Learning to Earning Project

FREE training for the unemployed/not working


Are you unemployed or not working?

 Why not sign up for a free programme of learning?


You will…

  • Learn how to deal with stress
  • Learn how to boost your confidence
  • Learn how to use a computer at beginners or intermediate level
  • Learn about internet and e-mail
  • Learn how to create a CV
  • Learn how to complete a job application form
  • Learn about interview techniques
  • Achieve three certificates upon completion
  • ….and much more

Here's what some past learners had to say about the programme...

"The course has enabled me to positively work through difficult and stressful situations in my life that had been a real problem and source of anxiety to me.  I am more confident now and more peaceful.  I still encounter stress but can deal with it better now I know more about why it happens, its causes and so forth.   My life has been transformed by this course and I would highly recommend it to people who are unemployed and trying to find new routes back into employment, or even if you want to meet new people, learn some skills and gain a certificate".  Philip

"I was a bit sceptical at first, but this training wasn't like a course.  I thoroughly enjoyed it, getting out and meeting new people.  It makes you realise you are not on your own".  Dominic

"This training has given me a new outlook".  David

"The tutor was like a magnet, she kept us going...and working, without us realising.  It was fun and stress-free". Linda


September 2010 Timetable


Start Date


Falls Women Centre

Sept 2010

Please phone Nancy on 028 9032 7672 or Caitriona on for further info.

First Steps Womens Centre

Sept 2010

Please phone Joan on 028 8772 7648 or Caitriona on for further info.

Greenway Centre, Cregagh

Sept 2010

Please phone Adrian on 028 9079 9912 or Caitriona on for further info.

Cliftonville Community Centre, Manor Street, Belfast, BT14 6DY

Monday 13 Sept from 10am -12.30pm

Contact Sheila Rice on 02890 749332

Vine Centre, Crumlin Road, Belfast, BT14 7DX

Wednesday 29 Sept from 10am - 12.30pm

Contact Frances McClintock on 02890 351020

Brownlow Library, Brownlow Road, Lurgan

Thursday 16 Sept from 10.30am - 1.00pm

Contact Anne Brown on 02838 341946

Ballymurphy Womens Centre

Sept 2010 - Date to be confirmed

Contact Kate Laverty on 02890 223220

Bowtown Community Development Assoc, Newtownards

Sept 2010 - Date to be confirmed

Contact Kelly Barbour at WEA on 02890 329718

WEA works in partnership with local community venues based in Neighbourhood Renewal Areas to provide this training.  If you are involved with a centre or you know of anyone that could benefit from this type of training we'd love to hear from you.

Please contact Caitriona Livingstone or Kelly Barbour

Tel: 02890 329718

E-mail:  or

This project is part-financed by the European Social Fund and the Department for Employment and Learning under the Northern Ireland ESF Programme 2007-13

Latest Project News

Business Enterprise course kicks off at WEA Head Office PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Barbour   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 13:17

The ESF/DEL funded Learning to Earning project is currently hosting a CCEA Level 2 Business Enterprise course at our Head Office in Fitzwilliam Street. 

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 13:49
Congratulations Brownlow Library 'Learning to Earning' Group! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Barbour   
Thursday, 06 May 2010 10:16

I’d like to pass on a huge congratulations to the Brownlow Library 2010 Learning to Earning group who completed the final day of their training yesterday (5 May 2010).  


Last Updated on Thursday, 06 May 2010 11:22
L2E Timetable 2010 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Glover   
Friday, 09 April 2010 00:00

Free courses for the

unemployed/not working starting soon

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 June 2010 11:34
Falls Women's Centre, Belfast PDF Print E-mail
Written by Caitriona Livingstone   
Thursday, 08 April 2010 10:17

The Falls Womens Centre, Falls Road, Belfast,  www.thewomenscentre.co.uk/links.html are running the Learning to Earning Programme.  The programme starts again on Monday 19th April 2010 and the participants will be starting the employment skills part of the course. By the end of May all participants will have their own C.V. and we will be completing mock application forms and completing the IT part of the programme. 

If you would like to find out more or join this programme we meet on Monday mornings from 10.30 - 12.30 am.  Please phone Nancy at the Falls Womens Centre on 028 90327672 or Caitriona at the WEA on 028 90329178.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 April 2010 14:11
First Steps Womens Centre, Dungannon PDF Print E-mail
Written by Caitriona Livingstone   
Wednesday, 07 April 2010 14:01

firststepslogo1The First Steps Women's Centre http://www.southtyronewomenscentre.org/ is hosting the Learning to Earning Project.  The programme is progressing well and the group have been attending the programme since January.  The participants have completed the first part of the programme 'Confidence Building'.  This involved the participants assessing their current skills and becoming more aware of stress management techniques and confidence building methods. The second part of the programme is starting after the Easter holidays and this will involve working on the computer to draft their Curriculum Vitaes and filling our mock application forms.

