Working with Children and Classroom Assistant Employment Academies for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon council residents are now open for applications!!

We have exciting news for you of two new Employment Academies taking place in the coming months.

If you would like to work alongside children and play an important role in their growth and development then do not miss this incredible opportunity to fast-track your way to success! Applications are NOW open for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council residents to sign up to one of two NEW Employment Academies taking place over the coming months:

  1. Classroom Assistant Employment Academy
  2. Working with Children Employment Academy (Childcare)

These Employment Academies are running in partnership with the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Labour Market Partnership

They have been created to give unemployed or underemployed*  local residents the opportunity to retrain in these in demand sectors! Each Academy will focus on useful things specific to that sector so read on to find out more as we break down what each academy will focus on: 

Classroom Assistant Employment Academy: 20th -24th November 2023, 10-1pm online

Classroom Assistants: Nurturing Learning in Schools 🏫

👩‍🏫 Supporting teachers from P1 to Yr.14.

📝 Aiding with curriculum delivery and assignments.

📚 Assisting with classroom management and administrative tasks.

Working with Children Academy: 27th November- 1st December  2023, 10-1pm online

Childcare and Playwork Settings: From Early Years to After School 🎈

👶🧒 Serving the 0-5 age group and after-school up to P7.

🎯 Focused on developmental play and socialisation.

🏡 Informal and flexible settings for fun and learning.

classroom assistant academy places are now available
Unemployed or Underemployed? can offer you a place on our latest classroom Assistant Academy with Lisburn and Castlereagh City Council.

Over these 5 days the People 1st Academy team will help prepare you so you can make the move into employment. On both courses we will take you from complete beginner to give you an insight into what things you need to know when working with children or as a classroom assistant! Our friendly team will help put you at ease and fast-track your knowledge of what the job entails, and help prepare you for questions you might get asked at upcoming job interviews! 

Then… at the end of the week…fresh with your new knowledge and skills, we will then help introduce you to employers with vacancies ready to fill, and give you the best chance of getting that job you really want!!

Lots of past participants of these academies have gone on to secure employment- and you could be next to take advantage of this life changing opportunity!

“I found The People 1st Academy course very worthwhile and a great opportunity to further my skills “

 “This Academy by People 1st gives me the chance to have a real career”

Quotes from past Academy participants

Each path offers unique experiences and opportunities. Which one resonates with your career goals? Let’s explore together!

If you fulfil the criteria listed above and would like to apply for this Working with Children or Classroom Assistant Employment Academy programme, then please register your interest with our team today on our quick and easy application form click below:

We are expecting demand to be high! If you have any questions please email our Employment Academy specialist Cathy McGarvey on [email protected] or call Cathy on 07999 023 291

You can read more about Employment Academies on our website , where you will find some FAQ’s and case studies about past participants there:  

*This academy has been specifically created for those who are unemployed or working 16 hours or less, and not in full-time education or training, to help fast-track the way to employment within this in-demand sector.

Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Labour Market Partnership
The ABC Labour Market Partnership Employment Academies have been created to help address labour shortages in the area

You can find out more about the Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council here: and more about the Labour Market Partnership in ABC Council: