Lisburn and Castlereagh Labour Market Partnership, in collaboration with Lisburn Jobs and Benefits Office, recently held an employability event for young adult learners from Beechlawn School, Royal Hillsborough, to help them prepare to leave education and enter the workforce. 

The event took place at the Lisburn Jobs and Benefits Office.  Over 50 students took part in this interactive event where they were coached through role play interviews and shown how to search for jobs using the Job Centre’s ‘Digizone’ technology.

Students were also informed of the help and support available to them from the Job Centre and other organisations, as well as the role of Universal Credit and how it can help them achieve their goals. 

Representatives from SERC, Stepping Stones NI and The Now Group gave talks on courses that are available and some past pupils from Beechlawn School were also involved to talk about their experiences. 

Chair of Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council’s Regeneration and Growth Committee, Councillor John Laverty BEM, said: “This event provided a fantastic opportunity for young adult learners to become equipped with the tools and knowledge they need to embark on their journey into employment.

“It is extremely important that every young person has the chance to thrive and contribute meaningfully to our society. By having the skills to progress into the workplace, these students with grow in confidence and develop a sense of independence. I wish them every success in their future.”