Belfast City Council launches Belfast Youth Support Programme for 14-24 year olds

  • Belfast City Council's new Belfast Youth Support Programme offers support to get 14-24 year olds living in Belfast into training and employment.

    A new scheme promises to offer individually tailored support to get young people on the track to the jobs they want. The Belfast Youth Support Programme promises aims to inspire young people to set their sights on highly aspirational careers and then connect them with mentoring support to help them work toward their goals.

    In addition to helping young people get into careers in promising fields such as tech, the programme will help employers in Belfast by increasing the number of people trained in those fields. Demand for qualified graduates in Belfast's the tech sector currently vastly outstrips demand, and many of the local tech firms run scholarship programmes and training programmes to help.

    The details of the scheme are not specific, as the support offered will be tailored to the individual. The scheme is open to anyone aged 14 to 24 years old who lives in the Belfast City Council area and needs additional support or skill training to get the job they want. Head over to for a full run-down of all the council's current youth initiatives.

    Councillor Deirdre Hargey, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee, commented on the launch of the scheme: "Our new Belfast Youth Support Programme will support 14-24 year olds across the city who need a helping hand to overcome barriers to employment. It’s all about providing inspiration, motivation and working in partnership with both young people and employers to ensure that we’re offering the right type of support, at the right time, for the opportunities which exist."

    Source: Written based on press release

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