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  • Employability and Skills - Our vision

    We help drive Belfast’s economic growth by supporting residents, employers and organisations to strive for innovation and excellence and creating pathways to growth and employment.

    We focus on:

    • developing strategic growth areas,
    • driving learning and educational attainment, and
    • designing and delivering programmes to support employability.

    We’re keen to work with businesses and organisations to help them:

    • recruit employees,
    • explore work placement opportunities, and
    • develop their workforce.

    We want to work with and learn from organisations that are supporting residents to:

    • access training
    • develop their skills and confidence
    • find employment

    If you're a Belfast-based employer and would like to benefit from our employability programmes, register your interest.

    Register as an employer with the Employability and Skills Programme

    Belfast is a city of Working and Learning, and you can find out more about the key areas of work that support employability and skills development:

  • Support your employees to develop their careers

    We can work with employers to deliver a support programme which will give employees the training and support they need to achieve qualifications to progress their careers.

    Programmes Open to Information and registration
    Upskilling Academy This programme is for employers in retro-fitting, classroom assistants, social care or child care who need support to help employees have the opportunity for promotion within their organisation.

    This programme is available for employers to make an application.

    For further information on the programme and how to apply, email
  • Building an inclusive labour market conference on 12 June 2024

    Building on our conference in January 2024, NICVA and Labour Market Partnerships hosted a conference on 12 June 2024, focusing on the role of the voluntary and community sector in building an inclusive labour market.

  • Employment skills conference on 22 January 2024

    Building an inclusive labour market: opportunities, challenges, and solutions conference took place on Monday 22 January 2024 at Ulster University. 

    Aligning with key policy and strategic priorities, including 10X and The Belfast Agenda, this employability and skills conference focused on fostering inclusive growth and addressing economic inactivity. The conference was delivered in partnership with NICVA and the Belfast Labour Market Partnership.

Contact us

For more information and advice, get in touch.

028 9027 0482

Economic Development, 4th floor, 9 Adelaide, 9-21 Adelaide Street, Belfast, BT2 8DJ

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