill exchange hub is revolutionary in how we should now think of developing our businesses around Ballymena and North Antrim.
I’m delighted that so many companies turned out on Wednesday night to find out just how their business can benefit enormously from being a member of the hub.

I must also thank the founding partners, who not only funded the hub from the outset, so that others in the area can use it for free, but who continue to support and attend these events to help local SMEs grow and prosper their business.

The model enables organisations in the local area to help each other be successful and I count it as a privilege to be involved and watch these companies take pride in each other and in Ballymena.”

All information for the Ballymena Skill Exchange hub can be found at