Supporting People – Empowering Communities (SPEC)

The SPEC (Supporting People – Empowering Communities) programme is part funded by the European Social Fund Programme 2014 – 2020 and the Department for the Economy, for the period 2015-2018 with investment from Belfast City Council and the Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade.

The programme, running in partnership with Clanmil Housing Group, has attracted support from the private sector and is being backed by leading construction firms Gilbert-Ash Ltd and JMC Mechanical and Construction Ltd.

Through the SPEC programme, training schemes for more than 500 participants who face difficult barriers to employment and training will be created over a three year period thanks to a new programme developed by WOMEN’STEC.





SPEC is designed to give people, mainly women, who are struggling to get a job an opportunity to explore their options in the construction industry.  Accredited training in plumbing, joinery, painting and decorating, tiling, horticulture and IT will equip participants for the world of work.

We welcome women aged 16 and over to register with us and take this opportunity to have a go at something different. Individuals can be supported with a crèche place for 0-4 year olds for many courses.

A range of courses are available:

Electrics OCN accredited (10 weeks)
Information Technology OCN accredited (10 weeks)
Carpentry OCN accredited (10 weeks)
First Aid Accredited (1 session)
Joinery OCN accredited (10 weeks)
Painting & Decorating OCN accredited (10 weeks)
Tiling OCN accredited (10 weeks)
Other courses Please contact us for details.

These courses are fully funded so there is no cost, however you do have to be unemployed or working less than 16 hours per week to meet the criteria of our funders.

If you are interested in a course or require more information please contact:

T: (028) 9074 9810 or E: