The BEE Project
Building Employment Through Education

The BEE Project

Building employment through education has always been a bedrock of eye4education’s philosophy of “AIM Higher”, so we were very pleased to be included as the specialist provider, in conjunction with the lead partner PeoplePlus NI, to run the NI Executive’s BEE (Building Employment through Education) Project. This was an intergenerational programme, inclusive of 2 stages, supporting families across the Northern SIF Zone including four lifelong learning hubs in Carrickfergus, Newtownabbey, Larne and Moyle.

Funded by the NI Executive’s Social Investment Fund, eye4education, at stage 1, worked in conjunction with 20 nominated schools to support young people and their families to reach their full potential by increasing skills and breaking down barriers to learning and working.

What is the BEE project doing for local schools?

The BEE project worked with 10 primary and 10 post-primary schools in the Northern SIF Zone (County Antrim and beyond), providing breakfast clubs (in 4 schools), after-school clubs and bespoke programmes in line with the needs of each school and their families.

Schools include

Antrim area:
Parkhall Integrated College
Six Mile Integrated PS

Ballycastle area:
Ballycastle High School
Barnish Maintained Primary School
Ballymena area:
Dunclug College
Camphill Primary School

Ballymoney area:
Ballymoney High School
Ballymoney Model Integrated Primary School

Carrickfergus area:
Carrickfergus College
Sunnylands Primary School

Cookstown area:
Holy Trinity College
Stewartstown Primary School
Coleraine area:
Coleraine College
Ballysally Primary School

Larne area:
Larne High School
Linn Primary School

Magherafelt area:
St Patrick’s College
Holy Family Primary School

Abbey Community College
Earlview Primary School

Cooking with Teens photo

The types of programmes that the pupils and their parents were able to take advantage of?

Afterschools clubs ranging from Jujitsu to STEM to dance to entrepreneurship to coding
Breakfast clubs at 4 schools
Home visits and home school liaison visits
Volunteer training for parents
Parents’ well-being classes
Cooking with Teens programme
Lads & Dads / Dads and Daughters programme
Preparation for employment training
Teen programmes exploring health issues
Family fun days
Transition training (from primary school to big school)