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Exam results day is often a day of mixed emotions for young people across Northern Ireland. Cathy Wilson Employment & Development Manager of Bryson FutureSkills explains, “The period of uncertainty in the lead up to the day of exam results can be overwhelming for many. Many young people worry about what lies ahead and aren’t aware of the options available to them.”

“All 16 and 17 year old school leavers are invited to our open day on 26th August to find out about the wide range of vocational qualifications we offer in Business Administration, Bricklaying, Childcare, Catering, Hairdressing, Information Technology, Joinery, Playwork and Retail as well as qualifications in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT. Young people also get a unique opportunity to gain real work experience through partnerships we’ve built with a number of employers across Northern Ireland. “

Robbie, 17 years old says: “When I received my GCSE results last year, I wasn’t sure what I was going to do next. I had some work experience at school and really enjoyed it.  I wasn’t sure if I wanted to carry on and complete A Levels.  My boss from work experience told me about Bryson FutureSkills and I made an appointment not really knowing what to expect. I’ve always been interested in Administration so when I learnt that I could get a qualification in this and would even earn some money I thought it was too good to be true! A year later, I’m delighted to have achieved a full Level 1 qualification in Administration and am progressing to obtain my Level 2 qualification.  Following achievement of Level 2 I have been offered a full time job where I will also become an Apprentice to obtain my Level 3 qualification.  I would definitely encourage other people worried about their future to talk to Bryson as you might be surprised at what you can do next.”

The open day is a great opportunity for young school leavers to explore options for their future and the range of courses meets a diverse range of interests. As well as gaining invaluable experience, young people receive a weekly training allowance, travel expenses, bonuses and paid holidays.


If you’re interested or know someone who might be, come to Bryson FutureSkills, Stockman House, 39-43 Bedford Street between 10.00am – 6.00pm on Friday 26th August. Follow us on Facebook to keep up to date with our latest news.  

Trevor Carson , Chair of CCEA presented a ‘Learner of the Year’ CCEA award to Nicole Ferrin, one of our FutureSkills Training for Success learners, at an awards ceremony on 7th April 2016. Nicole received the award for her determination and hard work and overcoming personal barriers to achieve entry level 2 and 3 in Literacy. She has now progressed to level 1 in Communication.  We send our warmest congratulations to Nicole on her success, well done! 

Helm Housing Association and Bryson FutureSkills have recently launched Journey2Jobs - a work and training scheme which aims to support the return of long term unemployed and young people to the workplace. The scheme is one of the first of its kind in Northern Ireland between a Housing Association and a skills Training Provider.

Staff from both organisations issued a call for all those who want to enhance their skills, avail of employability training and gain relevant work experience to attend the six information sessions which take place across Belfast in the coming weeks.

A series of training workshops over thirteen weeks will provide career coaching and will lead to an accredited Employability Skills Qualification upon successful completion. Those who take part in the programme will receive impartial careers advice and guidance, an in-depth assessment, a personal training plan and work mentor. Helm Housing Association will then provide a number of ten-week work placements for successful candidates on completion of the training. On the job experience will include areas such as customer service, construction, maintenance, administration and others.

Speaking at the launch, Sheila Taylor, Neighbourhood Manager at Helm Housing said: “The difficulty in accessing training and work experience can be a barrier for many people who are long term unemployed and who wish to return to the jobs market. Journey2Jobs has been designed in conjunction with Bryson FutureSkills to help those seeking employment gain training and valuable work experience. The programme will give participants better employment prospects, hands on learning and hopefully an improved health and wellbeing too. We look forward to welcoming the candidates to the Helm Housing team in the near future.”

Cathy Wilson from Bryson FutureSkills added: We are delighted to be working in partnership with Helm Housing to provide a wide range of work experience opportunities throughout the Greater Belfast area.

Initial workshops where participants can drop-in to express their interest run from 12-2pm in Belfast on the following dates:

·         Thursday 14th January - Maureen Sheehan Centre, Albert Street

·         Friday 15th January - Manor Street Community Centre, Cliftonville Road

·         Wednesday 20th January - Lagmore Parish Centre

·         Thursday 21st January - Skainos Centre, Newtownards Road

·         Friday 22nd January - Spectrum Centre, Shankill Road

·         Thursday 28th January - Russell Court, Lisburn Road

The training workshops begin in February 2016 and will last for 13 weeks before participants enter their ten work experience until July.

For more information contact the Employment Team at Bryson FutureSkills on 028 90745408. You can also find details on Facebook



Bryson Charitable Group, a Northern Ireland leading social enterprise has announced that its training and development division, North City Training Ltd, has recently won a major contract from the Department for Employment and Learning.   North City Training Ltd was awarded the contract following a successful competitive tendering process to manage and operate the Steps to Work programme in South and East Belfast, which adds to its existing contract for the provision of DEL’s flagship adult training programme in North Belfast and Newtownabbey.


Pictured above are Una McGovern - North City Training and trainee Jessica Hill.

Click here to read more about North City Training's contract to run the Steps to Work programme in South and East Belfast


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