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Training and support

  • Belfast Employment Academies

    Belfast Employment Academies provide tailored training to help businesses with their recruitment, and to help people get jobs. Employment Academies are short, intensive training programmes which assist participants along the employment and recruitment pathways. Academies may 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 participants completing the academy

    Academies are open to Belfast residents only and usually take place in small groups of 15 people. Additional criteria may apply for specific programmes. Academies have been delivered in the following sectors:

    • care
    • playwork and childcare
    • nursing
    • transport and logistics
    • retail, leisure and hospitality

    To find out more about Belfast Employment Academies email

  • Training and support programmes to get into employment

    We support a number of organisations in the city to provide advice and support for those who are currently out of work. 

    Support includes:

    • job coaching and mentoring 
    • personal development
    • support with CV building, job searching and interview techniques 
    • training and qualifications 
    • pre-employment and in-work support 
    • building connections with employers such as work experience and site visits. 

    These projects are match funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 Investment for Jobs and Growth and Belfast City Council.

    Projects marked with an * are also match funded through the Urban Villages Initiative, which is led by the Executive Office (TEO), focuses on delivering the Together: Building a United Community (T:BUC) strategy across Belfast.

Programme and delivery organisations

  • Lemis +

    Delivery agents 

    Belfast Works (Lemis+ Partnership) including Ashton Community Trust, GEMS NI, East Belfast Mission, Job Assist Centre West Belfast and Job Assist Centre Greater Shankill.*

    This programme is a Belfast City-wide project, which seeks to address the issue of long-term unemployment targeting those most removed from the job market. It is a participant-centered programme offering links to real jobs.

    Contact details


    Open to

    Anyone over 16 and not currently working (or working less than 16hrs per week)


    Accredited qualifications Non-accredited qualifications
    • Business administration
    • Retail
    • Hospitality
    • Travel & Tourism
    • Personal Development
    • Employability Skills
    • Introduction to using ICT Systems
    • European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL)
    • Spreadsheets
    • Word-processing
    • Health and Social Care
    • Basic Computers
    • Microsoft Excel basics
    • File management for Windows 10
    • Cloud Basics
    • Online Security
    • PowerPoint


  • Path 2 Employment (P2E)

    Delivery agent

    Workforce Training*

    Path to Employment engages with, motivates and trains unemployed or economically inactive individuals, equipping them with transferable skills to secure permanent employment.

    Contact details

    Call Don on 028 9074 7676 or email

    Open to 

    Anyone who is currently out of work and over 18


    Accredited qualifications Non-accredited qualifications
    • Level 1 Personal Development
    • L1 Employability
    • L1 Childcare
    • Construction Skills Register
    • First Aid
    • Food Hygiene
    • Manual Handling
    • Valuing Equality and Diversity
    • Job Searching 


  • JobWorks+

    Delivery agent

    Springboard Opportunities*

    JobWorks+ is an employability programme aimed to meet the needs of young people who are not in education, employment or training.

    Contact details

    Call John on 028 90315111 or email

    Open to

    Young people aged 16-24 years who are not in education, employment or training

    Accredited qualifications Non-accredited qualifications
    • OCN Level 1 Personal Confidence and Self- Esteem
    • OCN Level 1 Teamwork Skills in Practice
    • OCN Level 1 Skills in Customer Service
    • OCN Level 1 Setting and Achieving Personal Goals
    • OCN Level 1 Diversity within Society
    • OCN Level 1 Teamwork Skills in Practice
    • OCN Level 1 Communication Skills in Preparation for Work
    • OCN Level 1 Responsible Work Practices
    • OCN Level 1 Health and Safety in a Practical Environment
    • OCN Level 1 Peer Mentoring
    • OCN Level 1 Fundamentals of Health Care
    • Emergency First Aid at Work
    • Manual Handling
    • Construction Skills Register (Industry approved CSR Health & Safety training)
    • Baseline Assessment, Individual Action Plans, Co-design planning and Goal Setting
    • Developing Practical Group Work Skills
    • Personal Confidence and Self-awareness
    • Understanding your strengths
    • Setting and Achieving Personal Goals
    • Communication Skills
    • Interpersonal and Social Skills
    • Oral Presentation Skills
    • Personal Money Management Skills
    • Understanding Diversity
    • Teamwork Skills
    • Customer Care
    • Social/Health Care
    • Dementia Awareness Training
    • Peer Mentoring
    • Personal Career Preparation
    • Job search and Jobs Jargon
    • Applying for Work
    • CV Development and making it fit
    • Interview Skills and Preparation
    • Mock Interviews
    • Communication Skills for Work
    • Driving Lessons
    • Fit4Work- Health and Fitness
    • Stewarding Training
    • One to One Specialist Mentoring
    • Personal Wellbeing



    Delivery agent: USEL

    USEL provides a wide range of employment programmes across Northern Ireland to assist and support people with disabilities or health related conditions into and within employment.

    Contact details

    Call Mary on 028 9035 6600 or email at

    Open to 

    People with disabilities who are out of work.

    Accredited qualifications Non-accredited qualifications
    • Employability Skills
    • Applying for Work
    • Essential Skills in Numeracy & Literacy
    • Food Hygiene
    • Health and Safety Qualifications
    • Customer Care
    • Introduction to ICT
    • Confidence Building
    • Good Relations in the Workplace
    • Motivation Boost
    • Overcoming Fear
    • Overcoming Social Anxiety
    • Understanding Nutrition
    • Understanding Stress and how to manage it
    • Mindfulness
    • Personal Values
    • Positive Thinking-Power of Thought
    • Preparation for Remote Interviews
    • Looking after your Wellbeing-Post Lockdown
    • Promoting Self improvement
    • Mood Management


  • Recruit ++

    Delivery agent: Specialisterne

    Specialisterne NI is a social enterprise which support autistic people reduce barriers to employment within their communities.

    Contact details

    Call Sharon on 028 9073 9601 or email

    Open to

    Support participants who are on the autistic spectrum and out of work.

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