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Young people: paid work experience

Our Paid Work Experience Programme (PWEP) provides 16 – 17 year olds, from schools across Belfast, with an opportunity to undertake structured work placement for four-six weeks during the school holidays, whilst getting paid.  

Work placements will be provided by employers across a range of high growth sectors and work experience opportunities will include the following sectors, but are not exclusive to: 

  • creative and digital sector
  • legal and financial services
  • information technologies.

For young people, this programme will provide a chance to:

  • go through a recruitment and selection process and receive support to develop their interview skills
  • gain an insight into what it is like to work in a particular-sector
  • provide help and support to maximise work experience opportunities and undertake a challenging project that will provide you with the opportunity to develop skills
  • enhance employability skills and maximise chances of developing a rewarding future career
  • positively shape a pathway for career progression.

Eligibility criteria

  • Students must be 16 years of age on 30 June 2018.
  • Students must both live and study in the Belfast City Council boundary area.
  • If offered a placement opportunity, students must be available to complete four – six weeks of work placement during summer 2018.
  • Students selected for this programme will be required to attend pre and post placement support sessions.

Registration for this programme is now closed.  

Next steps for those who have applied: 

  • interviews are scheduled for mid-May 2018. You will be contacted directly by a member of our team to advise whether or not you have successfully secured an interview. 
  • work experience opportunities for all successful interviewees will take place throughout July and August 2018.
  • a celebration event for all applicants, who successfully complete their work experience in full, is due to take place mid-September 2018.

You can contact a member of our team on 028 9027 0482 should you require any further information on this particular programme. 


Contact us
Economic Development Unit
028 9027 0482
4th floor, 9 Adelaide
c/o Cecil Ward Building
4-10 Linenhall Street