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Progression to Employment

Triangle’s Progression to Employment Service provides the necessary support systems to enable people with a learning disability to achieve and maintain meaningful employment.

Funding for the service is provided by the Department for the Economy ESF Managing Authority, under the second call of the 2014-2020 Northern Ireland European Social  Fund (April 2018- March 2022), and match funded by the Northern Health & Social  Care Trust. 

The service aims to engage with individuals with an assessed learning disability and/ or autism in the provision of employment services with the objective of promoting participants’ social inclusion, combating poverty and challenging discrimination. The service seeks to establish and support individuals’ active inclusion within employment  environments and promoting their equal opportunities. 




This Service is part financed by the European Social Fund & Department for the Economy

Service Outputs: Between April 2018 and March 2022, the service aims to engage with a total of 659 participants with an identified learning disability and/or Autistic Spectrum Disorder who have expressed a desire to progress to employment and facilitate their participation in work focused activities. The service continues to work with approximately 300 participants from the previous 3-year ESF programme (April 2015- March 2018) to progress their employment journeys. During the 4-year timeframe (April 18- March 22) of the current ESF programme the service will support the creation of an additional 71 paid jobs for participants with at least 56 of these retaining their employment for at least 6 months. We will support at least 112 participants to progress on to education/ training opportunities.. 

Policy Priorities: (issues to be addressed).The service seeks to establish and support individuals’ active inclusion within employment environments and in so doing promote their equal opportunities and through active participation improve their employability. Ensuring diversity within the workforce is an issue that our Supported Employment Service can assist employers with. There is a strong business case for employing people with disabilities that employers are becoming increasingly aware of.

The service uses the Supported Employment model as the main approach to achieve paid outcomes.

Part of the service involves enterprise activities – “Alternative Angles”, with facilities in Antrim, Ballycastle, Ballymena, Coleraine, Magherafelt and Newtownabbey.

More information on the service is available here.

The referral form and documents for the Progression To Employment Service can be downloaded below:

PTE referral form




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