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Employment Support Programmes

Get Into Work

Step Up

Build confidence and existing skills, gain qualifications and benefit from one-to-one mentorship

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Pathway Opportunity

Supporting talented youth people on their journey to Queen's University Belfast

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Providing small steps and manageable holistic activities rather than “fast track to work” approaches


Belfast Works Connect

Funded by the UK shared prosperity fund to deliver a range of supports to those who are economically inactive

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A transformative journey tailored to individuals living with disabilities or health concerns

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The primary focus is to deliver specialised support to individuals who face multiple barriers to employment

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Moving Forward Moving On

For people who are not in education, training or employment and/or have a history of offending behaviour

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Intensive wrap-around support for economically inactive people, including those with disabilities

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Maximise Employment

An employability programme for 16 - 65 year olds who are not in employment, education or training

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Work It Out

An essential skills course helping the economically inactive to get a maths qualification that employers will recognise

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Scaling Up: Women's Training

Covering a wide range of areas with the overall aim to empower women and increase their knowledge and skills

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Benefit from life and health skills activities to tackle barriers to employment

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NRC Essential Skills

Learn at your own pace and apply the skills you learn to everyday situations at home and at work

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Skill Up

Free accredited courses available to help you re-train and re-skill, through SKILL UP – the flexible skills programme

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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 to move into a better job.  View our action plan here.  

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

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.