This programme is part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014-2020 and the Department for the Economy.

The LEMIS + Project is a person centred, flexible programme that supports unemployed and economically inactive people to overcome issues that may be preventing them from finding a job.  151 clients were successfully supported back into employment last year alone!!

What support will I get?

You will be allocated a job mentor who will offer help and support to find you a job by providing information, advice, guidance and practical help in:

  • Updating your CV
  • Completing application forms
    Improving your job interview technique
  • Support with job searching
  • Sourcing industry relevant training
  • Participating in our industry specific academies
  • Obtaining Essential Skills qualifications
  • Building your self-confidence
  • Disclosing convictions advice
  • Sourcing confidential ‘Better of Calculations’ before returning to employment

Who is eligible?

  • Those who are unemployed or economically inactive (including those in receipt of income support, job seekers allowance, carers allowance or personal independence payment). This programme does NOT affect your benefits!
  • Anyone made redundant
  • Thinking of changing career 
  • Returning to work after having a family
  • Returning to work after being long or short term unemployed


 Where does it operate?

LEMIS + job mentors can meet you at one of our People 1st offices or anywhere in the community that is convenient to you; your local job centre, library, community centres or coffee shop. We cover the following areas:

  • Ards & North Down Borough Council
  • Armagh City, Banbridge & Craigavon Borough Council
  • Lisburn & Castlereagh City Council
  • Newry, Mourne & Down District Council


Who should I contact?

Project Manager LEMIS +

Maretta Nicolson            

028 3834 7000



Job Mentor - Newry, Mourne and Down


Sarah Loughran

02830 898 584



Job Mentor - Armagh, Portadown, Lurgan and Craigavon


Eimar O'Malley

02838 620 954



Job Mentor - North Down and Ards

Johnny Watson

028 9026 8673 / 0784 7807903



Job Mentor - Newry and Mourne

Karen Campbell

028 3082 5535



Job Mentor - Lisburn & Castlereagh

Martin Murray

0744 3079167



Employment Engagement Officer - Newry/Downe and Mourne

Gillian Thompson

0744 2539110



“People 1st has developed a well planned provision that includes a ranges of support services to provide participants with advice, guidance and one to one mentoring to support the development of the participants career planning and employability skills.”                              

ETI Inspection December 2017

Overall Outcome: Very Good

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