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Belfast Works Connect
You will be assigned a Navigator who will provide personalised advice, support and motivation throughout you journey to help you overcome challenges to your development. Navigators will work closely with you to provide targeted support, offering guidance on how to improve soft skills, such as communication, teamwork, problem-solving, and time management.
Navigators will help facilitate connections with other organisations offering referral pathways to support your personal development journey. Mentoring support will take place through one-to-one, group sessions, workshops and online based on your needs.
The project will support to enhance your knowledge through offering a range of training courses tailored to meet your specific needs. You can select from over 50 OCN accredited courses that provide experience and practical skills development. Navigators will offer a personalised career planning session helping you identify your strengths, interests, and career aspirations
This training will enhance employability skills through individualised guidance and assessment, clients will develop career pathways.
Navigators will actively engage with local employers to create connections to job openings and opportunities suitable for you.
Navigators will provide you with practical work experience through job taster placements with local employers. These placements will provide valuable on-the-job training, enhance your CV’s, and increase your chances of securing permanent employment.
Navigators will develop job readiness skills through, CV writing, interview preparation, and job search techniques. You will receive guidance to improve their employability and increase their chances of success in job applications.
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Belfast Works Connect is 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
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.