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Employment Academies

In recent years, the Antrim and Newtownabbey Labour Market Partnership has collaborated closely with local employers and training agencies to implement a variety of tailored training programs known as Employment Academies.

Your New Career Starts Here

Your New Career Starts Here

Employment Academies have been specifically designed to tackle shortages in vital industry sectors such as Childcare, Health and Social Care, Hospitality, and Logistics. The primary goal is to offer individuals who are unemployed or earning low incomes the chance to launch a career or enhance their skills for advancement in their current roles, thereby benefiting both the individual and the local economy.

Each Academy offers comprehensive training, qualifications, and the assurance of a job interview with a local company.

Candidates must meet the following criteria to apply:

  • Be a resident of Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough Council.
  • Be either unemployed, under-employed (16 hours per week or less), be at risk of redundancy.

To apply or for further information T: 028 9074 7676 or E: info@workforceonline.org

If you own a hospitality business and would like to become involved E: Skills@antrimandnewtownabbey.gov.uk

Employment Academy and Apprenticeship Success

Employment Academy and Apprenticeship Success

Gavin Magee began his journey at the Adair Arms Hotel in May 2016, initially serving as a Kitchen Assistant before transitioning to the front of the house as a Food & Beverage waiter. In 2017, Gavin successfully achieved his N.VQ Level 2 in Food and Beverage service, Bar Academy Certification, and Customer Service training.

Progressing steadily, Gavin advanced to N.V.Q Level 3 supervisor in 2018, subsequently taking on the role of a Food and Beverage Supervisor at the Adair Arms. In 2020, he undertook the Higher Level Apprenticeship in Hospitality Management, successfully completing the program in 2023.

Gavin's accomplishments continued to shine as he was recognised as the rising star at the N.I Hotel Federation in 2023. In the same year, he made a significant move to Corrs, assuming the position of Trainee Duty Manager. His career trajectory took another positive turn in February 2024 when he transferred to the Dunadry Hotel and Gardens as a Duty Manager.

Currently, Gavin is making waves as a finalist in the Northern Ireland Apprentice of the Year 2024 competition, showcasing his dedication and excellence in the hospitality industry.  We look forward to updating you with the results which will be announced in March this year.

Useful Contacts

Antrim and Newtownabbey Labour Market Partnership

Mossley Mill,
Carnmoney Road North,
BT36 5QA

Tel: 0300 123 4568

Email Antrim and Newtownabbey Labour Market Partnership