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Helping you into work

At different times in your life you may need extra advice and support to help you into work. Whether you are a lone parent, disabled, leaving school or college, over 50, or simply out of work, there are a number of services and programmes to help you.

Steps 2 Success

Steps 2 Success is an employment programme to help you build the skills and experience you needs to find and keep a job.


The Apprenticeships programme offers training to 16 year olds and over across a wide range of apprenticeships.

Bridge to Employment

Bridge to employment is a pre-employment training programme that helps you (aged 18+) to find a job if you are unemployed whatever your experience of work. Vacancies are advertised for a limited period in the newspapers, community organisations and in the local Jobs and Benefits offices/ Job Centres.

Essential Skills

If your reading, writing, maths or ICT skills are stopping you from getting a job or you find it hard to read instructions, fill out forms or use ICT equipment, a free essential skills course may help.

Training for Success

Training for Success is designed for young people aged 16-18 (up to 24 years for those requiring additional support) and provides training to give the tools and skills needed to get a job. Training will provide you with the relevant qualifications as well as the required personal and behavioural skills to progress into work.

Lone parents

If you are a lone parent and thinking about returning to work, but don't know where to start, there is help and advice available. Contact your local Jobs and Benefits office or JobCentre for further information.

People with disabilities, health conditions and carers

If you have a disability, have a health condition, have been seriously injured or are caring for someone, there is help, advice and support available to you if you're unable to work, looking for work or may be looking for work in the future.

Through initiatives such as Steps 2 Success and a range of Disability Employment Service programmes, you will receive flexible work-focused support, tailored to your specific needs. You will be offered training opportunities, job search skills, work experience placements and supported job opportunities, to help you overcome barriers and get back into employment.

If you get Employment and Support Allowance, Income Support on health grounds, Severe Disablement Allowance or Jobseekers Allowance, the Condition Management Programme could help you return to work.

Leaving school or college

Moving from school, college or university into work can be a big step. Even if you have a good idea of where you want to be, the best way to get there is not always clear. But there are lots of opportunities and help available to you and this includes getting the experience you need and financial help for training.

Out of work

The Jobs & Benefits office, JobCentre and Social Security office network wants to help you get back to work quickly. Even in a economic downturn, many jobs are available. It may pay you benefits you may be entitled to while helping you look for work or learn new skills.

Travel to Interview Scheme

The Travel to Interview Scheme is designed to help unemployed people with the cost of travelling to interviews for full-time permanent positions in Northern Ireland or elsewhere in the United Kingdom. Applications should be made in advance of your interview by completing a TIS 1 form, available from any Jobs and Benefits office/JobCentre.

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