Last call for applicants to join free Career Reboot programme

Women in Business
Group of the most recent Press Refresh cohort in November 2023

A free part-time programme supporting women in Northern Ireland to confidently re-enter the workforce has issued a last call for applicants ahead of its latest cohort commencing in February.

‘Press Refresh Career Reboot’, a five-week training course funded by the Department for the Economy and NIO #SkillUp programme and delivered in partnership with Belfast Metropolitan College and Women in Business, supports women returners to enhance their CVs, improve interview skills, and gain an ILM Level 3 Award in Leadership and Management.

It is open to women currently not in paid work, as well as those working up to 16 hours per week due to caring responsibilities, and those who wish to pivot in their careers but are unsure where to start.

Applications for the programme’s fourth intake close on January 26.

Welcoming women returners to the 2024 cohort of Career Reboot, Denise Black, director of Centre of Learning, said: “Since launching in 2020, almost 150 women have enrolled in Press Refresh giving them the confidence and to re-enter the workforce with renewed confidence. In that time, we have seen talented women graduate and ultimately earn roles in a variety of organisations, including Version 1, PwC and Citi.

“Through our ongoing collaboration with Belfast Met we are helping to unlock a unique talent pool of women keen to reboot their careers and, in so doing, provide a valuable contribution to the local economy.

“I warmly encourage anyone to put themselves forward for this latest cohort where you will meet other incredible women and discover a career pathway that works for you.”

Press Refresh launched in 2020 with a 16-week data analytics course and has to date received more than 600 applications. A second programme, entitled Career Reboot, was introduced in 2022 to meet increasing demand.

More information on the programme, including details of how to apply ahead of the January 26 deadline, can be found at