• Address: 689 Springfield Road BT12 7FP Belfast, United Kingdom
  • Email: info@usdt.co.uk
  • Tel: 02890 236677 | Fax: 02890 231074
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Job Assist Centre

Overview of Services

Job Assist Centres West Belfast operates a number of employability programmes: LAEP, LEMIS, CFSP, Co-Ment, Threshold and the ESF-funded Jobs on the Move project, all of which have the ultimate aim of enabling those furthest from the labour market to gain work.   This support includes one-to-one mentoring, employer liaison and increasing employability of people through gaining job-job-assist-imgrelated skills and qualifications that are directly linked to current labour market needs.  We endeavour to ensure that people are made to feel welcome and treated with dignity and respect.  Our core values underpin all of our work and we have found they are vital in supporting and mentoring people at a grass roots level to address their barriers to work.  We provide confidential, personalised, professional, independent mentoring support; empowering people to take the next meaningful step into sustained employment.  We are non-judgemental and strive to use the mentoring process as an empowering experience where people take responsibility for and ownership of their own lives.  While our mentoring is flexible around needs, the mentoring process involves a structured framework for people to uncover barriers, explore ways of overcoming their barriers and gaining the employability and job-related skills they need to secure sustainable employment.


We do everything in our power to enable our clients to secure and sustain employment. The key elements of this are opposite; utilising our Discretionary Funds to up-skill and ensure clients have qualifications, attitude, motivation and employability skills necessary to achieve employment goals.



Our employment strategy includes keeping our finger on the pulse of job opportunities within local employers, labour market trends, employer’s needs, job search skills and techniques, interview preparation and application filling as well as CV development which ensures effective delivery of our service. As you can see from the diagram opposite, we use a systematic approach to fully link all processes that enable clients to enter employment; co-ordinated through our Employer Liaison Service.


We deliver all our employability services on an outreach basis, ensuring local people have access to the range of support we offer at the heart of their local communities.  Our most recent outreach clinics are demonstrated below, with additional referral mechanisms established with Sure Start, Healthy Living Centres, NIACRO, PBNI, hostels, VOYPIC, Women’s Groups, Neighbourhood Renewal, Community Safety Forums, Extended Schools Cluster, Integrated Service for Children & Young People welfare advice, childcare providers, youth clubs, counselling projects etc.




Established in 2003 to address long term unemployment and economic inactivity in West Belfast, we have developed to become a service delivering excellence in employment and employability interventions. We specifically work with those who are:

  • Not in employment
  • Aged 16+
  • Live in West Belfast
  • Looking for work or training that could help you get a job

Our successful track record in working with people is underpinned by our clear and purposeful commitment that every person engaging with our service will be supported encouraged and enabled to target jobs and training opportunities that match:

  • Your work interests – what you want to do
  • Your skills and abilities – what you can do
  • Your training needs – what you need to help you get that job
  • Employers needs – the “ABC” required for the job
  • Attitudes
  • Behaviours
  • Competences
  • Helping you to identify your skills and experience
  • Discussing the options open to you
  • Considering your circumstances and helping you to make choices and decisions about the best learning and work options for you
  • Working with you to plan what you need to do to get the job you want

Our service looks at:

  • What we support you to do for yourself
  • What we do on your behalf in agreement with you
  • What we do together – you and your personal Mentor

While our services are flexible around needs, we work with people to uncover barriers, explore ways of overcoming these barriers and gaining the employability, essential skills and job-related skills needed to secure sustainable employment.

We endeavour to ensure that people are made to feel welcome and treated with dignity and respect. Our core values underpin all of our work: based on confidential, personalised, professional, independent, impartial mentoring support provided to every person we engage; assisting them to make the next meaningful step to success within their lives. We are non-judgmental and strive to use the mentoring process as an empowering experience where people can take ownership of their own lives. We have a clear understanding of the nature and complexity of the issues and barriers that unemployed people experience.

What we offer

    • Support to remove barriers to employment by referrals to specialist agencies
    • Needs-led support to find work which can include application form completion, CV preparation, interview preparation and mock interviews
    • Outreach facilities across West Belfast to ensure people can access our services within local communities
    • Access to funds for vocationally relevant training and qualifications needed to secure work
    • Pre-employment programmes leading to interviews in a variety of employment sectors
    • Access to up-to-the-minute job vacancies with direct linkages to employers
    • Job alert service through Facebook and Twitter
    • Job clubs in local communities
    • Essential skills classes to develop skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT
    • GOALS motivational programme
    • Work placements
    • Training programmes for young people 16-24 to develop employment prospects

The programmes we offer include:

  • Local Employment Intermediary Service (LEMIS)
  • Community Family Support Programme (CFSP)
  • Learner Access & Engagement (LAE)
  • Jobs on the Move (funded by ESF)
  • Threshold
  • Co-Ment

Community Family Support Programme

If your family needs help, support is available. If you or a family member isn’t in education, employment or training, you will get help and advice to address your needs and access to a range of positive opportunities.

Your family will receive help and support to address any health, social and economic issues that impact your daily lives.

Family members aged 13 to 16 years will also receive support to address their educational needs.

Family support workers will meet and speak  to your family to help you find ways to tackle your own specific challenges and needs.

Types of support

The support provided on the programme is directly matched to your own needs and may include help with:

  • accessing suitable education, employment and training opportunities
  • developing skills to find work, creating CVs, job-searching and preparation for job interviews
  • self confidence, motivation and social skills
  • parenting skills
  • encouraging better relationships within families
  • improving your health
  • money management and benefit advice

Access to specialist support

Your family support worker, in partnership with specialist support organisations, will help your family get any specialist support you need, such as help for drug and alcohol misuse, debt management and family counselling.

Taking part in the programme

Your family can take part in the programme if you:

  • have at least one member of the family aged 16 or over who is not in education, employment or training
  • have educational, employment, training health, social, or economic issues that need to be addressed
  • are committed to seeking ways to improve your lives

How to join the programme

You can join the Community Family Support Programme by contacting a programme provider directly.

Family Support Hubs, Health & Social Care Trusts or other family support agencies / organisations that are already working with you can also refer you to the programme.

Providers can be found at Community Family Support Programme projects.

The Community Family Support Programme is Funded by the European Social Fund (ESF) and the Department for the Economy (DFE)


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  • TEL no: 028 90322003

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