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

Training is delivered at sites including:

Man training apprentice at engineering company

The project also offers in-house training within Hydebank College (Young Offenders Centre) and Ash House (Women’s Prison).

In 2019/20, Extern Works supported 420 adults who are disadvantaged by offering over 59,896 hours of supported teaching and guidance. Of these, 145 were serving prisoners who received their accredited training either within the prisons or as part of their pre-release scheme at our various locations.

A total of 358 qualifications were achieved during 2019/20, and 47 service users progressed into paid employment, with a further 35 progressing into volunteering roles or further training.

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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