Evaluation Report 2015-2017
Evaluation of the Belfast Works LEMIS+ Project
The Local Employment Intermediary Service (LEMIS+) is a Belfast City-wide project part funded through the Northern Ireland European Social Fund (ESF) Programme 2014 – 2020, the Department for the Economy and Belfast City Council.
The project seeks to address the issue of long term unemployment across Belfast, targeting those most removed from the job market. It is a voluntary, client-centred programme offering support, advice and training to help people who are not working get back into work. The project provides people of all ages and backgrounds with one-to-one support from skilled mentors who offer careers, education and training advice and employer liaison support to help move them into sustained employment.
Over the first two years of the project a total of 5,449 people have engaged with LEMIS+, 799 (117%) more than the project target for the first two years of 4,650.
Clients are mainly concentrated in the top 10% most deprived wards for employment deprivation. This higher concentration is evidence that LEMIS+ is tackling areas of need.
LEMIS+ Project by Numbers*:
6,672 participants engaged
1,857 clients moved into employment, 614 into education/training & 39 into self-employment
87% of respondents confirmed the project had a positive impact on their life
68% of clients aged 25-54 years / 23% of clients aged 16-24 years
46% of clients were long term unemployed (>1 year) / 32% of clients unemployed for 6-12 months
43% of clients have low level qualifications / 12% of clients have no qualifications
*These figures are correct as of October 2017 whilst the data within the body of the report details the first two years of the project (April 2015 - April 2017)