Support for unemployed

Our programmes equip those wanting to re-enter the job market after a period of unemployment with the confidence and practical skills to be ready to do so. They enable participants to develop their confidence and graduates can gain invaluable experience to give them the boost they need to kick off their career.

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Responsible Business Internship

The Responsible Business Internship programme, supported by Belfast Harbour, is designed to provide graduates with highly specific and much-needed work experience to launch their careers. It also gives businesses the support and advice they need to help them best engage with graduates across Northern Ireland.

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Youth Employment Scheme (YES)

YES: If you an unemployed and between the ages of 18 and 24 years old, the Youth Employment Scheme (YES) can help you develop the skills and gain the experience you need to get a job. YES is a work placement programme, lasting up to 26 weeks, designed to improve employability skills and help accelerate their job prospects. As well as giving participants the opportunity to gain vital work experience, it also provides them with the chance to study for a specifically designed qualification at no cost.

Graduate opportunities are also available.

For more information on eligibility criteria or how to become involved please contact a member of the team on (028) 9046 0606 or e-mail

Strive 2 Work

Strive 2 Work is a programme with clear benefits for employers and participants. It is based on the principles of self-help and equips those wanting to re-enter the job market after a period of unemployment with the confidence and practical skills to be ready to do so.

It enables participants to develop their confidence, interpersonal and soft skills by completing an intensive employer-led workshop, aimed at making participants work ready. The programme focuses on teamwork, communication and employability skills. Strive 2 Work was developed from an initiative in East Harlem which has a track record of over 25 years in 20 cities across the US. The Strive 2 Work programme is delivered here through Steps 2 Work, funded by Department for Employment and Learning.

The workshop ensures they have a tangible CV, interview skills and the essential tools required when applying for a job and most importantly sustaining their employment.  On completion of the workshop, participants are guaranteed an interview for a live job opportunity or have the opportunity secure a work placement.  Strive 2 Work provides access to opportunities for individuals who otherwise would not be in a position to avail of them.  Business in the Community has been operating Strive 2 Work in the North West since October 2011 and over 100 people have gained employment.

For more information on Strive 2 Work, please contact or call (028) 7186 1550.




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