Membership Benefits

The programme is exclusively aimed at bringing women in Northern Ireland together to help them succeed in their new career, whether it is to start a business or find a new job.


Why become a member of the Connect Programme?

Through FREE membership you will have the opportunity to access valuable information, attend a range of workshops and 1-2-1 mentoring and explore career options.

The Connect Programme is designed in a way that allows members to to get what they need, as and when they need it.  This open access approach gives members the freedom and flexibility to access as little or as much of the programme activities as they wish.


What are the benefits of the Connect Programme membership?

We could all do with some support or practical advice when when faced with the challenges of finding a job or starting a business.  There is where the Connect Programme can help.

Connect is a FREE programme for women who are currently economically inactive or working/ studying less than 16 hours per week.

Connect Member Benefits:

  • Training Workshops delivered by experienced trainers
  • 1-2-1 Mentoring by expert advisors and employment specialists
  • Networking Opportunities with local business and employment role models
  • Accredited Business Training in Partnership with East Belfast Enterprise
  • Peer Support
  • Business Visits to well known businesses throughout Northern Ireland
  • E-Learning through E-books, articles, and factsheets to help explore career options
  • Start a Business advice and support
  • E-mentoring with CV development, Careers Coaching, Business Idea development and Personal Action Plan
  • Online Support providing information on latest news and events, success stories, online articles, linkages, photos and downloadable tools.
  • Careers Guidance to get you on the career ladder to success.
  • Regular Communication and Information via ezines and regular emails
  • Flexible menu of support activities and level of frequency of involvement
  • Attend major events to build confidence
  • Access to role models through the Women in Business network of 2500+ members


Who can become a member of the Connect Programme?

Any woman can become a member, but specifically those who want to enter or return to the workforce, and women who would like to support these women.

This includes women:

  • who are unemployed
  • who have been made redundant
  • who have just finished full time education
  • who have been out of the labour market due to childcare/family care
  • who are under-employed
  • who are part-time students
  • who are lone parents
  • who lack educational background or qualifications
  • who are on Incapacity Benefit and/or Disability Living Allowance who may be able to work part time
  • with long term disabilities
  • with other caring responsibilities

Please note: only those who are currently unemployed or working / studying for less than 16 hours per week are eligible for programme activities.


How do I become a member of the Connect Programme?

Becoming a member is free and easy! Just click 'Register' on the Home Page.  Once you register your details, you are a Member!  You now have access to all areas of our website and content.

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2nd Floor, Millennium House, 17-25 Great Victoria Street, Belfast BT2 7AQ
Tel: 0845 607 6041