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Belfast Works Connect is a partnership of 5 community organisations across Belfast.

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Funded by UKSPF

Belfast Works Connect

Belfast Works Connect is an innovative employability project aimed at supporting individuals who face challenges to employment, and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The project is delivered by an area-based partnership consisting of 5 charitable community organisations based throughout the Greater Belfast area.

The partnership is led by Upper Springfield Development Trust (West) and includes four delivery partners across distinct parts of Belfast:

  • Ashton Community Trust (North)
  • East Belfast Mission (East)
  • GEMSNI (South)
  • Impact Training, Job Assist (Shankill)

Collaborating across 5 council areas:

  • Mid & East Antrim
  • Antrim & Newtownards
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh
  • Ards & North Down
  • Belfast

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Belfast Works Connect is an innovative employability project aimed at supporting individuals who face challenges to employment, and is funded by the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The project is delivered by an area-based partnership consisting of 5 charitable community organisations based throughout the Greater Belfast area.

The partnership is led by Upper Springfield Development Trust (West) and includes four delivery partners across distinct parts of Belfast:

  • Ashton Community Trust (North)
  • East Belfast Mission (East)
  • GEMSNI (South)
  • Impact Training, Job Assist (Shankill)

Collaborating across 5 council areas:

  • Mid & East Antrim
  • Antrim & Newtownards
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh
  • Ards & North Down
  • Belfast

The project aims to support 2,400 people each year providing comprehensive training, advice and guidance to help people develop the necessary skills and confidence to secure sustainable employment opportunities delivered by a team of 100 locally based Navigators.

The project takes a personalised holistic approach, addressing all challenges experienced by local people who are eligible for project support. People will have access to a range of tailored training programs, workshops, and one-on-one support to enhance their employability prospects that are essential to help them succeed.

Belfast Works Connect works closely with local employers and industry partners to identify current and emerging job opportunities. Through strategic partnerships, the project strives to connect people with meaningful employment options, fostering a strong link between the supply and demand sides of the labor market.

Key features of the Belfast Works Connect project include:

  • Personalised career planning
  • Vocational training
  • Work experience placements
  • Job matching services
  • Volunteer opportunities

and ongoing support throughout the employment journey. The project equips participants with the necessary tools, knowledge, and support networks to overcome challenges and achieve long-term success.

By focusing on individual strengths, providing tailored support, and fostering strong employer relationships, Belfast Works strives to create a positive and sustainable impact on the lives of participants and contribute to the economic growth and social well-being of the Belfast community.

Overall, the Belfast Works Connect project empowers people, improves employability prospects, and creates pathways towards a brighter and more prosperous future for all participants in Belfast and surrounding council areas.

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