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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 a whole range 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. 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.
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.  
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. 
Hospitality Employment Academy Accredited training for a range of jobs such as waiting and bar staff, hotel housekeeping and portering, and a range of other roles. Everyone who completes the training is guaranteed a job interview with employers within the hospitality sector in Belfast.

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:

  • Childcare
  • Childminding
  • Construction
  • Hospitality
  • Leisure
  • Playwork
  • Social Care
  • Transport

Find out more about the employment academies, job opportunities on offer and how to apply - and have a chat with employers about what’s involved in each academy.

Tuesday 10 September Venue
10.30am – 12 noon Crescent Arts Centre
1.30pm – 3pm Skainos Centre
Thursday 12 September Venue
10.30am – 12 noon Conway Mill
1.30pm – 3pm Crumlin Road Gaol

Employment academies currently closed

These Employment Academies are not recruiting at present, but we plan to run others later in the year. Click on the links below for further information and register for the next academy.

Childcare Employment Academy
Job opportunities to help people who do not have qualifications or experience normally needed to get a job in childcare. Everyone who gains a place is guaranteed a job interview with a childcare provider. Participants who get jobs will then receive training to gain a recognised childcare qualification at Level 2 or Level 3, as well as ongoing support.
Childcare Career Development Academy
Training for people already working in childcare hoping to progress to a supervisory or management role. This training will help participants gain Level 3-5 childcare qualifications.  
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. 
Playwork Employment Academy 
Job opportunities to help people who do not have qualifications or experience normally needed to get a job in playwork. Everyone who gains a place is guaranteed a job interview with a playwork provider. Participants who get jobs will then receive training to gain a recognised playwork qualification as well as ongoing support.
Playwork Career Development Academy Training for people already working in playwork hoping to progress to a supervisory or management role. This training will help participants gain the required qualifications for these roles up to Level 5.

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