Help to find employment
For a new beginning with real opportunities, your local Jobs and 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
Employment Service Support (ESS) is an initiative to assist 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.
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 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?
Each Jobs and Benefits office / JobCentre has touch screen JobPoints giving you access to job opportunities at home and abroad.
A series of easy-to-use Northern Ireland job information fact sheets is now available. The fact sheets cover a variety of occupations within the 25 Sector Skills Councils (SSCs) in Northern Ireland. They provide information on job prospects, relevant skills and entry requirements as well as highlighting opportunities available.
A sample of occupations looked at are Construction Industry; Creative Media; Fashion and textiles; Food and Drink; Hospitality, Leisure, Travel and Tourism and Passenger Transport.
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.