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City for employability and skills

When we were consulting on how we could achieve sustainable economic growth, to set the Belfast Agenda, the key issue that people wanted us to tackle was employability and skills.

From this we’ve developed the draft Employability and Skills framework 2015-2025. Its vision is to ‘realise the potential of Belfast’s economy and its people by transforming skills, employability and aspiration, resulting in higher levels of business growth, employment and incomes’.

We’re working with a range of partners to address the skills and employability challenges facing our city.

Key actions include:

  • promoting joint working and better coordination of services to unemployed people, employers and employees
  • supporting targeted employability initiatives to help people find employment
  • providing active outreach to engage unemployed people and increase access to services in disadvantaged areas
  • maximising employment and training outputs from major regeneration and development schemes in the city.
We’re also working with a range of organisations citywide who are delivering support programmes for unemployed people. We part fund these programmes with the Northern Ireland European Social Fund 2014-2020 Investment for Jobs and Growth programme.


Register with us by completing a short questionnaire about your business support needs. Our team will assess your information and be in touch within five working days to outline the support we can offer. 

Programme Details
Hotel Employment Academy The Hotel Employment Academy (HEA) is a very exciting opportunity. We’ve teamed up with two of the city’s newest hotels - the Dalata Hotel Group’s Maldron Hotel Belfast City and Hastings’ Grand Central Hotel Belfast – to help them recruit nearly 200 new staff.
Urban Digital Futures We have partnered with the Urban Villages Initiative to bring over 50 schools and community groups, across Belfast and Derry ~ Londonderry, access to a range of training and creative activities through our Urban Digital Futures project, delivered by Makematic.
Paid Work Experience Programme (PWEP) Paid Work Experience Programme (PWEP) provides 16 – 17 year olds, from schools across Belfast, with an opportunity to undertake structured work placement for four-six weeks during the school holidays, whilst getting paid.
Career Development Programme (CDP) The Career Development Programme (CDP) is designed to provide career prospects for over 4000 young people in post primary school education across our city. This programme will help young people by ensuring that they have the information they need to make an informed future career choice.
Health and Social Care Employment Academy (HSCEA) The Health and Social Care Employment Academy will give participants the opportunity to obtain the correct skills and training required to become a care assistant as well as providing trainees with the opportunity to obtain the licences’ necessary to work within the care industry.

Active Communities Network

Active Communities Network could be for you if you're 16-24 years old and:

  • unemployed
  • not in education, or
  • not on a training course.

Active Community Network is delivering a range of sports activities across the city that will help you develop your skills and provide support to help you get into employment. 

You will receive:

  • support to help develop your employability skills
  • work experience or employment in an area that would interest you
  • help and support to achieve your goals.
Throughout your participation on the programme, mentors will be available to support you and help you achieve your goals.

For more information please contact Active Communities Network on 028 9024 5969 or info@activecommunities.org.uk

Sport Changes Life (EHOOPS)

If you’re between 16-24 years and love sport, the Sport Changes Life programme could be for you.

Through this sports-based engagement programme, you will develop your employability skills. 

Participants will receive:

  • access to world-class facilities at Ulster University
  • three months gym membership
  • a 24-week programme accredited by Ulster University.  You will receive the CPPD (Continuous Personal Professional Development) module from Ulster University once completed.

Mentoring will be provided throughout your programme participation, helping you achieve your goals.

Schools Outreach

Sport Changes Life are also delivering a Schools Outreach programme. The programme will work with 10 young people, aged 14 - 16, from local schools who are at risk of leaving education or require additional support and guidance.

For more information please contact Sport Changes Life on 028 9045 4964 or info@sportchangeslife.com


Contact us
Economic Development
028 9027 0482
Place and Economy department
4th floor, 9 Adelaide
9-21 Adelaide Street
Belfast
BT2 8DJ