Local Employment Intermediary Service (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.
The service is provided by local community employment organisations in the Belfast area, Londonderry, Strabane, Newry and Mourne, Moyle and Cookstown District Council areas.
In addition to these areas LEMIS is also available on an outreach basis throughout Northern Ireland to individuals with a common employability barrier to employment:
- individuals with a history of drug/alcohol abuse
- care leavers
These organisations offer an impartial and confidential advice and support service to help people find a job which best suits their skills and abilities.
How does the service work?
The service provided is person centred, flexible and puts the needs of the client first. You can use the service on a voluntary basis at a time that suits you and this will not affect any benefits you may receive.
An Employment Adviser will provide you with one-to-one support and create an action plan to help you get a job.
The Employment Advisers have extensive knowledge of the labour market and provide a 'professional employment service on your doorstep' at their offices and at outreach centres in your community.
For those clients across Northern Ireland with a common employability barrier, the Employment Advisors will make arrangements to meet you in your local area.
Who can use the service?
The service is available to:
- benefit recipients (for example, people receiving Incapacity Benefit, Employment Support Allowance, Severe Disablement Allowance, Income Support and Carers Allowance and Job Seekers Allowance provided you meet certain LEMIS eligibility conditions)
- out of work partners of benefit recipients
- people who are not claiming any benefits including returners to the labour market
- young people not linked to the benefits system or engaged in employment, education or training
- individuals who may have a common employability barrier, such as homelessness, ex offenders/ex-prisoners, individuals with a history of drug/alcohol misuse and looked after children/care leavers.
What support will I receive
An Employment Adviser can support and help you find a job by providing information, advice, guidance and practical help in:
- motivation and self-confidence building
- developing solutions to overcome barriers
- looking at employment opportunities
- finding the type of job you want
- CV preparation and completing job application forms
- job interview techniques
- benefit advice and calculations on returning to work
- provide information on issues such as childcare
- career, training and educational opportunities
- support when you are in employment