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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 or become your own boss. 

We’re working with a range of employers from across Belfast to fill hundreds of posts.

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 one of our Employment Academy roadshows where you can find out more information on the job opportunities on offer, have a chat about what is involved in each academy as well as how to apply:

Employment academies currently open

The following employment academies are currently open. 

Social Care Employment Academy  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, care workers, domiciliary care workers and support workers. Everyone who completes the training is guaranteed a job interview with a care provider.
Leisure Employment Academies  Training, qualifications and employability support for a range of part-time and full-time vacancies, both permanent and casual with GLL who operate Belfast’s leisure centres including Recreation Assistant, Fitness Instructor and Customer Service. 
Childminding Self-employment Academy Training to help you become a registered childminder and become your own boss in your home. This includes safeguarding, health and safety and first aid training. Following the initial training, you will also receive ongoing support from a childminding mentor.  

Employment academy roadshows

Belfast Employment Academies are for Belfast residents who are out of work, or working less than 16 hours per week.

In partnership with employers across the city, there will be job opportunities in:

  • Transport
  • Hospitality
  • Social Care
  • Leisure
  • Childcare, Playwork and Childminding

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.

Employment academies currently closed

These Employment Academies are not recruiting at present, but we plan to run more in the future. Click on the links below for further information.

Construction Employment Academy
Accredited training for a range of jobs within construction, from operatives to administration. Everyone who completes the training is guaranteed a job interview with a contractor currently operating construction projects in Belfast. 
Transport Employment Academy
Accredited and industry-recognised training including driving licences for specific industries including: lorry licences, public service vehicle licences and coach licences. Everyone who completes the training is guaranteed a job interview with a transport employer.

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