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Employment Support Programmes

The Pathway Programme

The Pathway Programme

Do you live in the Antrim and Newtownabbey Borough area and are you looking for assistance in gaining work-ready skills, experience or qualifications needed to move into employment or further training?

The Pathway Programme has been designed to increase the level of engagement with those aged 18-24 and reduce the level of youth unemployment by delivering a pathway of support to move people towards training or employment. 

This pathway of support recognises that moving people towards employment is not a ‘one size fits all’ solution and requires a broad mix of options, tailored to individual needs.

Support is entirely dependent on the individual needs of the participant:

  • Employability Skills
  • Barrier removal
  • Training
  • Interview Support
  • 1-1 Mentoring
  • Interview Support

For further information or to register your interest E: info@groundworkni.co.uk

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme

Ministry of Defence (MOD) Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) Scheme

The ELC Scheme provides funding for service leavers to help re-skill/retrain to go back into civilian work.

The Scheme promotes lifelong learning amongst members of the Armed Forces. Providing financial support in each of a maximum of three separate financial years, the scheme enables higher level learning of a nationally recognised qualification at Level 3 or above (or approved international equivalent) with an approved Learning Provider.

For more information visit https://www.enhancedlearningcredits.com/ or

Contact Training Solutions NI who are an approved local learning provider www.trainingsolutionsni.com phone 028 9448 8100 or email info@trainingsolutionsni.co.uk

Other Support Programmes

Workable (NI)

Supporting people with disabilities and health conditions, in Northern Ireland to retain employment

View Workable (NI)

Step Up Programme

The Step Up Programme offers anyone aged 16+ a choice of four pathways, designed to meet various employment and training needs.

View Step Up Programme


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

View Belfast Works Connect


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

View empower


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

View SkillSET

Moving Forward Moving On

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

View Moving Forward Moving On


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

View Prosper

Maximise Employment

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

View Maximise Employment

Work It Out

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

View Work It Out

Scaling Up: Women's Training

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

View Scaling Up: Women's Training


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

View YouthStart

NRC Essential Skills

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

View NRC Essential Skills

Skill Up

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

View Skill Up

Pathway Opportunity

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

View Pathway Opportunity

Step Up

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

View Step Up

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.  Find out more about the Antrim and Newtownabbey Labour Market Partnership.

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.

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