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Get Into Work

The information below has been provided for anyone seeking help to find training, an apprenticeship or employment. 

If you can’t find the information you need or just want to talk to a member of staff email skills@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk and someone will come back to you.


Labour Market Partnership

Funded by the Department for Communities, Department for the Economy and supported by Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council, Antrim and Newtownabbey Labour Market Partnership will deliver a range of programmes to help our residents gain the work-ready skills, experience or qualifications needed to move into employment or a to move into a better job.  View our action plan here.


Skill Up Programme

If you’re aged 18 and over and eligible to work in Northern Ireland, a range of free accredited courses are available to help you re-train and re-skill, through SKILL UP – the flexible skills programme.
Click here for further information.


The apprenticeship Programme offers training, across a wide range of apprenticeships, to people aged 16 and over.  Click here for further information.

Click here to search for apprenticeship training providers.


Workforce Online

The aim of the Path 2 Employment Project is to motivate and train economically inactive participants in the greater Belfast area by equipping them with transferable skills to secure permanent employment.

This will be achieved by providing one-to-one mentoring, skills development and providing work placements to those aged 18-65 who are unemployed or working lass than 16 hours per week.

For further details or to access support contact  
T. 028 9024 7016
E. info@workforceonline.org / ccavanagh@workforceonline.org
Visit www.workforceonline.org

Network Personnel

Jobmatch Programme provides guidance, skills, and employability support to those aged 18-65 who are unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week. The service is flexible and informal and provides a support system that is individually tailored to clients needs.

For further details or to access support contact
T. 028 7963 1032
E. jobmatch@networkpersonnel.org.uk 
Visit www.networkpersonnel.org.uk

NOW Group

NOW Group is a social enterprise that supports young people aged 16-24 and adults up to 65 with learning difficulties to access training, volunteering and employment opportunities through their  Verve Programme using a mix of mentoring, workshops and tailored advice services.

For further details or to access support contact  
T. 028 9043 6400
E. admin@nowgroup.org 
Visit www.nowgroup.org/ 

Enterprise NI 

The Exploring Enterprise Programme aims to help residence within the most deprived communities and socially disadvantaged groups within the Borough, take the first steps to gaining employment or exploring a business idea. Participants will achieve an accredited qualification within the programme and be provided with mentoring to improve skills for business or employment.

For further details or to access support contact  
T. 028 2826 773
E. anne.taylor@ledcom.org
Visit https://ledcom.org/

Gems Northern Ireland: Co-MENT Programme

The CO-MENT Programme will provide support to young people aged 16-24 and who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs) to improve their employability qualification and skills linked to labour market requirements, undertake work placements and progress into further education. Young people will access one-to-one mentoring support to develop personal action plans and will access learning and work placements.

For further details or to access support contact  
T. 079 3680 7232
E. teams@gemsni.org.uk
Visit http://gemsni.org.uk/


The STRIDE (Support, Training to Realise Individual Development and Employment) project offers people with disabilities who are unemployed or economically inactive the opportunity to gain employability skills and qualifications required by employers.   STRIDE will work to assist those participants with low or no employability or vocational skills and/or educational achievement to effectively remove barriers to employment over the course of the project, enabling them to move into and within sustainable employment or to progress into further/higher education/training or mainstream employment programmes. 

For further details or to access support contact
T. 028 9035 6600
E. stride@usel.co.uk
Visit https://wwwusel.co.uk/stride

Princes Trust: Reaching Further and Journey to Success

The Reaching Further and Journey to Success Project will provide support to young people, aged 16-30 and who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs), Unemployed/ Long-term Unemployed or Economically Inactive to improve their employability skills.  Support will be offered to assist young people to improve essential skills, gain qualifications and skills linked to labour market requirements, undertake work placements, explore self-employment and progress into further education.  This will be achieved by providing one-to-one mentoring of the young people, and providing learning and work placements and experience. 

