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  • Business Services Academy

    We’re currently recruiting for our Business Services Academy which will equip you with the practical skills you need to get a job in Belfast’s growing professional and business sector.

    You’ll develop skills in professional social media, IT, communications, team working, employability and more.

    If you live in Belfast and aren’t currently employed, or you're working less than you want to, email us today. Support will be available for travel and childcare, should you need it.

    Email for an expression of interest form.

  • Leisure Academy

    We’re currently recruiting for our Leisure Academy (19 November – 10 December 2021) which will give you the skills you need to get a job in one of Belfast’s leisure centres, run by GLL.

    If selected to participate in the academy, you’ll:

    • gain a recognised qualification, for example a National Pool Lifeguard Qualification (NPLQ)
    • be guaranteed an interview for a position with GLL in one of our leisure centres
    • receive employability support to prepare you for interview, as well as six months aftercare whilst in employment

    If you live in Belfast, can demonstrate competence in a range of swimming skills and aren’t currently employed, or you're working less than you want to, contact us today.

    You can:

    • email with the subject heading ‘Leisure Academy’, or
    • call Workforce on 028 9074 7676 before Monday 15 November 2021 and leave your name and contact details.

    Workforce Training Services will contact you by phone to make sure you meet the eligibility criteria and then arrange your swim test on 16 November 2021.

  • Belfast Employment Academies

    The employment academies provide tailored training to help people get jobs and help businesses with their recruitment. An employment academy is a short, intensive training programme for a group of 15 people maximum. Academy participants must be Belfast residents. 

    An academy can include:

    • an opportunity to hear about the role from people already in the career
    • pre-interview training
    • technical or accredited modules or both
    • guaranteed interview for people completing the academy

    Additional criteria may apply for specific programmes. Academies have been delivered in these sectors:


    For information on Belfast Employment Academies, email

  • Employment academies for people out of work

    We have employment academies to help people get jobs in transport, construction, leisure, social care, childcare and childminding.


    The Transport Employment Academy is designed for job opportunities with employers including Translink and haulage companies to help people get their HGV, LGV or D licence so they can apply to become a bus driver or truck driver.

    To apply for this academy, contact Work Force Training.

    Construction Academy

    This academy offers training in the construction environment as well as first aid at work, manual handling and health and safety training with employment on academy completion. 

    To apply for this academy, contact Chris Ward in Work Force Training.


    Belfast City Council and GLL, operators of Belfast’s leisure centres, run the Leisure Transformation Programme.

    The three-week employment academy provides industry-recognised training for jobs such as recreation assistant, fitness instructor, swim teacher and customer service roles. Everyone who completes the training is guaranteed a job interview.

    To apply for this programme, contact Lynne Savage at GLL.


    The Hospitality Employment Academy is a two-week programme that provides industry-recognised training for entry level jobs in hospitality such as food and beverage and housekeeping. Everyone who completes the training is guaranteed a job interview with hospitality employers.

    To apply for this academy, contact Chris Ward at Work Force Training.

    Social care

    The Health and Social Care Employment Academy is a one-week programme that provides training in partnership with key employers and the regulatory body Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC). This training is for care assistant, domiciliary care worker and support worker roles. Everyone who completes the training is guaranteed a job interview in the social care sector.

    Childcare and playwork

    This programme offers employment opportunities in the childcare and playwork sectors to unemployed people who do not have the qualifications or experience required by employers. If selected for employment, participants will get a place on a recognised childcare or playwork qualification at Level 2 or Level 3 and ongoing support.


    This programme provides:

    • wrap-around support and training to people interested in becoming a registered child-minder, self-employed in their own home
    • one year membership of NICMA
    • insurance cover
    • registration with Environmental Health
    • registration with HMRC
  • Upskilling Employment Academies

    The upskilling academies work with childcare services, leisure and, health and social care. These academies are suitable for people already working at entry level positions who want career progression. This programme helps people gain qualifications and experience they need to progress to supervisory or management positions within their industry.

    To apply to an upskilling academy, contact People 1st.

  • Professional and Business Services Academies

    Our Employment Academies offer an innovative and strategic solution to supporting job growth in professional services and technology roles predicted in coming years.

    Please get in touch to hear how we plan to support job roles associated with core Professional Services functions in your business including Sales, Marketing, Customer Support, Human Resources, Operations, Finance, Sales, Organisational Development, Business Intelligence, Logistics and Estates.

    We work with candidates who are residents in the Belfast City Council area and those who are not in work or are working less than they wish to.

    To apply for these academies, contact Kathryn Stewart at Belfast Met, email:

Programme and delivery organisations

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