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MEA Council plan week long schedule of career events including Redundancy Clinic

A series of events to assist people finding new employment has been scheduled from 18-26 August.

Mid and East Antrim Borough Council has pledged its full support to those who find themselves out of work, looking for a career change or even wanting to start up their own business following the lockdown period.

Mayor of Mid and East Antrim, Councillor Peter Johnston, said:

“It is vital we all work together to ensure the future of Mid and East Antrim and its workforce, are given the best help possible to gain employment.

“Our citizens are resilient and as a Council we are fully committed to doing all we can to help those who have been impacted throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

“This borough has a track record of continuing to fight and we will do so through these difficult weeks and months ahead.”

The first of four events will take place on 18 August by webinar and is timed to coincide with the release of GCSE and A Level results. It will focus on career path options for students including apprenticeships and higher level apprenticeships.

There will be a number of presentations from different professionals, including Northern Regional College (NRC), DfE Careers Service and Workplus, who can offer advice on taking a new career path or for those who are just starting out on their life in the world of work.

Following on from that Council are hosting a webinar on 25 August for anybody who wants to find out more about starting a business in these challenging times.

The session will be delivered by Helen Keys who runs three businesses and has supported hundreds of start-ups alongside Will Kerr who recently launched ‘Le Jardin Sauvage’ in Ballymena.

Go to to find out more and register your place. The following day the first physical, socially distanced Redundancy Clinic will be held in the Braid between 9.30am-3pm.

Everyone who plans to attend MUST register prior to the event.

There will be three available sessions at 9.30am, 11:30am and 2pm where a maximum of 12 people will be able to attend.

A presentation will be delivered in the first half of the clinic outlining the help and support that Council, employability providers and the NRC can provide during these difficult times.

There will be also one to one sessions available with the Jobs and Benefits office, Make the Call team, ESF projects and NRC upskilling projects to name but a few.

Attendees must register for a session in advance of the clinic and complete a COVID checklist.

To register contact:

T: 028 2563 3563 / 028 2563 3345



Finally there will be a five week “Introduction to Welding” intensive training course running at NRC followed by a two week placement in a local business.

For an application form:

T: 028 2563 3563


Closing date for applications is 31 August 2020.

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