A new Digital Employment Academy is open for residents of Lisburn and Castlereagh who are unemployed or under-employed.

The Lisburn and Castlereagh Labour Market Partnership (LMP) has funded this programme.

In recent years, Northern Ireland has become recognised on a global scale with steady growth and a focus on areas such as cybersecurity, fintech and software development. It has also attracted several multinational corporations who have set up operations in Northern Ireland. On this basis, it is imperative that there is a sufficient supply of skilled resources who can meet demand.

This 8-week programme will seek to equip participants with digital skills to enhance their employability and help them secure employment. Candidates will also receive one-to-one support to identify employment opportunities with local employers. This will enable participants to develop their employability and interpersonal skills while ensuring a career pathway back into employment.  Participants will have their own bespoke action plan with mentoring support throughout their training.

Councillor John Laverty BEM, Chairman of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Regeneration & Growth Committee said: “The Lisburn and Castlereagh LMP has developed a solution to remove barriers to employment for some of our residents. The Labour Market Partnership initiative proves that when we work in partnership, we can do great things. 

“This employment academy is going to support local people with bespoke, individual employment interventions to identify their career paths and gain employment which will create a more fair and balanced Labour Market within our council area.”

Ciaran Connolly, Director of ProfileTree Web Design and Digital Marketing added: “In an era where digital technology permeates every facet of society and the economy, proficiency in digital skills is crucial for securing employment opportunities. This programme is tailored to provide job-specific skills and relevant qualifications, ensuring that training participants can enhance their employability with highly sought-after abilities and attributes.”

More information including full eligibility criteria can be found on this link