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Skills for Life and Work

Enrolment For September 2022 Open Now!

Skills for Life and Work is a training programme for young people who want to develop their skills and get ready for work. If you’re not sure what kind of job you’d like, Skills for Life and Work can help you decide.

It will help you build the confidence and skills you need to find work. If you’re unsure about the kind of work you want to train for, it can help you to decide. You’ll be able to work towards recognised qualifications and get real experience in a workplace.

You’ll take part in the programme for between 24 and 30 hours each week for two years. If you have a disability, you can take part in Skills for Life and Work for three years.


Why Enrol on this Programme?

  • Gain accredited qualifications from a wide range of courses
  • Essential Skills maths, English and ICT included in the programme
  • Non-means tested EMA of £40 per week while in training
  • Student bonuses of up to £360 throughout duration of training
  • Contributions towards travel expenses, paid holidays & childcare costs
  • Student discounts
  • Advice, guidance and careers development from our designated student support officers



Vocational Areas

  • IT
  • Business Administration
  • Engineering
  • Retail
  • Hospitality


Who Can Enrol?

Skills for Life and Work is perfect if you are a young person who has left school but need experience of work along with qualifications at Level 1 or Entry Level. You may need these to help you find a job or to move on to higher level training. You may be able to follow one or more Level 2 qualifications while on Skills for Life and Work, depending on your needs and circumstances.

If you are aged 16-17 years you can join Skills for Life and Work. If you have a disability you can join if under 22 years of age. If you have an in-care background, you can join if under 24 years of age.

You can enrol on this programme if you are:

  • Aged 16 – 17 years old
  • Or a young person with a disability and under 22 years old
  • Or a young person who qualifies under the Children (Leaving Care) Act (NI) (2002) and who is under 24 years old


What Does It Involve?


Skills for Life and Work includes a significant amount of time spent in a workplace (usually every week) as well as training with your training organisation for the rest of the time.

You’ll work towards qualifications in personal development and employability, and a qualification in the vocational (work) area you choose. If you need to, you can also work towards Essential Skills qualifications in literacy, numeracy and ICT.

Skills for Life and Work will always be strongly focused on helping you move on successfully after you leave the programme. This could include aiming for a Traineeship or an Apprenticeship, or other employment.



Contact Us


For further information, or to book your place on this programme:

Telephone: 079 7617 3077

Email: Joclarke[AT]belfastmet[DOT]ac[DOT]uk