Help to find employment

Do you want to find a job? We can help.

For a new beginning with real opportunities, your local Jobs & Benefits office / JobCentre is the place to start. We will help you find a job that is right for you whether you are looking for your first job or want to get back into work. We offer a number of services and programmes to help jobseekers, particularly people who are unemployed, individuals with disabilities and others who may need extra help in finding work.

Current initiatives and other services available

Steps to Work (StW) is an approach to assisting people find employment. This menu-based approach provides a flexible way to help you with your individual employment and training needs.

Pathways to Work for Incapacity Benefit - an innovative new approach to helping people with health conditions and disabilities to consider options for returning to work.

LEMIS

The Local Employment Intermediary Service (LEMIS) is an initiative designed to help unemployed people in the community overcome those issues that may be preventing them from finding and keeping a job.

LEMIS is also available on a referral /outreach basis throughout Northern Ireland to individuals with a common employability barrier to employment, that is, young people (16-24) not in education, employment or training (NEET), homless, ex-offenders/ex-prisoners, individuals with a history of drug/alcohol misuse and care leavers.

The service is provided by local community employment organisations in the Belfast area, Derry, Strabane, Newry and Mourne, Cookstown and Moyle District Council areas.

Youth Employment Scheme

The Youth Employment Scheme (nidirect website) external link is designed to give you help and support in looking for permanent work if you are unemployed and between the ages of 18 to 24 years old.

What help can you get?

Job Searching

Each Jobs & Benefits office / JobCentre has touch screen JobPoints giving you access to job opportunities at home and abroad.

Education and Training

If you need some qualifications, training or work experience, there is a wide variety of courses and programmes available. We can help identify the best option for you. Whatever your circumstances, we can help by giving you clear, practical advice and information on how and where to look for jobs. Your Jobsearch Officer and Personal Adviser are here to help.

Translation and Interpretation Services

When you visit your local office, arrangements can be made for the provision of translation and interpretation facilities if required.

Disability Employment Service

If you have a disability or your health significantly affects the kind of work you can do, an Employment Service Adviser based in your local Jobs & Benefits office / JobCentre can provide specialist employment help.

Careers and Guidance Services

You may also benefit by receiving information, advice and guidance from a Careers Adviser to help you make realistic choices about your future.