Posted 10.06.2021

Our Training Support Services (TSS) team works closely with all colleges, training organisations and the Careers Service across Northern Ireland to support over 600 trainees on the Training for Success (TfS) and Apprenticeship NI training.

The team of 14 Employment and Training Officers (ETO) support young disabled people aged 16-22 years on their journey through education and training to achieve their goals. The ETOs provide personal support and mentoring, employer awareness, visits and parental advice and support to young people and their families.

In this blog we are introducing our experienced and understanding Training Support Services team who provide quality support to young people and their families.

Read more about the Training Support Service we provide


Posted 23.06.2021

Leanne Mackle, Employment and Training Officer, works with young people in training at People 1st in Portadown and Lurgan, Hair Academy in Portadown, SRC in Armagh and SWC in Enniskillen. 

Over the last 4 years Leanne has been helping young people, aged 16-22 on the Training for Success or Apprenticeship NI programme, to achieve their goals by supporting and encouraging them every step of the way through their training.  Leanne says:

I love working with employers and Training Organisations to come up with new reasonable adjustments to make paid work more achievable for trainees with additional needs.

Leanne also engages with their families, providing reassurance about progress, benefits and support available.

If you are in training at any of the above education and training colleges and need some support contact Leanne

T: 07966 232686, E: [email protected].


Posted 16.06.2021

With almost 20 years’ experience in the field of youth training as a tutor, Sinead Boyd has worked as an Employment and Training Officer with Disability Action for the last three years. 

In her role Sinead supports students and their families in a range of training settings including SERC Newtownards and Bangor, SRC Greenbank, Impact Training in Belfast, The Academy Hair and Beauty School in Newry. Sinead tells us:

Being able to help students make the transition from school to college is one of the best parts of my job. I love seeing the students thrive and grow in confidence in the new college or training environment with the additional support they receive.

Making the move from the security of secondary school to a large college can be daunting, but with our pre-entry support service, we can help get all the information needed before the student starts their classes and help them deal with issues quickly and easily. I love being able to help solve student queries and make their college life easier.

If you plan to go to, or are studying at, any of the above education and training colleges and need some support contact Sinead T: 07951 601998 or E: [email protected].


Posted 09.06.2021

Firstly we would like to introduce Lisa McVeigh who has worked in the Training Support Services team for 17 years and was recently appointed as temporary TSS Team Manager.

Lisa leads and manages a team of 14 Employment and Training Officers across Northern Ireland who support disabled people on the Training for Success (TfS) and Apprenticeship NI training delivered in colleges and training providers throughout the province.

Lisa and her team provide personal support and mentoring, employer awareness, visits and parental advice and support to young people and their families. She says:

The thing I love most about my job is seeing participants achieving their aspirations; I love seeing individuals having self-fulfilment, growing in confidence and feeling valued. 

If you would like to know more about the support the Training Support Services team can provide give Lisa a call T. 07967 737470 or email her [email protected]