ABC Council & People 1st Employment Programme

“Embrace a Rewarding Career Working with Children or Become a Classroom Assistant!”


Would you like to work alongside children and play an important role in their growth and development? 

We have exciting news for you! Applications are NOW open for Armagh, Banbridge and Craigavon Council residents to sign up to one of two NEW 5-day Academies taking place soon:

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

These Employment Academies are running in partnership with the ABC Labour Market Partnership to give unemployed or underemployed* local residents the opportunity to retrain in these in demand sectors!


Let’s break down what each academy will focus on: 

Classroom Assistant Employment Academy: 20th-24th November 2023

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 of December 2023

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.


Over these 5 days the People 1st Academy team will help prepare you so you can make the move into employment.

✅Classes are held online so anyone can take part

✅ From 10am to 1pm, take part from home or we can support you to get online in our local offices!

✅ Go from a total beginner… to get a great overview of the job role

✅ Learn and fast-track your knowledge of what the job entails,

✅ Help prepare you for questions you might get asked at upcoming job interviews! 


We will provide free SBNI Child Protection Level 2 accredited certification to our participants, ensuring child safety continues to be paramount.

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- you could be next!!

“I found The People 1st Academy course very worthwhile and a great opportunity to further my skills. I got the job!”

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

 We are expecting demand to be high! If you have any questions, please email our Employment Academy on or call Maria on 07847 807 903.

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

You can read more about Employment Academies on the People 1st 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.

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