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Drop in for job opportunities and training

2 Jan 2019
On the hunt for a job? Get some extra help by visiting one of four ‘drop in’ centres for information on the Belfast Employment Academies which offer training for specific industries and aim to help up to 200 people find employment that suits them.

The Belfast Employment Academies train people in response to growing demand from local organisations for specific skills and offer guaranteed job interviews at the end of each one.

They are aimed particularly at those out of work or working less than they would like to help them become self-employed or find jobs. Around two-thirds of those who undergo training in a particular employment academy find jobs in that sector.

Drop in sessions on the Employment Academies will operate on Tuesday 15 January at the Crescent Arts Centre, University Road between 10am-12noon and the Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road between 2pm-4pm.

More sessions will operate on Thursday 17 January at Conway Mill, Conway Street between 10am-12noon and at Crumlin Road Gaol, Crumlin Road between 2pm-4pm.

Everyone is welcome to attend to speak directly to council staff or delivery agents about opportunities with any of the seven employment academies currently running. These include transport, social care, child care, hospitality and construction as well as childminding self-employment and childcare career development.

Chairman of the City Growth and Regeneration Committee, Councillor Donal Lyons, said: “We have seven training academies covering industries such as construction, hospitality, transport, childcare, self-employed childminding and social care. We are working with local employers to supply potential employees with the skills they need to begin work immediately.

“This is very much in line with the Belfast Agenda – our long-term development plan for Belfast – which aims to increase the number of jobs available by tackling the lack of specific skills.

“I would urge anyone from within the Belfast City Council area, who is out of work or working less than they would like and is interested in getting new skills to help them get a job, to drop into one of the centres and see what is on offer or get in touch with our economic development unit and sign up for an employment academy,” added Councillor Lyons.

To learn more come along to one of our drop-in sessions or if you cannot make one of these then check our website, www.belfastcity.gov.uk/employment to register your interest.

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