For further details or to access support contact
T. 028 9089 5006
E. Nathan.mcauley@princes-trust.org.uk or keeva.murtagh@princes-trust.org.uk 
Visit https://www.princes-trust.org.uk

The Princes Trust also delivers a number of additional employability programmes for further details or to access support contact

E. outreachni@princes-trust.org.uk
Visit https://www.princes-trust.org.uk/about-the-trust/where-we-work/northern-ireland

The Bytes Project (Young 16-24 NEETS)

Young people who are not in employment, education or training will be offered the opportunity to transform their personal circumstances. This will be done by partnering participants with a youth worker, who will use their relationship building skills to co-design a 12-week programme with tailored training (including our extensive suite of OCN Level 1 Qualifications) and employment opportunities. Our programme has two unique elements:

  • Development of STEM Skills (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths) – Young people will be given the opportunity to develop a range of STEM skills particularly in creative media linked with learning pathways via college partners and employment opportunities.
  • Youth Work Training/Employment Pathway – for those that complete a Level 1 programme in Youth Work, a guaranteed interview scheme will be provided with over 15 full time youth providers across NI.
    For further details or to access support, contact 028 9028 8810, email administrator@bytes.org or visit https://bytes.org/

Access Centre NI

This ICT/administration digital skills training programme will assist those who are unemployed/underemployed and economic inactivity, increasing workforce skills, and building confidence and competence to empower participants with disabilities, including mental health, into FE/training/community organisations, or sustainable employment.  This will aim to boost the emotional health and wellbeing needs through the provision of support for participants.

For further details or to access support, contact 028 9075 7757 or visit www.ac-ni.com

Ashton Community Trust Core Project (Young 16-24 NEETS)

The CORE programme offers a wide range of employment and training services aimed at supporting participants on their career journey.  Help can be provided with Job searching, CV building, interview skills, completing application forms and one to one Mentoring. Free training includes Forklift licence, CSR, Beauty Masterclass, Employability, Warehousing, Fitness and much more.

To register for CORE Project, you must be 16-24, living in the Greater Belfast or Newtownabbey area, not in employment or education (or working part time and want to increase your hours of work).

For further details or to access support, contact 028 95 609 522 or visit facebook.com/coreproject1/ or instagram.com/coreproject1/

Hospitality and Tourism Skills (HATS) Network

In collaboration with Tourism NI, the Hospitality and Tourism Skills (HATS) network has launched a new campaign encouraging people to enter, return and progress within the hospitality and tourism sector across the country.  From chefs, front of house managers, housekeepers and baristas to visitor experience, events and marketing and administrative roles there is a wealth of exciting local opportunities to choose from.

Find the perfect hospitality and tourism job in Northern Ireland.
For information on current vacancies visit https://careerscope.uk.net/jobs/?northern-ireland

Careers Guidance

If you would like help or advice on your career contact the Careers Service by phoning 0300 200 7820, or visit https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/campaigns/careers

For information on some of our local key sectors click on the links below https://www.economy-ni.gov.uk/topics/employment-and-skills-programmes-including-apprenticeships/careers-occupational-information

  • Entrepreneurship
  • Hospitality and Tourism
  • Health and Social
  • Manufacturing
  • Life Sciences
  • Software Technology
  • Construction

Local Jobs and Benefits Offices

Please find below Links to the jobs and benefits offices in Antrim and Newtownabbeyhttps://www.nidirect.gov.uk/contacts/jobs-and-benefits-offices

Antrim Branch
20 Castle Street
BT41 4JE
Freephone:  0800 012 1331
Email: antrim.jobsandbenefits@dfcni.gov.uk

Newtownabbey Branch
39 - 41 Church Road
BT36 7LB
Freephone:  0800 012 1331
Email:  newtownabbey.jobsandbenefits@dfcni.gov.uk

Financial support with the cost of childcare

Do you want to get back to work but are worried about the cost of childcare? Most working parents can claim help with their childcare costs.

Employers For Childcare Advisors can provide you with free family benefits advice and help you access the childcare support you are entitled to.

Email: hello@employersforchildcare.org

Freephone: 0800 028 3008
Website: employersforchildcare.org

This information has been provided by the Labour Market Partnership (LMP)

Labour Market Partnerships (LMPs) have been established across the Councils in Northern Ireland to help improve employability outcomes and labour market conditions locally.  It is hoped that by working through multi-agency partnerships we will be able to achieve regional objectives whilst being flexible to meet local needs.

The LMP approach has been introduced by DFC to ensure employability delivery is reflective of the needs of local employers and residents. 

LMPs will play a role in supporting ‘Employability NI’, which is DfC’s regional approach to supporting those who are unemployed to get back to.

Employability NI is designed to provide a range of interventions to:

  • Deliver a reduction in economic inactivity and long-term unemployment;
  • Provide increased support for those with physical/mental health conditions and disabilities; and
  • Implement an intervention that provides a collaborative nature between Central Government Departments and Local Council area to offer direct and unique interventions.  Hence LMP’s 


The ultimate aim of the partnership will be to get more of our residents into better jobs.


Contact us at skills@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk for help to get into work or for help to find employees.