Last Updated on Thursday, 08 April 2010 15:20
Centre of Hope PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kelly Barbour   
Wednesday, 26 August 2009 12:36
The Centre of Hope project is now into its second year at Cloona Oasis Centre.  The project was established in November 2007 to set up a community based support network for victims of domestic abuse and is funded through the 'Policing in the Community Fund'.  Short term funding was also provided through the Lisburn Partnership Board.

A group of women who regularly attend the centre are currently undertaking the Learning to Earning programme, having completed Personal Development and Preparing for Work courses.

Last Updated on Monday, 08 March 2010 17:12
Greenway Women's Centre PDF Print E-mail
Written by Caitriona Livingstone   
Thursday, 13 August 2009 13:32


The Greenway Women’s Centre offers a range of courses for women in East Belfast.  The centre enables women to access opportunities for learning and development in a flexible and supportive environment, providing childcare focused on the needs of the child, taking account of the needs of women from a wide range of backgrounds and experiences. We work in partnership with women’s organisations and other agencies in the North West, at a regional level and beyond, to influence positive change in the field of women’s equality, learning and development.

The WEA has been working with the Greenway Women’s Centre for a number of years and 11 women have just completed the Learning to Earning programme in July 2008.  The programme started in March 09 and ran for 15 weeks.  An enthusiastic group of women were attracted to the programme as they were interested to boost their confidence and gain skills to seek employment. 

The participants attended personal development training and received help in compiling a CV as well as receiving practical support and training to improve their interview skills.  The women also worked towards an ICT qualification and now know how to search for employment using the internet and complete online application forms.  One of the participants Jenny Banham had been self employed for 10 years working on her own and was attracted to the programme to meet people and to find out about the employment market in general.  At home with a young son she felt she has lost some of her social skills and confidence.

Jenny particularly enjoyed the Personal Development training.  Meeting new people helped Jenny improve her confidence and she learnt how to become more assertive.  Jenny said:

I particularly enjoyed the speakers that the WEA organised on the programme such as EGSA, Stepping Stones, WomensTEC and the local Job Centre.  I didn’t realise there were so many opportunities and educational programmes available.  The programme helped me to assess my own skills and abilities and without the programme I would not have contacted Belfast Metropolitan to enquire about their courses.  I have now enrolled on a dental nursing course and will start this course in September.  I am very excited about the future and without the help and support of the WEA and Greenway Women’s Centre I would never have gained the confidence or vision to think about enrolling on a course.  I am very excited about the future.
Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 11:52
Learner Story - Sharon Stewart PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Glover   
Tuesday, 26 May 2009 09:30
Sharon enrolled on one of the WEA’s first Learning to Earning programmes held at the Vine Centre on Belfast’s Crumlin Road. Before starting the programme Sharon had no qualifications, to date she has completed two of the three qualifications offered as part of the Learning to Earning programme.

I’d been through some tough times in my life and having been made redundant in October 2007, I felt it was time to make some changes. I knew that as part of the Learning to Earning programme I’d get the chance to fill in application forms and as I hadn’t done anything like this in 20 odd years, I decided to sign up.
I would be the first to admit that I lack confidence and feel that I have little to offer.  It was good that as part of the personal development course. I was given an opportunity to think about the type of person I am and learn about confidence and how to develop it.  Thanks to the programme I feel that my confidence has definitely been built up. I feel more relaxed about going for interviews and I have gained general learning skills.   Louise (WEA tutor) was great. She made me and everyone in the group feel at ease and there was no pressure on us at any stage of the course. Before starting the programme I had no qualifications, now I have 2!
Being a mother to four children, ranging in age from 14 -21, and coaching the local under-14 football team, I recognised that most of my experience and interest related to looking after and caring for children.  Through support that I was given by Kelly (WEA Development Officer) and Louise, I realised that starting my own child caring business would be a perfect career path for me.   As part of the Employment Skills course I was able to create an action plan, research the qualifications needed, and find out about agencies that could provide assistance. I didn’t waste any time and immediately enrolled on an NVQ in Child Care through Social Services and having completed this I am now registered with the NI Child Minding Association (NICMA). To help with the business side of things, I have completed the Go for It programme and have just created my first business plan for ‘Auntie Sharon’s’.  I am looking forward to starting the IT element of the Learning to Earning programme and gaining new skills in this area. Kelly has explained that there will be a Desktop Publishing module that will enable me to create flyers and leaflets to help promote my new business.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 10 March 2010 17:49