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Careers Centre closes!

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Careers Centre closes! thumbnailCareers Centre offices at Thomas Street, Dungannon.

DUNGANNON'S Careers Advice Centre has been closed.

It has been relocated to an office on Molesworth Street in Cookstown, as of today (Tuesday).

The last day of the office being in operation was on Friday of last week, though when the Courier contacted the office on Thursday, staff were unaware as to when the move was going to take place.

Four members of staff who permanently use the office, as well as a number of other employees who make use of the office, will be affected by the move.

However, there are no plans currently for any redundancies to be made.

Based on Thomas Street, the centre provided 'professional and impartial information, advice and guidance'.

It signposts job seekers or those looking to change career towards jobs or apprenticeships which might suit each individual.

However, the service's base in Dungannon is to be removed, although it has been claimed the service provided to people in Dungannon will be unaffected.

The centre is administered by the Department for the Economy, which has seen its budget slashed by 23 million this week for the incoming year, a reduction of 2.9%.

The office, which is believed to be leased by the government, has had other resources moved from it in recent times.

Staff working for the Jobs and Benefits Service, which is operated by the Department for Communities, had until recently been working out of the office, before being moved to the Jobs Centre further along Thomas Street.

This latest move would see the office left vacant.

And the Deparment for the Economy confirmed the move in a statement.

However, they insisted the service provided will not be affected.

In their statement, the Department said: "The Dungannon Careers Service office is relocating to Molesworth Street in Cookstown on Tuesday, 2nd May.

"All four staff will be moving and there will be no changes to the service which the Careers Service currently provides in Dungannon.

"The Careers Services can also be contacted via telephone, email or web-chat, enabling customers to speak directly to a Careers Adviser without the need for an appointment. If a face to face appointment is required, the customer will be offered an interview in the Cookstown office or, if preferred, in Dungannon Jobs and Benefits Office.

"For more information, visit NI Direct at https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/services/chat-with-a-careers-adviser or call one of the Careers Advisers on 0300 200 78 20."

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