Career Reboot Programme

Applications for 2024 are now closed!

Are you currently doing a valuable caring role, on a career break, unemployed, not in paid work or working up to 16 hours a week’ and want to re-ignite your career?

It’s time to Press Refresh and open the door to new opportunities.

Grow in confidence, learn new skills, meet other incredible women, discover different career pathways and receive invaluable tools to re-boot your career and find a job that works for you.

Begins Tuesday 20th February, from 09:30am – 01:30pm on every Tuesday & Thursday for 5 weeks until Thursday 21st March in Belfast Met, E3 Campus.

To ensure the programme is right for you scroll down and find out more on the requirements to apply.


Join up to 50 women across Northern Ireland to benefit from 5 weeks of free supportive training, guidance and encouragement.

  • Enhance your CV
  • Amplify your communication and presentation skills
  • Unlock a more confident & bolder you
  • Perfect interview preparation, practice & performance
  • Draft a compelling Professional Profile
  • Uncover strategies to sell yourself
  • Achieve your ILM level 3 Leadership and Management qualification
  • Gain insights into the endless possibilities in the Tech sector
  • Receive a training allowance of up to £139.50 based on full attendance

Who is it for?

  • Women doing a valuable caring role
  • Women on a career break
  • Women who are unemployed
  • Women who are currently working up to 16 hours per week
  • Women who have not been in paid work for at least 6 months

The programme includes:

  • In-person training with other women across a period of 5 weeks
  • Group exercises and discussions about skills, interests, career pathways and goals
  • Reflective exercises outside of classroom hours
  • An opportunity to meet local employers and recruiters whilst developing your CV and interview skills
  • Networking with other participants and peer groups
  • An ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management which will develop core skills that support the transition back into the workplace.

Eligibility to apply:

  • Women must be over 18 years of age.
  • You must be a resident of Northern Ireland.
  • Eligible to work in Northern Ireland or ‘settled’ in Northern Ireland, and has been ordinarily resident in the UK for at least 3 years; or is a person who has indefinite leave to enter or remain in the UK. 
  • Hold a higher level qualification (i.e. higher level diploma, HND,  BTEC etc desirable).
  • You must work less than 16 hours per week or have not been in paid work for at least 6 months.
  • Must be preparing to or currently looking for employment (either full-time, flexible or part-time).
  • 2 years previous career experience (within any industry).

Programme Content

Leadership and Management ILM training

The Level 3 ILM Award in Leadership and Management consists of two modules consisting of Presentation and Communication.

Module 1: Understanding the Communication process in the Workplace
  • This module looks at the importance of communication, the communication cycle, differences between types of communication, advantages and disadvantages and when to use different methods of communication. This unit will be assessed through a series of short written questions on topics around communication which are required to be submitted.
Module 2: Giving Briefings and Making Presentations
  • This module develops your skills in giving presentations and briefings. You will plan and deliver a briefing or presentation, evaluate the effectiveness of your presentation and to use the feedback gathered to identify areas for improvement. This unit will be assessed through practical delivery of a presentation.

Career Skills

Career Energise
Get excited discovering more about who you are, what you want & who can help.
  • Gain an understanding of the Career Reboot programme and define your desired outcomes.
  • Explore hopes and fears on your next career steps.
  • Build awareness of personal values and strengths to inform role choices.
  • Understand Learning Styles to maximise your own and others’ returners journey.
  • Be inspired and ask questions to previous Career Reboot delegates
Compelling CV’s & Impactful Interview skills

Begin to shape your signature CV and present yourself with confidence at interview.

  • Understand the building blocks of a great CV
  • Draft a compelling Professional Profile
  • Know your brand
  • Present yourself at interview
  • Strategies to sell yourself – turning up the performance
  • Managing the mindset so nerves don’t become a block
  • Receive tools to make your message land
  • Ask the right questions
Confident CV & Interview support- ‘Ask the Expert’ session

Perfect Preparation, Practice & Performance

  • An optional day to get a more focused insight into CVs and interview essentials by asking the experts:
  • Questions on how to further develop your CV and tailor it to the jobs you are applying for
  • Optional mock interview for any candidates keen practice with live feedback
  • Receive tips on how to answer key interview questions
Career Visualise & Role search planning

Get energised about your skills, potential and capacity for confidently moving forward

  • Unlock a more confident & bolder you.
  • Clear steps to greater resilience & balance as you navigate change.
  • Map career skills & mobilise them for your next career journey.
  • Visualise the role you want and the impact you will make.
  • Understand the key components of role search plan
  • Understand the value of a LinkedIn profile & networks
  • Begin to share your role search plan
Career Actualise

Get active exploring options, taking bold steps and refining your career plan

Reboot Career Market Place

  • Learn about organisations and roles.
  • Meet in house company recruiters and external recruiting agencies.
  • Be introduced to further education, technical skills development and academy opportunities.
  • Explore opportunities for business start-up programmes.
  • Individual guidance on your CV and/or Returner Plan.
  • Receive your Career Reboot Graduation Certificate.
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“I thoroughly enjoyed this course. The training was interactive and engaging. The course materials used were easy to grasp. I’m glad I decided to join the programme as my life been transformed for the better. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who wishes to take part.”

Marietta Mwangi, Career Reboot Graduate

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“The programme helped me realise that there are so many jobs out there that I can do because my skills transfer and my years of on the job experience are actually my key strengths. I have learned how to decipher job advertisements and understand what the job market looks like and where I fit. The support was superb, down to earth and practical, they gave me back my sense of value and worth, thank you.”

Pamela Hamilton, Career Reboot Graduate

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“I can't speak highly enough of the invaluable CV writing and training the programme provided. As a woman looking to excel in the business world, the guidance and support I received were exceptional. The program not only helped me create a stellar CV but also equipped me with the skills and knowledge needed to stand out in a competitive job market. I'm grateful for this empowering experience and the opportunities it has opened up for me in my career journey.”

Abosede Fasasi

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“Press Refresh has really boosted my confidence in terms of showing me how much I already have to offer and how to transfer these skills. I was really impressed how much was covered in such a short period of time and it has given me a much clearer direction of how to approach my career change. ”

Gillian McGee

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“I would thoroughly recommend the Press Refresh programme to any woman who is feeling a bit stuck or lost and not sure what they have to offer. You will meet some inspiring leaders and connect with a wonderful like-minded network of women. Who knows where it might take you!”

Aisling Bell


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