The Extern Works project is part-funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy.

Extern Works provides vocational training for adults who are considered to be the furthest removed from the labour market and who may come from a disadvantaged background.

Based in Mallusk, on the outskirts of north Belfast, the project provides a range of training in vocational skills, and educational training to adults who are unable, or are finding it difficult, to access mainstream provision.

The project supports people facing a number of issues, including:

  • homelessness
  • learning disabilities
  • poor mental health
  • prior offending behaviour
  • people who are refugees 
  • long-term unemployed

The project is based over three main sites – Mallusk, Maghaberry Prison and Knockbracken - and also offers outreach training within the community.

During 2017/18, Extern Works supported 392 disadvantaged adults with over 32,900 guided learning hours. 2017/18 also saw the joinery and electrical installation departments at Mallusk doubled in size, while another new electrical installation department opened within Maghaberry, to join the already existing waste recycling and catering departments.

Extern Works is funded by organisations including the European Social Fund and Department for the Economy, the NI Prison Service, and Belfast Health and Social Care Trust.


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HOW DO I ACCESS THIS TRAINING? For referral details, please contact number/email below

Laura O’Donnell
Extern Works,
2 Trench Road,
BT36 4TY

Tel: 028 9099 4241

Email: [email protected] 

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