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Employment academies delivering on the Belfast Agenda

Date: 24 Jan 2020


Employment academies delivering on the Belfast Agenda

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Daniel Baker has hailed the success of the Council’s employment academies in delivering on the aims and objectives of the Belfast Agenda.

Lord Mayor of Belfast, Councillor Daniel Baker has hailed the success of the Council’s employment academies in delivering on the aims and objectives of the Belfast Agenda.

Employment and providing access to job opportunities is one of the key strands of Belfast City Council’s community plan and to date Belfast Employment Academies have helped 350 people get their foot on the employment ladder.

Roadshows have been taking place across the city this week, providing the opportunity for those who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week to speak with potential future employers.

Employers across a number of different sectors such as construction, hospitality, transport and leisure have been outlining the pathways and options available to people to get involved in their training schemes.

The added benefit of attending the roadshows and signing up to the various employment academies is that participants are guaranteed an interview upon completion of the course.

Speaking at the roadshow at Conway Mill, Councillor Baker said: “Belfast is a city on the up and we want to ensure everyone benefits from the success and opportunities that exist. 

“We have made substantial investment in employability and skills. Working alongside key partners we can offer those furthest from the labour market a fantastic opportunity to get their foot on the employment ladder and receive some expert training across many different sectors.

“Last year alone we supported 350 people into employment through the Belfast Employment Academies and we hope to improve on that figure again this year.

He added: “All the support and help people need to achieve their goals and take the first step towards a new career can be found by taking part in our Employment Academies. The buzz and enthusiasm at today’s roadshow has been fantastic and I hope all those who have attended can find work in a sector they are passionate about.”

The free drop in sessions took place at the Crescent Arts Centre, Skainos Centre, Conway Mill and Crumlin Road Gaol.

For more information on our Employment Academies visit: www.belfastcity.gov.uk/employment

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