Rapid Redundancy Response

Job Fair

Job Fair - PART 2
Tuesday 8 October from 11am - 2pm
at The Braid, Ballymena

We have had such brilliant support from employers right across Northern Ireland that we will be holding a second jobs fair on Tuesday 8 October from 11am to 2pm at The Braid, Ballymena.

This will provide an opportunity for those affected by redundancies to attend and speak with employers that have live job opportunities and connect with a range of employability support organisations.

For further information contact: amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk.

Job Opportunities Factory Visit

The Blaney Group of Companies, who have over 25 years of engineering innovation in agriculture, construction, fabrication, Gear systems and Vehicles and will be hosting a job opportunities overview session for former employees at all levels of Wright Bus Group.

Thursday 17 October 2019 at 4pm and 6pm

Find out more about their products and the way they work – and whether they are the right NEXT STEP FOR YOU.

The brief session will cover  

  • A company presentation 
  • Opportunities at Blaney Group 
  • Information on the roles on offer at all levels 
  • Their range of diverse and innovative products manufactured onsite
  • Imminent expansion plans

Location: 33 Carnearney Rd, Ahoghill, BT42 2PJ

Contact: careers@blaney-group.com

Council also provides a number of programmes aimed at those who want to start their own business, have newly started, or have been in place for a while and are looking to grow.  We also have Employability programmes that people can avail of:

Go For It - Kickstart - Business Escalator - Exploring Enterprise - Jobmatch Employability - Stride Employability - Verve Employability - Council's recruitment agencies


Go For It

Got an idea for a business?
Go for it with your local council

The Go for it programme is designed to support and provide one-to-one mentoring services to anyone wishing to start a new business in Mid and East Antrim.  As part of your journey towards self-employment, we will help you to develop a business plan which will drive your business forward.

On the programme you will benefit from:

  • Initial assessment of your business idea
  • Help with identifying potential problems
  • Goal Setting
  • Progress management tools
  • Access to finance

To find out further details or to register for the programme contact:

E: amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 0800 027 0639

W: www.goforitni.com


Are you a business trading for less than nine months?

The Kickstart Programme offers specialist mentoring support to those businesses in the start-up phase of trading.

To access support from the programme, your business must be:

  • Based within the area of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Intending to start trading within 3 months
  • Trading less than nine months

As part of the programme, you will benefit from:

  • Business diagnostic
  • 13 hours of specialist one-to-one business mentoring and advice
  • Interactive workshops and networking
  • Future planning and goal setting

To find out further details or to register for the programme contact:

E: amplify@ midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3363

Business Escalator

Looking for ways to grow your business?

Amplify Business Escalator programme is dedicated to providing business growth support to existing businesses and social enterprises, through a bespoke, FREE, one-to-one mentoring service.

To access support from the programme, your business must be:

  • Based within the area of Mid and East Antrim Borough Council
  • Trading more than 6 months
  • Have less than 50 employees
  • Unable to access existing business support

As part of the programme, you will benefit from mentoring in the areas of:

  • Planning & Development
  • Financial Management
  • Marketing
  • ICT
  • E-commerce
  • Sales
  • Exporting
  • Procurement

To find out further details or to register for the programme contact:

E: amplify@ midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3195

Exploring Enterprise

Thinking of starting your own business or seeking employment opportunities?

This is a free programme which provides an insight into starting a business or allows you to take the first steps to gaining employment. You do not need to have a business idea to join! The programme offers mentoring and training at a pace tailored to your needs and you will have the opportunity to work towards achieving a CCEA Level 1 Qualification in Understanding Business Enterprise.

You will be provided with one-to one mentoring with an experienced business advisor in areas such as:

  • Marketing
  • Financial Planning
  • Introduction to HMRC
  • Job searching/Job applications/CV
  • Searching for further education courses and/or other relevant training

To be eligible for this programme you must be:

  • Aged 16 or over;
  • Legally able to reside and work in the UK;
  • Unemployed/ inactive or working/ studying less than 16 hours per week; and
  • Not participating in any other government funded programme.

To find out more, contact the Exploring Enterprise Team at:

Mike Van Der Merwe
E: Mike.vandermerwe@ledcom.org
T: 028 2826 9973  
Carrickfergus Enterprise
Alan Hamilton
E: alan@ceal.co.uk
T: 028 9336 9528


E: amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3363

Jobmatch Employability

Are you looking for help to access education, training and employment opportunities?

Are you aged 18-65 years old, unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week and not in education/training?

JOBMATCH offers:

  • Free accredited training courses
  • Support to find work, creating CVs, job searching and preparation for job interviews
  • Self-employment support
  • Opportunities for confidence building and personal development

Training options include:

  • CSR
  • Business administration
  • Computerised Accounts
  • Forklift training
  • Computerised accounts
  • Personal Development
  • First Aid
  • Progression to Employment
  • Health and Social Care
  • Retail
  • Personal success & well being
  • Social Media Training
  • Food Safety
  • Childcare
  • Complimentary Therapies

To find out more contact:

E: jobmatch@networkpersonnel.org.uk

T: 028 7963 1032


E: amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3363

Stride Employability

What is STRIDE?  Support and Training to Realise Individual Development and Employment (STRIDE) is a project designed to help people living with disability or health-related conditions who are out of work move towards employment or further education.

To access support through STRIDE you must be:

Unemployed, living with a disability or health condition, wanting to access employment and training opportunities

As part of the STRIDE Programme you will benefit from:

  • Personal Support
  • Interview Skills help
  • Skills training and qualifications
  • Opportunities to gain experience
  • Travel and Childcare Assistance
  • Support when you get a job

To find out more, contact the STRIDE team at:

E: stride@usel.co.uk

T: 028 9035 6600


E: amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3363

Verve Employability

Verve is a training and employment programme run by NOW Group.  It 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.

Verve employment team can provide you with:

  • A dedicated employment officer to help you prepare for work or volunteering
  • Help to find the job you want and support you in your new position
  • Access to a range of training courses to help you prepare for work and build your CV including customer services, communication, preparing your CV and essential skills
  • Tailored career guidance and access to a Job Club

To find out more, contact the NOW Group at:

E: admin@nowgroup.org

T: 028 9043 6400


E: amplify@midandeastantrim.gov.uk

T: 028 2563 3363

Council's recruitment agencies

Grafton/ Diamond Recruitment

Contact Names: Ashleigh Lyle/ Karen Beverland

T: 028 2564 2699

86 Lower Mill Street | Ballymena | Co Antrim | BT43 5AF

Riada Recruitment

Contact Name: Aileen Mark

T: 028 2563 1555

36 Broughshane Street  | Ballymena | Co Antrim |  BT43 6EB

Premiere People

Contact Name:  Caroline Beck

T: 028 9023 5777

2nd Floor | State Building | Arthur Place | Belfast | BT1 4HG