The Employability Team at East Belfast Mission delivers two programmes: the Belfast Works LEMIS+ Project and the Community and Family Support Programme. 
Both are funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy. 
The Belfast Works Programme also receives funding from Belfast City Council and Urban Villages. 

Belfast Works 

Belfast Works is a Belfast City-wide project which seeks to address the issue of long-term unemployment by supporting those most removed from the job market. Belfast Works at EBM is run in partnership with Ashton Community Centre (Lead Partner), GEMS NI, Job Assist Centre Greater Shankill, and Job Assist Centre West Belfast.  
Getting involved 
Employability Mentors provide one-to-one support to clients in East Belfast Mission and in Outreach Centres across East Belfast. Mentors have years of experience in providing advice and guidance on education, training and careers, and work alongside clients to offer the support they need to progress into employment. 
You will get help with: 
preparing a CV 
job searching 
completing application forms 
accessing training 
Call in, or contact us on 028 9045 8560 (ext 1) for more information or to arrange an appointment with a Lemis+ Mentor. 
Training Opportunities 
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or click on the link below to see the range of courses provided. 
Belfast Works is a voluntary, client-centred programme offering:  
Employment mentoring 
Wellbeing coaching 
Free industry related training 
A link to real jobs 

Outreach Centres 

Belfast Works Employability Mentors are available each week at various outreach centres for client appointments and to facilitate training courses.  
Check with your local centre for details or phone Belfast Works at 028 9045 8560 (ext 1). 
Short Strand Community Centre 
Greenway Women's Centre 
Ballybeen Women's Centre 
Dee Street Community Centre 
Tullycarnet Community Centre 
Cregagh Community Centre 
Ballybeen Women's Centre 
Braniel Community Centre 
You can also talk to an Employability Mentor at Holywood Road and Knockbreda Jobs and Benefits Offices. Check with your local JBO for days and times when you can meet with a mentor, or phone Belfast Works at 028 9045 8560 (ext 1). 
Participants on the LEMIS+ Project are able to undertake a range of training. Courses offered include: 
Level 1 Health and Social Care 
IT: Word Processing 
Level 1 Business Administration 
IT: Spreadsheets  
Personal Development 
Basic IT 
Essential Skills 
L1 Childcare 
From time to time, we offer training academies to LEMIS+ clients where a clear route to employment can be achieved on successful completion. These have included Hospitality, Construction, Customer Care and Health and Social Care. 
To be eligible to register with the Belfast Works Lemis+ Programme, clients must be: 
resident in the Belfast area 
unemployed or working less than 16 hours/week 
eligible to work in the UK 

Family Support Training 

The Community Family Support Programme is a Belfast City wide partnership led by the Upper Springfield Development Trust. Family Support Workers at EBM deliver the programme in East Belfast. 
We offer a varied programme of support to families to help you reach your full potential in areas such as employment, education and lifestyle. The programme is designed to meet the needs of your family and could include: 
Help to improve household routines 
Understanding children's behaviour 
Parenting Skills 
Improving self-confidence and motivation 
Money management training 
Signposting to local community activities 
Preparing for employment - help with CVS, interviews skills, completing application forms 
We also facilitate family fun days, coffee mornings and drop ins. 
For more information please call 028 9045 8560 and ask for Lee-Ann or Lisa. 
To be eligible for the Community and Family Support Programme you must: 
Live in East Belfast 
Either you or a member of your family should be over 16 years old and not be in employment, education or training. 
For people registered on the Community Family Support Programme, training is available in the following subjects: 
Essential Skills 
Steps to Employment 
Steps to Excellence 
Personal Development 
Basic IT 
Cook it! Fun, fast food for less 
Lemis+ Mentors and CFSP staff are available to help clients with all aspects of job searching. 
Mock interviews can be arranged to build confidence and improve your chances of  
successfully moving into employment. 
Contact the Employability Team using the form opposite or on 028 9045 8560  
for further information or to make an appointment. 
Preparing a CV can seem daunting and maybe you think you have nothing to write about. Employability Mentors at EBM are experienced in helping you to present your work experience, skills, and education in a way which will impress potential employers and probably surprise yourself! 
Personal Statement: start your CV with a short paragraph to introduce yourself. The following questions are helpful in deciding what this should say - Who are you? What do you have to offer? What are you aiming for in your career? Avoid clichés and be specific in your examples. 
Key Skills: this is your opportunity to sell yourself! Perhaps you have been in paid employment or have spent the past number of years as a carer in your home. Whatever you have been doing, you will have developed skills of time management, attention to detail, and good communication. You may be a reliable person who is trustworthy and able to work without supervision. Employability Mentors will help you to review your work experience and highlight the skills you have developed, whatever role you have been in.  
Employment history: start with your most recent job and work backwards. Be sure to include any voluntary work. 
Education: if relevant, start with your most recent qualifications and work backwards to GCSE or equivalent. You can also include any training courses you have completed such as heath and safety training, basic food hygiene etc. 
References: ideally, you should put down your most recent employer as a referee. You can also include a character referee from someone in a respected role who has known you for at least two years. Your Employability Mentor will help you to identify suitable referees. Always ask permission before putting someone's name and contact details on your CV. 
First impressions count! 
If you get an interview you can assume that your potential employers already like what they have seen. The interview is an opportunity for you to build on that impression to secure the job. 
It’s not just what you say but how you say it that reinforces the message you are giving and creates an overall impression of your suitability. 
Arrive on time! Ideally at least ten minutes early will give you time to relax and collect your thoughts. If you are unexpectedly delayed, contact your prospective employer as soon as possible to explain the situation. 
Know who, where and when you are to meet! When you arrive you will meet a receptionist or someone appointed to receive you. State, in a clear and friendly manner, your name, the time of your appointment and the name of the person you expect to meet. 
Read carefully through your letter inviting to you for interview. Have all the relevant documentation ready to present if needed: your interview invitation and a copy of your CV and cover letter or application form, any ID or other documents you have been asked to bring. 
Switch your mobile phone off before you enter the interview room. 
Once the interview commences you will continue to make a positive impression if you: 
Listen carefully to each question and give concise answers supported with relevant examples; avoid saying just yes or no; 
If needed ask for clarification if a question is not clear; 
Speak clearly and loudly enough for the interviewer to hear and try to keep to a moderate pace; 
Try to stay as relaxed as possible. Prepare techniques in advance that will help to offset any nervousness. This might be simply repeating a silent mantra such as 'relax' or whatever works for you and also taking a deep breath before you start to answer a question. 
Belfast Works aims to combat poverty and enhance social inclusion by reducing economic inactivity, and to increase the skills base of those currently in work and future potential participants in the workforce. 
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