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Belfast Employment Academies

Training and a guaranteed job interview to help you get a job.

Belfast Employment Academies provide specialist training to help you get a job. We are working with employers to deliver Employment Academies across a wide range of different sectors to provide Belfast residents with the skills and qualifications needed to apply for hundreds of job opportunities.

Who can apply?

Employment Academies are open to anyone living in the Belfast City Council area currently out of work or working less than 16 hours a week. No previous experience or training is required. Preference will be given to those who are economically inactive or long-term unemployed.

Employment Academies are aimed at people who do not have the experience or qualifications normally required in the specific sector; as academies will provide the relevant training, licenses, qualifications needed. Unless otherwise stated, everyone who successfully completes is guaranteed an interview with at least one employer who is currently recruiting.

To be eligible you must be a Belfast City Council resident and currently out of work or working fewer than 16 hours per week.

Want to find out more?

Come along to our Employment Academy roadshow in January 2020.

Employment Academy roadshow January 2020

These free drop-in information sessions will give you the opportunity to find out more about the employment academies, the job opportunities on offer and how to apply - and have a chat with employers about what’s involved in each academy.

Date  Times   Venue  
Tuesday 21 January  10.30am - 12noon Crescent Arts Centre 
1.30pm - 3pm Skainos Centre
Thursday 23 January 10.30am - 12noon Conway Mill
1.30pm - 3pm  Crumlin Road Gaol

Employment Academies opening for applications January 2020

Construction Employment Academy We have up to 15 places on our Construction Employment Academy where we are working with CITB, Graham the contractors for the Belfast Transport Hub as well other contractors - who will interview all those who successfully complete for their vacancies.
Hospitality Employment Academy We have 15 places on our Housekeeping Employment Academy provides industry recognised training to equip people for a job in housekeeping and everyone who successfully completes the training is guaranteed a job interview with Titanic Hotel and/or the Andras Group who operate Holiday Inn, Hilton@Hampton, Crowne Plaza etc. for their live vacancies.
Leisure Employment Academies  We have up to 30-40 spaces on our Leisure Employment Academies with GLL – who operate our leisure centres in Belfast. The employment academies provides industry recognised training for a range of jobs such as recreation assistant (lifeguard), fitness instructor, swim teacher and customer service. Everyone who successfully completes the training is guaranteed a job interview for a live vacancy.
Social Care Employment Academy  We have 15 places on our Social Care Employment Academy provides training designed in partnership with key employers and the regulatory body NI Social Care Council (NISCC) for a range of roles such as care assistants, domiciliary care workers and support workers. Everyone who successfully completes the training is guaranteed a job interview for live vacancies.
Transport Employment Academy
We have up to 50 spaces available on our Transport Employment Academies where we are working with public sector employers such as the Education Authority as well as a whole range of haulage and logistics companies to provide people with the licences such as HGV/LGV or D licence needed to apply for live vacancies as a lorry driver or bus driver.
Public Sector Employment Academy
We are working with public sector employers to design new employment academies which provides the key skills and experience needed to apply and these are likely to be: • We have 12-15 places on a General Operative Employment Academy • We have 12-15 places on an entry-level Business Admin Employment Academy

Contact us
Economic Development
028 9027 0482
Place and Economy department
4th floor, 9 Adelaide
9-21 Adelaide Street
Belfast
BT2 8DJ