Our Health and Social Care Employment Academies are designed in partnership with sectoral bodies and key employers from the Belfast region. The academies have already helped over 348 Belfast residents to get employment. Academy training is delivered online and face-to-face.
What a Health and Social Care Employment Academy involves
Our childcare, playwork and Health and Social Care Employment Academies aim to:
- motivate participants and support them to develop the skills needed to successfully compete for and secure employment
- address employment barriers facing participants, including development of interpersonal skills and confidence-building
- align and add value to any complementary support, such as help with CV-writing, mock interviews and sourcing supports on behalf of participants to remove individual barriers to participation
Our employment academies are demand-led and designed to meet employers' needs, while enabling participants to apply for vacant posts. All participants who complete the training are guaranteed a job interview.
Eligibility for a Health and Social Care Employment Academy
The Health and Social Care Employment Academies are open to people living in the Belfast City Council area, currently unemployed or working fewer than 16 hours per week. This includes people who are on a current European Social Funded-programme.
Recruitment and screening
Participants are invited to an informal interview to make sure they have the necessary qualities and values needed to work in the sector.
Pre-academy information session
Successful participants attend a pre-academy session to make sure they have access to appropriate technology to enable them to attend. Participants will be informed of what they can expect throughout the academy.
Participants attend a five-day academy followed by aftercare support.
When successful participants begin employment, they will be supported by an employability mentor for six months. They follow a qualification pathway relevant to their job where applicable.
How to apply to a Health and Social Care Employment Academy
To check your eligibility and apply, go to:
You can also contact us by email developmente@BelfastCity.gov.uk or call 028 9027 0482