Amplify Mid and East Antrim

Employment and Skills Support

Please click below to see the support we offer

HGV Drivers' Employment Academy


STRIDE Employability Programme

Health and Social Care Academy

Verve Employability Programme

Hospitality Skills Academy

Introduction to Welding

HGV Drivers’ Employment Academy

The HGV Driver’s Employment Academy will provide all the required training to enable participants to pass the HGV Category C (Class 2) driving test.

We will work with local Transport employers to ensure that participants are offered an interview for an appropriate role when they have completed the Academy and have acquired their licence.

Places on the Academy are limited, to be eligible to take part, candidates must:

  • Reside within the Mid & East Antrim Borough Council Area
  • Be unemployed, under-employed (typically working less than 16 hrs or working less than you wish to be) or at risk of redundancy at the time of application
  • Hold a full current UK Driving Licence – candidates must have held a full UK Driving Licence for at least 2 years. Both the plastic card and paper counterpart will be required to obtain the necessary provisional HGV licence to commence training
  • Be willing and able to undertake a medical exam
  • Be committed and available to complete all required aspects of the Academy including appointments for medicals, theory test classes, lessons, tests and interviews
  • Be committed to taking up appropriate employment within the Transport sector.

The Academy will be managed by Workforce Training Services, to be considered for a place, please email your name and contact number to by 23 July and include ‘MEABC HGV Academy’ in the subject line.

Transport Employers

We are keen to hear from Borough-based employers who anticipate recruiting Category C (Class 2) and/or Category C+E (Class 1) drivers this year and wish to work with us to help address these recruitment needs, for more information please contact

For any other information please contact or T: 028 2563 3363


A training and employment programme delivered by Network Personnel to support individuals find work, create CVs, job searching and preparation for interviews, self-employment support and opportunities for confidence building and personal development.


T: 028 7963 1032

STRIDE Employability Programme

This programme, run by USEL, is designed to help people living with a disability or health-related conditions who are out of work move towards employment or further education.


T: 028 9035 6600

Verve Employability Programme

A training and employment programme delivered by the NOW Group that is open to anyone over 16 who has a learning difficulty, learning disability, autism or associated health condition and would like support in gaining employment.


T: 028 9043 6400

Health and Social Care Academy

The Health and Social Care Academy is a programme designed to provide participants with job-specific skills and attributes required to access employment within the Health and Social Care sector. 

The programme is open to anyone living in the Mid and East Antrim Council area, currently out of work or working less than 16 hours a week.

Preference will be given to those who are economically inactive or long-term unemployed.

The programme offers:

  • A chance to improve employability
  • Guaranteed interviews with local employers
  • An introduction to the sector and an insight into the range of job roles available
  • Access to a range of personal development and training including interview skills, effective communication and teamwork
  • One to one mentoring support for the duration of the programme

Starting Date: 24 January 2021

Health and Social Care Academy, Level 5 Qualification

If you are currently working in the Health and Social Care sector and are keen to take your career to the next level, the Academy is offering candidates an opportunity to work towards NFCE CACHE Level 5 Diploma in Leadership for Health and Social Care Services (Northern Ireland) (Adult Residential Management/Adult Management).

Candidates must have a minimum of 18 months experience in a health and/or social care setting working at deputy manager level and need to be living in the Mid and East Antrim Council Area and the employer must have a progression position available once the candidate completes the qualification.

An Induction Date will take place on Monday 7 February with the dates of the classes provided upon registering.

For registration and further information on both Academies please email:

Hospitality Skills Academy

Council, in partnership with NOW Group, are offering the opportunity to participate in a 6-week classroom-based hospitality course, followed by a 1 day a week work placement for 6 weeks in a local hospitality or catering business.

Participants will get a chance to improve their employability skills, increase their knowledge and confidence, gain accredited qualifications and workplace experience.


T: 028 2563 3363 

Introduction to Welding

Council are looking for local people to participate in an intensive five-week welding training programme.

The benefits include gaining Level 2 City and Guilds Award in Welding Skills and accessing a range of personal development and training skills.


T: 028 2563 3363

Science Summer School Northern Ireland

Science Summer School NI aims to encourage curiosity, inspire the next generation of local talent and future workforce and raise the importance of STEAM activities with young people and their parents.

This initiative was established in 2012 at St. Paul’s Way Trust School in east London by Lord Andrew Mawson OBE and Professor Brian Cox OBE. 

The project is now expanding nationally with the aim to make ‘the UK the best place to do science’.

"Science is about exploring, and the only way to uncover the secrets of the universe is to go and look."
- Professor Brian Cox OBE

We are bringing world-leading STEM academic and industry leaders to inspire and activate the curiosity of the student attendees at Science Summer School NI on 22 June 2021.

In addition to an enjoyable and challenging daytime programme for students including speaker presentations and participatory workshops, students, their parents/guardians and special guests will be invited to an evening reception followed by a panel session led by Professor Cox OBE with some of the keynote speakers.

This will provide a valuable opportunity to highlight the evolution of career pathways and opportunities available for the future workforce drawing on the experiences of the speakers.

STEM Ambassadors

The Young STEM Ambassador Programme provides an opportunity for young people (age 16-17 years) to develop their personal and technical skills to deliver short science-based workshops in primary schools and junior years of their secondary school. The Young STEM Ambassadors and younger pupils will all receive a British Science Association CREST Awards for their involvement.

The Young STEM Ambassadors will also act as guides at the Science Summer School on Tuesday 22 June 2021.